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Intern and help bring about social change
By our correspondent  3rd Apr 2011

NSEF helps students get internship at social sector enterprises

here was a time when charitable organisations solving social problems were often dismissed as idealistic, philanthropic groups, lacking in business or entrepreneurial acumen. However the need of the hour is a group of social entrepreneurs who can combine Mother Teresa's compassion with Richard Branson's business prowess. And the National Social Entrepreneurship Forum (NSEF) is a training ground for such social entrepreneurs. They work as catalysts in some of the most promising social enterprises in India through their Authors for Change programme. NSEF promotes social entrepreneurship in universities across India and helps students get internship at various social entrepreneurial organisations like Naandi (working for sustainable livelihoods).

NSEF has a network of 26 organisations in its panel and by applying at NSEF, students are indirectly seeking internship spots in these organisations. "After we receive applications from students, we screen their profile, depending on how well they fulfil these requirements. The shortlisted candidates are then recruited by the companies," says Agarwal.

Swetansu Mohapatra, who worked at Samhita last year for three months and has now started his own company called Alpha Beta labs, says, "I got to know about NSEF through one of our college outreach programmes. I worked on social ventures in Mumbai. The company was a startup and it was my first entrepreneurial experience, and once I got the confidence to start my own business, I started on my own."

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