The National Maritime Foundation helped me learn and unlearn all that I knew about the maritime domain and geopolitics. During my time here, I was able to refine my basic skills involving research and writing. I had the opportunity to listen to many high profile speakers and engage with experts in the field. The seminars, presentations and workshops taught me that nothing in the maritime domain existed in silos. Every area of study involved the intersection of verticals and horizontals of various subjects. It truly gave me meaningful insight into the inner workings of a think tank. I’m glad to have had the privilege of working in the premier institution in India that engages in the maritime field.
My internship at the National Maritime Foundation (NMF) was my first internship. I had been expecting a very strict hierarchical structure within the organisation but to my surprise it was very flat, and interns could freely interact with researchers and Navy personnel. The other aspect which stood out was the meticulous manner in which the internship programme had been put together with extreme importance given to an intern’s individual needs. The NMF strives to become the India’s premier think-tank in maritime affairs and I believe that it has the means, methods and the scholarship to do so.
Attending various events and interacting with the officers who have faced the practicality of maritime domain gave me valuable work experience and knowledge. The NMF considers interns as members of their core team and working with them made me realise the importance of soft skills like professionalism, teamwork, time management and work ethics. At the NMF I learnt about UNCLOS, India’s relation with other countries, Piracy, BIMSTEC and geopolitics of the Indian Ocean Region. My academic interests were also well taken care of. They provided me with professional guidance at every step and were very welcoming to new ideas. I consider myself fortunate that I got to work with such bright minds who are dedicated towards maritime domain.
Internship at the NMF helped in my understanding of the maritime domain, India’s Maritime domain in particular. Unlike other think tanks, NMF allowed me to research extensively on maritime issues of my interest and guided me with its expertise at every level of my research. Regular presentations and interactions with foreign delegates and naval officers, helped me to learn and acknowledge pressing maritime issues. It was a place that groomed my professional outlook, research and critical thinking capabilities.
My internship experience at the National Maritime Foundation was truly amazing. The amount of knowledge that we gained through the lectures and interactions with international scholars and our fellow researchers has expanded my horizon. It changed my way of looking at geopolitics. Further, the ambience of the work place made me feel comfortable, and was conducive to my overall learning experience. My internship experience with the NMF has served to enhance my skills and has been a memorable one.