Interns prefer start-ups to multi-national firms

Students from IITs, IIMs, BITS, NITs and other reputed institutes are passing up opportunities to work with MNCs

June 14, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 05:46 am IST - HYDERABAD:

Not the ‘Goliaths’ of the field, but the local start-ups, brimming with innovative ideas, are the go-to places for a large number of interns from premier educational institutions.

Ditching the MNCs and taking pride in associating with several ‘young’ companies, are students from IITs, IIMs, BITS, NITs and other reputed centres of learning.

The wider scope for learning and experimenting, along with hands-on experience in managing the highs and lows of a start-up, are just some of the reasons attracting students. “If I interned with a big company, I would have been given specific tasks. I wanted to learn a lot while working and that’s why I chose a start-up,” said 20-year-old Shubham Goutham, a student of NIT-Surat and an intern at, a city-based start-up which has interns from IITs too. “Since my job profile is not limited, I end up doing many things. I am a web developer and I am free to create pages and manage front-end as well as back-end work. In the process, I am developing abilities and becoming aware of my interests. Though this is my first experience, I won’t mind working for a start-up after I graduate.”

For some students, an internship means the freedom to do something contrasting.

“I am a student of mechanical engineering but wanted to explore the field of marketing,” said Sushmitha B., a student of BITS Hyderabad and an intern with Adnest.

“The internship is nowhere related to my field as I do content marketing. I convey my ideas and learn how start-ups work. If I ever want to start my company, then the experience will be very useful.”

The high volume of applications seem to have made some wary too, resulting in the unexpected. “We posted online inviting applications for internships. In a few days, more than 100 students from top institutions, including IITs and IIMs, had applied,” said A. Raju, founder of

“They had many questions and high expectations from our start-up. So we selected seven interns from local colleges since we found them dedicated and easy to work with. In a way, it was like helping these youngsters, who were looking for an opportunity to work with dedication.”

Students from IITs, IIMs, BITS, NITs and other reputed educational institutes are passing up opportunities to work with MNCs

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