My Internship at NCI

During my two-month internship at NCI I learned a variety of new thing. The most interesting thing about the internship was that the tasks I had to do varied a lot and every day was a bit different. From website development and graphic design to interior decoration at the office. NCI is a quite small organization and working is very flexible, there is no direct supervision on the day-to-day tasks, but rather one has to supervise him/herself to make sure that things get done in time.Before this internship I didn’t know much about India. It is always interesting for me to go to a place that I don’t know much about, and to experience the culture while there. I knew that India holds huge potential for the future, and I was prepared for a culture shock. The smells and noises of India were a bit of a shock for me at first, but as I am a very adaptable person, I did not take me long to get accustomed to the new environment.

The accommodation at the NCI residence in New Delhi was very comfortable, with brand new, almost luxurious bathrooms, spacious bedrooms and a big common area, kitchen and an office. Also the assistance from the housekeeper and Mr. Naveen were very helpful for me as a first-time traveler of India. During my official NCI travels I was accommodated at our partner institutions with access to food and an altogether cleanly living areas. 

My main tasks consisted of updating the NCI website and creating new material for it, creating and scheduling Facebook posts, creating marketing material for the summer/semester programmes and assisting visiting scholars with their lectures and life in India.

Working for the Nordic Centre in India I was quite un-supervised and that enabled me to work in my own pace, which I found very calm and peaceful. The working environment at the New Delhi office was also very peaceful. I got most of my tasks directly from Ms. Christabel Royan, and she also was continuously making sure that I was doing well, we stayed in touch using email and WhatsApp, since Ms. Royan was working from Kolkata. Mr. Naveen and the housekeeper Ms. Kanta were also helping me a lot and made sure that I was doing well the whole time.

I accompanied Ms. Royan on her visits to our current/potential partner institutions and got to see the educational system of India as a bigger picture. These visits I enjoyed tremendously, and it made me feel like a part of something bigger. This was my first time going on official visits like these and it taught me many things. I also made lot of contacts in India because of this and I know that the next time I’m going to visit India, I have a lot of people that can help me around (most notably Ms. Royan).