Published: 12th June 2019
Do you want to intern with A R Rahman, Arvind Kejriwal or Terence Lewis? Here's how
The students can apply to the internships online through the Internshala website and the last date of submitting applications is June 15, 2019
One of India’s largest internship and training platform, Internshala, has launched the fourth edition of the Intern with Icon (IwI) initiative. Students will now get an opportunity to apply for internships with 16 legendary icons from different disciplines — A R Rahman, Arvind Kejriwal, Terence Lewis, Shoma Chaudhary, Dr H C Verma, Maneka Gandhi and 10 more.
IwI is one of Internshala’s flagship initiatives that let the Indian students work with their idols, and learn straight from them. The fourth edition, this year, brings internships for students in various fields like research, content writing, business development, web development, talent management, journalism, client servicing, and physics experiment creation. The students can apply to the internships online by June 15, 2019.
"We started this initiative in 2016 with two things in mind — we wanted to create awareness about the power of internships among millennials and to give them an opportunity to work closely with people they look up to. These are summer internships which range from two to six months typically and happens simultaneously across cities. For example, if you are working under A R Rahman he is taking in interns in Mumbai. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will hire interns in Delhi and similarly all the other icons will do the same from wherever they are based or their operations are," says Sarvesh Agrawal, the founder and CEO of Internshala. "In today’s competitive time, Intern with Icon offers opportunities to the students that will not only give them an edge over their peers but also a chance to learn life-skills and industry-relevant skills directly from their icons and take inspiration from their experiences," he adds.
Applicants will be chosen on the basis of merit and then shortlisted by the respective teams representing the icons for the internships. They are also likely to receive a stipend every month which, however, will depend on the people they work under and their policies.
Learn from the best: One of the interns with Professor H C Verma from the last edition of Intern with Icon initiative
This year, Internshala has also introduced one-day internship opportunities with icons that will be completely sponsored by the company. "Some people might want to work with their role models but do not have the required time to do so, this opportunity is for them as well as others who want to spend a day learning from their icons. We will be funding all the logistics and accommodation arrangements for the interns," says Sarvesh.
IwI, one of Internshala's biggest initiatives in the last five years, has come a long way in terms of popularity, says Sarvesh. "In 2016, only two icons — Nandita Das and Professor H C Verma agreed to do this for us. But now, after three years, we have 16 icons on board. The number of applicants has also doubled over the last three years. We are glad we are being able to carry this forward and wish to provide more such opportunities to youngsters," concludes Sarvesh.