4 Differences Between NGO & Corporate Internships



Internships are work opportunities for college students to gain an insight of how practical work environment is managed. It is a branch of on-the-job training where actual application of all management and field related theories is practised.

The emerging trend of having interns in the summers and other university/ college breaks has increased with time. One factor behind it is, the tenure served is beneficial for both the employer and the intern. It is a great period to assess the performance of each other and decide on future prospects.

May it be a non-profit organization, corporate giant or NGO, each industry takes a heap full of interns annually or semi-annually as per requirements. As students, many seem to wonder what might be the difference of interning in different sectors. The major difference lies in learning and development of the intern.

4 Differences Between NGO & Corporate Internships

The following 4 basic differences between interning for a corporate firm and an NGO have been listed.

1. Race for profits vs race for humanity

NGO Corporate InternshipsInterning at a corporate firm an intern would learn the basics of operation management, marketing, human resources, finance and supply chain management. All these departments work for a single purpose that is earning as much profit for the company as possible. The skills developed are inclined towards money management and making strategies. In an NGO, the whole set of objectives and working criteria is absolutely different.

NGO’s operate in order to serve humanity or animal life. It overlooks the money factor and instils the passion of serving without greed or monetary interests being associated. The soft corner developed while interning at an NGO with many facets of life that were interned during college and university study is unfolded. Very few develop these set of skills which later on contribute to the value of person as age sets in and perspectives develop.

2. Unparalleled Exposure

The kind of skill set that is polished in a corporate firm is already prepared for at universities and colleges. Exposure that is given at NGO’s is unmatched to that of corporate firms. It is an opportunity for intern to step out of the comfortable circle of life that is taken for granted.

Unparalleled ExposureNot until that interns serve humanity up close and face other problems so closely can it be understood what life is from the other side. Internships at corporate firms build resumes and fantastic salary packages and contacts for the future. Whereas, NGO internship builds contacts in a different sect of society that is bound to remember one’s contribution to the rest of their lives, what is built at an NGO is character, persistence and higher exposure level.

3. Work for Change

Many students and young fellows are found forming societies and working organizations to contribute to their society on a larger scale. There are book fairs, family events, charity based concerts and many more activities organized in order to work for the betterment of a society and bring some amount of change in it.

The required zeal and enthusiasm with practical know how of event management and its operations is learnt better during NGO internships rather than corporate internships as there is more capacity to experiment, develop and grow with the diverse working environment offered.

4. Internationally Accepted and Appreciated

For the few who like to keep a balance in the CV or resume regarding academic and co-curricular activities add in the section of welfare work or social work as well. It not only adds extra value and recognition to skills that are usually not developed in every other candidate, it is also a big plus for international applications. Many universities abroad require some amount of social work; internships and work opportunities also cater international resumes with NGO work as it exhibits an extra talent, exposure and learning of a candidate that is done outside the university and corporate firm settings.

For students who like to extend boundaries, learn more and achieve more, need to do the extra things to add value support to their resumes.

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