In the last one decade, employability has been a prime issue of concern in India, especially in the field of engineering. Every year, out of all the engineering graduates, ~60% remain unemployed. Major reasons behind this are skill-gap and lack of practical knowledge. Both of these issues can be addressed with meaningful internships as they provide the students with an opportunity to update their skill-set by deploying them in a real-time environment.
Internships are of utmost importance for engineering students and can go a long way in helping them build successful careers
An internship is a temporary work placement – sometimes a few months over a summer break, sometimes part-time work throughout your degree. It might be paid, usually at an hourly rate, or unpaid, in which case you should at least expect some expenses (such as food and travel to work) to be covered.
During an internship, you work on real projects, get acquainted with the current market trends, sharpen your technical skills, and learn in-demand technical skills. Apart from this, an internship introduces you to the corporate world, teaches you professional ethics and polishes your soft skills like communication and interpersonal skills. With an internship, you could become an engineer way before your graduation which could prove to be extremely helpful for an effortless adaptation to work environment when you join a full-time job.
Many employers recruit their new graduates directly from their internship program, so it’s the best way to get your foot in the door. For these companies, it’s also a chance to see how you perform in the workplace and get you up to speed before starting full-time with them
The value of the internship really shines through when given the opportunity to work in the field and experience what the job is really like.