Industry: International
Type of Internship: Human Services/Social Work, Organizing/Outreach
Student Name: Nishant Saharan
Graduation Year: 2014
Major: International Relations
Minor: None
Position Title: Intern
Hours: 40 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Unpaid but receiving Career Center grant, full-time

What do you do as an intern at this organization?

I work for an organization that provides free mental health counseling in a conflict area. I assist in outreach programs to increase awareness about Healing Kashmir’s programming and the ability of local residents to access the program’s services.

How did you find this internship?

Tufts Institute for Global Leadership Oslo Scholars Program

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I learned a great deal about psychology and life in a conflict area. I have also met amazing people in perhaps the most beautiful place in the world. It’s the best internship experience I've had to date.

What do you find challenging?

Working in a foreign country is challenging, especially with the obstacles to everyday life that you find in a conflict area.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

Apply well in advance; speak extensively with people from the organization and previous interns to understand the challenges and logistics before accepting.

About the Organization

Healing Kashmir
Srinagar, Kashmir, India

You could say that the most lasting damage of war is to the mind.  In the case of the disputed Kashmir Valley, in North India, twenty years of fighting has caused inordinate long-term mental damage to a high percentage of the population. Several psychiatrists in the state claim that up to 90% of the Valley’s population of around six million has been affected by some level of post traumatic or depressive disorder. To put it in simple terms, it is not possible to rebuild a society that is only functioning partially on a mental level. Our aim is to treat trauma patients with a combination of conventional and alternative medication and therapies that will support the fullest recovery they can make, and enable them to return to their families and communities.