Intern Diary: IIT Bombay Internship Program

Intern Diary: IIT Bombay Internship Program

Kunal Singh | Feb 10, 2020

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IIT Bombay undertakes a significant amount of software and hardware development work to support their efforts in improving education at all levels and assisting various governments in the same. They have trained more than 1lakh engineering faculty on various engineering topics. They have successfully launched an open edX based IIT BombayX MOOC platform. They are actively engaged in enhancing the online and blended MOOC education delivery models and effectiveness and are branching out into supporting education in fields other than engineering.

Read on to know the procedure to bag a prestigious internship through the Eklavaya internship program at IIT Bombay and its eligibility criteria.

Eligibility

Students completing their B.Tech/B.E. 3rd year in April/May 2020 are eligible to apply for this internship. Students completing 2nd year, with exceptional academic performance and other achievements may also be considered.

Selection lists

Based on the academic scrutiny, a list of shortlisted candidates will be published first by Friday, 13th March 2020. Any additional information, if required, will be sought from the shortlisted candidates. Within a week, the mandatory programming test will whittle down the numbers. The list of provisionally selected students will be published after the online programming test.

The provisionally selected students will be required to submit scanned copies of the following documents before Monday 6th April 2020:

  • A circular form duly signed and stamped by the HoD/Principal/Director of your institute.
  • A recommendation letter from your HoD/Principal/Director stating that the college permits the student to undertake the internship during the chosen period.

Financials

Internship and stay at IIT Bombay involve some expenditure to be incurred by interns. The approximate amounts are:

  • Rs. 10,000/- to be paid to the IIT Bombay academic office (Internship Fees)
  • Hostel room rent of approximately Rs. 6000 for the internship period and Rs. 2000 security deposit. The security deposit of Rs. 2000/- will be refunded on confirmation of the vacation of the room and assuring the damage/loss, if any, to the hostel property.
  • Students may arrange their bedding or pay bedding charges directly to the hostel.
  • Approximately Rs 150/- per day for food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) in the vacation mess

Of these, the Department will pay Rs. 10,000/- directly to the institute, on your behalf. You will have to bear the rest of the expenses on your own.

How to apply

IIT Bombay Summer Internship follow this link to apply online.

The last date of Registration for Summer Internship 2020 is 01st March 2020.

Important Dates

  • Last date of application: Sunday, 01st March 2020
  • Intimation of provisional selection list: Friday, 13th March 2020
  • Online Programming Test(for Provisionally selected): To be announced
  • Final selection list: To be announced
  • Reporting for the internship (Tentatively on): Monday, 18th May 2020 (for 7 weeks)
  • Internship begins: Monday, 18th May 2020
  • Submission of report: One week before the end of the internship
  • Evaluation: Last week of internship
  • Issuance of certificates: Tuesday, 07th July 2019 (Tentative)

Contact

If you have any queries, write to summerinternship@cse.iitb.ac.in.

INTERN Speaks:

Harsh Mohan, who did his internship in his sophomore year summer break, shared his views on interning at IIT Bombay:

MM: How did you get to know about the Eklavaya Internship Program?

Harsh Mohan(HM): I did hear about this opportunity in my freshman year itself. Sriya Sainath then in her pre-final year and Rohit Suri in his final year had internships under the same program after the sophomore year. That is how I was acquainted with this Summer Internship Program by the Department of CSE, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay otherwise popularly known as the Ekalavya Internship Program. It was since then that I had eyed this opportunity.

MM: What was the application procedure, eligibility criteria and qualification required for this internship?

HM: The application procedure involved applying online at their portal which usually opens somewhere between mid-January to mid-February and the deadline sticks to the 1st of March. They do have a CGPA cut-off for application. The applicants are required to fill in their details, educational background, academic performance and prior experience and knowledge of technologies. Based on this, shortlisted candidates are asked to appear for an online coding round which happens on their coding platform called Codzilla. Students who could score above their cut-off marks are accepted for the internship subject to submission and verification of mark sheet and no objection certificate from NIT Rourkela. Moreover, it wasn’t a paid internship. They only provided for internship fees and accommodation. Other expenses were to be bored by the students.

MM: Tell us about your experience during the internship and what was your work schedule?

HM: I would rate my internship to be satisfactory. It did provide me with the opportunity to experience the academic research culture at the premier Indian institute. Furthermore, it did broaden my knowledge of a wide spectrum of technologies along with hands-on practical experience. The essence of IIT Bombay runs deep within the faculty, staff and students alike and we were encouraged and expected to feel the same and grasp every bit we could during our stay.

My Internship was for 7 weeks. Unlike previous years when they had 8 weeks this time they had to cut short on a week owing to the preponing of the JOSAA seat allocations. And hence we had to work 6 hours 6 days a week to cover for the week lost. Nevertheless, the work environment was relaxed with proper mentor guidance.

MM: What was your internship research/project?

HM: My project revolved around IITBombayX which is the e-learning platform developed by IIT Bombay.

One of the project aimed at creating a distributable setup of the website to enable a mass scale distribution of the platform across Indian institutions which might not have the ability to develop such a system of their own thereby enabling a radical flow of humongous amount of knowledge which is restricted not just to technical institutions but also medical, commerce and arts colleges.

An integrated cross-platform search engine to enable text and query-based searches across multiple instances of the IITBombayX was the second project that I was involved with.

MM: Did you face any difficulty during your internship period?

HM: Of course the learning curve was a bit high but we were provided with proper guidance and mentorship to circumvent our difficulties. All you need to do is to ask for and help will come.

The program involved an introductory session at the start of the internship and a felicitation ceremony on the day of conclusion followed by a dinner party on the eve we parted. I did get the opportunity to host the felicitation ceremony which was graced by Padma Shri Prof. D. B. Pathak and Prof. S. Sudarsan.

MM: What tips would you like to give to your juniors and how can they bag this internship?

HM: There are two things I can say for aspirants

  • High academic track record is necessary to make it to the shortlist
  • Before appearing for the online test practice on the platform, it’s a bit tricky to understand.

Furthermore, apart from Ekalavya the dept. of CSE, IITB did offer another program called FOSSE summer fellowship. Fosse stands for Free/Libre and Open Source Software for Education. It’s a paid internship program and to get selected you have to complete and submit a project asked on their website. For Ekalavya last year out of around 4000 applicants only 52 got selected so FOSSE is an easy alternative.

Team Monday Morning wishes all the aspirants and the former interns a stroke of good luck for their planned endeavours.

 

 

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