Hello all, today we have SRK Reddy here to share his awesome intern experience at University of Padova, Italy. Just jump in to read his intern experience, procedures as well as how to apply for that internship.
InternFeel: Please tell us something about yourself. Where and what are you studying currently?
SRK: I am a final year student pursuing my degree of Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) at National Institute of Technology (NIT), Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, INDIA. I am majoring in Civil Engineering discipline. I will be graduating in May 2018.
IF: Give us details about your internship – process of application, stipend, duration and place?
SRK: I did a 10 weeks research internship in University of Padova, Italy. I was also given stipend that was quite sufficient to cover the living expenses during that period.
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?
SRK: There is no formal application for this. I mailed the professor describing my research interests and then Skype interview was scheduled after 1 month of my initial mail. During the interview, I was asked about my specific interests and about my previous experience in my areas of Interest.
IF: Could you please highlight the work/research you carried out during your internship period?
SRK: My project was based on Hydrological Evaluation of Satellite Rainfall Estimates and it was a multidisciplinary research involving Hydrological Modeling in conjunction with Geo-Informatics.
IF: 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 those lines.)
SRK: I stayed in ESU Guest House (Generally given for Erasmus students), where there people from different countries but very few Indians in Padova. There were two Indians living in an apartment outside the campus and they helped me a lot in cooking and in arranging the things from the supermarket. They have also provided me with the bicycle for my stay. Apart From this, my supervisor and the researchers in the lab helped me in every possible way, right from booking the accommodation to booking the tickets for weekend trips with all the information required to go on trips to Venice, Rome, etc.
IF: How do you think this internship has helped you grow? In other words, what are your key takeaways from the internship?
SRK: This internship not only broadened my horizons to do research but also introduced me to some of the best researchers working in my areas of interest who are always ready to help the students like me to pursue higher research
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?
SRK: This internship made me realize my career goals and also gave confidence in my ability to do research in my areas of interest.
IF: Lastly, do you have any words of advice or caution for students aspiring for this internship and reading this piece?
SRK: Even though the whole process of getting an internship has sometimes seemed frustrating and time taking, It worth struggling and I’m sure that you will definitely enjoy your time at the internship and “Never Give Up, Great Things Take Time”
IF: Please rate this internship from the scale of 0 to 10, 0 being really bad to 10 being awesome!
SRK: I would like to rate it at 10/10
That was really great and we InternFeel wishes SRK all success in his future endeavors.