Good internship ideas for Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) students

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Good internship ideas for Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) students

My advice for young people is, study what you love and intern in what you want to do. And I think it’s okay to pivot as many times as you need to.
-Eva Chen, director of fashion, Instagram.

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.

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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:

How to apply for Internships?

Steps to apply for electronics and communication (ece) internships

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.

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What are the documents that you should prepare?

Before you apply for an internship, you need to prepare the following documents that best describe your objectives and goal.

  1. Resume: It should have all the necessary details like your educational credentials, skills you possess, responsibilities that you have taken in the past, project experience & contact info.
  2. Cover Letter: You should furnish the details about your availability (duration, preferred city), what is your intention of applying for the internship and referrals if any, in your cover letter.
  3. Bachelor Transcripts: This document should best describe your project experience and the skills that you gained while doing them.
  4. Bonafide Certificate: You need to submit this to companies. It is a kind of no objection certificate that you need to get from your college to get approval for the internship that you are joining.
  5. Other Documents: You can keep other documents like state/national level certifications, value-added courses certificates, diploma certificates etc, which will come in handy during your interviews.

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.

What skillsets do the companies expect from an ECE student?

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:

  1. Analog design: Strong knowledge on circuit design, concept of amplifiers, regulators, oscillators, data converters etc.
  2. Digital design: C, C++, Verilog, VHDL, SystemC, knowledge on signal processing, digital circuit concepts
  3. Signal processing, Control design: MATLAB, Simulink, C, C++
  4. IC design: Familiarity with tools like Cadence, ADS, Xilinx, Altera
  5. Embedded Programming: Ability to program various microcontrollers

Being an ECE student, how can you maximize your chance of getting a good internship?

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,

What are the top companies that offer Internships for ECE students?

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.

Some of the top private sector companies are:
  1. Tata tele services (Telecommunications)
  2. Vodafone (Telecommunications & Networking)
  3. Samsung (Analog and Digital Communications
  4. Intel (Analog & Digital Electronics)
  5. Dell India (Networking)
  6. Reliance (Communications)
  7. LG Electronics (Analog & Digital Electronics)
  8. Wipro (Wireless Networking)
  9. Cisco Networking (Computer Networks)
  10. Infotech (Analog & Digital Electronics
  11. Redpine (Signal Processing)
  12. General Electric (Electronics & Communication)
  13. Texas Instruments (Analog & Digital Electronics)

Some of the public sector companies are:
  1. Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL)
  2. National Aluminium Company Ltd. (NALCO)
  3. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL)
  4. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)
  5. National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (NTPC)
  6. Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID)
  7. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)

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.

What can you do other than Internships?

Things an ece engineer can do other than internships

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.

  1. Hands-on training programs: Attending hands-on training programs are the traditional way to learn new technologies and develop skill sets. You can undergo summer training programs or winter training programs that are offered by reputed institutions to spend your vacations in a productive manner. You can choose the training programs as per your requirements and improve your skills accordingly.
  2. Building Projects: You can improve your skill sets by building projects on latest technologies to understand them better. Learning while building projects will be an effective approach for you to gain necessary skills. This experience will also add values to your profile and you can use that to impress your recruiter, as most companies prefer candidates who are more hands-on. You can also try several online project building courses.
  3. E-Learning: This is also an effective way for you to learn and gain new skills. There are various online platforms available for you, through which you can enroll for some certification courses. Top mentions include Udemy, Udacity, Coursera, Simplilearn etc. The advantage of doing these courses is that you can just log in anytime, anywhere and learn without any hassle. You will also be awarded a certificate of completion which you can use to showcase skills to recruiters.

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