Internship isand has always been a great learning platform; one can make mistakes and learnfor those mistakes, I believe it is a point from where we can start our career.
This internship has been a prospect for me to test drive a career that I aminterested in. I have always been enthusiastic to work in the Developmentalsector and contribute towards the development of the society. This internshiphelps me to understand and access what it would really be like to work in thedevelopmental sector of Nepal and whether I am a great fir or not given myqualification, skills, and experience.This internshiphas been a life changing and inspiring experience for me as I get to meet with severallocal entrepreneurs of Dolakha who are involved in variety of businessactivities ranging from cultivation of herbs (Chiraito, Bojho), Animalhusbandry (Pig, Goat and Chauri), Agriculture (Kiwi, Mushroom and Vegetables)to manufacturing (Nepali hand paper and Yak cheese). Being born and raised inthe south-central part of Nepal (Chitwan) in the upper middle-class family Ihave never been exposed to the rural areas of Nepal and for me the perceptionof Nepal revolves around my locality and city areas as I have seen and livedthe vibrant city life and this internship has provided me to learn about mycountry, its people, culture, most importantly I get to learn about thesociety, its functioning and how the people of these areas are struggling intheir life as I get the first-hand experience of the rural life and get to livetheir life even for short duration i.
e. 90 daysI was very muchinspired by the peoples, their stories, their cultures and most importantlytheir continuous struggle and hardship due to the lack of basic infrastructuresand facilities instigates the feeling to do something for the country and forthese peoples. What I like most about then was even though the hardships, anddifficult circumstances in their lives, the buds of aspiration and hopes wereshining in their face and their hospitality never lets me to miss my home, forme it was like home away from home.The mostvaluable learnings for me from this internship was the life stories, experienceand entrepreneurial journey of the project proponents. How and what instigatethem to enter into the business, their struggle and hardships during theirentrepreneurial journey. Furthermore, Iget an opportunity to closely observe, monitor and evaluate several businessand entrepreneurial ventures, learn their business model and revenue models. Inaddition, I also gain insights on some of the technical aspects the agricultureand animal husbandry, my exposure to the field had helped me to gain insightson Kiwi farming, Charui rearing, pig farming, goat farming and get to know themedicinal benefits of Chiraito etc.
and I believe this arsenal of knowledgewill be useful in my future endeavors. Similarly, thisinternship has been a platform for me to learnnew skills and improve existing one. By talking with the local peoples,entrepreneurs and project proponents I get to know them, their story andconnect to them which is helping me build a rapport with them. A sense ofbelongingness and similarly among these is helping me to enhance and improve myinterpersonal skills.In addition,being in constant touch with different peoples from different culture andcustoms helps to develop me as the team player and advance my ability to work in diversity and makes me an effective team player which is crucialcompetency and will be used throughout my professional and personal life.Furthermore, Ibelieve that with the constant interaction with the peoples, their difficultiesand encounter with their emotions help me to improve my understanding onemotions and how to deal with them which is directly accelerating my emotional intelligence skills. Similarly,being a business management student, I value personal relation, networks andconnection.
This internship has exposed me to the wide diaspora of people fromdifferent background, skills and experience enhancing my business network.Similarly, Internship providedme the platform and opportunity to implement my skills and knowledge acquiredfrom college and class room into practice. From this internship I become awarethat I possess the ability to recollect my scholarly knowledge, put it intopractical applications and make decisions independently. I was able to achievemy objective with the help of resources available, support and motivation fromthe supervisor and other members of the HIMALI project. I believe that Isucceeded in completing each task assigned to me properly, learnt real workprofessionalism in this organization and developed my communication skills.
My supervisor has been incrediblyunderstanding, helpful and reliable. I learned so much from his positivity andhard work. He had been a motivator and role model for me throughout myinternship period.