A Summer Internship equips an MBA student with different managerial skills. It makes you apply the theory and learn how to cope up with the competition and challenges in the evolving markets. Careers360 brings MBA Internship Experience 2015 series, where students of Top B-schools share their learning and outcomes from their summer internship.
Nrithya K Padmadas, an MBA student of Symbiosis Institute of Business Management Pune, completed her internship from Reliance Innovation Leadership Centre. She explains how the work culture in an Innovation department equips a person with entrepreneurial skills and inculcates values of an entrepreneur in you.
In this interview, Nrithya shares her experience of overcoming her challenge of matching up with the expectations from her work. She further talks about the different culture and pressure one has to deal with while working in an Innovation Center department of a company.
Read her interview below:
Careers360: Tell us about the company, domain and division in which you completed your summer placement from.
Nrithya: I completed my internship with Reliance Innovation Leadership Centre, the innovation arm of Reliance Industries. RIL-C is responsible for driving the innovation culture in entire Reliance Industries Limited.
Careers360: Were you assigned with any project? Brief us about the timeline and the execution of the project.
Nrithya: I was assigned with a project to study about the global best practices in innovation operating models and development of an innovation execution framework. The project timeline was for two months, at the end of which I had to submit my findings and reports.
Careers360: What was your thought process before participating in the summer placements process? Did you focus in any of the domains?
Nrithya: I was not sure of the nature of work that I would be exposed to, for this was the first time someone from my college was interning at an innovation centre. I prepared myself reading more on innovations and innovation examples and learning what works where, and also trying to understand how these innovators tuned the inventions to innovations. I must say that it has been helpful during my 2 months internship period.
Careers360: How was the experience during your internship?
Nrithya: The internship period was quite an experience, much greater than what I had expected. The exposure that I got was amazing and learned a lot from the wise men of the company. The atmosphere at RIL-C was such that everyone there is always thirsty for learning something new every day. And there will be something new to learn and do every day! The energy of the people was amazing and the enthusiasm pulse out through all their works. The learning experience with hands-on was the best part of it all.
Careers360: How was the environment of the company, the resources, employees and work culture?
Nrithya: RIL-C has a very open and friendly work culture. It is very flexible and the people are all very supportive and approachable. But it would amaze anyone how efficient they are with execution of their work – leaving no room for error. This is from how things are done in Reliance Industries. The culture at RIL-C was best suited for any innovation centre – a good mix of people from different ranks and domains with wide range of experience.
Careers360: What were the key challenges and learnings during your internship?
Nrithya: My only challenge was how to match my deliverables quality to the levels that they expect from me. The bar is set quite high and that alone inspires you to push yourself more and do a better job. The support from my faculty and office people also let me overcome my challenges.
I have learned many new things and one of it would be to realise the big misconception that what is excellence is always unaffordable and what is affordable in not excellence. I learned that the changing trend is focussing on affordable excellence.
Careers360: Is it important for an MBA student to do an internship? What values a student can gain?
Nrithya: Yes, it is definitely important for an MBA student to do internship as it gives a platform to apply what he has learnt so far and also gives an exposure to the corporate world outside. Students can better prepare himself to be best suited and to meet the expectations from the company that in future recruits them.
Careers360: While doing your internship, how were you connected with your academic mentor at your institute?
Nrithya: During internship period, we could ask for any assistance from our mentor at college. We could ask for guidance and advice over phone or mails. We used to share weekly happenings to our mentors.
Careers360: Share a memorable incident from your internship days.
Nrithya: The most memorable incident from my internship day would be that I got to interact with Padma Vibhushan Dr. R. A. Mashelkar – known and recognised world-wide for his contributions in Intellectual Property rights, R&D and Innovations. It was truly an honour to meet him and interact with him. I learned through his talks and personal experiences, and it was just amazing to meet an inspiring person.
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