On March 24, the Government of India announced a nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 crisis led to global lockdowns, economic slowdown and hiring freezes. Many young people lost their internships and job offers and several others didn't have an opportunity in sight.
April 20, 2020
On April 20, the Dexterity CEO addressed the country through a public letter and announced a national emergency response program, called the 1000 Internships Program, to provide 1,000 young people in India with an internship and training in career readiness.
April 20, 2020
In the public letter seen by over 100,000 people and shared by close to a thousand on the internet within the first 24 hours, the Dexterity CEO wrote, “This is the first generation in the history of our nation that is walking out of college without a job offer or an internship opportunity.... I have spent the last few weeks speaking with young people from different parts of our country and have come to hear some heartbreaking stories — of interviews cancelled, increments deferred, internships lost, and jobs taken away.”
May 5, 2020
On May 5, within two weeks of the announcement, the organization sent out the 1000th offer letter under the program. From Wokha in Nagaland to Kannur in Kerala, the program brought together young people from 310 districts and 27 states of India.
July 10, 2020
In the two month period, this cohort worked on solving challenging problems, executed important tasks and assignments, directly engaged with the Dexterity CEO through weekly Office Hours and built career readiness for graduate school and professional career through a dedicated Career Readiness Program. On July 10, interns successfully completed their internship and became proud alumni of the organization.