The total number of internships
offers made during the last academic year (2019-2020) was 554. Students get paid a stipend during their internship.
The internship drive was completely online for the first time in its history. Companies interviewed students over video conferencing platforms and offered internships for the summer of 2021.
N.V. Ravi Kumar, Advisor (Internship), IIT Madras, said, “I am happy to inform that the online internship interviews for day one has been quite successful. IIT Madras
Internship Office conducted three student surveys and two surveys with companies who frequently recruit our students for internships and placements before arriving at this date of 30th August for Day One.”
Further, Prof. Ravi Kumar said, “We had requested companies to be flexible considering that several of our students were in remote and far-flung locations where internet connectivity may not be as good as in urban locations. The collective efforts of internships student heads and their teams in collaboration with the companies who participated in this approach resulted in positive outcomes.”
Day one of internships was held last year on August 11, 2019. Despite the pandemic, IIT Madras
undertook a lot of groundwork and collaborated with the students and the recruiters to hold the internship drive around the same time frame as last year and conducted day one on August 30, 2020.
Sharing their experience in organising this event, Mr. Kunal Gupta, Mr. Sourabh Thakur, and Mr. Omkar Thombre, students’ heads of the internship team, IIT Madras, said, “Organising day one was about overcoming the challenges imposed by the limited infrastructure of the students spread out in the various regions of the country, and providing them with fair opportunity to secure an internship in their dream company. It took us months of planning, but we made it, and not only did we provide a seamless experience, but we also added new companies to our repertoire. We are glad that the online day one was a huge success, and we thank all those made it possible.”
The internship student team coordinated the entire process in collaboration with the placement team of IIT Madras. This team coordinated with the students through various social media platforms and set up clear communications on how the internship process will be held this year. The entire process was planned in advance with very few things left for the last date, and it made organising the very first day of the hiring season a pleasant experience for all the stakeholders. Internships are mandatory for B.Tech. and M.Tech. courses besides dual degree students as part of their academic curriculum.