Editor’s note: This post was originally published on December 17 2014 and has been updated to make it more comprehensive and up-to-date.
L&T ECC is India’s largest construction organization. It offers a broad spectrum of engineering, design, research and consultancy services. It provides internships, training and scholarships at different levels of academic qualifications to students from all over India. In this article, we will share all the information you need to get an internship at L&T Construction.
What are the types of internships at L&T and who are eligible to apply?
L&T offers training / internship to undergraduate students in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Instrumentation / Electronics stream. Students in 3rd or 4th year of their courses can apply.
The company’s Summer Internship Program (SIP) is a two-month long internship for students from premier B-schools after the completion of their first year of MBA.
How to apply for an internship at L&T?
For undergraduate students, you need to contact the HR of the L&T office you wish to intern in and communicate with them through the Training and Placement Cell of your college. For students who have completed their B.Tech and are looking to do M.Tech, L&T provides the Build India Scholarship.
Under SIP, L&T recruits interns specializing in fields of HR and Finance during campus visits to selected colleges.
What after applying?
Undergraduate students are asked to send in resumes to the HR they communicated with and sometimes give telephonic interviews. The questions asked are very basic and rarely technical. Few sample L&T interview questions are-
Do you know about any ongoing projects of L&T?
What are the subjects of interest in your present curriculum and what’s your CGPA?
Apart from academics, what other interests do you have?
If you are looking for an L&T internship in electrical engineering, then you can read about Lekhaj’s experience of interning at L&T. He has shared detailed insights about the selection procedure and the project he worked on during his internship.
For management students, the company first conducts one-hour functional group discussions in which the topics generally pertain to Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior. Based on performances in GD, students are shortlisted for interview. The interview is for around 15-20 minutes, and offers are generally made on the spot or on the same day. Few questions generally asked in the interview are-
What various personality traits should one have to succeed in this industry?
Questions about various labor laws and how they are applicable to the company.
What measures would you take to create a conducive work environment in a company?
Questions on case-studies or particular situations.
Every year L&T chooses 12 summer interns from selected colleges. Interns are assigned to a particular department depending on their specialization. An L&T intern receives a monthly stipend of INR 15,000.
What to expect from an internship at L&T?
Once in, there are various sections of the company where you might fit in according to the stream you belong to. Students from Civil Engineering generally work on a construction site of an ongoing project. Mechanical Engineering students might be put in the mechanical workshops and Electronics / Instrumentation Engineering students may work on any factory automation process or industrial communication protocols.
There is scope of getting a placement offer at L&T after internship. Interns are judged on their performance and the competencies displayed in the assigned project. For complete details please visit here.
Word of advice from ex-interns-
Work is worship– There’s a reason as to why L&T is at the top; their work culture is very disciplined and result-oriented. Consider your internship as a full-fledged job and work very diligently.
Be humble in the interview– ‘Many of my friends projected themselves as the best candidates in the interview and none of them were selected’, this coming from someone who recently appeared for an interview at L&T.
Patience is the key– It might seem to be a bit hard at first for under-graduate students from departments other than Civil Engineering to fit in a construction company. But it gets better with every passing day. Internship at L&T is worth keeping that patience.
Open communication appreciated – One of the interns was asked to visit ten sites during her internship and she could not. She informed her mentor beforehand and it was taken quite well. People at L&T believe in setting realistic targets.
Valuable mentorship– The mentors are all very keen on teaching you technical stuff, if approached with proper intent. Undergraduate students are trained to function in an environment pertaining to construction industry and gain a lot of exposure of real-time work process through their mentors.
The experience of almost all ex-interns at Larsen and Toubro was very enriching and worth relishing. It added valuable tools to their skill set.
If you are interested in similar internships, you can check out these cool civil internships, mechanical internships, and electronics internships. For instance, Udita, an HR intern at L&T, faced several challenges during her internship. She turned these challenges into a huge learning opportunity through perseverance and support from her mentor.
To apply for such amazing internships, please register here.
Editor’s note: The information is based on the interviews of certain ex-interns of the company. Readers are advised to go through the L&T website or contact the L&T office for latest information. We would like to thank Shipreeta Verma, Nimit Patel and Akshita Rangnekar for their valuable inputs.
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