Interning at a social enterprise start-up is an experience like no other. If you’re still in college or just fresh out of the oven, this is the best and probably the only time you can have to test the waters before you dive in. A social start-up like a crowdfunding platform gives you that chance and then some more – to do good while you’re at it.
Why A Crowdfunding Platform?
Crowdfunding is an extremely young industry in India, but is growing popular fast enough to catch up with the booming scene in the West. There are over 300 million people in India who are willing to give to causes they favor and an even larger number scrolling through social media everyday. Yet, a large chunk of this number doesn’t indulge in giving. Why? This is primarily because they don’t find an easy way to give – many NGOs are indistinct and ill-functioning when it comes to fund utilization and while some may be sincere about the cause they serve, they may not appear so. Crowdfunding platforms allow for a transparent process for donors while also giving more people in the country the opportunity to raise funds.
The Perks of Interning at a Crowdfunding Platform
There is the flexibility of dressing in casuals and a flat organization rather than the strict bureaucratic hierarchy of bigger and older companies. That’s nothing new, most start-ups are that way, right? But then there is also the opportunity to achieve the dream that we all have of making the world a better place. Interns at charity crowdfunding platforms find the satisfaction of helping make a life better, similar to volunteers at an NGO, while also dipping their feet into a corporate brand where they can find a rich learning experience and grow into their chosen career paths. At a crowdfunding platform for NGOs and medical patients struggling to meet giant bills (such as Impact Guru), employees and interns speak of being given the chance to wear several hats. An intern in the content team can multi-task and practice different things in one day – to craft effective SEO material, short and powerful video scripts, and create a buzz with clever social media posts. They get their hands on the relatively new concept of an online fundraising platform and start learning all about how crowdfunding works right from day one.
Sounds Great. The Cons?
The cons depend on how you define them. If you’re looking for a dry 9 to 5, this isn’t for you. If you’re looking to get passionate about your work and put in extra effort not just because you have to, but because you want to, then this could be for you. If you’re looking to stay in your comfort zone and do your prescribed tasks, then you’re in the wrong place. If you’re eager to get out there and try new things and explore different interests, an internship experience with a crowdfunding platform may be a great start. Before you jump in, take time to learn about how crowdfunding really works and browse through real fundraisers to take a look at how ordinary people successfully bring together communities, encouraging a collective goal for the greater good.