By Alushka Rajaram
Twenty young Australians head for Mumbai in June to participate in a ground breaking international internship program managed by the Australia India Institute.
The Australia India Internship Program, funded by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, gives young Australians the opportunity to work in the Indian offices of major Indian and Australian companies and institutions.
Host organisations representing a panoply of major companies and institutions include National Australia Bank, Tata Consultancy Services, Cipla, the Victorian State Government, the Bombay Stock Exchange, Neosoft, and the non-government aid organisations Atma and Haymarket.
Students from universities in Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia, and Tasmania start work on June 24th in India’s financial capital, in the midst of the monsoon.
The program aims to engage young Australians with meaningful personal and professional development opportunities, and expand people-to-people ties between Australia and India.
A.I.I Project Officer and current Young Australian of the Year (Victoria) Hayley Bolding, who oversees the program, said that the participating students are typical young Australians – restless, curious and ready for adventure.
“They’re all very excited to be undertaking this Indian journey, and have high hopes that the friendships they make will blossom into enduring and strong links between India and Australia.”
Bolding said the internship opportunity is the first of its kind, and the A.I.I hopes it will be the forerunner for similar Australian youth engagement programs across India.
For more information about the program and to keep track of the student’s journey, follow the A.I.I website for regular blog posts, photos and news stories, direct from India.