1 . What is an internship?
Internship is basically when either a student or a graduate work in some organization or a project so as to gain experience and skills. You may or may not get paid.
It usually varies from 1 week to 12 months.
Internships can be
- Paid :- It’s similar to a salaried person as they will pay you with stipend during or after internship term.
- Unpaid :- The company won’t pay you.
- Internship for a fee :- You will have to pay for doing the internship.
2 . How is internship different from a job?
In a job, you get paid and it’s called salary. You use the skills and experience you have gained to do work in an organization (eg. Working in a bank) or you may even be your own boss (eg. A freelance web developer).
However, in internship, you work temporarily to gain experience or as a part of the curriculum (In KTU, internship is not a part of the curriculum but internships are encouraged).
3 . What is a stipend?
A stipend is a form of salary that is paid by the firm where the person does the internship.
Not all internships give a stipend.
4. Is training different from internships?
Training means training for a particular skill like swimming or web development. Its time is fixed and aims to train you in a skill. Eg. Workshops.
Internship means working under in an organization so as to gain experience and to apply the knowledge you have. It’s usually done in engineering for getting real industrial exposure and to learn how a company actually works by observing it in real.
5.What is Industrial Visit?
Industrial Visit or IV is a part of professional courses, where the students visit companies to get an insight of the work environment.
6. Is Internship or Industrial training compulsory for KTU?
No. It’s not compulsory for getting a B.Tech degree. However, for placements, most companies prefer candidates who have done internship or industrial training.
Moreover, Internships or training can also be done to gain activity points under KTU.
7. What about industrial visit? Is that compulsory?
No. It’s not.
8. What are activity points in KTU?
Activity points are points earned by a student during his or her B.Tech course for taking part in various extra-curricular activities like NSS, sports etc.
9.How many credits do I need to complete my B.Tech course?
For completing B.Tech course, a student must get a minimum of 182 credits out of which 180 credits (academic credits) will be provided after clearing all subjects within 6 years (4 Year Btech Course + 2 Year Extra), the remaining 2 credits must be secured by doing extracurricular activities.
Certificates Will be provided only if you have earned all the credits.
10. What are credits by the way?
1 credit = 50 points
11. Will the additional 2 credits be counted in calculating my GPA?
No. It won’t be.
12. How many internships should I do?
KTU allows only maximum 20 points to be given for internships, so no matter how many internships you do, you will get only a maximum of 20 points.
13. How much activity points will be awarded for internship?
20 points. The internship should have a minimum duration of 5 days.
14. How much activity points do I get for going Industrial Visit?
Maximum 10 points (5 Points Each).
15. When should I do internship?
It’s recommended to go for internships during the break after semester exams.
If you have backlogs to clear during that time, you can do internships during any time of the year convenient for you.
16. Should I really pay for internships?
Payment for doing internship depends upon the firm where you’re trying to intern.It’s not recommended to do internships by paying for it.
Unpaid internship implies the company gets their work done with less or no payment at all.
Paying for an unpaid internship means you are paying to a company for doing work for them!
It’s recommended to attend paid internships (Where you work similar to salaried person) as they are of higher value and you really deserve it.
17. How to find good internships?
Good companies offering Salaried / Paid internships usually have a lower chance to advertise their internship opportunities.
So, it would be good to list the good companies and call their office or HR and ask about the internship opportunities.
Mailing or messaging in social media usually won’t be enough. Sometimes, they may demand additional skills before you join the internship. This helps you to develop your skills too.
Enquire about the internships before the commencement of the semester, If they require any specific skill, train yourself and prepare yourself for the internships.
18. What if I can’t attend internships or go for IV due to some personal difficulties?
Well, it’s not compulsory to attend them. You can always go for other things like volunteering in organisations like IEEE or NSS.
You can also attend sports, take part in hackathons, do amazing projects, anything.
The important thing is to do something. Anything that imparts or spreads knowledge!