Summer internship interviews are just around the corner. To give you top-notch insight from your seniors, InsideIIM.com runs an annual competition - Summer Saga - wherein students from the best b-schools in India share exciting and insightful summer internship experiences. And the results are out! The first prize winners are students from IIM Lucknow, JBIMS, IIM Ranchi, and IIM Sambalpur. Followed by Runners-up entries from IIFT Delhi, XLRI Jamshedpur, IIM Calcutta, and IIM Udaipur. Have a look!
This year we received over 200 entries from students of premier business schools of India who penned down their 60-day journey as a summer intern in the corporate world. The internship experiences showcased top companies as well as fast-growing start-ups, and even a few social organizations.
While Summer Saga is a competition, it also serves as an excellent repository for on-ground experiences of students in the corporate world; a repository of immense value to future batches of management students, as well as, aspirants looking to gain admission into top B-Schools.
The Judge -
Richa Sharma, Assistant Manager - Talent Acquisition, Johnson & Johnson
The Results -
The results of Summer Saga 2019 are as follows -
Banking & Finance -
1st Prize - Kakarla Subhash, IIM Ranchi
Fast Moving Consumer Goods -
1st Prize - Souranil Sen, IIM Sambalpur
Here's how Souranil prepared - "I was one of the lucky ones whose Resume was initially shortlisted by P&G, and thus began the arduous preparation of going through the entire gamut of Marketing concepts like STP, 4Ps, 6Cs, Case Analysis frameworks, marketing research fundamentals and revising the takeaways from the marketing assignments and live projects I undertook during the first 2 trimesters." Read the entire story here.
About Souranil -
Souranil Sen is a PGP-II participant at IIM Sambalpur and his areas of interest include marketing and strategy. Hailing from the city of joy, Souranil is an avid painter and a crazy auto enthusiast who swears by anything that moves on wheels.
Runners-up - Srijoni Nandy, XLRI Jamshedpur
Here's a snippet of her experience - "The two months that I spent at J&J were no less than a tempestuous roller coaster ride. Being the only HR intern, I always felt I was under the limelight, at least amongst my fellow interns. It was daunting and exciting at the same time. The first few weeks I was constantly bumped with questions like “Srijoni, how do I redeem my expenses?”, “Srijoni, how do I set up my Workspace?”, “Srijoni, can you please check if a certain HR spoc is on your floor?”. A key takeaway from these daily conversations was that HR as a domain plays a significant role in every employee’s work life. It is upon the HR to ensure that an employee has everything he/she needs to be efficient and productive while at the same time has a comfortable work environment." Read the full story here.
About Srijoni -
DPS to NIT to XLRI. Part-time adult, full-time reader. Still figuring out life. Teetotaler, so asocial. Conversations going in my head are far more interesting than real ones, so I pen them down.
1st Prize - Rituparna Das, IIM Lucknow
Two thoughts on the internship - "The best part of the internship was that in a span of 2 months the magnitude of things you learn is humongous. It is always good to seek frequent feedback from the mentor/ manager to know what is exactly expected out of you and how you can quickly improve yourself." Read the full story here.
About Rituparna -
Born and raised in Hyderabad, I graduated from NIT Warangal as an Electrical Engineer. Post that I had my corporate stint at VISA as a Software Developer. I joined IIM Lucknow in 2018, interned and bagged a PPO at A.T Kearney. I love to write and paint. In my free time, I tend to pen down poems.
Runners-Up - Anonymous Writer
"Under the impression that everyone would be too engaged with their own deadlines & deliverable, I was sceptical about gaining attention from the team and mentor. But I was totally proven wrong. Detailed rounds of project understanding, weekly updates, scope modifications, project execution support, flexibility and liberty given by my mentor ensured that engagement and motivation bars didn’t drop by a single point." Read the full story here.
*The writer of the above article prefers to remain anonymous
Tech & E-Commerce
1st Prize - Mahantesh Goudar, IIM Ranchi
Here's how Mahantesh talks about his experience at OLA, "An important thing to note is that Ola doesn't care much about the jargon. There is no need to use fancy terms, and unlike other companies, one does not need to memorize the motivational theories. All that matters is that your answers must be backed up by sound logic with practical applicability. And while answering, avoid beating around the bush and be to the point with very sharp inferences." Read the full story here.
