- Posted June 24, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
What was your best internship?
I would say that working at Ashoka is one of the best kept secrets in our peer group. Although this was unknown to me before arriving, Ashoka is one of the most influential players in its sector with around 300 employees and an annual budget that exceeds $20m. The hiring process is incredibly selective; all those who are chosen to work here have incredible backgrounds (many have their own organizations, have worked at Fortune 500 companies, have traveled extensively, etc.) and all are amazingly creative and high-energy people, as one of the explicit hiring criteria is to be 'entrepreneurial'. Despite its size and impact, the team is very inclusive: even as an intern I have been involved in long-term strategy discussions, I've spoken with potential partners, written contributed to project proposals, and I am currently managing a market research project. All this considered, what is perhaps the greatest experience of working in the Ashoka offices is the excited energy that colours each meeting and every brainstorming session. Ashoka is constantly on the cutting edge -- not only as it is positioned firmly on the blossoming intersection between the for-profit and non-profit sectors, but also because it aspires to change the world at the most ambitious level, with the mission of affecting large-scale systems-change. All of the members of this dynamic team have big dreams, exciting ideas, and a deep passion for seeing the world change for the better. I'm very happy to call myself a member of the Ashoka team, and I can only hope to remain in the Ashoka network beyond this summer.