Professional immersion experience


  • Business and Travel
  • Mumbai, India
  • October 2018
  • 10 days

About the host organisation

Pave’s 10-day Professional Immersion Experience in one of the largest cities in the world and the City of Dreams, Mumbai, is designed with industry professionals to give you an in-depth insight into India’s unique and dynamic business environment and how this impacts the organisations operating in one of the fastest growing economies today.

You will be challenged through organisation led workshops and will meet a number of individuals ranging from business owners to village dwellers to give you first-hand experience of India’s economy, business, culture, political system, legal system and people.

About the internship

Why do the experience?

Your journey to success will almost certainly start with you. Can anyone ever be the finished article after school? Or after university for that matter? Anyone who’s been through it knows these milestones are just the beginning. Just as they say you only really learn to drive after you’ve passed your test, so we believe your learning only really starts after your formal learning’s finished. By doing an Experience with us, you’ll learn and experience what you can’t in the classroom or workplace in your home country. It turns out it does matter how you’re turned out and this can only be achieved through the opportunities you seek to take. By investing in your own personal and professional development in a distinct new cultural setting, you are unlocking your potential to stand out from the rest.

If you need a little push to get you started on this journey, perhaps some of these reasons will encourage you to make the leap:

  • Travel abroad
  • Build your CV and personal brand
  • Develop cultural sensibility and exposure
  • Experience on an international level
  • Learn intercultural perspectives
  • Create lasting memories
  • Form new and long-lasting friendships
  • Grow an international network
  • Develop a unique narrative that demonstrates your development
  • Become a globally engaged future business leader that employers are increasingly seeking

All in all, if you even have the tiniest urge to travel abroad and gain first-hand international business experience then we encourage you to sign up now. You will learn invaluable business acumen, grow into a more responsible and mature person and, undeniably, create some priceless memories. You will be challenged to develop yourself professionally as well as re-evaluate your own values and cultural norms. And when you return home, you will bring a widened perspective of the world with you to use in your personal and professional life.

About the experience

This summer explore India’s captivating culture, diverse people and dynamic business environment. Be ready to unlock your potential and re-evaluate your values and cultural norms whilst creating priceless memories. When you return home, these invaluable lessons will allow a broadened perspective of the world in your personal and professional life.

Below is an indicative schedule of the Experience:

Day 1: Arrival into India

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the Pave team at the airport who will take you to your accommodation. You will spend the day checking-in, settling down and familiarising yourself with your surroundings. You will be provided with an Induction session on the programme overview, context and structure over the next 10 days including your welcome packs that will include city guides, maps, emergency contact numbers and induction materials. In the evening, you will be formally welcomed into India at a banquet meal, giving you your first taste of India!

Day 2: Navigating India and sightseeing

You will receive a comprehensive and interactive workshop, giving you an introduction into the history and economy of India as well as learning more about its distinct culture and how it compares to western culture. In the afternoon, you will be picked up by car and taken for a sightseeing tour lasting 4.5 hours.

Day 2: Navigating India and sightseeing

You will receive a comprehensive and interactive workshop, giving you an introduction into the history and economy of India as well as learning more about its distinct culture and how it compares to western culture. In the afternoon, you will be picked up by car and taken for a sightseeing tour lasting 4.5 hours.

Day 3: The agile nature of India’s startup ecosystem

You will visit one of India’s most dynamic co-working spaces to meet enterprising startups developing innovative ways of availing opportunities in India. Due to the complex nature of India’s market you will find out how these startups are succeeding that in turn will inspire you to develop agility and responsive strategic thinking to use in your future jobs.

Day 4: Asia’s largest slum tour and business challenge workshop

You will go on a tour of the largest slum in Asia. You will explore the slum’s varied communities and industries that have an annual turnover of approximately £450 million. Following the tour, you will undertake a business challenge that is closely related to some of the slum’s issues that you would have witnessed earlier in the day.

