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Sustainability Initiatives Internship programme

Who can join us

The internship program would ideally interest a candidate with a background in architecture, planning or environment science/ management. The preferred candidate will have the following skills:

  • Passionate about the environment.
  • Inclination towards undertaking research.
  • Good graphical and analytical skills.
  • Creative, highly motivated with good communication skills and team player.

What can you expect

  • Hands on experience on live projects
  • Develop research and design/ graphic skills
  • Opportunities to network and interact with experts
  • Develop a holistic understanding about sustainability issues

Duration


1-6 months depending on the project.

Richard Shadrach Bernardo Kpehe (West Africa)

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As a foreign student at College of Environment Education and Research Institute, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University (BVDU), I have some years of working experience in both private and government entities, as a master student, working with SI was my first internship experience ever and is no doubt that they have prepared me and added more knowledge my experience. I will ever remember SI and I wish I have the opportunity to stay in India and join this loving and caring Organization. Their human relation cannot be overemphasized. Today, I am confident that I can better serve in any organization especially environmental or sustainable organization like SI.

(Project- Research on EIA notification 2006)

 

Nobuaki Nishiura (Japan)

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I’m Nobuaki Nishiura. I’m from Japan. I’m working in a life insurance company in Japan.

I came to SI for two weeks. In this training, I belonged to SI and analyzed and reported to increase employee satisfaction of VK group. The analysis result was a very good group and company with high employee satisfaction. I was able to spend time with a wonderful kind colleague. Two weeks was fun and short. I was able to study Indian culture, work environment, work way of thinking. I am grateful that I was able to participate in the training at a very wonderful company. I also would like to participate in training at Pune, SI, VK group.

(project- Research on Employee Satisfaction study for SI, VK:a architecture, VK:e environmental, VK:u urban and VK:i interiors employees)

 

Yoshida Tadahiro(Japan)

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I worked here for 2 months and I studied about garbage problem and traffic in Pune. As for garbage,maybe you think Japan is a clean country and there is no problem,but in fact we have these problem as well. We incinerate garbage and bury garbage in the sea. We emit dioxin from incineration and create sea pollution. But who notice? It`s invisible to citizens. Like this, it`s difficult to find social problem in my country. We are good at concealing these problems. The work experience in SI arouse my interest about these social issues because in India we can find social problems easily on the street and river so on. We,people in advanced countries,have to think more about environment. This experience made me notice that. Thank you.

(Project- Study about garbage problem and traffic in Pune)

 

NANAMI TOYODA (Japan)

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I was working at SI for 1 month. It was great time. I belong to the course of international corporation and area studies in Yokohama City University. I researched the traffic problem in festival and suggest this solution in SI. I went to many field work and I was impressed  on differences from Japan. I was interested in my major and India than before. I want to study urban planning more professional, make use of this knowledge and work in the future.

(Project- Research on the traffic problems in festival at Pune)

 

Supriya Edake (India)

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After pursuing a post graduate in Master of Social Work I joined Sustainability Initiatives as an intern. I had an opportunity to work on BDP(Bio- diversity Park) project. I thank Sustainability Initiatives for the opportunity and exposure. The whole learning experience broadened my knowledge base.

(Project- Study on Bio Diversity Park at Bavdhan)

 

 Shin Oshiba (Japan)

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This training was precious time and experience for me. I could grow up as touch. I carried out research about water stream for environmental issue as a part of Pune Smart City Project. Understanding landscape of stream and interview of their circumstances for living people , and then proposal of how to use there and questionnaire were performed. This is first time for me to work environmental issue, so I am not sure my working is how useful for people in Pune. But I believe this research will be one of your help of case study for further improvement of Pune water stream. I am glad to participate in this project and I hope water stream will be beautiful when I come back to Pune at next time.

(Project – Research about water stream for environmental issue as a part of Pune Smart City Project)

 

Nupur Kulkarni (USA)

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My experience work with Sustainability Initiatives has been great. I’m a trained architect so working with SI was a different role that I had to play. I had the opportunity to work under a competition project organized by the Pune Municipal Corporation. Here, I could used my architectural skills to design a solution for the existing problem. I learnt a lot about what goes into the design while . Along with the competition project, I was a part of an interesting project that SI is doing. SI is developing a book titled, “Green Footprints of Pune”. The book acknowledges works of individuals and organizations, who have worked towards the betterment of the environment, through sustainable means. This was a different project that I was a part of. I learnt a lot about the kind of work that is happening in Pune in terms of creating a better environment.

