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This summer, all work, no play for collegians in Mumbai

mumbai Updated: Apr 18, 2016 00:07 IST
Shreya Bhandary

For the past few years, many Mumbai colleges, too, have been encouraging students to take up internships during vacations. (Photo for representation)(HT photo)

With summer vacations kicking in, students, who are currently busy with examinations or are preparing for the same, have decided to utilise the holidays to add to their skills with work experience.

Not only does this look good on the Curriculum Vitae (CV), these temporary jobs and internships give them a chance to pocket hefty sums in the name of stipend/salary. Of late, more and more students are choosing to apply for temporary jobs instead of wasting time away during the holidays.

“Once I’m done with my engineering degree, I’m planning to do an MBA. But before that, I also need to understand what area I want to explore. Therefore, this internship will help me get good exposure to the industry, and internship experience on CV also helps in MBA admissions,” said 20-year-old Rudraksh Sharma, a third-year production engineering student of VJTI, Matunga. He said many of his batchmates have already bagged paid internships with various companies and will begin work after their examinations in May.

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For 19-year-old Angela Menezes, a second-year BMS student of St Andrew’s College in Bandra, vacations are a time to make extra money that adds up to her pocket money. “I conduct French tuitions for school students during vacations. Over the years, more and more students have called me for personal tuitions even during school days. In holidays, I end up making more than Rs30,000 a month, thanks to the tuitions,” said Menezes. She and her friends are planning to spend this vacation volunteering with non-governmental organisations that cater to senior citizens.

For the past few years, many city colleges, too, have been encouraging students to take up internships during vacations. The placement department in most colleges not only caters to final-year students with job offers, but also looks forward to introducing students to internships. “Students these days know what they want. Job experience while one is still studying is a bonus for these students when they start looking for jobs in the future. With companies ready to pay good money for their work, more students are getting interested,” said Ashok Wadia, principal of Jai Hind College in Churchgate.

For Nishant Keni, 20, his upcoming internship means he will finally get a hang of what the “real world” looks like. “We are taught so many things in college but we get to apply the same only once we enter the corporate world. This job is going to do just that for me. Even if it’s barely two months, I’m looking forward to getting more knowledge about my chosen field from my seniors and co-workers,” said Keni, a third-year electronics student of a south Mumbai institute.

The author tweets as @shreyabhandary