Hardik Goyal, DE Shaw
Prep: Despite your best preparation, you may inevitably end up confused. And that is perfectly acceptable. It can be extremely daunting to not know something despite reading up everything you possibly can. At one point, I had gone through hundreds of pages of technical textbooks to learn about a specific industry related to the project, and yet I could not definitively predict a variable. That’s alright: don’t fear it.
Project: As an intern in the Pricing team, my project involved valuing an illiquid investment. As people in finance know, building a valuation model is never the tricky part. The tricky part is in taking the right assumptions and knowing what is reasonable and what is not. You cannot always get the precise data to solve your problem; being comfortable working with estimates and ranges is critical. However, being thorough with the reasons for those estimates and ranges is as important, if not more important, than the estimates themselves. In classes, the focus often tends to be on the ability to build the model and often misses the part about assumption testing, which is the more significant challenge.
Takeaways: I saw the importance of an “open office” culture when, in a state of confusion, I was able to meet a senior manager in the organization almost immediately to get some conceptual clarity. He was kind and helpful, gauged my understanding of the subject, and asked questions that led me to think about critical elements; it was an actual “aha” moment. Reach out to ex-interns frequently; they have been in your shoes and faced the same challenges. Take their advice; I’m grateful I did. Reach out to people in the organization, even from other teams: learn how everything works.
Kumar Avishkar, ICICI Bank
Prep: I interned with ICICI Bank in the business banking division and it all started with a day-long induction program on the 19th of April wherein we were introduced to the values and different divisions of ICICI Bank. All the interns got the details of the Projects, their respective Guides/buddies, and pre-requisites for the internship a couple of weeks before joining which helped me to get the essence of the project’s deliverables and how to deliver my best in the coming two months.
Project: In the first week it was all about brainstorming the project, understanding the products which were assigned to me, and preparing the weekly timeline with goals set for each week. My project needed me to identify the reasons behind the attrition of customers from the products assigned to me and how the attrition can be arrested and customers' experience can be enhanced. From week 2 to week 5, it was all about talking with the employees involved with the product as well as talking to roughly 200 customers as a part of primary research to identify the key reasons behind the attrition. The most important aspect of the project is finalizing the key areas behind attrition from primary research and competition mapping for ICICI and setting the recommendations to arrest the attrition were part of deliverables for weeks 6 and 7. Week 8 was all about developing models to implement recommendations with the final presentation marking the end of the internship.
Takeaways: The major highlights were the recognition for the work done and the sense of responsibility to carry out the work with immense backing from the guide and buddy.
Suraj Agarwal, HSBC
Prep: Coming from a finance background, I had always aspired to work in the Investment Banking domain, and HSBC was one of the foremost companies offering that role. After a grueling selection process, including a group discussion and two interview rounds, I was selected to intern with the Strategic Transactions Group at HSBC.
Project: The first couple of days were explicitly dedicated to training on basic financial concepts and equip us with the required skills to perform well in the coming weeks. After the training, we were allocated to our respective teams and assigned a mentor to guide us throughout the internship.
Takeaways: As an intern, the team doesn’t expect us to be a master of everything finance. The team was always helpful and made sure that the requirement was always clearly communicated and understood. The team was also patient with any questions I would have and even helped me clear my concepts. This friendly approach to learning helped me learn a lot, quickly, over the eight weeks without feeling left out at any point in time.
- IIM Shillong Summer Internship Diaries 2021 | General Management
- IIM Shillong Summer Internship Diaries 2021 | Finance-Part 1
- IIM Shillong Summer Internship Diaries 2021 | Sales & Marketing- Part 1
- IIM Shillong Summer Internship Diaries 2021 | Sales & Marketing- Part 2
- IIM Shillong Summer Internship Diaries 2021 | Consulting & Strategy
InsideIIM presents the 8th Season of Summer Saga where you can share your bizarre, enriching, a-little-difficult-yet-fun experiences with everyone and win prizes for the same. We have changed the rules in the eighth season. You don't need to wait for your internship to end in order to share your experience. Instead, it will be a digital diary, where you will be able to document your learnings and experiences, during your stint.
TIMELINE, PROCESS AND RULES
- You don't need to register on InsideIIM.com or on the Kampus App to take part in Summer Saga Season 8. Simply share your experiences in the Digital Diary. To maintain standardisation, every Digital Diary will have a few questions that you'll need to answer.
- Access all the Digital Diaries forms from here. You will receive Digital Diaries from us on the following dates:
-Digital Diary 1 - 02.05.2021
-Digital Diary 2 - 09.05.2021
-Digital Diary 3 - 23.05.2021
-Digital Diary 4 - 06.06.2021
-Digital Diary 5 - 20.06.2021
- After 20th June, we will collate your entries as a single article and share the same with the same.
- Your overall submission will be evaluated on the following parameters:
-Completeness: This depends on the number of Digital Diaries you have filled.
-Value Addition: This depends on how in-depth your answers have been. The score for this parameter will be given by our Judges.
-Reach: This depends on how many unique people have read your internship experience once we publish the article. We maintain fair play, we will publish all the articles on the same day, so that you can also share the same in your network.
- There is also a title called, ‘Campus With The Most Interesting Interns’ that will be awarded to (a) the campus that submits the maximum number of entries and (b) the campus that submits the best quality entries (based on the score given by our judges). The minimum entries from campus to be considered for this title is 10. So, if you want your campus to win the title then make sure your classmates and other students from your b school share their experiences in this year's Summer Saga Competition.
PRIZES TO WIN
This competition is broadly divided into four categories. Refer to the table below to know more about prizes in each category.
Banking and Finance
Sales, Marketing and General Management
HR, Consulting and Others
|1st Prize||₹ 10,000||₹ 10,000||₹ 10,000||₹ 10,000|
|Runner Up||₹ 5,000||₹ 5,000||₹ 5,000||₹ 5,000|
The 1st Prize winner will also get a one-hour 1-on-1 career guidance session with an industry stalwart, from our panel of mentors in Kounsel.
ABOUT THE JUDGES
Every year, we have Campus Managers from some of the top companies (such as Reliance, HSBC, Flipkart, ABG, HUL, TAS, etc) judging the annual Summer Saga competition. We will release the details of the judges of Summer Saga Season 8 soon!
Check out the previous year's winners!
Maybe this will help you reflect and recall these two months as well (which can come in handy when appearing for interviews in the future). InsideIIM is the perfect platform to chronicle your experiences, your highs, your lows and everything in between.