Day 5: Apprentice Challenge

This day will comprise of a real life Apprentice-style challenge where you will put your bargaining skills into practice and turn on your charm as you are tasked with buying a range of unique Indian products for the best price. The teams will be put to the test as you utilise your cultural awareness, teamwork and leadership skills. You will be given the rest of the day as free time to unwind explore the local area/city.

Day 6: Insight into the Indian workplace

You will spend the morning with a successful Indian business at their office to contextualise the Eastern business culture and practices. You will learn how innovative business solutions respond to challenges in India’s society and economy, discuss differences between the Eastern and Western work ethos before embarking on a real-life challenge set by the organisation that they are currently facing. You will go on a unique market tour in the evening.

Day 7: Village tour

You will go on a day trip to experience real Indian village life in two separate communities: a typical rural village and a tribal village. As you go through the village you will be informed about the beliefs, customs, superstitions, religion and challenges locals face. You will also get a sense of how the majority of Indians live by meeting the locals and visiting their homes as well as getting hands on with playing traditional games, ploughing a field, harvesting rice, making bricks or the traditional method of carrying water on their head.

Day 8: India’s law in context & religious and historical heritage

In the morning, you will gain an insight into the distinct Indian legal system through a practical and challenging case study delivered by an experienced Indian legal professional. Following your morning session, you will be exposed to India’s most prominent religions through visiting famous religious sites across the city and understanding their historical context, how they impact on day-to-day life and seamlessly co-exist.

Day 9: Purposeful business in India

In the morning, you will learn about strategic sustainability and the growing prominence of purposeful business. This will be practically contextualised in the afternoon as you meet and hear from the founder of a non-profit organisation who is responding purposefully to significant social issues in India. You will engage first-hand in their outreach activities to learn their business model and the impact it creates for the beneficiaries. To round off the day, you will have an informal networking event.

Day 10: Future of India & closing ceremony

In the morning, you will reflect on your experiences throughout the trip and learn how to effectively communicate and demonstrate the competencies you have developed to your future employers. The programme will conclude with a formal closing ceremony to celebrate your successes, memories and new friendships.

Day 11: Mum-bye!

Before checking-out and heading to Mumbai International airport, do some final souvenir shopping plus shed some emotional tears as we say farewell (for now) to each other!

What is included?

By joining us on the Professional Immersion Experience, you will receive a comprehensive package including:

The Professional Immersion Experience

Our expertly crafted Experience provides the perfect blend of business exposure and cultural insight through interactive workshops, activities and visits. Please refer to the indicative schedule for more information.


We put you up in clean, comfortable and safe accommodation with 24/7 security. You will live with your fellow participants split by gender so you can make new friends and interact with each other in your free time from exploring the city to dinner plans. Your accommodation is well-equipped with access to Wi-Fi, separate bathrooms and toilets, a spacious communal living room and kitchen.

Visa processing

Sit back and relax as we process your visa applications. Based on our experience, this can be a tricky and somewhat lengthy process. We gather the relevant information via a simple form, organise the paperwork and send off the application on your behalf.

Pre-departure orientation and induction

We will run an orientation session prior to departure so you are fully versed and trained on what to expect in India. Upon arrival we will give you a comprehensive induction session so you can be familiarised to your new surroundings and an overview of the next 10 days on the programme which includes your personalised welcome packs and city guides.

Airport pick-up

We will greet you with big smiles at the airport in India and will take you directly to check-in at your accommodation and settle down.

On-ground travel

We will co-ordinate and cover all on-ground commute to and from scheduled workshops, activities and events that relate to the programme.

Fully trained programme co-ordinators

With 20+ year’s experience of living and working in India, you can feel safe in the knowledge that we are duly skilled to provide you with an authentic programme experience as well as deliver at the highest levels.

24/7 safety, security and support

It is our priority to ensure you have a rewarding and safe programme in India. Programme co-ordinators are contactable 24 hours a day. In addition, your accommodation site will have staff on-site 24 hours a day for security and to provide any support required.

