Third year is the time when all students are scurrying to find some sort of internship. I was extremely lucky to get an internship as a Project Trainee at Tata Consultancy Services. Securing an internship from any other medium apart from campus internship programs is quite difficult. The easiest, although not the most reliable way to go about it is asking someone in the company you want to intern to forward your resume and an impressive cover letter to the H.R. of their department. They can in turn forward it to whomsoever concerned. This is the route I took. Luckily, I got a call from Tata Consultancy Services asking me to come and appear for an aptitude test. After clearing that stage I was required to complete other joining formalities.
I was assigned a project known as Global Insurance Pool which was a tool for Actuaries to calculate premiums based on the data subjected to different indicators. I was required to code parts of the project and design databases for the same. An extremely important thing to establish at start of an internship which is not part of an internship program is-A Mentor. This is extremely important as initially it is much easier to acclimatize and there is always someone you can go to time and again for help and feedback as he is fully aware of everything from start to finish. If there is a gap of sometime before you start your internship it would be a good idea to enquire about the technologies required on the project so as to not waste time learning them during the internship period. [......]
I was fortunate to be among the five who were selected for the internship provided by one of the most coveted companies Goldman Sachs. Technology role at an Investment Bank means that one applies his/her technical skills to support financial services. For the 2 months that I was at Goldman, I was a part of the Financial Controller's Technology division. Other interns from VJTI were in Operations, Firmwide Services and Private Wealth Management Technology. To facilitate our induction into the company, interns were given seminars on the functions of the various business units of the firm. This helped me gain a holistic view of the company.
The projects assigned were largely determined by the manager one worked under. I was assigned projects that involved enhancing the console framework used by the developers in the team to create regulatory and financial accounting applications, creating a training tool for the new employees in the team to help them get a feel of the frameworks and the processes and enhancing a process model for collecting, analyzing and storing the company’s trade and valuation information.
The technologies I worked on were JAVA, Swing, XML and JUnit Testing. Luckily, I was not expected know these technologies as they were to be learnt on the job. Thus, I spent my first week becoming familiar with these technologies and applied them over the course of the next few weeks. The working environment was extremely congenial as all my team members were extremely enthusiastic in helping me overcome any difficulty. The weekly feedback sessions with my manager were an added bonus as they provided constructive advice that allowed me to further improve my work and meet my project deadlines. [.......]
For a fairly average student like me who would probably never make it to the extraordinary league of the 9 pointers, getting an internship was something that I intended to do and mind me it really isn’t that tough.
Over the winter of 2010, I did a 5-week internship at Raymond in the HR Department. Yes, it was not an internship in the technical area, but was more inclined towards the management sector. As an engineering student I was completely clueless as to what I would be doing over there for 5 weeks, but as soon as I joined I realised that there was no need for any kind of apprehension because I feel no matter where you go for an internship, the people there are really welcoming and will be happy to guide you through. The project that I was assigned was Employee Engagement and its related activities. Employee Engagement is a means to facilitate employee – manager relations through events such as social gatherings, forums/meets and team building activities. My project also demanded developing a yearly activity calendar for the company so that all the employees would be aware of the various activities and events that would take place for the entire year. So during the entire time that I was there, I focused on the things that the employees would appreciate and that would help them have a better understanding and cordial relationship with their managers. At the end of my internship, I had to submit a document along with the yearly calendar and I had to give a presentation as well. What made this internship so significant for me, was the fact that this helped me understand people on a different level and how people and their attitude affect a working atmosphere.
Before I did this internship I wasn’t quite sure what I would do after my graduation. An MBA is what I was sure of, but the field in which I would do one wasn’t quite clear to me. Doing this internship made me realise where my interest truly lies. So, I say go ahead do an internship in whatever field pleases you because in the end it will give you some direction on what you could do with your life.
- Dhani Savla, 3rd Year B.Tech student, IT Department
After graduating from VJTI in 2010, I opted out of my job and instead took up a research fellowship at the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay. Getting into IITB wasn’t as difficult as I thought. A brief email and a meeting was all that it took for the professor to decide to give me the research posting. I believe that the eagerness to learn and a willingness to work hard is all that it takes to get a research oriented job like this. Working on a research project was overwhelming in the first month or so, but once I got over it, I was learning new things at an exponential rate.
I am working as a Research Assistant here at IITB and my work is mainly related to heat transfer. My primary project is one funded by BARC and involves the experimental study and numerical simulation of thermal radiation in furnaces. I am also working on a side project that deals with enhancing convective heat transfer in ducts. This research will be used further to study gas turbine blade cooling and is funded by the Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE).
Working here at IIT is completely different from what I’ve seen and heard about a conventional 9 to 5 job. Here, a person gets to choose the area of his or her interest rather than some cooperate structure telling you where you have to work and what you have to do. You do have to answer to and report your findings to a professor who heads the research, but other than that, you are completely independent and free to proceed with the research on your own terms. There aren’t very many stringent deadlines and the working hours are quite flexible. There have been some days where I would have to wait long hours for a particular experimental observation and I was sure the boredom would kill me. Yet there have been some other days when even 24 hours seem to have been too little to do the things that had to be done. But at the end, the promise of discovery and knowledge assuages any and all misgivings one might ever have in this line of work.[......]
I consider myself lucky to be chosen as a part of the OnlyGizmos.com team, founded by Annkur Agarwal, for two months at the end of my first year. It was a thrilling experience and beyond my expectations.
Being a part of the content developing team, I had to blog about the latest happenings in the field of technology and that was my prime job. After setting up my Google Reader, I had to go through numerous websites to see if there were some confirmed news about a release of a new phone or a new update on the existing technology and then blog about it in my own words. The website was managed by Wordpress 3.0 Content Management System (CMS). Thus creating, editing and deleting a post was hassle free. During my tenure, some noteworthy changes that came about were – release of iPhone 4 along with iOS4, Android’s Froyo (i.e. version 2.2) update rumors and multiple Indian companies launching their cell phones. I had the liberty to choose a topic amongst various technology news pieces and blog about it on the site. How can I forget the awesome and awful (Yes, both at the same time!) experience of making video reviews? Video reviews of some apps of iPad and some Indian (read Micromax) cell phones were added in the blogpost after multiple attempts of getting it right. :P
Along with blogging, I had a lot of fun time as I played around with the iPad and iPod Touch since I blogged about the latest apps hitting the appstore and Cydia(3rd party apps) for the respective devices on iphonehelp.in, another blogging website founded by Annkur. Installing new apps, trying them out was super fun. Also found some interesting wallpapers to blog about for jailbroken ‘iDevices’.
Let me introduce you to my office culture. Some of you may say that it could have been done from home, but since this was an internship program, I had to go to the office, which according to me, was the best part! Along with somewhat flexible timings, free lunch & evening snacks and air conditioned office, I had the freedom to work in my shorts too! Obviously this was my first out-of-academics adventure and I thought I’ll be going in formals everyday but that wasn’t the case. Annkur himself is a 24 year old entrepreneur from Mumbai and he never allowed me call to him ‘the boss’. One afternoon, I get a call from him saying,”Get ready, we are going to cover Ballmer’s keynote speech in an hour.” This was the most amazing and memorable surprise! The experience of hearing Steve Ballmer (CEO, Microsoft) live was exhilarating in addition to getting a media badge and a seat, reserved for media in first two rows at Taj Lands End, Bandra. [.....]
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