For a Student with no prior work experience, the idea of getting to work in an organization as in intern during his/her MBA program and applying the knowledge that they have gained over the years to achieve real organizational goals can be a little intimidating and exciting at the same time. Institutions also put a lot of emphasis on internships and direct students to work towards securing internships in well-known companies of the industry they are interested in and would want to make a career in. Ideally this is how things are supposed to be but unfortunately there are a number of loopholes somewhere in the system that mar the basic purpose of internships i.e. learning.
That being said, the problem does not lie in the idea, rather the implementation. For a person to adjust in and understand how an organization works takes time. Expecting a student to learn the ways of corporate in mere 6 weeks and apply his/her knowledge in practice is a little too much to ask for. Internships can be a great platform for students to get a firsthand experience of what the corporate world expects of them and provide students with a sense of direction which is of paramount importance.
In my personal experience, it took me 4 weeks to understand what the organization was all about and when I thought I was ready to work, I was only left with two weeks to perform which is definitely not enough. On top of that, I found that there is very little if not negligible synchronization between what the industries wants and what is being taught at professional institutions in India.
For an internship program to be effective and for students to actually get a hands on experience of how the corporate world works, the period of internship must be increased to not less than 5-6 months which is actually how internship programs are executed in many institutions across the country.
— Owais Ashraf