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Summer Internships go virtual!

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How  WeSchool offered internships in lockdown?

Our students  interned with organisations in India and overseas, ie: Singapore, South Africa, Netherlands, Germany & Spain.

We are aware that the Lockdown has limited our outreach to place students in face to face internships. In such Learning context, the intern is able to engage with his/her mentor at the organisation, and other connected team members virtually. Hence, it may not be sound to compare the experiential learning from a conventional internship with a virtual one, as both platforms have unique benefits.

What was the process for students to be hired for virtual internships?

Interested students were offered to choose his/her area of interest. After virtual based selection processes by the organisation, the selected student was assigned a problem statement , aligning with his/her’s professional background and experience.

 

What are the benefits and challenges in the virtual internships?

We are aware that the lockdown has limited our outreach to place students in face to face internships. In such learning context, the intern is able to engage with his/her mentor at the organisation, and other connected team members virtually. Hence, it may not be sound to compare the experiential learning from a conventional internship with a virtual one, as both platforms have unique benefits.

Virtual internship became the need of the hour, as the lockdown was sudden and enveloped 190 plus countries, including India. Organisations, through the virtual internship, in a way will get more comfortable at integrating more processes (across job roles/levels )and departments, to ‘go digital earlier.’ The lockdown in this way, is a ‘ blessing in disguise’ for organisations! Our Faculty mentors are enabling our students’ to benefit, through teaching/coaching/advising, to learn digital business communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and being innovative.

We foresee that the post COVID-19 job market will require management professionals, who have imbibed the experience of facing the pandemic disaster with resilience and be productive, by working in a remote environment, while physically located at home. The virtual medium is surely bringing global internship opportunities which are not limited by geography. While also being mentored, by WeSchool faculty, the intern is able to seamlessly experience an AAA learning experience, that addresses the acquisition, application, and assimilation of knowledge.



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