Published on 27 Aug 2017. Written by Vasanth Vidyakar
When you are looking for internship opportunities, or you are preparing to join one, it is completely natural to feel a bit nervous or intimidated about it. This is likely to be your first experience into the corporate world where everything might feel totally alien to you.
In fact, you're not the first person to go through this process or to take the first step towards this path to success. Many of the top professionals in various fields you see today have started their careers with an internship. Those internships inspired them to pursue a successful career.
You should look at internship as an opportunity set up for you to go and learn new things, network with people, get contacts, improve skills and experience next phases of life.
One very important thing that you should keep in mind during your internship is to stay positive, face all the challenges with a motive to learn new things and cherish the experience.
If you are an ECE student looking for some internship opportunities, here are some tips for you:
With the start-up culture spreading across the country contagiously, new internship opportunities are arising for engineering students. These start-ups generally post their intern requirements on online forums that connect student to them.
There are many forums used by these companies to publish their internship opportunities. Some of them are internshala, letsintern, twenty19, hellointern. etc.
First you need to register yourself as a student on all these forums by updating your skills, profile/ resume. You can then subscribe to their alerts to get updates about the internships that best suit you.
There are also other government organizations/ MNCs that offer internships, but you cannot find those in the online forums. You need to go their website and upload your details in the career/ job opportunities page to get shortlisted for the interview process.
Before you apply for an internship, you need to prepare the following documents that best describe your objectives and goal.
Some Tips:To increase your chances of getting shortlisted for an interview, edit your resume/ cover letter in a way to meet the company’s objectives and goals. Don’t be in a hurry and send a single resume to 100 companies. Make your profile precise to each company and apply, as companies prefer candidates who are more resilient.
If you are looking to apply for internships in companies that have their research areas in several domains that are the emerging out of Electronics & Communication engineering, they look for specific technical skill sets. Some of them are:
Since there are a lot of engineering students looking to do internship in top reputed companies, the number of opportunities available are very limited. If you want to maximize your chance of securing those internships, you need to start working on improving your profile as early as possible.
So, here are the most obvious things that these companies look for in a candidate:
1. Latest technologies knowledge: All the top companies that you see today are keen to develop their expertise on latest technologies and build products on them. So if you are a candidate who come with a great latest technologies knowledge, then you have a very good chance of getting your dream internship.
But it you are not acquainted with the latest technological knowledge yet, then you should start now to build projects and gain them to maximize your chances. So here are some latest technologies which you should definitely learn,
2. Project building experience: By building projects practically, you will not only improve your technical knowledge but also improve other important skills like critical thinking, problem solving ability, colloboration with others, time management etc. And these are the important skills which any company would want their employees to have. So building a lot of projects during your engineering curriculum will help you to develop these additional skills too. Here are some ways which will make building projects super easy for you,
Although there are numerous startups/ small firms offering internships on specific domains, there are quite a lot of private/ public sector companies that too offer internship opportunities for engineering students.
There are also other core companies other than the ones that I have mentioned above. You can Google their names, visit their career pages and apply for them.
Before applying for these companies, please make sure that you have the set of skills that are required by them. As you would require to have an extensive skill set in order to get selected for an internship in these companies.
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.
If you are planning to improve your skills by doing projects, we at Skyfi Labs have developed some amazing project-based courses that make learning by building projects super easy.
You can either enroll for our online courses to build projects in your home at your own convenience or you can join our hands-on training programs at one of our venues.