These days examinations in various Faculties and Centres of the University (JMI) are going on. Students are busy in putting their best in the exams.
The university has announced summer vacation from 16th May to 15th July, 2011. It would be a good experience if the students were to join some institution/organisation and use their two-month long vacation doing an internship.
Internship generally refers to on-the-job training for white-collar jobs. It is mainly for college and university students.
Today, when there is a fierce competition in every field, the students are expected to be more than just book worms. It is widely accepted that hands-on training in a particular field provides the best training for the students in shaping their career because nothing can compare to shadowing the expertise of a seasoned professional and their individual skills.
There are numerous benefits of doing an internship. It provides opportunities to students to gain practical experience and also to create a network of contacts.
It also helps the employers with educated students willing to learn and ready to work at low wages.
Most companies today are willing to offer substantial wages to the students as per their abilities and responsibilities. However, internships may be paid or unpaid – it depends on the nature of job and the organisation. But in most fields like medical, engineering, law, media, finance, etc, internships are paid. But there are some non-governmental organisations and think-tanks which usually do not pay.
There are a number of organisations which are inviting applications from the willing students for internships.
Students can do internships in media organisations, public relation organisation, travel and tourism, hotel and restaurants, business houses. They can also intern with an automobile company and learn skills on the spot. If the student is good with a language – he/she can also work as a creative writer.
Students – not wanting to intern – can also spend their vacation time in some creative works. They can enrol in short term courses which can help them in their career building. Students can also sharpen their communication skills. They can get enrolled in a private coaching which can provide them with an apt environment to get familiarity with the English language.
However, as education seems to be commercialised, some institutions of spoken English, in Jamia Nagar locality too, have turned professional. They seek an average of Rs. 2000 to 4000 for a 2 to 3 month course of spoken English, which is quite high an amount for a student belonging to a middle class family to afford – and even then there is no certainty of fluency in the language after the course.
But the willing students should not get disenchanted. Youth Empowerment Services (YES), a Gaffar Manzil, Jamia Nagar, based NGO, which has collaboration with the University Counselling and Guidance Centre, is running some spoken English classes for university students. Duration of the course is 45 days, for a fee of Rs. 300 – which includes study materials provided by the organisation. Students’ are interviewed before they are allowed to join the batch.
I list some useful websites below that can help you find an internship: