Published on 27 Aug 2017. Written by Vasanth Vidyakar
You might be one of the civil engineering students who is probably looking to find some opportunities to utilize semester break effectively or might want to do a compulsory training as part of the engineering curriculum and ended up with this article.
Well, many would have confused you to go for internships, apprenticeships, fellowships etc.
You might think they all sound the same, but they aren’t!
So what all they mean? Which one is the real fit for you? And what can you expect from each of those?
To help you select the right program, here are the differences between all of those options and few tips on how to determine the right fit for you.
Internships are opportunities provided by most civil engineering companies in various technical areas that make you learn, work and experience. These are not limited to only technical work, they offer in various areas like marketing, sales, growth hacking, content writing, software, etc.
Internships are often seen as an effective platform for engineering students to come in and have an experience about the corporate world. You get to work with a lot of people and experience new things in a fun way.
If you are a civil engineer who is looking to have an experience of corporate world then you can apply for internships. You will also get an opportunity to convert your internship into a full-time job if you utilize it in the right way.
Or if you just want to try out different career options other than core civil engineering, moving out from your comfort zone, then internships are a great way to do it. You can also earn some hefty pocket money by doing internships in top firms.
It is much like an internship, but apprenticeships are more robust than traditional internships. Apprenticeship offers an effective platform to people who are more certain about what they want to do in their career. You will be given with specific tasks, not some random activities.
When you are at an apprenticeship, you will be given with actual work which you will do by closely working with the senior members of the team. You might have to do lot of hard-work since your work matters there and will have a great impact on the entire company.
Unlike internships, apprenticeships don’t come with the promise of a full-time job. So, if you are person who is looking to convert the opportunity into a full-time job, then this might not be the right choice for you.
But if you want to learn real skills on core civil engineering technologies in which you wish to pursue a career, then you should go for an apprenticeship. You will get in-depth knowledge on civil technologies and your future companies will value civil engineering apprenticeship a lot compared to your other credentials.
Fellowships will have more connection with your academics. Often you would have heard this term which states for scholarship programs in the area of research. They are more research oriented, where you will be given an opportunity to work on a specific project or thesis.
In some cases you can get fellowship on some companies that offer you an opportunity to continue a project that you started in your college. They will mentor and provide you all the necessary resources for you to do it.
If you are a civil engineer who is more interested in doing research on civil engineering technologies or pursue a doctorate in future then fellowship program is a good choice for you to begin your career. Or if you want to continue working on a civil project that you started in your college and stopped due to unavailability of proper resources, fellowship programs are a good option for you.
However, getting into a fellowship program will be competitive. As only limited number of civil engineering companies provides such opportunities, you need to really work on your profile and strengthen your knowledge database to increase your chances of getting a fellowship.
Hope you would have got some good insights about various opportunities and which one is the best fit for you. Here are some other insights that might be helpful for you.
Here is a list of companies related to civil engineering which you can make use of to apply,
You can simply search for these companies in Google to get their official website. You can browse through their website to understand their work and check if they have some internship offerings in your area of interest.
You can find information about the internships offered by various companies in many public forums. Some of the commonly used ones are internshala, letsintern, twenty19, hellointern etc.
You can register on these forums to get timely updates and notification about the internships. You will also be able to apply for the internships in these forums directly. They even display the status of your internship in that portal itself to ease the recruitment process.
If you want to apply for other government organizations/ MNCs you can visit their careers/ offerings page on their website, where they would have mentioned about their current openings and their interview process.
Generally, companies will ask for the resume, cover letter, bonafide certificate and other Bachelor transcripts. So prepare them in advance and show it to your seniors/ faculties to get their inputs and make changes accordingly.
If for some reason you are unable to get an internship, don’t worry. There are plenty of other opportunities that you can utilize to develop similar skills and experience you get by doing an internship. For example, you can try the following activities instead of wasting your holidays.
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