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InStep - a memorable career begins here

By Kisha Gupta at 3:49 PM on | Comments (0)
An internship is like dating, you get an opportunity to know someone during a brief period, after which you decide whether you want a committed relationship or not. In an internship, that relationship means a full-time job. InStep has invested 20 years in understanding the dynamics of this relationship, every last detail of it. Having led the program for the last four years, here's why I believe it is the number one internship in the world: 
  1. Continuous improvement over the past 20 years: We listen closely to each intern, we are sticklers for feedback. No feedback is irrelevant; even if doesn't make sense immediately, it will in the long run.
  2. Different perspectives lead to a more agile outcome: On an average, InStep interns come from over 35 nationalities. Their unique interpretations of the problem statements bring hundreds of new ideas, thus creating better projects every year
  3. Experience-led or work-led: While the actual project work forms one of the most important components of any job assignment, how we live our life in those months and how it shapes us as an individual is equally important. Coming to India, spending a few months in a diverse environment, with people who at first seem unfamiliar, helps broaden one's views about the world we live in today.
  4. Power of choice: Unlike many internships, InStep provides this as the most important benefit - the power of choosing your own internship project. In many organizations, students are first selected for internships and then given an assignment, thus taking away any opportunity to work on topics they are passionate about. At InStep, a student gets 200 different projects to choose from, as a first step, even before the application is submitted
  5. You matter: Many InSteppers have told me that in most companies, interns are seen as a very small cog in the wheel, while at Infosys they feel recognized, heard, and valued. For us at Infosys, InStep isn't just a way of hiring amazing talent, or spreading the Infosys brand in academia. It is also a way to pull together the best minds from all over the world and generate a repository of ideas for 'navigating our next.'

This list can go on and on because there is so much more to the program than I can compile in a few words. A blog, a video, even a book can't do justice to the actual experience, you need to live it yourself to know why more than 2,000 InSteppers worldwide over the past 20 years still remember Infosys InStep as their best summer ever.

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