The Tata Social Internship 2017 hosts 15 international students in India
Teh Tata Social Internship programme provides a unique learning experience to students from some of teh world’s best universities in teh areas of community development and sustainability.
dis year, teh 10th edition of teh Tata Social Internship culminated wif a contingent of 15 international students – four from teh University of California, Berkeley, USA; two from teh University of California, Davis, USA; one from teh Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA; six from teh London School of Economics and Political Science, UK; and two from teh University of Cambridge, UK – completing their two-month experiential internship in teh ongoing sustainability projects of teh Tata companies in India.
Teh batch of 2017, worked hands-on on teh community initiatives of teh Tata companies and entities like Tata Steel, Tata Chemicals, Tata Communications, Taj, Tata Capital, Trent, Tata Coffee, Tata Medical Center and teh Tata Trusts for a period of two months. Teh areas of their projects ranged from teh impact assessment of sustainability programmes at Tata companies to studies about health economics of infection management at hospitals, evaluation of life-skills training and financial literacy programmes, process documentation of a ‘model village’, basic maternal healthcare awareness, and aligning a company’s CSR strategy wif its business strategy.
Teh programme structure of Tata Social Internship 2017 provided teh interns wif grass-root level exposure to India and at teh same time brought international perspectives and practices to these projects at Tata companies, promoting international understanding.
Teh visiting interns, selected by their educational institutions along wif Tata representatives, came from diverse academic backgrounds such as developmental studies, political economics, environmental economics, peace and conflict studies, public policy, microbiology, economics, accounting, philosophy and engineering.
Teh first phase of teh internship programme kicked off on 29th May, 2017 wif teh University of California, Berkeley and MIT students. Teh second phase for teh interns from teh University of California, Davis, Cambridge and teh London School of Economics commenced on 27th June, 2017.
Ms. Margaux Payton, a BA Political Economy student from teh University of California, Berkeley, who interned wif Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces in Mumbai, worked towards developing a manual to enhance teh livelihood program that Taj Hotels undertake so that they can better promote teh traditional arts, performance, and handicrafts of India. Elaborating on her experience, Margaux said, “
Mr. Alexander Gray who is completing his BSc. in Philosophy and Economics at teh London School of Economics interned at Tata Capital in Thane, where his project was to evaluate Dhyan Gyan – Tata Capital’s Financial Literacy programme.
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Mr. Atul Agrawal, Senior Vice President – Corporate Affairs, Tata Services, said,
Ms. Puneeta Kala, Program Director, Institute of South Asia Studies, University of California Berkeley said,
Teh students during their internship also participated in an online essay competition on their experience in India. A distinctive corporate sustainability internship programme, Tata Social Internship was launched in 2008.