Sunday, January 18, 2009

Go for a REAL internship this Summer !!!

It's that time of the year... Spring is already here, and summer not too far away.

If you're an Engineering student reading this, the above is sure to have brought creases to your forehead. The spring-autumn inter-semester break is practically here, and you're still confused where to go, what to do?

Internship? Where? How do I apply? Will it be too abstract, the way tech-internships usually are? Will you actually be doing something productive, or just sitting around in offices gaping at the technology/corporate world in a confused manner ?

Or do you want to make a dent in the universe? Intern at a place that combines the best of Technology, Consulting and Social Innovation. A place where YOU can make an impact. Work with the best in the business, network with the experts, and join an outstanding cohort of young leaders, the league of pros. Attend leadership workshops at the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, and pitch in your ideas for innovation to thought leaders, speak to the ones whose voices really matter. And know what..... GET PAID for it, at industry-competitive stipend rates.

Yes, all of the above is for real. Don't believe me? Well, it's happened to me , and them too . That's E4SI for you!!!

Engineers for Social Impact (E4SI) is a unique fellowship program that connects top engineering talent to credible social enterprises driving market-based solutions to development in India. It serves a dual need: matching talented students with worthy social enterprises and increasing awareness of for-profit approaches to development.

The partner universities include BITS-Pilani, BITS-Pilani (Goa Campus), the Indian Institutes of Technology at Kharagpur (IIT-Kgp), Mumbai (IIT-B), Chennai (IIT-M), Kanpur (IIT-K), Delhi (IIT-D), Guwahati (IIT-G) & Roorkee (IIT-R), IIIT-Allahabad, IIIT-Hyderabad, NIT-Trichy, NIT-Warangal, NIT-Karnataka (Surathkal) and Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT), Delhi. In case your university is not listed, you can get it on the map by suggesting it for future editions .

E4SI partner for-profit social enterprises (founded by alumni from schools such as Harvard, Wharton, INSEAD and IIT) are leaders in education, energy, health, microfinance and multiple bottom-line investment advisory services. They are: iDiscoveri (Education), Intellecap (Investment), Ujjivan (Microfinance), Vaatsalya (Healthcare), D.Light Design (Providing affordable Power), DhanaX (Person-to-person lending/ Microentrepreneurship) and Ethos (Multiple Bottom-line Investment Advisory). Given the entrepreneurial nature of these internships, the nature of work is quite flexible, and the interns enjoy a free-hand to innovate and apply their own ideas. The internship possibilities, or Immersion Experiences as they are called, have already been uploaded for Ujjivan and D.Light , and will be uploaded for the others in about a week.

The duration of the internship will be around two and a half months, for which a competent stipend will be paid, and a leadership workshop would later be organized, to be conducted by the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. Besides, the fellows would hence be inducted into a very exclusive cohort of outstanding young leaders.

Undergraduate students currently pursuing Engineering/ Dual degree/ integrated M.Sc. courses at any of the listed partner universities are eligible to apply for E4SI Fellowship 2009. To apply , first register on the E4SI website, and submit the required documents (CV and essays) as specified on the E4SI website. In case you're having a hard time choosing a single immersion experience to apply for, you may apply for more than one, three at max. Once the application procedure is complete and you've received the acknowledgment, just wait while the eminent panel of judges/advisors (with degrees from Harvard, MIT, Michigan, Yale) come up with the results of the first round, after which team E4SI will guide you through the subsequent round(s).

The last date to submit completed applications is February 22, 2009, but don't wait that long. Apply NOW!!!

In case of any queries, you can visit the FAQ section. In case it still remains unfulfilled, you can send your question to the E4SI team, or put it up here as a comment.

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