I am a law graduate native to Kerala. My Internship journey with Goonj was an incredible experience. Goonj nurtured me to wander, to find and to experience the less travelled paths. To be the one who initiates. Over the period I got to witness and work for change as the biggest necessity. I am glad I did it.
Interning at Goonj is an unforgettable experience. The interesting tasks, the passionate team and the exposure to Goonj’s variety of initiatives can give you a great opportunity. If you are open-minded, enthusiastic and are looking to experiment while having a lot of fun, this is the place for you. At Goonj, we welcome your new ideas and suggestions with open arms and try to incorporate them in our work. Some days may be mundane or repetitive but they will always be meaningful. Your activity, however monotonous, adds value to what we do.
Write to us on [email protected] with your resume, duration (dates), and preferred location for your internship
Hear From Our Previous Interns
I remember I had decided to switch my career path by choosing the developmental sector. Being the pandemic batch, I knew nothing about the development sector’s ground realities. But then, I just so happened to discover an internship opportunity that was being offered by Goonj. The kind of holistic experience I was looking to gain occurred when my super supportive seniors provided me with this insightful opportunity to work with the ‘Van Gujjar’ tribal community. That experience of mine inspired me to study about the educational opportunities available for the ‘Van Gujjar tribal women’ as my Masters’ thesis topic. It also assisted me in my professional journey as a Research Associate in Mirzapur. I believe that I got super lucky to have met such wonderful mentors when I was just an amateur in the developmental sector sphere.
I got the opportunity to work closely with Team Goonj on the ground on various initiatives. This internship offers a unique opportunity to witness the impact of humanitarian work and make a difference in the lives of people affected by natural calamities. It was one of my best experience for my life. I will suggest my fellow mates to do an on ground internship with Goonj, Trust me it will change your life and you will get to know about the harsh reality and real rural India.
During my social internship with Goonj, I had the privilege of working alongside an exceptional team of committed, helpful, and genuinely sweet individuals. Their dedication to the cause was inspiring, and their support made my experience truly rewarding. Moreover, I had the opportunity to enjoy the numerous benefits that come with engaging in a social internship, which further enhanced my understanding and passion for making a positive impact in society.
My experience at Goonj was quite inspirational ever since I came across the organization. The strong intent to work and to bring about a positive change in the society runs equally from the leadership to every individual within Goonj. Over the 2 month’s time I received several opportunities to interact with people from various backgrounds involved in a diverse set of activities and to listen to their personal stories. Each story is an inspiration in itself. I think that it is the positive will of all those associated with the organization that has accelerated its growth over the years. My motivation behind wanting to intern at the organization was this very fact and it did live up to my expectations.
My time as a research intern at Goonj was truly exceptional. This opportunity not only enhanced my communication skills and research abilities but also allowed me to witness the tangible impact we were making in real time, which was incredibly gratifying and reinforced my passion for social development work. Working under the guidance my mentors was a privilege, as they provided unwavering support and guidance throughout my journey. I deeply appreciated the autonomy and space for growth that Goonj provided, allowing me to learn from my mistakes and constantly improve. Moreover, I formed meaningful friendships with fellow interns. Overall, I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to contribute to such a remarkable organization that has shaped me.
The one month internship with Goonj gave me the most engaging internship experience. As per my personal experience Goonj has been the most consistent Pan India NGO with their specialised use of the concept of circular economy. I would really like to congratulate Mr Anshu Gupta and every person associated with Goonj for continuously making difference in the society.
I am happy to have worked with such a dedicated team of professionals and volunteers who are committed to the cause that Goonj stands for. It was inspiring to see Team Goonj breaking social barriers and stigma by creating safe spaces for open discussion and education. I am proud to have contributed in my capacity as a Goonj intern to the change that Team Goonj is working towards.
I worked with NJPC and Green by Goonj mainly online but did pay a visit to the sites of both these successful operations. It was an extremely enriching experience full of learning, both creative and skill-based and I came out of the internship considerably more aware, self-aware and environmentally conscious.
Unleashing your potential, creating stories,breaking the barriers you’ve built in your headspace and thriving in what you love is what Goonj has taught me! For me, Goonj was just never an experience, it has turned into a core memory because it reminds me that I can turn any dream of mine into reality if I put my mind and soul into it. The one key takeaway from Goonj would be love your passion and never back down, fight your barriers no matter how hard it seems because it’s just a small part in the chapter of your life!
My month-long internship at GoonJ was an incredible experience. It opened my eyes to the harsh realities faced by marginalized communities, where basic necessities are a constant struggle. Working with the Not Just a Piece of Cloth initiative team gave me a broader perspective on the challenges surrounding deeply-rooted issues, particularly the stigma and shame faced by vulnerable women in relation to menstruation. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and it has inspired me to make a difference in the lives of those in need.
My internship experience with Goonj NGO was truly remarkable. Throughout my time with Goonj, I witnessed the profound impact they have on underprivileged communities, empowering them and creating a more sustainable society. I highly recommend Goonj to anyone passionate about making a meaningful social impact.
Being a law student, it was immensely important for me to get a better understanding of the society that I reside in. Subsequently, an internship at Goonj has been a perfect opportunity to help look at everything around me from a different lens altogether with an enhanced apprehension of reality. The internship starts with the most basic tasks with proper guidance from experienced mentors. And steadily goes to a level of enriched knowledge and practical practice of the day to day administration. I was allowed to choose amongst my interests and was allotted the work accordingly. I was open to new kinds of work which made it even more enriching. As a result, the internship helped me augment my skills.
During my internship at Goonj, I embarked on an incredible journey that immersed me in the heart of social impact. From delving into the intricacies of the cloth sorting process to gaining insight into the diverse initiatives undertaken by Goonj, every step unveiled a world of meaningful work and compassion. Throughout this transformative journey, I was fortunate to have the guidance and support of exceptional mentors who truly exemplified Goonj’s ethos: “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world”.
Internship opportunities are offered at Goonj’s Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Dehradun, Kolkata, Kochi, Patna, Rishikesh and Mumbai offices.
If anyone wishes to be engaged in our on ground work, let us know. Goonj’s work is happening in parts of 28 states and UTs.
For Community Warriors, there are two tracks:
first for 3 weeks and the second for 6 weeks.
For Social Internship, minimum duration is 1 Month.
Internships at Goonj are unpaid.
Happy to help with finding accommodations and other aspects but, given our limited resources, we are unable to provide accommodations and other stay related arrangements.
You will be working in close co-ordination with Team Goonj during the internships.
For Community warriors a total of 15 hours per week engagement is required.
For Social Internship, one is required to work full time Monday – Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Anyone studying in Grade 9th-12th can apply for the Community Warriors.
Those pursuing undergraduate or post graduate degrees can apply for the Social internship.
Do ensure all necessary documentation, approvals and visa formalities are in place before applying to Goonj. Please share your documents and permissions to initiate the process at Goonj.
The idea is to give you maximum exposure to our work environment therefore ‘Work-from- home’ is not encouraged.