India is booming. Since the country’s market reforms in the early 2000s, India has jumped from the world’s 13th largest economy to the 6th. Significant investment in the country has come from government spending, outside investors and through negotiating new trade agreements. In short, there has never been a better time to undertake an internship in India, with Mumbai being a particularly attractive destination.
What makes Mumbai unique is its blend of commerce and culture. Widely regarded as the financial capital of India, Mumbai also lays claim to a number of renowned festivals, historical landmarks and is the proud home of all major Bollywood studios. If you’re looking for an exciting career opportunity coupled with an unforgettable experience, then interning in Mumbai is the right option for you. Here are our top reasons to live and work in Mumbai:
India’s economy continues to grow and with that comes a unique opportunity for interns to make a big impression within rapidly growing companies. A positive reference from a possible future market leader within your chosen industry could go a long way to strengthening your portfolio and securing your dream job.
Entrepreneurial spirit is deeply ingrained in Mumbai’s culture, with a number of hard-working individuals aiming to join the city’s legion of Millionaires and Billionaires. Regular networking events for like-minded professionals, in every industry, are a common occurrence and present a great opportunity to talk shop and meet future business partners.
The great thing about Mumbai is the number of annual festivals held in the city, no internship in India is complete without having experienced at least one. First up is, the Kala Ghonda Arts Festival, held each year between the end of January and the beginning of February. During the festival, Mumbai’s Kala Ghonda district truly comes alive with vibrant art exhibitions and regular performances from musicians, dancers and comedians. It’s a time for all artists to shine and display their work, with all shows free of charge.
The next big event to enjoy is the Ganesh Chaturthi, a ten-day long festival dedicated to the Hindu God Ganesh. The festival is most famous for events on its final day, when a giant effigy of Ganesh is marched through the streets to the sounds of music and chanting, until it arrives at a nearby body of water, where it is submerged and laid to rest. The start date of the Ganesh Chaturthi varies year-to-year but is traditionally held at the end of September.
Last on our list but certainly not least, is the Mumbai Film Festival. Held in late October, the festival is synonymous with cutting-edge cinema and unearthing new Bollywood classics. Over 200 films are displayed in participating cinemas across the city.
To call Mumbai blessed with an abundance of cultural landmarks would be an understatement, its part of what makes an internship in India so rewarding. A must-see is the Gateway of India, an arch-monument erected at the turn of the 20th century to mark India’s first state visit of a British monarch: King-Emperor George V.
If you’re keen to seek inner bliss, then we recommend visiting the Global Vipassana Pagoda, an 8,000 seat meditation dome. At the dome, teaching of the famous Vipassana meditation technique is offered. Buddhists have long claimed Vipassana brings inner peace by uniting mind and body.
There isn’t many better ways to relax then taking a leisurely stroll across Marine Drive, in the south of the city. The 3.6 km curved road is known as ‘the queen’s necklace’ due to how the street-lights radiate at night.