In this section, the editorial team of Internshala shares some of the best researched tips, trends, and career advice that hopefully will help you in your career.

How To Ace Your Internship’s Final PowerPoint Presentation

March 11th, 2014 No comments

Let’s just say, hypothetically, you have that internship you always wanted. You’re too happy about it and you’re already day-dreaming about that pre-placement offer from the company. Now, let’s fast-forward a bit more.

Say your internship is about to end. You have worked your ass off for the past couple of months to prove your worth. Or maybe you haven’t and you realize that now it is high time you show’em what you can do. And you have just a few days left to make that final impression.

So, what do you do to finish it off? How do you sum up all your work and present your final report?

Internship Presentations

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8 networking tips for introverts

March 8th, 2014 No comments

introvert_vs_extrovert“Should I go to the party and if I go, will anybody talk to me?”, “How should I start the conversation?”

Are you scared of meeting new people and feel like locking yourself in a room? Then this article is intended for you. In today’s world, if you think you can achieve everything on your own, without making contacts with people, you are absolutely wrong. You need to get out of your comfort zone and start socializing with people. Networking is simply talking to people, making connections and developing rapport with them. Socializing is important for getting your work done from people. It improves your personality and will also benefit you a lot in your career.

But Networking may not be an easy skill to master for everyone. Nobody is born with the capability of networking; you have to learn it and practice it in everyday life.

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An internship guide to Japan- the country of hopes!

March 2nd, 2014 1 comment

Torii of Itsukushima Shrine near Hiroshima, one of the Three Views of Japan and a UNESCO World Heritage SiteThe “Land of the Rising Sun” is a country where the past meets the future. It is known all over the world for its electronic products. Japan is a land of corporate conglomerates such as Nikon, Sony, Hitachi, Suzuki, Mitsubishi etc. Japan has the highest number of science Nobel Laureates in Asia. Japan, in spite of being a small country and prone to many natural disasters, has made its presence felt across the globe. It is seen as a perfect combination of tradition and modernization. You will see skyscrapers everywhere, and then suddenly you will bump into a wooden entrance of an old monastery.

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An internship guide to the USA- the dream destination!

February 22nd, 2014 2 comments

the-statue-of-libertyWhat comes to your mind first when anybody asks you in which foreign country you would wish to intern? Every Indian from childhood dreams of going to ‘Amrica’. The United States of America is one of the most powerful and influential nations of the world today. It is known across the globe for its world- class institutions like the Harvard, MIT, Stanford and many more. It has become a “melting pot” of cultures from around the world with Indians being in majority to migrate to the USA. Once you reach the States, you will not feel away from home! Also remember that it is not a land of television and the movies. It is large, complex, and diverse, with several distinct regional identities. Read more…

6 cool innovations for anybody and everybody!

February 18th, 2014 No comments

innovationSome wise person has correctly said that necessity is the mother of innovation. Remember Aamir Khan’s definition of a machine in the movie 3 Idiots - “anything that makes our life simpler and easier in a cheaper and faster way is a machine!”? Technology is not just reading about the electrons and protons in an engineering college, but it is developing anything useful for anybody anywhere!

Here are a few cool innovations by an aam aadmi around us:

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6 Hobbies That Will Help

February 12th, 2014 No comments

We see so many online articles on resume-writing tips and tutorial videos about how to make your resume more beautiful and well-formatted. But, what most of us forget to do is possess equally meaningful content to do justice to an intricately designed and edited resume.

what are your hobbies and interests

For most of us young interview candidates, when someone asks us what our hobbies and interests are, we seem puzzled and start to think ‘Okay what is it that really interests me and that I can openly admit and not even feel embarrassed of?’

Suddenly, we make our thinking as self-centred as possible but fail to come up with a single convincing passion that can help us safely get out this awkward question.

We end up with the depressing feeling, ‘Is my life really that boring and lame?’

Have you also faced a similar situation in life or rather in the middle of a high-stakes interview?

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An internship guide to Germany- the land of surprises!

February 1st, 2014 No comments

 Brandenburg Gate Being the biggest country of Central Europe, Germany is one of the most influential European nations culturally and one of the main economic powers. Known around the globe for its engineering universities and high-tech products, it is equally known for its old-world charm and simplicity. If you have perceptions of Germany as simply homogeneous, it will surprise you with its rich history, architecture and diversity.

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5 books that you can start reading with to improve your English

January 27th, 2014 No comments

readIs the thought of improving your ‘English’ not letting you have a good night sleep? There’s only one solution to it. Read, read, and read!

Why is it important to have good English?

Where don’t you need English? Today, wherever you go, whether be it for job or future studies, you need to have good communication skills to present yourself in front of others. There has been lot of buzz lately around about how companies incessantly complain about the poor communication skills of fresh graduates.  Read more…

10 winning ways to wow your boss

January 21st, 2014 No comments

Many of us will be securing our internship in the coming months after having tried so hard and will be nervously waiting for the first day. Unless you are the founder or CEO, you will have to work under a mentor or manager, scarily known as a Boss in the real world. So what if you got that dream internship but failed to leave a mark on your boss? Here are some ways to avoid doing just that.

