Intern with AAWC

For Prospective Interns

AAWC seeks candidates who are passionate about ending all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG), including sex trafficking. Previous experience working with women and children, in the Global South, or with marginalised populations is not required, but candidates must be able to demonstrate an informed and committed interest in the field. In addition, candidates must be prepared to maintain empathy and open-mindedness for the complex intersection of circumstances that bring a woman into prostitution and to treat all individuals with respect and dignity, not condescension or pity.

Interns will work in a non-hierarchical, collaborative, and hands-on environment with the Program Director and relevant Project Manager(s) and are expected to demonstrate a high level of initiative and independence.  In addition, interns must be adaptable, resourceful, and intellectually curious. Knowledge of Hindi or Marathi is not required.

To apply for an internship, please submit an application (xls) along with your CV (résumé) and cover letter to hr@aawc.in. For international interns: please download our Manual for International Interns and Volunteers (pdf) to learn more about what it would be like to intern with AAWC in India. Applications must be submitted at least 3 months in advance of your intended start date. Interns must apply for a minimum period of 3 months.

If you would like to intern with AAWC but cannot commit to a minimum period of 3 months, you can also contact give@aawc.in to learn about fundraising opportunities.

For Prospective University Partners

AAWC has established formal year-round internship programs with universities across India, including Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Nirmala Niketan, St. Xavier’s, SNDT, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), and Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD). We have also welcomed summer interns from the Columbia Experience Overseas (CEO) Program operated by Columbia University in New York City. To inquire about establishing a formal internship program between your university’s career centre and AAWC, please contact hr@aawc.in.

Intern Testimonials
  • Bronagh Grace Intern from UK I thoroughly enjoyed my time at AAWC and found the four weeks of my internship to be greatly helpful and rewarding in terms of career development and personal empowerment. All the tasks with which I was charged challenged me to use and develop my skills, learn new approaches and think with both structure and creativity. I received the perfect balance of support and opportunities to work independently, enhancing my capacity to work as part of a team and as an individual. I was able to develop my understanding of the sector as well as my personal skills in a supportive environment. All the staff at AAWC made me feel welcome and were endlessly helpful in teaching me the various aspects and processes of running the organisation and answering any questions I had. This support extended to offering fascinating insights into Indian culture, thus enabling me to contextualize our work and deepen my sensitivity to cultural aspects when working in this field. Thanks to AAWC I feel empowered to pursue my goals, extend my aspirations and work hard towards their fulfilment.

  • Mitali Trivedi Intern, Bharat Ratna Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Delhi A month-long internship at AAWC has left a deep impact on me in more ways than one. On the first day, all my hesitation and preconceived notions evaporated immediately when all the tiny tots of Umang greeted me with “Namaste, Teacher!” in chorus. The staff’s undying passion to work on this highly sensitive and serious issue is not only commendable but deeply appreciated. AAWC is synonymous with a family where all members constantly encourage each other to achieve the greater social goal. I’m certain that AAWC’s strong and infectious determination can bring about a real change for the betterment of this community. Anybody who collaborates with AAWC once leaves only to come back again, and I’m no exception. All the best, AAWC!

  • Fatimatou Diallo Intern,Columbia University, United States The 8 weeks I have spent volunteering at AAWC have truly been a blessing and a life changing experience. During my time with AAWC, I became all the more motivated to continue working towards improving lives of women and children. Every employee at this organization is truly passionate and dedicated to the organization’s mission. I will emulate this passion and dedication in every project I take on in the future. I will definitely come back to work with AAWC in the future, and hope to be more helpful as a doctor. Thanks for shaping my Mumbai experience into something very meaningful and inspiring! I have learned and grown in ways I never imagined.

  • Alice O'Neill Intern, RMIT University, Australia I interned with AAWC for two months during the last stage of my undergraduate degree in Melbourne. It was only after I arrived that I fully understood the devastating reality of the lives of trafficked women and children, the most marginalised population in Mumbai. I worked predominantly with the children and feel incredibly privileged to have seen their inspiring curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. It is truly shocking to think about how different their lives would be without the work of AAWC's passionate and determined staff. I feel honoured to have contributed to such important work in Kamathipura and can’t wait to be back!

