Why Internships should matter?


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 yourprofessional 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!


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12 thoughts on “Why Internships should matter?

  • January 27, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    hey this is nice one……..we really need this……..

  • January 27, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    good one , provide info. of other companies also so that we can get it’s
    benefit…………………….. ALL THE BEST……………………………

  • January 28, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    @shefali agrawal
    Thanks. Are there any particular companies that you have in mind that you would like to check out for availability of internship programs – let me know. I could search with in my professional network and let you know.

    Alternatively, if you come across an opportunity that you would like others to know – post it right away.

  • January 28, 2011 at 1:26 AM

    @shanu gupta
    Thanks for your comment and compliment. As mentioned in previous comment – do let me know if you have any particular companies in mind – I could check for you.

    Alternatively, if you come across an opportunity that you would like others to know – post it right away :)

  • January 28, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    plz tell me how to apply for internship program…..
    plz tell me link….

  • January 28, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    I want info about BSNL…… wat is criteria to apply there…………

  • January 28, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    I want info about BSNL….wat is criteria to apply there

  • January 28, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    @sandeep khandelwal
    I wrote an entire 400 words essay on it but guess that did not solve the purpose :). The Available Internships section does mention couple of internship opportunities that I know of as of now.

    If you would like a more detailed conversation – drop me a line at sarvesh@internshala.com and keep visiting this blog for more info in future.

  • March 27, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    I liked your blog…..
    It is nice… Well managed… All the interns are great and meaningful ….
    Very useful and great…

    • March 28, 2011 at 1:30 AM

      Thanks :)

      Could you help me spread the word please?


  • March 29, 2011 at 7:17 AM

    Yes sure I will spread a word in IIT Delhi…
    I want to talk to you…

  • July 5, 2018 at 9:18 PM

    Very nicely written and perfect to the context.


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