Most BSchool students are put through the paces of corporate life during their course duration. Students are also asked to pick an area of specialization in Management as per their inclination towards the subjects in the curriculum. Most MBA courses have Finance, Operations, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management and Information Technology as the core subjects. On the completion of their first semester, students have to proceed on summer internship which is an extended form of a field visit, the difference being that the students are exposed the real-time business environment for a duration of at least a month or two, and during this period they get a chance to work with some experienced professionals in the business. For a student, the reason of seriously pursuing a Summer Internship has several benefits –
Learn more about the specialized field of interest and map their theoretical knowledge with the real-world scenario
Summer internship helps students to learn more about their respective specialization field, more than mere theoretical knowledge. Undoubtedly, there is a big difference between learning about strategies and tactics in the classroom, and actually applying them. Thus, the internship is the platform to apply the earned knowledge and skills to work under the guidance of trained professionals.
Gain Valuable professional network that can help you grow in your Career
As students station themselves in the Company and their market, depending on their specialization and nature of internship project offered by the Company, they meet several professionals every day. It helps students to gain valuable professional network that might help them in future for job searches. It is also an opportunity for the students to expand their social network also. This reason often has a greater appeal amongst students who had been undergoing monotonous classroom activities for almost a year.
Helps to Evaluate Your Specialization Decision
Just before the Internship process, students in most of Business Schools are asked to opt for the specialization subjects. Choosing an MBA specialization can be very tricky and confusing for many students, as its a career decision regarding what your profile will be in the industry. Going into the field for a duration of a month or two is a great opportunity to evaluate that decision. It disperses myths and doubts one had related to the profile and helps the students to understand their option better.
Develop and enhance professional and creative skills
Working with the team of professionals helps develop better skills of professional use. Students are often asked to access ERP of the organization to collect data, they are also asked to generate reports, make use of spreadsheet tools like Excel or make presentations in Powerpoint. An internship job also helps the student to develop team spirit, self-confidence and creativity that adds as an essential career skill in the student’s personality.
A pre-placement Job Opportunity
According to NACE (National Association of College and Employers) survey, new graduates who took part in an internship program are more likely to get the job offers than those who didn’t have an internship program. Let’s understand what a pre-placement job opportunity is. When an organization is highly impressed with the performance of a student intern, they often offer a job to the student in return to their efforts and this is called pre-placement job opportunity in B-school terms. The best part of PPO is that the student has a boosted morale and self-confidence during the remaining part of the MBA course as he or she is “already placed”.
Gain references for better job openings
Your internship supervisor assesses your skills in action at the organization and is often in a situation to help you with the right guidance for future job opportunities. Other individuals in the organization with whom the student works closely can also serve as references or provide the student with the recommendation to organizations they are in touch with.
Learn about the work place naunces
Summer internship the first moment of introduction to the world of jobs and makes the student learn about the do’s and dont’s of the workplace. Though not counted as a job experience, the internship does serve the purpose of practicing the first work experience by giving so much to add-on to the budding career profile of the students. Wishing every student a great learning moment at Summer Internships!