I remember the day I heard about the internship opportunity at Asha the Hope. I was sceptical at first because I’d never heard of it, but I applied anyway. I got in along with five other interns who are all my classmates. Our first official day was on June 1st. I walked in apprehensive and kind of excited. Little did I know that choosing to go for this internship would be one of the best choices of my life. The amount of exposure we got here was amazing.
I had a wonderful experience working at Asha the Hope, I got a so-called taste of various fields of Psychology and went to see how each field is interconnected with the other. This internship also offered me the opportunity to get to know my classmates better and realize that we all aren’t so different from each other. As a naturally shy person, this internship helped me to come out of my comfort zone, by making me interact with people who I never had spoken to for more than a minute at a time. For me, this internship I had was a treasure trove of information and experience for me, where I was able to be on the other side of a counseling session and fill the place of a counselor. All in all I had a wonderful time, learning about everything that goes into becoming a counselor, the elements that make up an effective counseling session, the different ways through which counseling can be administered, along with so much more.
My experience with Asha The Hope is one of the most transcendental experiences I’ve had. I have been an Intern at Asha The Hope for over a month now and the exposure I got to the field of psychology and counselling will be something I will truly be grateful for. I learnt so much about myself in this journey along with valuable knowledge about people and counselling. I also got to experience practical counselling as well as practice it with other interns and also I had the opportunity to help students by conducting career counselling sessions for them. I am so grateful and honoured to be a part of the Asha The Hope team.
Asha the Hope is a space that is cloaked with a positive aura and energy. The employees are very friendly and play a huge part in building the welcoming nature that the organization holds! Everyone who I have met here is modest, easy to talk to and communicate with, and are very down-to-Earth as well! As an intern, there was not a single day when I went back home with disappointment/dissatisfaction. The organization breaks all stereotypes of how interns are treated in workplaces, as it strives to hold a nurturing environment for the interns which focuses on building the academic, and personal growth along with a boost of practical knowledge of each intern making sure no one is left out, and I along with the other interns at ATH, were in the safe hands of Ms. Pranjul Somani, which made the entire experience of a full time in-office internship a memorable and a fruitful one! Dr. Asha is a visionary with whom I fortunately had many sessions with. She is a remarkable individual who any layman can draw inspiration from, and imbibe practical knowledge that is beyond the reaches of books and texts! A simple seemingly surface level conversation with her would translate to a vast amount of knowledge when reviewed deeply in retrospection! All in all, a great experience as an intern at ATH, breaking the bounds of what other internships had to offer, with lots of learning, application of the knowledge picked up, and a lot of fun as well! A thorough workplace environment that many organizations seem to lack!
My internship experience at Asha the Hope was extremely insightful; the emphasis placed on self-awareness and introspection helped me get a better sense of myself, in order to understand and help others. I was able to grow as an individual and learnt a lot about how important it is to reflect on every experience. I had the opportunity to gain practical experience in the field of counselling and was able to explore various branches of psychology. My internship mentor, Ms. Pranjul Somani, guided me throughout the whole process and made me feel comfortable. Overall, the environment at Asha the Hope was warm and welcoming.
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