Management aspirants of PGDM Batch 2018 at SKIPS, Ahmedabad returned to campus after their first real life brush with the corporate world. The students completed their summer internships with some of the top names in the industry and gained invaluable insights into the corporate functioning. In all, 112 students of the B School got placed for summer projects by the B-school, and got their stepping stone into professional lives. Here’s everything you need to know about SIPs at the institute and how they impacted its future managers.
St. Kabir Institute of Professional Studies’ consistent focus to bridge the gap between industry and academia shone from the fact that 40 corporate names recruited students for Summer Internship from the campus. Some of the top names included Adani, Bajaj Finserv, Capital First, Nestle, Axis Bank, Britannia, Amul, DHFL, Coca Cola, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Tech Mahindra, Birla Sun Life Insurance.
Students were recruited in diverse sectors like Banking, NBFC, FMCG, Media, Manufacturing, Logistics and Telecom, and received tremendous exposure through projects.
In fact, the projects were carefully designed to offer students the firsthand training of various functions in different sectors. Dhruvi Trivedi, who worked on Employee Management for Columbia Asia, an international private healthcare company reveals, “My responsibilities involved recruiting, on-boarding, documentation in hospitals, which are a tough and intense environment for HR professionals and I thrived successfully in it.” Aditya Gajra, on the other hand, explored one of the trickiest departments in the world of insurance during his internship with Birla Sun Life Insurance and returned enriched to the classroom.
While the students received stipends, certificates and letter of recommendations from their recruiters, they were unanimous in agreeing that that their true reward was the experience they gained. Karuna Pathak, who interned with Tech Mahindra echoes the sentiments of her batch as she says, “I have learned how to conduct myself in a professional environment and gained insights into different aspects of being a manager. This experience has given me the confidence to take on any challenge in my professional life in the future.”
At SKIPS, the students’ summer experiences don’t just end at their internships. They use their 60 days’ summer stint to create compelling research works to shape their insights and findings. As the interns return from their projects, they are put through the paces to build on the experience they had. Prof. Rima Gupta, Placement Officer at the B-school explains, “Students are guided to understand the practicality of concepts they have learned, their implementation in the real world and discrepancies between the two. They are also helped in the realization of corporate expectations from them.”
The process is crucial in preparing students for the all-important placement season. While they have already gained slice of real life experience in the corporate world, the post-internship exercise consolidates their learning and readies them for placements. As Prof. Gupta says, “The internship has better equipped students for the final placements. Corporate companies also know the strengths of fresh talent and how it can be used in their organizations. This can lead to pre-placement offers. Going by the feedback we have had, we are positive about placement opportunities for Batch of 2018.”