Disclaimer- The below in no way, directly or indirectly, relates to me or my boss ;)

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Internships: What to do if T&P cells don’t help

January 20th, 2014 No comments

Internship helps in getting a job2

Many of you reading this article might have an internship or two under your belt and chances are more than 90% of those came from absolutely no help from your college. When it comes to asking our colleges’ Training and Placement cell for some help in securing internships et al, we are met with questioning eyes as to how dare we disturb them during their lunch time. Internship, they presume, is just a show-off for adding lines to your resume. When in fact, it is quite the most important thing during your college life.

Let me share my experience with you. Being a non-IITian, getting an internship in a big multinational was naturally tougher. At the end of my first year, I went to the T&P of my college and asked for an internship recommendation.

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Interns, Sexual Harassment and the Law

January 20th, 2014 No comments

With successive cases of sexual harassment of interns coming out of the woodwork, it is helpful to look at the kind of policies India has in place against sexual harassment at the workplace, and how these apply to interns. There is indeed a specific law to prevent and deal with sexual harassment at the workplace – it is called The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

Intern Sexual Harassment

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8 career options that you may choose after you graduate

January 16th, 2014 6 comments

career confusion

What should I do after graduation? I am totally confused. Don’t know what next?

If such questions are bothering you, you are not alone. Every college student goes through this phase (especially in the last year) and while you will have to figure this out yourself, the list below presents some of the options that you may consider and could be a good starting point.

When it comes to starting your career, keep these basic rules in mind -

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5 reasons why you should do atleast one writing internship, irrespective of what you study!

January 13th, 2014 No comments

CalvinAndHobbes-Graduate Thesis

I started Internshala as a blog and at that time the only skill I had was I could write. Three years later, with Internshala being where it is today, I feel this skill played a BIG role throughout Internshala’s journey.

Writing, seemingly boring, highly under-rated, and often ignored skill, can do wonders to you as a person and to your career, if you nurture it well. Here is how?

1. Writing brings clarity of thought

In my first job as an analyst at Capital One, we all used to make presentations to senior management on new projects and ideas. And these presentations used to be full of jazz – the fancy graphs, cute animations, exaggerated lingo. The life was a smooth sail. Then one day, the presentations were banned across the company. We were asked to submit all the new ideas/proposals/analysis as 1 to 2 pages long word documents. And suddenly all hell broke loose.

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Graduated in 2013 and waiting for your joining?

July 13th, 2013 1 comment

SunscreenThis July a million more would graduate from our universities, ready to join the corporate world. For a large number of students, particularly those hired by mass IT recruiters like TCS, Infosys etc., this would mark the beginning of an agonizing period of seemingly endless wait – for the joining letter or the joining date.

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Five questions you must ask while interviewing a prospective intern

June 14th, 2013 No comments

ability-to-smell-fear-cartoonHuman psychology is the most intricate thing to deal with, and it’s really a daunting task to judge someone in a 20 – 30 minute chat . But still, if interview is done smartly, there is a high chance that you’d get all the required information to take a final call on a prospective intern. In our experience, these 5 questions are a great help to understand whether a student is a good fit for the internship or not.

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Intern hiring: things to keep in mind

June 5th, 2013 No comments

Arguably, having an internship programme iInterns hirings the best way to tap into young talent, however intern hiring is no cakewalk.  While young interns have immense potential, and they can do wonders (Internshala itself is a perfect example of what interns can do, as entire company has been built with the help of interns only- Internshala hired its first full time employee two years after it was started), finding right ones is still a challenge.

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9 things to do this summer (that are not internships)

April 24th, 2013 3 comments

What to do this summer

Some summers are not meant to be spent doing internships. They are meant for you to sit back, enjoy life, and…eventually get bored. There are several things you can do once the boredom sets in. We’ve made a list of skills you can pick up over the course of a summer, sitting at home. You might be interested in some or already an expert in others, but you will get ideas on what to do apart from catching up with TV shows:

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What you could still do if you are not from IIT/NIT

December 15th, 2012 21 comments

HopeThis post is for those students who by choice or by chance find themselves in colleges which do not enjoy the same brand reputation and infrastructure that IITs and NITs do and hence feel disadvantaged when it comes to competing with students from premier institutes for internship and career opportunities. While it would be foolish to state that college brand does not play a role in deciding your career path in a country where dowry rates depend on the chip you carry on your shoulder; my experience of interacting with thousands of students over last 2 years, suggests that not all hope  is lost if you are determined to fight against the odds!

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The Apprentices Act, 1961 — Demystified for Students

November 10th, 2012 2 comments

“Bridging careers, building careers.” That’s the slogan in a promotional video released by the Board of Apprenticeship Training, Western Region. That is indeed the idea behind the Apprentices Act, 1961: to help fresh engineers (who just graduated) get valuable experience and hence improve their employability. Along with on the job training, students have the possibility of being offered a permanent position post training. For companies, it is a one-stop destination to recruit trainees and possibly full-time workers. There are four regional boards under the Ministry of Human Resources Development. The Act, like any other Act, is boring and sleep-inducing, so we created an infographic aimed at students:

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Office Romance – What to do when the heart takes over the head?

October 9th, 2012 3 comments

Passion flared. Hearts connected. Meals shared. Files neglected. They were/weren’t scared. Work affected. Depressed they were. Ignored the Sir. Fired they were.

Sounds cheesy? But this mini poem best describes the situation in almost 85% of the cases of office romances. Be it your boss or your partner, things generally turn out bad. Though the unfortunate end is inevitable, there may be exceptions.

Does being smitten by a co-worker lead to ignoring the work and distraction?

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