Internship Experience | Anurag Roy | Larsen & Toubro | Industrial internship

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What Anurag has to offer you:-

A. Direct one-to-one chat and Q & A with me for 20 minutes  [Cost: 1 “Felt”]

B. I can assist you in drafting your resume, SOPs and LORs etc. These are certain documents that are invariably required when applying for internships overseas, sometimes mandatory for structured programs viz. MITACS, DAAD, SN Bose, Charpak and the like.  [Cost: 2 “Felts”]

C. Cover Letter drafting exercises are of paramount importance primarily because when you apply abroad, the first impression you create is through the email content and you have very limited slot of time/words within which you need to capture the imagination of the prof concerned. [Cost 2 “Felts”]

D. Finding the “right” professor. Let’s remember that all this (cover letter, SOP, LOR, resume) is worthless if one is incompetent in searching up the correct persons concerned. ‘Whom to apply to and how to dig them out’ is one area where majority of the aspirants fail miserably. I can provide my prior experience in this domain [Cost 1 “Felt”]

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Continuing the insightful interview of Anurag from Mumbai, here’s the second one in the series of six internships at Larsen & Toubro, Mumbai.

Anurag completed an Integrated 5 Year Dual Degree Program (Bachelors & Masters’ Dual Degree) from Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently working with Eaton Corporation where he started working from August this year

InternFeel (IF): Tell us something about your internship including stipend, duration and place?

Anurag Roy (AR): After BARC, next in line was an industrial training for three months during the summer of 2013. We had clear instructions from our institute authorities to compulsorily undergo an internship/co-op with any engineering firm as part of our rigorous curriculum. I opted for Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Mumbai, owing to its proximity to home as well as impeccable reputation for being one of the finest engineering enterprises in India. In this new role, the preparation of Materials Specimen and Testing Plans (MSTPs), managing vendors/ suppliers, regular dealings with stakeholders and clients gave a fair taste of everyday life in the industry. It was during this stint that I was specifically made to realise the immense value that is accorded to quality of products and timely delivery of goods and services, which are supposedly the two planks on which an organization’s ‘credibility’ rests.

IF: How competitive was the selection process? According to you, which qualities have helped you have an edge in the selection process? Also, what were the key things that selectors were looking for?

AR: The selectors closely look for former research endeavours, the groups you have been associated with (i.e. the professors/scientists you have worked with till date and their contributions to science), quality of research (best judged by journal or conference publications) and a knack for higher education (in the form of grad school aspirations).

IF: Could you please highlight the work/research you carried out during your internship period?

AR: At L&T I took up industrial responsibilities which by virtue of their very nature demanded more people skills- coordinating with our suppliers, vendors, respected clients, manufacturing folks, on-site inspectors and the wider family.

IF: Can you give us interesting details about your experience – good and bad?

AR: Well, I have often advocated that good or bad are very relative terms. But hell yeah, lots of “interesting” details, lots of spice, lot of crazy-ass things were indulged in and I don’t regret them, not for a minute, haha.

When I joined L&T, I had a few acquaintances from the past and majority of new people, new faces. I distinctly recollect all of us (me and my co-interns) going to this so-called ‘rose garden’ (that surprisingly had every flower except roses) located deep inside the L&T campus alongside trying out myriad canteens and cuisines weekly. There were also instances when Saturday luncheons were organized at Hirandani Powai which is pretty much the mother of all eateries, food joints and fine-dining outlets.

IF: How do you think this internship has helped you grow? In other words, what are your key takeaways from the internship?

AR: Well, every internship experience is definitely worth the time and effort that we invest into it.

The industrial co-op at L&T promised a birds-eye view of the everyday functioning of an engineering enterprise. It also benefitted in my correct comprehension of the well-delineated role cut out for an individual as a practicing engineer in the wider organizational setting. Additionally, they helped me in correlating theoretical bookish knowledge to practical real-life problems and aided this metamorphosis from campus (ideal) to corporate (pragmatic).

IF: Has this internship had a decision altering impact on your career? Do you now think of a different future path as compared to before doing the internship?

AR: Indeed, internships have had a substantial impact on altering my prospective career paths. All throughout my childhood and teenage years, I nurtured the dream of becoming a civil servant and joining the elite Indian Administrative Services to serve my people. But my interest in taking this ambitious profession as a career ended as suddenly and dramatically as the climax of the “West Side Story” after the fascinating trips overseas.

IF: Lastly, do you have any words of advice or caution for students aspiring for this internship and reading this piece?

AR: Those of you who haven’t already marshalled some sort of internship-hunting exercise, kindly start doing so on a priority basis. To kick-start the process, compose a well-articulated cover letter; tweak your resume, request profs/internship supervisors for strongly worded Letters of Recommendation (LOR).

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