According to a study by recruitment and training platform Internshala, 76,000 students applied to internships every day in the previous year.
According to the study, which focuses on raising awareness of internships among Indian students, there was a 35 percent increase in the number of students pursuing internships in 2020, when the entire country was facing the challenges faced by the pandemic.
Internships have become an important part of a college student’s career path in India, regardless of their educational context or degree of education — undergrad, postgrad, or doctoral.
Today’s students recognize the importance of internships in advancing their careers and exploring their choices. As a result, they accepted the difficulty of adjusting to changing conditions during the pandemic’s testing times, and 76 percent of students applied for virtual internship opportunities.
Another finding from the study was that 65 percent of students who were able to land new jobs in the previous year had one or more internship experiences on their resumes. This is a measure of how internships help students become more employable.
Furthermore, 73% of students participated in internships outside of their field of study. This pattern demonstrates how students are using internships to try out various career paths in order to discover their true calling based on their interests, skill set, and internship experiences.
“Over the last ten years, internships have seen a significant increase among Indian students. Internships were once mostly sought by students seeking advanced degrees such as B.Tech or MBA, and they were considered a necessary part of their college curriculum. However, times have changed, and students from all educational backgrounds are voluntarily doing internships to obtain hands-on experience and explore their career options,” says Internshala founder and CEO Sarvesh Agrawal.
Management, engineering, media, architecture, commerce, and science are among the most common fields among internship seekers, according to Agrawal.