Pararth Shah, 21, is excited about flying to Los Angeles in May where he will spend more than two months as a summer intern with internet search giant Google Inc. The third-year computer science student at the Indian Institute of Technology — Bombay (IIT-B) will earn a six-figure stipend.
"The internship will give me exposure to latest technology, and software and product development. I am excited about visiting Silicon Valley and experiencing their lifestyle,” said Shah, who grew up in Vile Parle.
IIT-B’s practical training cell has witnessed a 40% rise in the number of undergraduate students opting for winter and summer internships. This year, 470 students secured internships as against 345 last year.
There’s been almost a 100% jump in research internships at foreign universities in the US, UK, France and Canada — from 65 students last year to 120 this year.
“Students have realised that research adds value to what they learn in class. Several students who are winning innovation awards are also becoming role models on campus,” said professor Rangan Banerjee, dean, research and development, IIT-B.
Foreign companies and universities are offering stipends between Rs1 lakh and Rs5 lakh for summer internships. “Majo-rity of the recruiters are start-ups, and new foreign companies and universities who previously didn’t know about IIT-B,” said Yash Shah, student head, practical training cell.