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Dear Bodhisutra,

The question raised by you, in your post above, about the benefits of providing short-term internship has been highlighted in my presentation. For more details please see What are the benefits to my organisation?

Let me give you an anecdotal example. This example covers an issue raised about a student's role in making internship a valuable experience. An MNC had taken two students studying for a Marketing degree. One student was quite good at handling computer software like Excel, Word and PowerPoint. He was also a keen learner and wanted to make headway. To cut the story short, both were sent to help a conference of top directors. The keen learner helped create a database of all the delegates and the other was happy to act as a receptionist. The former also made useful contacts and built up his network. People who got to know his capabilities in using software would go to him for help. The boss noticed that and asked the student to run short courses for others about using the products. The company appointed him,after his graduation, as a Product Manager. The company appointed him without spending on recruitment costs.

Dear Simhan

I have gone through your internship PPT..This is an excellent and lucid presentation on the objects,responsibilities and benefits of internship to all the three stake holders.I always believed that internship provides a platform for learning new skills and relating theory with practice.I also know instances of students who took their internships seriously and understood it's value addition.and completed their internships with commitment, were able to make themselves more employable since they could successfully and satisfactorily answer the employers who showed interest in their projects and quizzed them on it in the interviews when compared to those who showed mere academic interest in them during their summer internships since the employers could find it to be an exercise in window dressing and found them lacking on the traits of commitment. involvement and learning.Yes it enhances the chances of employablity. Thanks for sharing it.

B.Saikumar

Navi Mubai

Dear Saikumar, you are right about the rewards for commitment when undergoing internship/work placement. In the UK, unlike in India (where there is a competitive exam for joining medicals), students are chosen based on their academic grades and the performance in an interview with a panel. People who have taken suitable work placements can write about that in their CVs and also talk about it.
As mentioned in the benefits of undertaking work placement at Medicine work experience - The Student Room a student can decide whether a certain field is of any interest to the student. I know of students studying for an Engineering Degree or Law Degree, etc., because their families recommend them, move away from those fields when they get employment. Some change because the do not enjoy the field and others because they do not much scope in that field ("Grass is always greener over the fence.", as the saying goes.)

Dear Mr Sadana
Thanks for offering a place for discussions. Unfortunately I am in Chennai and i may not be able to come there. May be those in Pune can meet, discuss and share the outcome with the members. Similarly other locations can also take similar activities. Involving many stakeholders (students, academicians, industry representatives and parents of students) and brain storming on this would be of great support.
Devarajan

inter at age of 17. any relevent doc from child labour act.

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