InternFeel: Please tell us something about yourself. Where and what are you studying currently?
Deepak: Hello. I am Deepak Kumar Lenka. I am currently studying Btech Naval architecture and ocean engineering, 4th Year from Indian Maritime University, Visakhapatnam Campus(NSDRC).
InternFeel: Give us details about your internship – process of application, stipend, duration, and place?
Deepak: This Summer I got the opportunity to work in IIT Madras ocean engineering department through a summer research fellowship program of IIT Madras which was conducted independently. The application portal was opened on February and Btech and BSC candidates from 3rd year onwards for all branches were eligible for the same. The stipend was 6000rs per month and duration was 2 months and the place was IIT Madras.
InternFeel: 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?
Deepak: Every year thousands of applications come for this research fellowships .yes it was quite competitive. They were looking for people with good analytical skills as well as a good CGPA. Since I had already worked in climate lab at IIT bbs (Bhubaneswar) in my second Year I think that was the edge to my selection. Also, they were asking in the application about any achievements in academia so scholarships might have helped me. And above all, it was God’s grace.
InternFeel: Could you please highlight the work/research you carried out during your internship period?
Deepak: The work was divided to three parts where first phase I worked on MATLAB for the ship maneuvering characteristics as well as turning motions tests and zigzag motions, second phase I worked on the hydrodynamic tests of a typical frigate by using stern flap and the last phase I learnt how to design and model a ship propeller which was the most exciting part . The hydrodynamic tests were really good, it was a hands-on experience as well as strong research was going on in reducing the resistance of the ship practically.
InternFeel: Can you give us interesting details about your experience – good and bad? (It could be something like the amazing location of your internship, the friends you made for life, a bad senior, accommodation given in case of an outstation internship and something along that line.)
Deepak: Overall I would say this fellowship was really beneficial and it was really interesting. IIT Madras is located in a surreal environment full of birds deer’s and notorious monkeys. Greenery everywhere, Yes I made some amazing lifelong friends Venky, Abhi, Adi, Prassana they were all amazing and really helpful. Yes, the accommodation was given in a separate hostel and they took minimal charges for it. The food wasnt that bad compared to other mess food. Everything was well sorted and we’ll maintained. Bus facility was really good.
InternFeel: How do you think this internship has helped you grow? In other words, what are your key takeaways from the internship?
Deepak: I worked under the guidance of an ex-naval commander so it was really amazing for me. In the whole two months, he gave me valuable inputs about the research life as well as life in navy and what is the current research on ocean technology. I was helped in all aspects by Ph.D. scholars as well. They provided with a lot of extra knowledge which was really helpful. This internship was really valuable to my career, I learnt a lot of things as well as I honed my skills of analytical research as well as programming in MATLAB and rhinoceros software.
InternFeel: 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?
Deepak: I have always loved the research field, I wanted to explore all the options and to know where is my strong hand. I have a dream to join the Indian Navy and luckily I worked under someone from the navy which boosted and inspired me more than anything to join it after my graduation. Good luck and Godspeed
InternFeel: Lastly, do you have any words of advice or caution for students aspiring for this internship and reading this piece?
Deepak: I would like to say for others wanting this fellowship is concentrate on your academics, take some projects under your faculty and work on that, have a solid base of all the concepts and be sure what you are going to do ahead in your life. Caution might be don’t listen to others who try to make you fall down. Learn From your experience only.
I would like to rate this internship 9 out of 10.