(Project- work for competition project organized by the Pune Municipal Corporation for Smart City)

 

 Motoki Ochiai (Japan)

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I worked in SI as an intern for 2 weeks. I considered carbon footprint. For that, I researched the difference of traffic system between India and Japan.  Thanks to the cooperation of the SI members, I could learn a lot about traffic problems and how to make the traffic system better.  I also learned how to work and communicate in foreign country. It was great experience. I really enjoyed my work in SI. I wish to come back to Pune.

(Project- Researchthe difference of traffic system between India and Japan)

 

Miyuki kobayashi (Japan)

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I’m a student of Yokohama City University and learning sociology and economics. I did my internship at SI for a month. I’m interested in urban issues and development. Here I researched urban issues such as housing problem and community development for creating better city. I got deep knowledge and saw the real situation in Pune. Through the internship I got opportunity to work in foreign language and totally different surroundings. There are experts of various field in the office. I got a lot of idea from them and it was so interesting.This experience gave an inspiration for my career.

(Project- Research on creating better Pune city)

 

MAYU HARADA (Japan)

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It was great experience to work in SI. I searched that the traffic issues caused by festivals in Pune through my internship term. I analyzed the traffic situation in Pune and the solution for making it better through the fieldwork. It was not easy for me, but I could suggest the issues from foreigner’s view. I learned many things here; how to find the problem, planning skill and importance to be energetic. I am still a still student, but this experience absolutely will be a big help in my college life and my future.

(Project- Research on traffic issues caused by festivals in Pune)

 

Masamitsu Saito (Japan)

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I was happy to learn Green Building and do a project through this opportunity in SI. The experiences actually increase awareness for me regarding environment. Especially, I tried independently to arrange and visit sites of Green Buildings in order to research them. They welcomed and explained me the buildings despite the sudden visit. This experience was a big thing for me. I feel and remind that it is important to communicate people directly with enthusiasm.I have learned and experienced a lot and very much enjoyed to work with SI even it was only a short time. So I would like to use this experience in some way and will do my best for the future.

(Project- Study on Green Buildings in Pune city)

 

Madhuri Gehani (India)

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I did my internship at sustainability initiatives after my first year of masters in environmental architecture. I got the opportunity to work on different projects like Green building its rating, audit calculations, green building footprints map and bringing out the new ideas for different projects.

I am glad that I was given full freedom to bring out my calibre of working. I learned and enjoyed my work at SI. It all broadened

my knowledge.

(Project- Energy Audit for Warje- Karve nagar ward office(PMC)

 

Kosuke Yoneyama (Japan)

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(Project- Redesign of Kothrud bus depot )

I attended this internship program in Sustainability Initiatives and planed new bus depot in Pune. The project of the depot is stimulated for me, because between Pune and Tokyo have many difference especially traffic circumstance. So at first I confused with this problem, but members of SI assisted me to think about planning depot with discussion. The program gave me a lot of experience, I am sure of that the experience will take me on the next step.

 
Koichi Nakagawa (Japan)

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It was great experience to work in SI. I’m working in Insurance Company in Japan. So Pune’s traffic situation was much shocking for me (so high risk). In the internship, I tried to make few suggestions about two topics. 1. How to build safety traffic networks, 2. How to create clean and sanitary city. Of cause the situations are difference in each Country. But the responsibility and aims by politics are same, so my suggestions composition are comparing with Tokyo. During the internship, I realized for my poor English skills. It was very hard to describe own ideas and opinions. So I keep trying hard for English after the internship. I’m so appreciate to all of member in SI for giving me the chance to work at completely deferent situation, language, culture. I wish to have a chance to come SI also Pune again.

(Project- Study on 1. How to build safety traffic networks, 2. How to create clean and sanitary city. )

 

 Kazutoshi Ichikawa (Japan)

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It was great working with SI.  I mainly participated on research about air pollution in Pune.

During my internship, I was able to communicate with many citizens, which helped me understand the need of infrastructural development in India. Also experiencing foreign countries,  made me realize the importance of having global perspective during my daily work.  I really enjoyed my stay in Pune and I would like to use this experience for my further carrier.

(Project- Research about air pollution in Pune)

 

Kanako Ide (Japan)

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I researched and wrote the report for e-waste recycling system and metro system in Japan that can be compared those in Pune. And for e-waste, I did the presentation. And other than 2 topics, I got interested in the traffic system in Pune and wrote the report in comparing the system in Japan. Through researching and writing the report, I become to understand the activities that VK and SI are trying to do. That is the promotion of metro introduction in Pune, the redesign of road.