Cultural trips and admission tickets

We organise and cover the cost of all your exciting social and cultural trips so its hassle-free and allows you to maximise your experience of India without breaking the bank. That includes admission tickets to on-ground travel to and from your accommodation site.

How much does it cost?

The total Experience fee is £1,500 incl. VAT and is inclusive of the Experience package.

The Refer A Friend scheme means that if you sign up with a friend, you will both receive a discount worth £250 taking your total cost down to £1,250 incl. VAT.

If you receive an offer for the Experience, a £250 deposit must be paid within 5 working days to secure your place. The remaining balance of the Experience fee must be paid within 30 days of the deposit payment. We are able to accommodate a number of payment options such as, Internet banking and direct bank transfer. Contact Us at the time of payment so we can arrange for your preferred payment method (if contacting us by e-mail or form please subject ‘Programme Payment Options’).

N.B. The Experience cost excludes your flights, insurance and the visa consulate fee, which is payable to the Indian High Commission. In any event, please ensure that you have read our Terms of Business before making a payment. Any on-ground travel you do outside of the programme should be covered at your own expense.

When is it happenning?

The Professional Immersion Experience dates are as follows:

  • Sunday 7th July 2019 – Wednesday 17th July 2019

What you will gain?

By undertaking the Marketing & Sales Internship with the EdTech start-up, you will gain the following:

  • Immerse yourself in The City of Dreams and explore India’s distinct culture, people and industries that co-exist harmoniously, underpinned by a complex and rich history.
  • Meet inspirational individuals from various walks of life; entrepreneurs, villagers & social activists to hear their uplifting stories and practically engage in aspects of their life and work.
  • Work with Indian organisations to develop on and solve real commercial challenges.
  • Develop your competitive edge and enhance your employability through international experience, a global network and a deep understanding of the distinct eastern business culture.
  • Unlock your potential and re-evaluate your values and cultural norms whilst creating priceless memories.

What we are looking for?

For the Professional Immersion Experience we are looking for candidates who demonstrate the following:

  • A global outlook
  • Self-motivation and proactivity
  • Effective communication, teamwork and leadership skills
  • An adaptable and flexible approach to change
  • An interest in international business and culture

Your internship location

Participating in the Professional Immersion Experience with Pave allows you to participate in one of the fastest growing and most dynamic economies in the world, India! India is the second most populous country, the world’s largest democracy and a rapidly emerging economy primed for even further growth. Immense opportunity for professional development awaits you as companies seek to expand into new markets, strengthen their communications strategies and scale their businesses.


Mumbai is a thriving Indian metropolis, and one of the largest cities in the world. You’ll find people from across India and the world living traditionally Indian lifestyles and incredibly western ones too! Mumbai is a mix of old and new and shows a beautiful glimpse into life in India.

Internship Dates

Internship MonthProgramme Start1-Month
End Date
End Date
End Date
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Application Deadline
October 201801 October 2018SOLD OUT
January 201901 January 2019SOLD OUT
June 201901 June 2019SOLD OUT
July 201901 July 2019SOLD OUT

What is included?


The Pave team works hard to build partnerships with the best companies in India to ensure you have a rewarding internship experience. We have a careful selection process upon which we judge companies. This helps you rest assured that you will be placed at a trusted company, established and respected within their field. A Pave internship program maximises your capacity to develop professional skills in your sector through your assigned work. From immersing yourself with a practical experience and taking on responsibilities, you will gain a sense of profound satisfaction knowing that you are adding real value to your organisation. Having the experience of working internationally in varied professional environments allows you to set yourself apart from your peers when entering the job market. An internship with Pave is a comprehensive package taking away further costs and hassle.


To give you a true feel for what it is like living in an international professional environment on your internship, we arrange for you to stay in clean, comfortable and modern serviced apartments or hotels with fellow Pave interns whenever possible. Living with other interns allows you to make new friends and interact with each other in your free time from dinner plans to exploring the city. Your hotel apartment is allocated by gender and is comprised of two to three private bedrooms, bathroom, spacious communal living room and kitchen.


