A Basic Path-way Guide for a Right Internship
National Institute of Technology Hamirpur
(Himachal Pradesh, INDIA)
(A start-up company for Internship Guidance)
Objective:To spread awareness about different INTERNSHIP opportunities
available for all students of B.Tech. 2nd and 3rd year which will direct
them to explore and will motivate them to select the best one available
in their particular area of interest.
Internships are now a days forming an important part of an undergraduate
student’s college life. And why not, internships being one of the best way
to add the highly needed practical skills, new experience and develop ones
personality before leaving the college to face new challenges in the world.
With all good things, generally not very easy to get, students face many
problems in getting the right information at the right time. This is very
important for getting the internship which will help you and not otherwise
be a waste of time and money! This booklet is an attempt to solve some of
the many problems and prevent common mistakes done by students in their
quest for the internships.
This booklet has been compiled by Ritesh Gupta (student of National
Institute of Technology, Hamirpur) and InternFeel. NIT Hamirpur is a
premier Institution of National Importance in Himachal Pradesh and
InternFeel is a start-up company founded to help students get insights
about internships by knowing the experiences of intern students. The
information presented in this booklet has been got by experiences of
various students of NIT H, which is believed to be true to the best of
knowledge at the time of compilation.
So then, if all set, read on!!
So first of all, what is Internship??
An internship is an opportunity to enhance classroom learning through
practical career-related work experience. All internships should have
the primary goal of providing students supervision and a chance to
learn while contributing to the organization’s needs. An internship can
be both paid/unpaid.
Apart from providing experience and stipends, it helps students in
determining whether they are actually interested in a particular career
or not. Students get chance to make lasting contacts with professionals
in a related field of interests. A good internship can potentially become
a defining moment towards your career.
So what are the different types of internships available for students?
Read on to find out!
We will discuss about each in detail:
This category of internship is preferred by most of the students. It
basically involves field exposure by making students aware of practical
aspect of their course curriculum. There are three ways to get such
1. Training and Placement Representatives (TPRs) of respective
departments contacting various industries and companies in India and
sending the student database to them and companies inviting them as
2. Companies’ campus recruitment for internship through Personal
Interviews (PI). This mode is very beneficial for getting a PPO (Pre
Placement Offer) from the same company to join them later after
3. Students having contacts of officials concerned to some project work
can directly approach them to get an offer for industrial training.
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) provides tremendous opportunities
for B.Tech students to pursue research internship under the supervision
of their expert faculty having vast knowledge in their particular area of
interest. There are two ways to apply for a summer internship in IITs.
1. Request for summer internship by writing a short research proposal,
cover letter & your CV and sending it directly to the concerned IIT
faculty via e-mail.
2. IIT Summer research fellowship programs in which they invite
applications via (online/offline) modes and shortlist required number
of candidates for internship. Different programs available for internship
in IITs are:-
SURGE Programme: IIT Kanpur
Summer Fellowship Programme: IIT Madras, IIT Delhi, IIT
Jodhpur, IIT Gandhinagar, IIT Guwahati etc.
Other Internships in India
There are some research centres in India where students can apply for
internship. The relevant details of application invitation procedure,
launching dates, deadlines and other details can be located in their
respective websites. Some are listed below:
Summer Research Fellowship Program - IAS, NASI, INSA
DRDO (Defence Research & Development Org.)
CBIP (Central Board of Irrigation & Power)
ISRO (Indian Space Research Org.)
IISc Banglore (Indian Institute of Science)
BARC (Bhabha Atomic Research Center)
Students can also proceed towards pursuing a summer internship at
international level. There are so many programs available for this and
a few out of them are listed below. It is recommended to visit their
respective web sites for detailed information, eligibility, requirements
and other details.
Following programs require a perquisite acceptance letter from a
professor to be eligible to apply for scholarship.
DAAD – WISE (Germany)
Charpak Scholarship (France)
• Search For Professors working in your field of interest.
Search • Make a database of their email-ids and contacts.
• Prepare your cover letter and CV.
• Keep in mind the interests of professor.
• Send your research proposal to the professor.
• Always send individually, and keep in mind time difference.
• Keep trying the above by mailing to different professors, till
you get acceptance and invitation letter.
• After Getting Acceptance ask for scholarship and funding.
