After a few rejections in the interviews and not making it to a few more short-lists for the companies which came via TnP, I decided it was time to take things into hand rather than settling for the run-of-the-mill department-allotted internships. I mailed and talked to few companies and alumni and finally struck gold at Bosch India Limited, Bangalore! The alumnus who gave me the internship was also from Mechanical and the best thing I could ever hear is that I didn’t need to do any background study before I went there!
With high hopes and anxious expectations, I reached Bangalore on 5th May. I got an accommodation in IIM Bangalore for a month which is quite an excellent place to stay – with a beautiful campus and facilities. Unlike many of my friends who had a long commute to office, mine was 15 minutes away from IIM Bangalore and thanks to the two wheeler I borrowed from my brother, travelling was never an issue for me.
To technically phrase my work, I was doing a “Quality Value Stream Mapping” for power tool called Blower. Mine being a real-time ongoing project, the experience of working on this quality control project was quite gratifying. My daily work schedule involved visiting the manufacturing plant for observing the assemblies, sampling and measurements in Labs, meetings with my boss, and meetings with the cross departmental team formed to handle the project. My boss was quite pleasant and shared his cabin (and his laptop!) with us, took us to some excellent vehicle testing facilities, labs and other plants that gave us an overall idea of how the whole company worked. Apart from this, we were working on a few initiatives which were taken quite positively by the management (:D). This kept me busy for the majority of my day in office.
Having a co-operative alumnus as a boss has its own advantages! We got our weekends off and had complete control on our working hours, total working days etc.
Bangalore was the place to work during the summers. It is famous for its 3W’s. Weather, Weather and Weather! (The temperature never crossed 27 degrees). I had my share of roaming around with friends to different places in and around Bangalore. It is also a place where you can find a lot of KGPians, and I was even successful in extracting treats from a couple of alumni! On the whole, the work being interesting, the climate being terrific and intern completing earlier than expected left me with complete satisfaction and a smile
Note: For everyone who doesn’t get through the regular TnP companies (which will be a majority!), do not refrain from trying for off-campus internship opportunities! For any help or queries, leave a comment on this post and I will be more than happy to help
Y V Ravi Kiran,
4th year Undergraduate Student,