76,000 students applied to internships every day in the past year, finds a report by recruitment and training platform Internshala.
The report, which focuses on the increasing awareness of internships amongst Indian students, finds that in 2020 - when the whole nation was facing the challenges posed by the pandemic - there was a 35% rise in the number of students seeking internships.
The reason behind this is that internships have become an integral part of a college student’s career journey in India, irrespective of their educational background or level of education — undergrad, postgrad, or doctoral.
Students today understand the value of internships in building their career and exploring their options. Therefore, they took up the challenge of adapting to the circumstances during the testing times of the pandemic, and as a result, 76% of students applied to virtual internship opportunities.
Another learning from the report was that of all the students who were able to grab fresher jobs in the past year, 65% of students had one or more internship experiences listed in their resume. This is an indicator of how internships improve the employability of the students.
Further, 73% of students pursued internships in a field different from their field of education. This trend highlights that students are leveraging internships to test different career paths in order to find their true calling based on their interests, skill-set, as well as internship experiences.
“Internships have clearly seen a huge rise among students of India over the past 10 years. Initially, internships were mostly pursued by students pursuing professional degrees like B.Tech or MBA and as a necessary part of their college curriculum. However, times have changed and students from all educational backgrounds are voluntarily doing internships to gain hands-on learning and explore their careers,” Sarvesh Agrawal, founder and CEO of Internshala, told ET.
Some of the top fields among internship seeking students include management, engineering, media, design, commerce, and science, Agrawal added.