The third-year summer internship is most important for building a good profile since one has done enough courses, especially when it comes to programming, in last three years. From improving your skill set to getting exposure of industry environment, this is an excellent opportunity for non-core aspirants. This article covers this aspect of the third-year internship, with inputs from people who got an intern through TnP and also on their own. We thank Rohit Saini, who had an intern in Samsung India and Kartik Goyal, who interned at Innoplexus Consulting Services Pvt Ltd, for their inputs.
Kartik Goel Rohit saini
The students apply to companies that come for interviews on campus, which has a defined structure and hassle-free process. It mainly starts with a CGPA and department cutoffs, which depends on the company offering the internship. Below this minimum CGPA, you cannot sit for the first round. After this preliminary filtering, the shortlisted candidates generally have a test, where questions about programming are asked, in one of the popular languages like C++, Java etc. Some companies avoid a written test; they take an interview for the technical round. Questions about data structures and algorithms are asked to understand the approach of the student. There are some CV questions too, about the projects one have done. Then the shortlisted candidates sit for an HR interview. HR interview is to know about the soft skills and is not hard to crack.
eDC organises startup meets (BeCON for example) where students can register and be part of the conclave where startups showcase their ideas and offer internships to students. The work at a startup is often more challenging since you are mostly on your own and have more power to take decisions related to the project. The procedure for selection is similar, though startups seem to be more interested in people who have done relevant courses and projects earlier, and this is reflected in their technical interviews when they ask you some specific questions too.
Since we are talking about non-core, COL106 and MTL106 are pre-requisites for most of the further courses. Depending on the interests, one can go on and do further courses in CS Department which help in building up a specific skill set and also opt for a minor in CS Department. MOOCs are also a great opportunity to learn the subject and some of them are very reputed in the industry (For ex: Machine Learning by Andrew NG). They become important since not every course is open to all departments and even seats are limited.
Relevant projects under professors are also a big plus for such internships since companies do prefer people who have prior experience in what students will be expected to do.
Samsung India (through TnP)
One of the largest multinational conglomerates, Samsung has three Research and Development institutes in India. The purpose is to innovate and develop cutting-edge products and services. At the Delhi office, they work mainly on Advanced Research (AI, Blockchain, Big Data) and Software Development aspect of the industry.
Innoplexus Consulting Services Pvt Ltd (through eDC)
Innoplexus is an AI-based startup which helps organisations move to continuous decision-making by generating broader, deeper and faster insights from private and public data. It implements cutting-edge, patented Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and advanced analytics technologies. Their projects are clients based, as in a consulting firm, but the solutions offered are applications that improve their efficiency.
The internship was offered at their Delhi office. The interns were divided into groups and were assigned to some of the ongoing projects. Rohit had a web development project related to Blockchain. Since it is a new topic, not much was there to be done during the internship, and there was less workload.
Innoplexus Consulting Services Pvt Ltd
The internship was offered at Pune office, with Kartik working on an application to predict stock prices based on the news generated in real-time using deep learning. Being a startup, there is a lot more work compared to a multinational corporation, and also allows one to take decisions related to the project on their own.
The intern is expected to work 45 hours a week, with the holiday on weekends. Though they had a professional work environment, working at Samsung was not a great learning experience as the work was not very extensive.
Innoplexus Consulting Services Pvt Ltd
Given there is a greater responsibility for working in a startup, though the works hours officially 8-9 hours a day, one tends to spend more. Also, a lot of self-study is involved in the projects so that weekends may be utilised for that. The environment is good, with mostly young employees working with you.
- If you want to learn, there are more opportunities in a startup
- Advanced courses related to the field of internship help a lot (be it a course at IIT Delhi or a reputed online course)
- Know your CV. Only write substantial things, else it might backfire in an interview
• A CGPA >8.0 becomes necessary since most companies keep such cutoffs.
Article by: Utkarsh Tyagi,Anukriti Yadav