The idea to start a website that offered internships struck when its founders were still in their third year at IIT. “We were looking for internships ourselves and couldn’t find a one-stop platform that let us apply to any kind of job,” says Robin Daultani, former IIT student and co-founder of the website. That’s when they decided to start India-Interns.com in 2006.
India-interns started off as a student enterprise that helped fellow batchmates find internships. Realising that the website had the potential to reach out to more people, the founders later decided to go commercial. To avail of its service, all one needs to do is log on to the website and fill a small form. This form carries basic details like name, age and qualifications.
A similar form is made available to the companies interested. “We then run a search within our database to see who suits what job profile and send those forms to the organizations, who get in touch with the person concerned,” says Daultani. The best part is that this service is free for both the companies and the people enquiring for an internship.
Companies listed on the website range from multi-nationals to local enterprises and even NGOs who are on the lookout for volunteers. While some jobs include stipends or allowance, others just offer job experience. And there have also been accounts of people who were recruited after performing well during their internship.
The website also allows companies to run listings for free. “There is always a huge demand for management and engineering students. But these days, we are also getting enquiries for media and arts students,” reveals Daultani. Last year, the website had 9000 applicants while this year, there have approximately 500 applicants so far.
Future plans include improving and expanding this platform in such a way that companies have access to a talent pool without even advertising for it. “However, we are still working on the logistics and it is a work in progress. Let us see how things work out,” Daultani says.