UJALA’s core focus through the years has not only been to cater to individuals with special needs, but to also advocate for their disabilities, generating empathy and understanding within the masses.
The Social Internship program at UJALA helps foster creative expression, entrepreneurship, leadership and professional and personal development within young individuals. The internship program has been divided into two categories; basic program and an advanced program.
Students having completed at least 8 years from an HEC recognized school can sign up for our Basic Internship program, whereby they’ll be required to complete at least 30 hours of interning at UJALA.
The Advanced Internship program is meant for returning interns who have fulfilled the minimum requirement of hours completed at UJALA, during their Basic internee tenure.
The basic internship program requires interns to assist UJALA’s students with their academic skills, vocational skills and physical fitness for the duration of their internship. Furthermore, our interns not only receive practical experience during their daily interactions with our students, but they are also required to partake in detailed workshops pertaining to specific disabilities, along with best advocacy practices.
The advanced internship program requires interns to partake in either one of the following; speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy and behavior therapy. Interns receive an in-depth training by the presiding head of therapy, through which they acquire skills to conduct, assess and report outcomes from each therapy session.
Please note: Only individuals who have completed the Basic Internship program at UJALA are eligible to apply for the advanced program.
I volunteered at UJALA in the summer of 2015 and volunteered subsequently on various occasions. I am currently studying at the University of Oxford and believe UJALA had a large part to play in my admission to the university. Firstly, it enhanced my profile which was a key factor in getting to study in the university of my dream. Secondly, acting as a supervising Volunteer allowed me to accentuate my management skills and I believe that it was a stepping stone to holding the current office I have as Secretary of the Oxford Pakistan society. Thirdly, and most importantly, volunteering at UJALA is pure philanthropy and carries all the relevant merits. UJALA must thrive in order for the youth of Karachi to learn compassion.Please note: Only individuals who have completed the Basic Internship program at UJALA are eligible to apply for the advanced program.
University of Oxford
6 years ago, I interned at UJALA as I had a keen interest in developmental psychology. I knew I wanted to specialize in the field but I was unsure what area to specialize in. UJALA gave me a platform to explore the various areas to work with individuals with developmental delays. It provided a holistic experience for me as I got to work with children of different ages and with different needs. Since the internship, I have always found a way to give back to the school as I further develop my skill set. UJALA true my does use the children's strengths to overcome their weaknesses. I believe, it's a great cause and it does empower children who are specially abled.