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Summer fun on the job

For Chembur resident Vaibhav Bansal, 19, the summer vacations have been more hectic than his accounts and statistics lectures.

mumbai Updated: May 09, 2011 01:51 IST
Reetika Subramanian

For Chembur resident Vaibhav Bansal, 19, the summer vacations have been more hectic than his accounts and statistics lectures.

Bansal, a third year commerce student of HR College, bagged an internship with the International Management Group (IMG), the UK-based event management company that is handling the ticketing and sales of the Indian Premiere League (IPL) matches at Wankhede stadium. “The work timings are erratic,” claimed Bansal, who works 14-hour shifts. “There are serpentine queues daily, with over-enthusiastic fans, going ballistic over their seat preferences,” added Bansal, who feels that he’ll miss the buzz once the IPL tournament gets over.

Like Bansal, several other city collegians have been sweating it out in the sweltering heat to earn work experience.

Armed with his resume, and with no real work experience, Akshay Ranjan’s friends called him “over ambitious” when he casually left his resume with the security guard at a swanky film studio. “You could call it destiny or just great fortune that my resume was not left to rot under the pile of portfolios of wannabe actors and actresses,” beamed Ranjan, 20, a third year Information Technology student of St Xavier’s College. Ranjan bagged a two-month summer internship with the audio department of the studio’s music label.

“While the first week was spent in observing and understanding the work atmosphere, now, I am now getting to learn the intricacies of dubbing and sound mixing,” added Ranjan, who thinks that the minor costs incurred on travel and food are absolutely worth the “intensive internship programme”.

For budding filmmaker, Priyanka Chhadwa, 18, the idea of working when her friends are whiling away their vacation is a better alternative. “Most of my friends catching up on the re-runs of ‘Friends’ and ‘Dexter’, while I am actually getting to work behind the scenes and understand the basics of conceptualising and cinematography,” said Chhadwa, 18, a second year mass media student of SIES College, who is interning with Asylum Films, a Bandra-based film production house. “I was assuming that I would be a mere spectator during the internship, but my bosses are keeping me busy,” claimed Chhadwa, adding that the food and transport is paid for by the organisation.

For Gayle Miranda, 19, a management student of St Xavier’s College, this summer is going to be all about money. She cracked the selection exam held by the Reserve Bank of India to secure a temporary spot in the bank’s corporate finance sector team.

“The chaos and buzz in the central bank is contagious, because even after the day’s work, I only think of balance of payments and repo rates,” said Miranda.

“The combination of an attractive stipend and brand name is an alluring offer,” she added gleefully.

Even academic professionals support this trend, adding that it gives students “early exposure” to the industry.

“Students can make effective use of their spare time during the vacations, by getting an insight to the work culture and the overall functioning of the industry,” said Dr Suhas Pednekar, principal, Ramnarain Ruia College. “Moreover, if they perform well, there is a great possibility of getting absorbed by the company,” he added.