Runners-Up - RVS Soumya, IIM Udaipur
"The first day at TCS took me back to the memory lane; I started thinking of the time when I was preparing for interviews. I started by making a plan and a timeline to cover essential things. I made an exhaustive list of HR Q&As, read a lot about technology and its use cases, kept myself up to date with the business news, did a few courses in marketing and also made sure I knew basics of my first trimester subjects, and I especially focused on case studies. One of the most important things I learnt was the fact that preparation reduces anxiety, so my process was much smoother, and gladly it worked in my favour when I got selected for TCS." Read the entire story here.
About RVS Soumya -
RVS Soumya is currently a student of the PGP 2018-20 batch of IIM Udaipur. She is an ardent aspiring marketing strategist and acing the same being a member of the MarClan, Marketing club of IIMU. She has previously completed her Computer Engineering from SRM University, Chennai and has a work experience in software development. She is a hardcore music lover and loves to sing, write, and compose English songs in her leisure time and passionately exploring new horizons being a part of Octaves, the music club of IIMU. She also loves travelling and exploring new places and cultures.
Conglomerates/Companies Offering GM And Others
1st Prize - Mrunal Tijare, JBIMS Mumbai
Mrunal writes, "One of the major objectives of my project was to estimate the amount of steel going into the tractor industry through an organized channel and to know the share of business among competitors. This gave me an opportunity to meet and interact with several people belonging to various parts of value chain like employees, customers, vendors, dealers, retailers." Read the entire experience here.
About Mrunal -
Born and bought up in orange city “Nagpur”, she has completed her mechanical engineering from Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering, Nagpur in 2015. After which she has worked at Capgemini, Mumbai for 3 years for Canon project until she joined JBIMS in 2018. At Capgemini, she worked as an Oracle SCM applications functional consultant. She likes reading books and Sudha Murthy is her favourite author. She also enjoys dancing and has participated in various competitions as well. Philosophy which she follows in her personal life is “It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.”
Runners-Up - Faize, IIM Calcutta
Faize writes, "The first part of my journey was to understand the Vision of the Nation toward Industry Planning for the country and identifying the more attention-seeking sectors as a growth engine for the sustainable growth by optimally utilising the available resource, demographic dividend (the largest pool of young and skilled workforce) and continuous growth in most dynamic and emerging internationally traded electronic manufacturing sector and it’s applications in India including software domain and complementary industries." Read the entire experience here.
About Faize -
FAIZE, hails from Delhi, he is currently pursuing his MBA from IIM Calcutta (2018-2020 batch). Believes in Opportunity is the first step to prove yourself and situation is the first opportunity to it. Faize is fluid in formulating business strategies (Long term, International and Country Risk analysis and risk mitigation as well as Modern Businesses like e-commerce & Fintech with data localization mechanism), and doing financial calculations. He is good in taking business decisions and believes The rabbit and Turtle story can solve some of the biggest business problems in the contemporary world. Apart from this, he loves to draw and paint his ideas on canvas and a huge fan of Anna Sophia Robb. At IIMC, he is a part of Alumni Cell, Intaglio Business Summit, Armagaddon club, Oikos - Sustainability club, Operations Club (Industry Relations), TSEC (IIM Calcutta and TATA group initiative), INCA:- Social Initiative club and HUES:- The Art club
Selection Criteria -
While evaluating the various entries, the judges bore the following criteria in mind:
1. How interesting and engaging is the content?
2. Does it add any value to the reader?
3. Is it comprehensive?
This year, we put the results in the hands of the participants, giving a total of 50% weight to the number of Unique Page Views (UPV) on an entry. Therefore, the more a story is shared and viewed, the more points it entry gets. The other 50% of the weight was in the hands of our esteemed judge.
Combining the scores by the judges and the UPV, the top 30 internship stories were shortlisted, out of which 8 stories were outstanding and were picked as winners.