How I got an internship at DRDO – The complete process

How-I-got-an-internship-at-DRDO-The-complete-process

About the Author: Satish Beja, an Electronics & Communication (ECE) student from ABES Engineering College,  gives us a glance at his selection experience for an internship at DRDO.

Internship plays a vital role in building one’s career, and it also adds value to their education. As in every engineering college, it is mandatory for a pre-final year student to undergo an industrial training or a summer internship,  I too, like everyone else, underwent one. I did my industrial training from DRDO (Defence Research & Development Organisation), New Delhi, and initially, I wasn’t sure how to apply for it. I referred to various websites and spent a lot of time on DRDO’s website. One of my seniors then explained to me the selection procedure and functions of various departments at DRDO.

I applied in the LASTEC Department (Laser Science & Technology Center) of DRDO and emailed my resume to the HR Department. After a few weeks, I got a reply regarding the interview schedule along with some important guidelines related to the documents that I needed to bring along for verification.

More than 500 students came that day, and we were asked to stand in a queue, and then, individually, our identities were checked. There after, we were guided to the seminar hall where we had our interviews; I was interviewed by one of the scientists of DRDO.

These were the questions asked during the interview process:
1. What is the difference between a microprocessor and a microcontroller?
2. How does the speed of data communication increase every now & then? What is the technology that drives it?
3. What is modulation?
4. How does Coaxial cable work?
5. What is the full form of LASER and how does it work? Also, name the different types of lasers.
6. What is TIR?

The interview went well as I knew the answers to all the above-mentioned questions. After a few days, I got an email regarding my selection, and I was asked to report at DRDO for confirmation. I had an interest in Embedded System Design, and so, I wanted to do a project in that domain. I was fortunate to get a chance to work in the LASTEC Department where most of the ECE students were trained.

I did my six-week training at DRDO under the supervision of Rajesh Kumar Lakwal (Scientist ‘C’). I worked on a project named – Wireless Data Communication using RF Module. In this project, we used SX1278 RF module, which we operated within a range of 50m. The SX1278 transceivers feature the LoRa long range modem that provides ultra-long range spread spectrum communication and high interference immunity whilst minimizing current consumption. After successful completion of the code, it was implemented; the results were observed on the serial monitor, and then, verified.

DRDO has a structured work culture. It is one of the best Research & Development Organisations that India has. It was a privilege to be a part of such a prestigious organization and to work with such renowned scientists, who are making our nation stand out on a global level, especially, in the field of technology.

If Satish’s experience motivates you, you can check the latest internships in Delhi and electronics internships.

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31 thoughts on “How I got an internship at DRDO – The complete process

  • August 11, 2017 at 8:31 PM

    This was really useful.
    thank you for sharing.

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  • August 13, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    How did you apply to LASTEC department?

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    • August 14, 2017 at 8:13 AM

      You can email your resume to the HRD department of LASTEC.
      If you want the email ID of the HR you can drop down your mail-id here.

      Maybe this answers your question. Also, share this post among your friends, they might get some understanding regarding the selection process. And if you have any other query please be open to ask.

      Thank you.

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      • August 15, 2017 at 11:11 PM

        Is it possible to do intern during Jan to Apr period? If so can you mail HR email ID to activevijai007@gmail.com
        And you have mentioned that more than 500 students applied for that and may I know how many of them were selected?

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        • August 16, 2017 at 7:38 PM

          Around 150-200 students were selected at that time. I didn’t remember the exact number.

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        • August 16, 2017 at 11:49 PM

          Yes u can apply for internship during the month of April.

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      • September 10, 2017 at 8:11 PM

        Can you provide me the email id of HR . If yes then my email ID is arorayash1998@gmail.com

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  • August 14, 2017 at 11:52 AM

    When we have to apply for this…means registration date for apply in drdo

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    • August 14, 2017 at 5:54 PM

      You can apply in the month of April. Every department have its own Interview schedule. Once you are selected they will give you 1 month duration within which you can start your training any day according to your college schedule.

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  • August 14, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    Did you receive any stipend?

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  • August 14, 2017 at 5:57 PM

    No I didn’t get any stipend. Generally, no one gets stipend in such organisation and not even in any PSU’s.

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  • August 15, 2017 at 8:07 AM

    I am from Mechanical,How can i get internship /vt in DRDO?

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    • August 15, 2017 at 12:13 PM

      Almost all labs in DRDO have some research related work related to mechanical profile.

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  • August 15, 2017 at 6:58 PM

    I am a student of MCA .How can i apply in DRDO for internship?

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    • August 15, 2017 at 9:29 PM

      The process is similar and I have already mentioned the selection procedure. DRDO works in the department of aeronautics, armaments, electronics, combat, vehicle, advanced computing, naval system, simulation and live science.

      Once you have decide your field of work and lab, make a short resume and a cover letter describing why you want to apply to that specific lab, also mention any previous work done by you related to that field or domain.

      Thank you

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  • August 16, 2017 at 5:58 AM

    hey what are the terms and condition to intern at DRDO ? i mean as i entc 2nd year student can i apply for these???

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    • August 16, 2017 at 6:31 AM

      Yes you can apply for the internship even after the completion of your 2nd yr.

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  • August 19, 2017 at 3:05 PM

    Can we apply at DRDO through Internshala?

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    • August 19, 2017 at 8:09 PM

      I’m not aware of that. It can be best answered by the Internshala team. I hope they will respond to your query at the earliest.

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  • August 19, 2017 at 6:40 PM

    I am student of Ece 2nd year. How Can I apply in DRDO for internship? Can you please send me HR email ID ?

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    • August 19, 2017 at 8:03 PM

      The process for applying in DRDO for internship is same for everyone irrespective of your year of engineering.
      I have already answered this similar question of yours in the former comments.

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  • August 21, 2017 at 5:54 PM

    How can i prepare for such interviews? I mean i have just started my 2nd year in ECE from UIET, Chandigarh. How can i get internships in other organisations like this?

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    • August 28, 2017 at 8:41 AM

      If you are from electronics just make your fundamentals very strong. Work upon practical stuff’s.

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  • September 2, 2017 at 1:46 PM

    Hi, I’am a student of final year B-TECH in discipline chemical engineering i have a query that, may i apply for an internship.

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      • September 12, 2017 at 12:17 PM

        Sir i want to project on synthesis &biological activity of semicarbazones .
        I am student of m pharm pharmaceutical chemistry.
        Sir please say about this .
        This is possible from drdo Gwallior .
        And say about fee who i will pay

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  • September 12, 2017 at 6:01 PM

    What is the opportunity after getting training from drdo??

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  • October 5, 2017 at 3:51 AM

    Can i get email id of HR please….@internsala
    My email id : hs99215@gmail.com

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  • October 9, 2017 at 10:51 PM

    I’m a first year student of Electrical and electronic engineering discipline. Can I apply for internship in DRDO? If yes, please elaborate the procedure.

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