Travel Support Taking on board that your time and money is precious, our team can assist you with finding the best deals on return flights to India. Visa Support In order to intern in India you must have the correct type of visa. Based on our experience, this can be a tricky and somewhat lengthy procedure so we simplify it by processing the visa application on your behalf. We gather the relevant information from you via a simple form, organise the paperwork and process your application with the Indian authorities. We have a system in place that ensures your visa is processed with efficiency.


Arriving in India is exciting. With the added thrill of starting your journey, we want you to have the best welcome possible. Arrival When you land in India there will be an airport transfer waiting to take you directly to your accommodation. On arrival at your accommodation site, you are given your welcome packs, which include maps, information about your internship provider, information on local amenities and sights, an induction training pack and a local SIM card. Please ensure you take an unlocked Android or Apple phone to India so it can support the local SIM card you will be supplied with for the duration of your internship. We recommend an Android or Apple smartphone that supports apps such as Uber, Google Maps, Ola and so on. Induction The Pave team runs a full day induction workshop in India prior to your internship that we believe to be vital for an intern to settle in quickly. Here, you are given comprehensive training from our experienced team about your new city: from local knowledge and the hotspots to business etiquettes and cultural training.


On your first day at work we escort you from your accommodation to your respective workplace. In your welcome pack, we provide detailed information about traveling around your interning city so you are familiar before arriving into India. Once in India, your programme co-ordinator on the ground will show you how to use the local system of transportation to travel in and around your interning city. Traveling around India is a thrilling experience and past interns try the variety of public transport available in India. We encourage you to do the same and in no time, you will find your preferred method of commuting on a day-to-day basis.


It is our priority to ensure you have a rewarding and safe internship in India. In doing so, please know you can contact us any time (24 hours-a-day) for any assistance or advice. We are here to give you all the support you need and happy for you to update us on how things are going. The welcome packs we provide are full of useful information including, a comprehensive list of restaurants, shops and some Hindi "survival phrases" to get you started.


We know that on the weekends and in your free time you will be keen to get out and explore your city and everything India has to offer. We organise an exciting range of social and cultural events that showcase the sights, smells and delicacies that India's rich culture has to offer. Depending on your location, and the season, we put on events such as visits to national sightseeing attractions, trips to India's famous golden sandy beaches, boat rides through scenic lakes, outings to traditional dance and music shows, and visits to some of the largest water theme parks and national parks in India. We also host a banquet that allows you to come together and enjoy a traditional Indian feast.


Your Pave journey does not stop at the end of your internship. You are automatically entitled to become part of the Pave alumni community. As part of this community, you have access to exclusive networking events, alumni functions and other social events all focused on creating a platform to build relationships and networks to help you on your pathway. We are committed to growing the Pave alumni community so that in years to come you will become the inspiration for future Pavers. To find out about upcoming events please check out our Facebook page, Twitter account and LinkedIn.

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Fees & Payment

Please ensure you have read our Terms and Conditions and Cancellation Policy carefully before booking an Internship. We accept a number of payment methods.

Payment Process

  • Secure your internship with a deposit

  • Pay the remaining balance within 30 days

  • Complete your logistics via your online account

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We offer scholarships to successful applicants with a clear financial need and those that are passionate about developing their personal and professional skills through our internships in India. The value of a scholarship is worth either a partially or fully funded internship in India.

Scholarship applications involve the following:

  • Scholarship application form
  • Personal essay

To apply for a scholarship, please get in touch at [email protected]

To apply for a scholarship you must:
  • Have accepted a Pave internship
  • Demonstrate a financial need
  • Have not previously applied for a scholarship
  • Be able to demonstrate academic potential, and comply with our three core competency areas; and
  • Be a UK national or national of any other country who is studying in the UK

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