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IIT-Madras conducts online internship drive; 152 offers were made to undergraduate students

IIT Madras, Indian Institute of Technology Madras has conducted its first-ever online internship drive where 152 offers were made to undergraduate students by 20 companies. Top Indian and global companies, including Microsoft India, Rubrik’s Software Development, Google, and Jane Street’s Quantitative Researcher interviewed students over video conferencing platforms an official statement said and offered internships for the Summer of 2021.

The internship student team and the IIT Madras placement team coordinated through various social media platforms to hold online interviews and make it successful. Students are also being paid a stipend for their internship.

Internships are mandatory for BTech and MTech courses, as part of IIT Madras’ academic curriculum, besides Dual Degree students.

Last year, 2019, 147 offers were made to students on day one. The total number of internships offers made was 554 during the last academic year (2019-2020).

The Jane Street’s Quantitative Researcher, Hong Kong and Rubrik’s Software Development based in the US, provided the highest compensation. Microsoft India extended to 21 offers, the maximum number by a company for this internship.

Most of the companies utilized their organizations or outsourced platforms for conducting online interviews.

N.V. Ravi Kumar, advisor (internship), IIT Madras, highlighted the institute’s effort to organise the Online Internship Drive successfully and said that the team has requested companies to be flexible considering that several students are in remote and far-flung locations where internet connectivity may not be good enough. The collective efforts of team and internships student heads in collaboration with the companies who participated in this online drive approach have resulted in positive outcomes.

The institute conducted two surveys with companies who frequently recruit its students and three student surveys for internships and placements.

This is the first time in the history that the internship drive was completely online and was over video conferencing platforms. Organizing day one was challenging as there was the limited infrastructure of the students spread out in the various regions. It took a lot of planning to conduct this.

IIT Madras undertook a lot of collaborations and groundwork with the students and the recruiters, despite the COVID 19 pandemic, to hold the internship drive.

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