Summer Internship with Microsoft IDC – Gaurav Aggarwal from Delhi College of Engineering

Daily Winner for: –  1st September 2011

Name of the intern: –  Gaurav Aggarwal

Institute: –  Delhi College of Engineering

Organization interned with: –  Microsoft IDC

I would like to put it this way

Miracles happen every day, change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you.  In 2 months I got a pre placement offer @Microsoft + 2.6 lac + exposure in Microsoft & Google Summer of Code

So, you want to know how I did this?

Well I was selected in Microsoft IDC through an on-campus process after 5 rounds (1 written + 4 interview mostly DS based). At Microsoft I was offered a stipend of Rs 50K. In addition to Microsoft I also participated in Google Summer of Code with Interface Ecology Lab A&M Texas University, due to which I got 5000 $.

First of all I would like to make it clear that my intern project + GSoC worked out because I completed most of my GSoC project prior to joining Microsoft and thereafter I used to devote just one full day (10-12 hrs) for GSoC project.

Mine was 8 Week summer dev intern in Microsoft IDC Hyderabad during which I was a part of Search STCI. Details of my project are confidential, so sorry about that. But all in all it was a great experience. Microsoft provided us with 15 day stay in a Guest House. Cabs and Buses were available. During first 2-3 weeks workload wasn’t much most of the time was devoted in understanding project details and under infrastructure.  There were lots of exciting intern event during 3rd week including intern photo shoot and dinner. I was really impressed with outlook and lync (http://lync.microsoft.com).

Working hours were flexible; you’re supposed to deliver your commitments irrespective of how many hours you devote in office. In Microsoft I was expected to work on multiple internal technologies so I had to keep learning new things every day. I worked with many large scale search technologies. Best part about Microsoft is the people. I got opportunity to work with some really awesome people. Work culture is so informal that I used to call my team admin and manager by first name (They asked me to do so). I loved working there although this was my first time working in such big organization.

There were lots of seminars and conferences to attend. Microsoft’s campus can be described in just one word ‘fabulous’.  We had almost all sorts of games to play from cricket and football to foosball and Xbox kinnect. We received many intern goodies as well like T-shirts, bags, etc. After final review of my project I was recommended for a Pre Placement Interview by my manager. I faced 4 rounds (tech + project) before getting an offer from Microsoft.

For GSoC, there are just 2 ways to get in. First one is to have a good project application with strong background experience on your resume and the other one is to start early (somewhere in Jan) by targeting selected organizations, fixing bugs, etc (try and create your presence in community). I was lucky enough to be selected on the basis of my application since I had a strong background in web technologies and algorithm development.

As I have already mentioned I started my GSoC project early and continued it with regular effort. Please note that I managed my time well, since I visited most of tourist places in Hyderabad and attended many parties.

All in all I am really interested in continuing my GSoC project further and contributing to pen sources. For those of you who are interested in GSoC do check out http://socghop.appspot.com.

At the end of my internship I feel more mature and ready to take a new challenge.

Was this interesting? If yes, please like the post on facebook (below) and help Gaurav become winner of the week and win the prize (Rs. 1,000/-) that he truly deserves!

 

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11 thoughts on “Summer Internship with Microsoft IDC – Gaurav Aggarwal from Delhi College of Engineering

  • February 22, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    well can ECE btech student can pursue microsoft intern? and along wid oncampus selection.Is there any other source to get internship in MICROSOFT IDC?waiting for ur reply

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  • March 21, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Gr8 gaurav…. A keen learner with a passion for his work,……coupled with effective time management…….way to go young fellow ….keep up the good work….All the Best !!!!

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  • April 9, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Hey gaurav,
    I know m too Late for GSoC2012 but Early for GSoC 2013 too…
    Could you please help me find out – HOW TO SELECT THE MENTORING ORGANISATION?
    The site plainly gave a list of these organizations…and being a first time visitor, i got nothing…
    I’d be really obliged if you could help and guide me through this application procedure.!

    Secondly, Congrats! Both of these are really amazing achievements! Even I wish to get into MS someday :)

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  • April 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    @Akash
    I suppose yes but you need to have some CS related background e.g. open source community. I don’t think MS allows ECE students for oncampus selection.

    @akshit
    If you have some spare time I recommend you to get involved in open source community even now use IRC channels. Yes you was late for GSoC 2012 and early for 2013 (If there will be one).

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  • January 7, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Hey, i just wanted to know about the accomodation provided by them. You said that you stayed in the guest house for 15 days. Were you supposed to arrange your own place thereafter ?

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  • March 2, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    @srishti

    Yes I stayed in a PG after 15 days. Duration of temporary accommodation vary every year so should check with hr.

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  • June 4, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Sir,
    I am a first year cs student of DTU. In the selection process for internship what all is asked.?? i would be grateful if you can let me know the sources from where I can do them..

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  • August 19, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Hi sarvesh,
    I have tried finding him on facebook but couldn’t. any other alternatives to get in touch with him? :/

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