National and International Internships – Across the nation, many Indian students are receiving and, in turn, undertaking subject specific internships, both national and abroad, to prosper their chances of landing with their dream jobs. A good share of them provides funding and other allowances so as to support the qualified student properly during the stay. Each program requires different skill aspects from the applicants and the successful students are in fact highly competent in their field of study. Let’s look into some of these available opportunities, both inclusive and exclusive, to Indian students:
Most of the developed countries, like the USA, UK, Germany, Japan, Australia etc. provide some of the best platforms to undertake internships and gather the state-of-art skills required to progress in the field. Some of the interesting ones are:
The German institutions offer short-term training and internship opportunities to Indian students in the field of Science and Engineering in the undergraduate level. The students are assumed to be studying in the institutes or Universities recognized by the scholarship team. Check the list of colleges accepted DAAD-WISE Internships
The student must be enrolled in programmes dictated under Engineering, Maths, and Natural Sciences. They must also be in their 5th/6th academic semester of 4-year B.Tech or 5th/6th/7th/8th semester of 5-year Integrated Masters/Dual Degree programme. The grant is given for 2-3 months during the May-August period and constitutes a total value worth EUR 750, supplemented with a travel grant of EUR 1,050 and insurance coverage. The selection process is stringent and is mainly focussed on academic accomplishments as well as other extra-curricular activities relevant to the application. More information to the programme is provided Click here
The University of South California (USC) sports the Viterbi School of Engineering, which in association with the Indo – US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) offers special training internship opportunities in their campus to Indian students for a period of 8 weeks. The main objective is to provide state-of-art facilities and develop research orientation in the field of Engineering and Technology. Indian students who are currently studying in their B.Tech/M.Tech programme from reputed institutions is eligible to apply. The stream of interest of the committee is Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Computational Sciences. The scholarship covers stipends and airfare expenditure. For the main page to the application portal click here
The Department of Science and Technology led Science & Engineering Board (SERB), Govt. of India, along with IUSSTF and WINStep Forward provides student exchange programs between accredited Indian institutions and top US institutions. The programme aims to deepen the research culture of the nation by giving the selected students the exposure to the rational methodologies prevalent in their field of study. Indian students enrolled in a B.Tech/M.Tech programme, in the home country, at those institutions recognized by the committee are eligible to apply. The main domains of research include Atmospheric and Earth Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Mathematical and Computational Sciences, and Physical Sciences. The last date for the submission of the application form is on 31st October each year. A three-month program follows suit from May to July the following year.
IUSSTF in association with the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India and WINStep Forward conducts the famous Khorana programme for Indian students to commence research undertakings in the University of Wisconsin-Madison (QS world rank: 53) and other participating institutions. These scholarships are granted for a time duration of 10-12 weeks. Students currently in their pre-final year studies in B.Tech/M.Tech, B.E, B.V.Sc./M.V.Sc, B.Pharm/M.Pharm, Integrated B.S – M.S, MBBS, and Master in Medical Science and Technology (MMST) at the institutes registered under this scholarship scheme can apply for it. These scholarships are more focussed on students with research interest in the area of Biotechnology and allied disciplines. The deadline for submission of the application is on 31st October, and the three-month-long programme will start the following year from May – July.
The prestigious School of Biology, Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland, provides Summer Undergraduate Research (SUR) internships to selected international students of any nationality to promote R&D culture among the participants. Every year the SUR internship offers 20 positions to students engaged in the field of biological and medical studies. The selected candidates are expected to commence independent research works on a specific topic in the Faculty of Biology and Medicine. The programme also highlights the importance of leisure time to balance professional and personal work in the form of excursions to some of the important tourist destinations like the Alps, Lac Leman, and other mesmerizing locations in the Swiss soil! Participants who are undergraduates in their second and third year of studies can apply. Students from the field of Life Sciences are more preferred for screening. Scholarships of CHF 1500 are provided to compensate living expense, and limited funds of CHF 1700 is provided to cover travel expenditures.
The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Canada, offers a special research programme for international undergraduates to work in work in their world-class laboratories under a supervisor. The programme aims to orient and promote research interest among the participants. Students are expected to have passed the second year UG academic studies in one of the Universities identified by the programme management as of May the same year of commencement of the programme. The screening process is highly competitive and the deadline for submitting the application is on the 4th of March of the same year. The students will perform a 3-month research work, which includes a poster presentation towards the conclusion of their work. External funded platforms are also available to support International students, and information regarding these and other aspects can be found in the link below:
The University of Tokyo and Kyoto University, Japan, in collaboration provides the prestigious UTokyo Amgen scholarships for well-qualified students pursuing UG studies in top colleges of the nation, in the field of Science, Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Agricultural, and Life Sciences, and Industrial Science. The 8 week, usually from June – August, program covers visits to the graduate departments undertaking Biomedical research, seminars, Japanese traditional classes, and excursions. The participants are required to qualify English Language examination of international reputation, like TOEFL (iBT), IELTS, Cambridge English etc. and must be well-motivated to pursue a career in research in the future. The applications for participation in the scholarship competition starts from 1st November and concludes by 1st February the following year. A grant of JPY 350,000 is given to students from Asia, which covers transportation fees and accommodation charges. Details regarding the program application and other important notices can be check through the official website
The top Universities of the nation in the field of Engineering, Information Technology and Sciences provide some of the best platforms to undertake independent research and innovative projects for a short term basis. Some of the exemplary opportunities are as follows:
One of the premier institutions of our nation, IIT Bombay provides research opportunities in the different fields of study offered by the institute. The candidates will be selected as per the vacancies available in the projects proposed by the team of faculties from the institution. A monthly stipend of INR 10,000 is provided to the students, exclusive of accommodation and other allowances. The applications usually start by 1st August and end by 10th September the same year. The program has a total span of 4-6 months starting from December till June the following year.
For more details regarding the project check the official website
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune hosts specific training and internship programmes during Summer break. The major fields of emphasis are Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Earth Sciences. The participants must be in their 2nd/3rd/4th/ year of Bachelors or 1st year of Master’s studies. Accommodation is provided, while no stipends for covering travel and other allowances are given. The candidates are usually informed regarding the selection results close to March 31st. The internship starts around the 15th of May the same year and lasts for 4 weeks.
IIT Kanpur conducts annually the Students Undergraduate Research Graduate Excellence (SURGE) programme for students from the home institute as well as other institutions. The program supports innovative projects in the field of research and development and takes in 300 students under it, among which 60 are SURGE funded and the rest are funded via 3 means: Institute Project, Self-Funded, and Industry-IIT Kanpur joint funding.
A grant of 12,500 is provided to each SURGE funded candidate for 8 weeks. The last date of application to the program is on the 14th of February. The program usually begins by 13th May and concludes by 10th of July. The candidates are required to have completed their 3rd year of studies (both IIT & Non-IIT Kanpur students).