Doing Internship from Home: How Is It for The Interns?

by Dyah Prajnandhari (Content Writer Intern)

Doing an internship in Project Child Indonesia requires you to be at the office or working for your project for 20 hours per week. That means four hours on average on weekdays. It sounds easy for those who have the privilege of time as those interns in the Batch 30 now. 

It has been a month since the interns did their respective jobs. However, suddenly the world is hit with the COVID-19 virus. Before it got worse, everyone must not be at the office and work from home. How does this affect the interns that usually spend their time at the office? How do they overcome their boredom? How do they work on their projects away from the office?

Adjeng is one of the interns from Partnership department

One of the interns from the partnership department, Adjeng Tunjung Pamase, or known as Adjeng, expressed that she missed interacting with everyone. “At the office, I get to talk to other interns, do my tasks, or join clubs that PCI offers.” However, in this work from home situation, almost everyone is forced to do their jobs in front of their laptops, including Adjeng. Her deadlines are also becoming her thing to keep going, as her urge usually is just watching the interns working at the office. She explained further, “I still have the same amount of work, well, it adds a bit, but it’s still fine.” 

Niar is one of the intern from Human Capital department

The different situation is faced by Niar Maharani. Niar, who is from the Human Capital department, has to hold several projects because of the social distancing policy. “All of the clubs that I arrange have to be at the office, and we have to cancel all of that.” It is indeed an awful situation, but she understands.”After discussing with the supervisor, we have solutions for it. Therefore, it’s okay.” 

Both of them now have plenty of time to spend. Niar shared that she is doing her normal life as she is doing a revision for her thesis. “I also watch Korean Dramas to kill time. It helps a bit.” Adjeng, on the other hand, divides her time between her work and trying new things like joining online zumba classes. 

 Adjeng hopes that this will pass soon, and everyone can enjoy Ramadhan. She also wishes for the funding project that PCI holds to succeed as it will help those who are in vulnerable communities such as people who live near the Code, Gajahwong, and Winongo river. Same goes with Niar, she wants everyone to stay healthy despite being amid a pandemic. Our prayer goes with everyone. Cheer up!

Studying From Home: Is It Our Time to Invest in Stock?

As we work to meet our needs everyday, we may question whether we ever feel secure with our condition. We may define secure as having meals for three times a day, having fixed income every month, or maybe being able to go to cinemas more than four times in a month. It is different for every person, but we agree that it is not a bad thing if we have money more than we actually need. 

While we wander to find the answer to our biggest question, ‘How to have more money’, we probably don’t even realize that we often hear it. Yeah, you heard it. It is the word investment. Investment comes up in many types, for example, stocks, bonds, mutual funds. 

The second study club held by the Human Capital Department in April was discussing stocks investment. Zunarsa Hafizh Rizqulloh, Branch Representatives of PT Phillip Sekuritas Indonesia was the speaker of the finance club this month. Hosted in Zoom, there were a total of 21 participants from Project Child Indonesia, including the staff, interns and volunteers. X talked about many aspects in stock investment such as the basic concept which is there will be the people who need the money and the ones who have the capital, the benefits of it including the gaining capital gain, dividen, bonus share or stock split, and of course, the risks which is divided into capital loss and  liquidity risk. 

Kak Hafizh explaining how to buy stocks

40 minutes of the conference were in fact short. After 25 minutes explaining the materials, some of the participants raised questions about their curiosity of stocks investments. The questions are various, such as when is the best time for us, as the investors, to buy the stocks in the middle of the pandemic, how much money the students need for investing stocks, and how to count the stock price in certain times. 

Kak Hafizh was happy to share his knowledge about stocks investments to Project Child Indonesia. Nevertheless, it was a great time for us, team Project Child Indonesia to learn something new although it is only using Zoom. We hope it encourages us to do something good in the future!

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Learning about Scholarship in PCI’s Study Club

by Dyah Prajnandhari (Content Writer Intern)

An American rapper, Jay Z, once said,

“I am hungry for knowledge. The whole thing is to learn every day, to get brighter and brighter.”

To be curious about new things is indeed good as you will learn something new. In Project Child Indonesia, it’s the Human Capital Department’s job to deliver. As one of the departments which function to develop the skill and knowledge of the interns and volunteers, this department presents a study club as a safe place for everyone here to learn something. This month’s study club is held on Tuesday, 19th February 2020.

Bringing up the issue of tips on how to get a scholarship and studying abroad, there were around ten interns and volunteers joined the club. This month’s study club, we have Mahayu Firsty Ramadhani as the guest speaker. Mahayu, as one of LPDP (Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan) scholarship awardee, shared her experiences when she studied at Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands. She was also awarded an Erasmus non-degree Bachelor Exchange Program to have an exchange at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic.

With experiences and knowledge that she has, she shared essential tips on how to get a scholarship, such as checking the deadlines for the application, and always be careful when filling the application form. “It seems simple, but you must be careful and rechecking everything,” as Mahayu stated.

She also shared websites that provide scholarship information. One point that can be taken is we need to be active in searching for the information, as it is us who need it.

“Be active in finding the information. Always read first, avoid asking the information before you read them.” 

After that, few people asked her questions, such as how to get a motivation letter, whether volunteer activities are needed to get the scholarship, or which universities are eligible to choose. Ema, one of the interns from the partnership division, feels the club is beneficial for her. “The information I have received is really helpful for me. I get to know many things that I didn’t know before about scholarships.” The study club which is held once a month is also a proof that PCI always tries to make an impact, including for the volunteers and interns.