Expectations and Experiences of Corporates from Summer Interns SIP Feedback Meet 15.07.2017

Summer Internships have three primary stakeholders- the industry, the students and the educational institution. In terms of the students and the educational institutions the aim of management education in the long run is to orient people towards a career in management. The short term goal is to make them job ready.

A number of students opting for management education do not have prior work experience and exposure to organizations. In order to address this gap, Summer Internship Programs (SIPs) are designed to expose students to career fields, and industries, and to give them a better picture about workplace skills relevant across many jobs. Internships allow students to spend time at a particular work place. And though they are not jobs in the traditional sense, they are learning experiences. Students often (and preferably) work in a variety of departments, learning the range of jobs and careers within the company or agency. Internships provide a way of helping students understand the relevance of what is taught in University. They provide a glimpse into the future, showing what it takes to be successful in the workplace.

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The Summer Internship Program of Batch 2016-18 was of duration of 45 days and in order to know the expectations and experiences that the corporates had from the students, a round table discussion was held at Oakbrook Business School on 15.07.2017. The meet was organized in the view of sharing of experiences between Corporate and Academia. To name a few companies where our students did their SIP were: Adani, Amul, TradeBulls, GVK EMRI, Birla Sunlife Insurance, Sahajand Laser, Birla Mutual Funds, Arihant, Motilal Oswal, Zydus Wellness, FICCI, Sewa Bank, Kotak Mahindra, SMPS, Greenfield Engineering, Indian Express, MeDigit Solutions, etc.

After a brief introduction of OBS, followed by corporate introductions the discussion was made open to all. The people from corporates gave their valuable inputs as to what an organization expects from the MBA-fresher’s in terms of skills and subject knowledge. They also shared what they experience while a student undergoes summer internship with them. Faculties and Director from OBS wanted to know what corporates expect from the Institute as a part of Internship.

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Students being a part of the discussion the meet turned out to be very fruitful in terms of the target audience, our students. All the points discussed by the corporates and academicians indicated that all the three stake-holders need to work hand-in-hand for a successful Summer Internship.

The discussion came to an end with a group photograph followed by high tea.