My internship experience as a full-stack intern...

internship Jan 23, 2022

So many people often write a lot about their interview experience and there is nothing wrong with that, but I think that writing about the internship experience is as much important. There are many resources about how to prepare for an interview but not many on how to prepare for an internship. Using this blog, I would try to tell about my internship experience along with some points to keep in mind...

What should you study before an internship?

Now the thing which to be kept in mind is that there are countless technologies out there and many of the times it is written in the job description about which tech stacks you shall be working on especially if it is a startup. For most of the MNCs for freshers they they shall either work with Springboot along with React/Angular. There are some cases in which an intern works on data science project with python too but the number of such people are much lower. Also during your onboarding process they do ask every candidate to give their preferences and according to those, work location and the requirements your team gets allocated. Even if you get a tech stack which you are not aware of don't worry as you will get 2-3 weeks of time to study the tech stack, get yourself familiarised and then start working on it. Of course for paid startups it is a different story all together but then in their hiring process is completely different.

How are the workloads for interns?

One thing you should understand is that for many MNC's they do not see how much work an intern has done, but rather about how quickly is he able to learn, manage his work and able to independently solve problems. Yes again it can vary hugely between companies and even the same team. For examples I know of people who had huge workload even during their internship and I knew of people whose entire job as an intern was to watch video lectures to learn a tech stack.

How to secure a PPO?

Most of the people are aware of pre-placement offer (PPO), so for MNCs the conversion rate of PPO is quite high as they have spent a huge amount of time and resources for hiring and training during their internship period. Therefore most companies do not let go of their interns quite easily. Yes for startups the conversion rate can be quite low.

My internship experience...

So I worked at JP Morgan as a software developer for 2 months. As covid wave was on going I had to work from home. During the first week it is mostly about onboarding, meeting with the team etc. I started to work on my project during my 2nd week and the tech stack involved React and Spring boot. I had worked with React before but not with Springboot so I started learning about it for around a week, before really starting my project. As it was wfh I could do the work according to my own time and I really liked the flexibility it offered. I had to just attend a 30 minute meet with my team which was a scrum call in which the team basically tells about what they did today, what problems they encountered and what are they going to do ahead etc. There are also numerous talks for interns provided by employees who have been with the company for a long time, sometimes recent graduates also give talks about it. There was also "Fun with Friday's" sessions in which all interns would meet for an hour on Friday and would have discussion, play some games, etc basically a way to connect with other interns...

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