Besides above mentioned scholarship programs following programs
are also available which do not require any perquisite acceptance or
invitation from professors. Online application form is a sole criteria for
selections of students in these programs.
Global Leadership Scholarship (Taiwan)
MITACS Globalink (Canada)
SN Bose Scholars Program (USA)
SRI Program (NTU Singapore)
Viterbi-India Internship Program (USA)
Online application forms submission is a very competitive mode to get
a best (IIT or abroad) internship. Thousands of applications are invited
and only a few students are shortlisted. Following documents are
critical for selection in this mode:
Curriculum Vitae (Max. 2 pages)
Statement of Purpose (SOP)
Applicants are advised to focus majorly in these two aspects while
Besides, direct emailing to professor mode for an internship is mostly
preferred especially for abroad internships due to following reasons:
It eliminates a tough competition like in online application mode
as only a few students successfully get an acceptance letter and
probability of getting a scholarship automatically increases.
There is a possibility of getting stipend directly from the inviting
professor which completely eliminates any requirement of a
Student having an acceptance letter may prefer to proceed
towards internship with his own funding in case no scholarship or
stipend from professor is received.
It should be noted that sending an e-mail is a very crucial step and
students frequently commit a mistake in this resulting into loss of a big
opportunity. So, following guidelines are proposed while sending an
Never send your cover letter and CV as attached files in your email. Use e-mail writing section for this.
Always mention waiting to hear from you at the end of cover
Never send mails to two different professors of the same
university (department) on a single day.
Never copy-paste the same Cover Letter all the time. Edit it based
on the Field of interest of recipient professor.
Never send mail on weekends and check the office hours of
Avoid sending mails in bulk as it may drop in to spam folder of
All students are advised to join
1. “Internship Abroad (Utkarsh)” group on facebook. Here you can
find latest updates and queries posted by students who are in
process of applying for internship and those having a good
knowledge in this field and are willing to help others in getting a
2. InternFeel: Here you will find the interviews of the students who
went for internships both in India and Abroad. These will provide
you a great deal of insights about the actual internship and lot
more tips to get them. Good to have email subscription for
notification via website.
3. Internshala: Here you will get notified by various openings of
different internship programs. Good to have email subscription to
receive email notification of different internships.
4. EduInfo: Here along with Internships you are notified frequently
about different competitions and programs. Good to have email
subscription to receive email notification of different internships.
We Hope This Will Inspire You…
“Summer Internship in France was a life changing
experience for me, I encourage all my loving juniors
to dedicate their full efforts and interest to take the
best out of the available tremendous opportunities.”
Ritesh Gupta (B.Tech. Civil, Final Year)
“Two months in Taiwan made me learn many things.
From academics to my own character, it taught me so
much that I will always count it among my best
journeys. It is my advice to all juniors to utilize
summer vacations in a productive way.”
Tanmay Agrawal (B.Tech. Mechanical, Final Year)
“Every night I am dreaming of those days that I have
spent in France. I think this is best line to express my
experience. I suggest and motivate my juniors to try
their best to find a suitable summer internships and
add one such extravaganza in their life.”
Shashank Gupta (B.Tech. Civil, Final Year)
“Doing research internship in France was a wonderful
experience of life and fabulous architectural places to
visit made my journey successful. Dear juniors, put
your maximum effort and dedication to get the best.”
Arpit Gupta (B.Tech. Civil, Final Year)
“In my opinion summer internship is a way of
reinventing one's passion and finding a direction one
would like to pursue, once graduated. It is the best
opportunity for the undergraduate students to break
free from theoretical discourses on the subject.”
Rishabh Sehgal (B.Tech. ECE, Final Year)
If you have more than you need, Share it with those who need it the most.
One Final Point!
Don’t apply for internship, just for the sake of getting one. Especially
for research internships, apply only if you are really interested in the
research field. Aim to work in a field or on a project which fascinates
you. There have been real stories of many students who were selected
for such internship and later repented for having a not-good-to-haveone experience! There are many other ways of getting knowledge and
experience, do try that too.
If you do get an internship/training experience – good or bad, please
don’t forget that there will be many many juniors throughout the
country who will be needing your help, so come, take a step back and
share your experiences for everyone. You might be super busy though,
but you wouldn’t be reading this if everyone were like that. So take out
some of your time and trust us, it really counts!
Best of Luck!
Ritesh Gupta (NIT H)