(Project-  Research and writing the report for e-waste recycling system and metro system in Japan that can be compared those in Pune and for e-waste)

 

 Ishwar Dattatraya Pingale (India)

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(Project- Study on Bio Diversity Park at Bavdhan)I did my Block Placement Training  (BPT) sustainability initiatives (SI)
at  after  completing my master of social work. It was a great working experience in SI. Here I worked on BDP (Bio- Diversity  Park) project in Bavdhan area, Pune. It was a wonderful experience to learn and work  with people for different fields working for sustainability. The whole learning experience broadened  my knowledge base. Future policy actions for development I Thank you to given opportunity work with SI. I wish to come back to Pune and work with SI.

 

Hisashi Fujisato (Japan)

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(Project-   Study on how to decrease carbon footprint for Pune)I’m working for insurance company in Japan “Tokio Marine” as an assistant manager and I had worked at SI for two weeks as an internship. I was investigating how to decrease carbon footprint and much interested in “Pune Bus Day” , the day which everyone in Pune used buses for commuting. As I investigated, I became to think that I want to contribute even a little to SI and Pune. I sincerely thank SI for this opportunity and experience, and I love kind SI’s members and Marathi. The days I spent in SI were very impressive and will be stimulating me, I think, forever.

 

Chandrakant S. Bandgar  (India)

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I did my summer placement training at SI after completing my master of social work. It was a great working experience in SI. Here I worked on BDP(Bio-diversity Park) project in Bavdhan area, Pune. It was a wonderful experience to learn and work with peoples working for BDP project with SI. Thank you to given apportunity work with SI. I wish to come back to pune and work with SI.

(Project- Study on Bio Diversity Park at Bavdhan)

 

Ajinkya Pathak (India)

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(Project- Tree Census counting for Pune Municipal Corporation )
I volunteered for the ‘Tree census’ project in Pune in 2011-12 with my classmates where I got experience of data collection and systematic documentation. SI has helped me understand the challenges and practical issues during field work. I also got an opportunity to facilitate a 3 day EIA workshop organized by SI and Envision in my college.

 

Ryo Minomiya (Japan)

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It has been a great learning experience while working with SI for the environmental audit project. I had an opportunity to improve my analytical skills as well as gain knowledge about energy management for office buildings. I have also been able to know more about Indian culture, education system, work environment. I’d like to work with SI again in future.

 (Project- Study on  environmental audit project)

 

Apeksha Patil, (India)

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I did my internship at Sustainability Initiatives after completing my masters in Environmental Sciences. Here I worked on the outreach activities of Urban Street Design Guidelines project for Pune and for designing an online Library- Knowledge repository. It was a wonderful experience to learn and work with people for different fields working for sustainability. I then joined SI as Assistant Coordinator in March 2014. Now I assist in organising activities and conducting projects under SI.

(Project-   work on the outreach activities of Urban Street Design Guidelines project for Pune and for designing an online Library- Knowledge repository)

 

Kohei Notake, (Japan)

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(Project-  Study on  Comparison with total energy use of appliances in Japanese house and in Indian house)I’m Kohei Notake from Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. I belong to the Kanagawa University and study Chemistry. As part of my internship I worked at sustainability initiatives, Pune for one month. After reading about the work that SI does, I wished to work and learn about Energy efficiency. It was very interesting to learn about the energy consumption in India and Japan. I Compared with total energy use of appliances in Japanese house and in Indian house during the study and researched and enhanced my knowledge in the subject as well as English. On my last day at SI I gave a short presentation about my work to my colleagues. I learned how to do business communication and what is working in foreign country. I enjoyed my stay in Pune and it was fun working at SI. I wish to come back to Pune.

 

Dinah Gengmei, (Japan)

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After pursuing a post graduate in Environment Science, I joined Sustainability Initiatives as an intern. I got to learn about Green Buildings and its rating system. I had an opportunity to work and help for the 5th GRIHA Regional Conference ‘Shaping Sustainable Future- Policy Actions for Development’. I thank Sustainability Initiatives for the opportunity and exposure. The whole learning experience broadened my knowledge base.

(Project- Study about Green Buildings and its rating system)

 

Anuradha Pandey (India)

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(Project-  Study on  social and environmental issues in Pune for SI Magazine )Working with SI hasn’t just been fun but has also given me great exposure as a content writer for the SI magazine. The kind of work assigned to me has made me more aware of the social and environmental issues in Pune. All in all it has been a great training for my future endeavors in the media sector

 

How to Apply:
Interested applicants are requested to send their CV’s along with a cover letter to mail@sustainability-initiatives.org

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