I got an internship at IISc after my first year. Here’s how I started.

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About the Author: Diwakar Srivastava, a student of Amity University, shares how he got selected for an internship at IISc, Bangalore, and tells us about his internship experience.

During the 2nd semester, when I started planning for my first internship, I was clear about one thing: I wanted to intern at a place where I would be given credible work and an opportunity to learn. Having scored well in the 1st year, and in my 10th & 12th Board exams, I was aiming to work as a research intern at IISc, Bangalore. With the help of my professor and my director, I got my recommendation letters. Thereafter, I started working on my resume, highlighting my interest in fluid mechanics. The communication classes that I had taken seriously in college taught me how to be presentable. In order to be different, I made some major changes in my resume which would give the selection committee a complete view of my strengths, knowledge, vision, achievements, educational background, vocational trainings, positions of responsibilities, and extra-curricular activities. Most importantly, I attached references, certificates, and recommendation letters along with the resume hoping that it’d provide the professors a better reading experience which would make it stand out from the rest of the resumes and show my willingness to grab the opportunity.

I began searching for professors at IISc and started emailing them. Luckily, after a few weeks, I received a reply from one of the professors mentioning that he had a vacancy for a research intern. He also mentioned that he had gone through my resume and liked the way I had presented it. A Skype interview was scheduled that week for the selection process. In the interview, I was asked about my interests along with questions from fluid dynamics, physics, and mechanics. Keeping in mind the scope of ongoing work in the fluids lab, I talked about my interest in fluids and turbines. ‘The cavitation process and how to remove it’ was also a major point which I had mentioned through which he understood that I had some knowledge in fluids. I further told him that the internship would be a milestone in my career as it would help me get practical exposure and understand how things worked in India’s most prestigious university. Furthermore, I told him that it would help me gain knowledge about the subject, and also, it would help me develop my research-oriented skills which would allow me to think out of the box. Then, some basic engineering questions were asked related to SI units, some basic definitions of pressure, thrust, etc. I was confidently able to answer all the questions. In the end, he was satisfied and congratulated me for my selection. I was thrilled!

I packed my bags to leave for the summer internship. Upon arrival, I met my professor, and he introduced me to my guide under whom I would be working. He also provided me with an accommodation in the IISc guest house which was a very peaceful place. I had a small room with a perfect view of nature from the window. I worked on Drag Reduction in Turbulent Flow in Pipes using Polymers. My guide explained what they were working on, and what they wanted to achieve. I was given the opportunity to assist him in the experimental setups, record the readings, and explore the Bangalore markets where we used to buy materials for our project. Meanwhile, I was also given papers to read and find out about new technologies in the drag reduction process. I enjoyed everything I did there as I got exposure to latest technologies like Laser effect and softwares like PLC SCADA. I was happy to be involved in the project rather than just being an on-site observer.

After 50 days, I submitted my report and presented the project that I had worked on to my guide and my professor. My project work was duly appreciated by them. I received the certificate on the last day, and on a happy note, I bid adieu to everyone. This internship paved the way to further achievements for me: I did my second internship at DRDO because of my big start, went on to secure a gold medal in engineering, and secured a good job as a mechanical engineer.

Inspired by Diwakar’s journey? Don’t hold back; keep going. Check out these latest chemical internships and internships in Bangalore.

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6 thoughts on “I got an internship at IISc after my first year. Here’s how I started.

  • March 31, 2018 at 3:24 PM

    Thanks for sharing your experience.
    I have a question that Will I get fellowship if I join any bio science department through this type of mailing procedure?

    Reply
    • April 3, 2018 at 2:05 PM

      Hi Varun,

      We do not have any information regarding this. You may visit IISc’s careers page for details. You may also try getting in touch with the HR on LinkedIn.

      Thanks~ Unnatti

      Reply
  • August 4, 2018 at 4:53 AM

    Hi, Currently Im pursuing 3rd yr Btech Biotechnology & I want to do a summer internship from IIT, NIT or IISc . How to apply for it?

    Reply
  • December 3, 2018 at 6:57 PM

    I am currently doing by first year bsc in genetics and biotechnology. I am looking for an internship in IISc. How do I apply?

    Reply
    • December 11, 2018 at 4:05 PM

      Hi Meghana,

      Thank you for writing in.

      I am afraid, currently, we do not have any internship in IISc available on our platform. You can visit their website for more information. However, in case you are looking for internships, please register on Internshala here – http://bit.ly/new-registration. You can filter internships according to your preference.

      Thanks~ Ankit

      Reply

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