Hyderabad: Internship is an extension of university learning which offers practical work experience relating to students’ field of study. Usually, fourth semester under-graduate students, as a part of their sandwich programme, go for internships where they have the opportunity to use their knowledge to solve real world professional problems.
For college-going students, the real problem begins with choosing the right kind of internship programme.
Choosing an internship
To choose the best internship programme, you must begin with looking at your desired organisation and what their programme has to offer. Then ask yourself, if it matches your interest. Since you will be wanting a career as per your interest, choosing an internship accordingly will benefit as it exposes you to the required skillset.
Look at the stipend they offer, most internships will be unpaid, nonetheless both have their advantages. The paid programmes come handy for students who need financial support along with learning experience. But, it has a drawback as only big companies offer paid programs, so it becomes difficult to find the right exposure to practical learning. On the other hand, unpaid internships in smaller organisations and startups have limited staff and require everyone to get involved in the operations enabling interns to get the right exposure.
You must also consider the work hours before joining a programme. Choose an internship that allows adequate time for your academic schedule.
Be prepared to relocate, if an internship programme demands it. Do not hesitate to relocate to a new place as it offers both change of scenery and the exposure you desire. Some multinational companies (MNCs) may even ask you to join the programme abroad as part of their global internship programme.
Sites to look at
You can find internship programmes offered by various companies on their official websites or you can find them at online websites such as internshala.com, Linkedin.com, LetsIntern.com, InternWorld.com, etc. where you can select and apply for the programme of your choice.
Prepare a good resume after thoroughly going through the organisation and the description of work. Following good email etiquette, where you sound polite and use a definite subject line avoiding use of informal language is a must.
The documentation for interns changes from organisation to organisation, but most companies ask for a college identity card, a formal letter of application along with three letters of recommendations (LoR), college transcripts to know your GPA score, resume, cover letter and a statement of purpose (an essay on why you’re interested in their company or the role they offer). Keep ready a copy of Aadhaar card, bank details and a couple of passport size photographs.