  • Resty Kyomukama Intern, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Although I did not know about AAWC before I came to India, the moment I saw its sparkling beneficiaries as I passed by the AAWC office, I sent in my application. I have been immensely involved in three projects: facilitating monitoring and evaluation of the girls' program, computer training sessions for the girls, and paper recycling and jewelry making with the women. The staff and beneficiaries have become a dominant part in the projects I have lain hands on. I couldn't ask for more: a challenging experience in a different culture, contributing to a great cause, and working with and learning from energetic people who have become great friends.

  • Meghna Mukherjee Intern, Columbia University, United States Working with AAWC is one of the most worthwhile experiences I have ever had. I was able to work on some large-scale projects: developing the annual report, renovating the website, creating a child protection policy, designing an English curriculum, supporting the 15th anniversary celebration, and conducting field interviews. The staff is extremely welcoming and helped me not only in developing professionally but also in acclimating to the unique city of Mumbai. Being at work every day was a pleasure. AAWC makes a true difference in the lives of its members, as I was fortunate to see in just two months. I wish it the best of luck!

  • Doreen Mohammed Intern, Columbia University, United States The work AAWC does for all of its members is phenomenal, and I highly commend its tireless dedication to improve the plight of a community that is often neglected, mistreated, and abused by many others. As an intern, I was deeply involved in all of AAWC’s major projects at the time – writing the annual report, republishing the entire website, coordinating the 15th anniversary celebration, conducting outreach work in the brothels, and revising the operational manual for the girls’ overnight shelter. I hope AAWC continues to expand, as its work is critical to making a brighter future for all women and children in the red light area.

  • Anita Hoffman Intern, Protestant University of Applied Sciences-Ludwigsburg, Germany I entered as an intern, I turned into a partner, and I left as a sister. AAWC is an NGO like no other. An NGO whose members are talented, charismatic, and inspirational. An NGO whose staff always approaches members on an equal level, creates programs / workshops based upon their needs and wants, and most of all, makes it a point to express physical affection and friendship to those who do not experience enough love and care. I strongly believe in the vision and mission of AAWC with all of my heart, because I have seen, lived and felt it. I will do all I can to further support AAWC and to return one day. I love all of you, my sisters. Dil se!

  • University Testimonials
  • Kavita Sharma Dean, Center for Career Education, Columbia University, United States Working with Apne Aap Women’s Collective on the recruitment process for Columbia University’s summer interns was an incredibly smooth process. Not only does the organization have strong, clear goals and dynamic leadership in place but they have considerable experience of working with international volunteers and have created a structure which allows volunteers to make a real contribution to the organization. The relationship was one of true partnership and collaboration, with AAWC providing valuable information to Columbia helping us better understand how to create a successful international internship program.

  • Jill Burya Associate Director, Center for Career Education, Columbia University, United States Columbia University has developed a wonderful partnership with Apne Aap Women’s Collective as part of the CEO Mumbai Program. It is very important that our interns have a supportive supervisor throughout the internship as well as projects that are of benefit to not only the organization, but the student’s professional development. AAWC has gone above and beyond in providing these two aspects of the internship. We look forward to continuing to work with AAWC in the future, as it has been a positive and successful year for all involved – the interns, the organization and the university.

  • Global Scholars Program Interns from University of Michigan, USA
  • We are students who participated in the Global Scholars Program at the University of Michigan and we had the pleasure of working with Apne Aap Women’s Collective this year. We greatly admired the work AAWC does to serve the women and children of Kamathipura. To supplement the empowerment and educational programs we developed English language teaching videos for those enrolled in AAWC’s Udaan program. Our videos provided examples of English language conversations to supplement lessons in the classrooms. Making the videos was a great deal of fun and acting out the scenes with our group members was an excellent bonding experience.

    Our work was also fulfilling in that we learned how to work as a team on large projects and gained a greater appreciation for organizations providing aid to disadvantaged groups. Knowing that the girls served by AAWC will be closer to their dreams of completing their education has shown us how impactful and crucial organization like AAWC can be.

    We look forward to the future success of AAWC and we will strive to incorporate their values into our own lives. Thank you AAWC!

    Sincerely,
    Collaborative Group 4