Internships at CWC
The Concerned for Working Children offers internship programmes for individuals of various disciplines from all over the world. These internships are tailor-made to match the qualifications and expertise of the applicant organisational requirements.
The programmes are usually three to six months in duration. However, this can vary according to the time available to the intern and the requirements of the project.
In addition to the assigned projects, interns also have the opportunity to take part in the programmes of CWC, including field programmes. This enables them to work closely with children and their communities within their socio-cultural contexts. Interns are also given the possibility to participate in capacity building programmes if there are vacancies on issues related to children’s rights, participation and advocacy.
Some possible internship responsibilities include: research, writing, process documentation, teaching, communication, organising, web design, etc.
Please see our Internships FAQ for more details.
What our former interns say…
“The last two months have been two of the most rewarding of my life. While my Bachelor of International Development Studies has provided me with a well-rounded and thorough theoretical understanding of development, I lacked a practical understanding of it. The internship with CWC has given me first-hand experience in the development field and working in an NGO. The extensive reading I have done about CWC and its work has given me insight into the workings of an NGO and how it is necessary for development workers to continually reflect on their work in relation to societal issues, both in local, national and international contexts. This ensures that development work remains relevant and appropriate.
This experience has completely changed my personal views surrounding childhood and the agency of children. The children we met were so incredibly strong and capable. They are able to identify problems, develop solutions, negotiate and demand their rights from adults and the government. I don’t know if I could’ve done all that at their age. Despite their circumstances and the marginalisation they face, the children are so positive, energetic and inquisitive. They are eager to learn more and to fully participate in democratic processes and development work. They recognise that their human rights are inalienable and the importance of their participation in efforts to improve their lives. CWC’s work with these children is inspiring. It really empowers children and enables them to fight for their rights and to improve their lives as well as those of their community.”
Sinead, from Australia, worked with CWC in the summer of 2014, worked on the Me & My VOTE are NOT for SALE campaign.
“My internship with CWC was incredibly rewarding. As a law student I was able to gain an understanding of another country’s legal process through hands-on experience from within that country. I was able to work with the amazingly dedicated staff of CWC as well as fellow interns from all over the world. I was able to witness the work that CWC is doing in the courtroom, in the city and also in rural areas.
I had the opportunity to visit the CWC site in Kundapur and participate in the workshops the staff facilitated for the children living in that area. This was a truly remarkable thing to be a part of as the children mapped out the progress they have made making dangerous quarries safer; a problem identified and spearheaded by the children themselves. It was an honor to work for such a passionate and dedicated agency!”
Lucienne Segura, from the US, worked with CWC in the summer of 2012, conducting policy research on the rights of migrant workers.
“As a law student, working at CWC has been one of the most incredible learning experiences for me. It has taught me a great deal about India’s legal system and the process of policy development. Moreover, it has provided me with a platform to explore the many issues marginalized communities face in enforcing their legal rights. I was provided with many opportunities to get involved in the organization’s various initiatives. This included attending court for a public interest litigation that CWC was a party to. Looking back, my overall experience has been both rich and rewarding. I would like to thank the CWC team for making my internship so memorable. Working alongside such a dedicated group has been truly inspiring.”
Simran Bakshi, from Canada, worked with CWC in the summer of 2012, conducting a research project on migrant workers.