This 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.
Human 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.
Arguably, having an internship programme is 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.
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:
This 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!
“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:
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?
There are more than 1 million students graduating in India every year, but nearly ~75% are labelled unemployable by industry. In addition, many students, in absence of enough practical exposure, land jobs in fields other than their specialization or remain unemployed. What is the reason behind this? Where are we lacking? What could we do to bridge this gap between what academia produces and what industry wants?
The world of internships and interns in India is by no means tiny. It is mildly disturbing, then, that there are absolutely no laws that cover interns in India. The Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1946 does make a mention of apprentices but applies only to industrial establishments that employ 100 or more workers. The rules pertaining to this Act include some very good ones about legal redressal related to removal from service etc., but all the laws that apply to permanent workers do not apply to apprentices.
We all know (only too well) that unpaid internships aren’t illegal in India. Interns aren’t even entitled to get minimum wages. The Minimum Wages Act, 1948, covers mainly the unorganised primary sector. This means you aren’t entitled to get minimum wages unless you work in, say, a toffee factory or are engaged in the “handling and care of elephants.”
The next big academic worry on many of yours’ minds would be the final year/semester projects. The very thought of it makes most of us jittery, dull and sad, isn’t it?
In India, like internships, we believe final year project can be a great opportunity for one to really explore and understand the depth of one’s chosen subject (in form of a research project) or to get a prolonged exposure to practical application of whatever you have learnt in the classroom. However, likes internships, in India final year projects are also a case of a missed opportunity.
Its no secret that 90% of these projects happen in a Xerox shop a night before the deadline. While a few may have genuinely lost interest in their chosen area of study by this time, for majority its a case of the project itself being boring. Would it be any different if we were allowed to work with industry for our final year project?
To re-quote the often quoted statistics on this blog, India produces ~1000,000+ engineering graduates every year which means there are ~1000,000+ final year projects happening as well. Even if you take ~6 months as the minimum duration of one such project, what comes out of the 6 million man months that we spend as a nation on final year projects? How many new ideas get generated, research projects get advanced or path breaking innovations happen? How many of these 1Mn projects are actually meaningful & intellectually stimulating?
We believe there are enough serious students who want to do a good job of their final year project if given right opportunity and Internshala would like to make a case in front of industry to provide these students with enough opportunities as final year projects. Before we do that, we need to know how many of you are actually interested in taking these projects in industry. Why not let us know what you think here and get your voice heard!
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There is this excellent post on Hyperbole and A Half about the ups and downs of adulthood. The ups and downs of internhood are a little different. You see, internships are like waves.
This is what a wave looks like:
This is how your first internship makes you feel:
Interning at Google this summer? Pooh. J.P. Morgan Chase? Unexciting. These supposedly awesome internships pale when compared to these! Read more…
Ever heard of cotton internships?* Nearly a century and a half ago colored men used to take up these international internships, mainly in US and parts of Europe. They used to work for free, just like many students would do this summer. The term used these days is different – Unpaid internship. Are unpaid internships THAT bad? The debate is still hot in the media. But before debating about whether internships should be paid or not we should try to define internships.
At Internshala we post a lot of internship opportunities in start-ups. Now interning at a start-up is not quite like interning anywhere else, and it’s best to be prepared before you make a decision. Read on about the benefits and challenges involved in interning at a start-up.
Arts is an incredibly diverse field, and if you are an Arts major, your options are anything but limited. The only catch is that you have to be exceptional in the field you choose, and for this you have to work hard and love your work. Once you channelize your diverse interests, you can build an extremely rewarding career. Following are the hottest career paths you can choose after a degree in any Arts or Humanities subject. Find out what job you should consider by combining your areas of interest and your personal attributes, like this:
Imagine yourself standing inside your favourite car’s showroom a few years down the line. Irrespective of the amount of research done, friends’ opinions taken; you would take it out for a test drive before buying. And why? Because only then you would know how it feels to be driving that car.
Think of internship as the test drive for your professional career. It is the first job before first job –allows you to get your foot into the door without having to make a life time commitment while exploring the breadth and depth of a profession. An internship helps you make a better informed career choice and avoid a potential first job mishap. Isn’t that great?
In addition, an internship is an opportunity for you to apply the classroom knowledge to real world problems and develop new skills – I, for example, learnt financial modeling during my internship and it is my bread and butter today. Working under crunched timelines, with different people you barely know, on a project beyond textbook knowledge, and for a supervisor who demands only the best – these are learnings that are hard to simulate in a classroom environment and can do wonders to your self-confidence.
Networking is other major positive – it’s a small world out there and people have elephant like memories. The connections that you make and the impressions that you leave can be a big help later in life.
Lastly, an internship may obliterate the need for a job hunt all together by securing you a career with the same company. Even otherwise a good internship makes for a good resume. Recruiters love candidates with prior work experience and an internship on your resume gives you an edge above the rest.
For an organization also, to catch ‘em young through an internship program makes sense. Candidates having to prove their worth by working on a live project before getting hired – for a small sum or no money at all! Wouldn’t you love that? And candidates who join you post an internship are likely to stay longer because they are better exposed to the work, the organization, and the culture. In addition, the students bring energy, fresh ideas, and bricks and buckets of enthusiasm/passion which, if guided properly, can make a real difference.
Having mentored interns myself, in India and abroad, I know the power of a curious unconditioned mind and the value it can add. Hence I believe an internship is a win-win situation for the intern and the organization and should matter to both.
Have something to say, ask, critique or know of an internship opportunity that you would like others to know – post it right away!