Internship Experience at NITK Surathkal : Chetan Aggarwal

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Q1) In which course are you presently enrolled? Please tell us something about yourself- your interests and areas of specialization.

My name is Chetan Aggarwal. I have completed 3rd year (6 Semester) of B.E Mechanical Engineering from PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh with 9.41 CGPA. I have a keen interest in learning about scientific concepts. My hobbies are reading books, chatting with friends and watching documentaries. I also love to teach my juniors and my classmates.

Q2) Which internship did you opt for? Give us a few details-stipend, duration and location.

I opted for the summer research internship programme at the NIT (Karnataka), Surathkal. I did a research project in the field of mechanical engineering. It was for a duration of 6 weeks and I was provided with a daily stipend of rupees 200.

Q3) How did you come to know about the internship? Which channels of information (Internet/ Personal/Corporate contacts etc.) did you utilize?

I came to know about it through websites like Internshala and EduAsia.

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Q4) Briefly describe the procedure for application. What are the eligibility criteria for this internship?

The procedure is very simple. The students of B.E who are in 3rd year can apply. You have to send your attested transcripts, Letter of Recommendation, and a filled form to them by speed post.

Q5) Let’s talk about how competitive the selection process is. What qualities of yours do you think helped you to have an edge in the selection process? What key attributes were the selectors looking for?

The selection process is very competitive. They select only 50 students from all over India including all branches. My grades and a good Letter of Recommendation helped me in getting selected.

Q6)According to you, what are some common mistakes that you feel applicants should avoid in the internship application process?

One has to be patient and should not focus only on international internships.

Q7)What kind of groundwork did you do post-selection and before beginning the internship?

I did not know the specific details of my project and so I just studied the basic principles of Thermodynamics and Heat transfer.

Q8) Please give us an overview of the work/research project you carried out during the internship period, including its future prospects, and your role and responsibilities.

I worked on a project on the Desalination of Sea water, which includes various aspects of heat transfer.

Q9) Was this your first internship / training? If not, what do you think was unique about this internship?

Yes, this was my first internship.

Q10)What was the best feature of the work ethic of the organization and the internship? What was it that you liked about your workplace?

The best thing I liked about the internship was the work atmosphere. I was given a small cabin with 24*7 high speed internet and my guide was very cooperative. I had to submit a synopsis and report (like a thesis) and hence it gave me a first-hand experience of what a Ph.D. would feel like.

Q11) Let’s now talk about some negatives. What were the glitches and problems that came your way, which you think your juniors should be careful to avoid?

The only issue I faced was the weather, which was very humid. Everything else was really amazing.

Q12) Were there any special events during the internships? (Events can be academics related like field trips, conferences, hackathons, meets etc and also non-academic, relating to your hostel life and the like)

No such field trip was organised as such because everything related to my project was available in the centre itself. All the labs were centrally air conditioned and my hostel room was also good.

Q13) How much difference has this internship period made in your intellectual capabilities and mind-set. In broad terms what are your gains and takeaways?

There were people from all over India. I learnt a lot about different cultures and traditions. The primary takeaway from my Internship Experience at NITK Surathkal was an in-depth knowledge of how to work in the field of research, including the nature of experiments, techniques of thesis and synopsis writing etc.

Q14) What are your future plans and how much of an impact do you think this internship will have on it?

I want to pursue higher studies in the same field.

Q15) Any advice for juniors that can help them in getting internships in future and for deriving the best learning experience out of it?

One should apply to several good institutes and not just rely on international internships. Good grades and well written Letters of Recommendation are a definite plus.

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InternFeel is doing good work. This initiative will help many students to choose the right internship for them.

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