Even in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, most recruiters have gone the extra mile to honour their commitments made to UPES students regarding internships
At a time when most of the universities of the country are finding it difficult to safeguard students’ placements and summer internships in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, UPES has weathered the blow with minimal cancellations of internships opportunities promised by companies. So far, the team Career Services has secured internships for 2150 plus students and still counting.
“We aimed to create magic and we did it, cheers to my magic squad,” says Manish Madaan Deputy Director, Career Services, UPES, proudly announcing the whopping number of internships his team has bagged for UPES students.
“On one hand Covid-19 crisis is disrupting the society across all sectors, impacting the economy, education, healthcare, transportation and more, and changing the way we work and live. But at the same time, it has brought us together in many ways, whether by being virtually connected with the entire world or by being a responsible citizen and ensuring safety of self and others,” he further adds.
Industry internships are critical for skill-building, networking, and employability for all students by providing relevant professional experiences. Elaborating on the strategy adopted, Manish says, “Great things don’t happen by fluke, but by a well-carved-out plan of action, executed to perfection. We worked relentlessly on our connections with our alumni and it’s really encouraging and a matter of great pride the way they have supported us. Our industry connects have gone an extra mile to honour their association with us and have hired our students as interns in their companies.”
The Career Services team worked on strengthening its networks of SPRs (Student Placement Representatives).
Extensive, positive and mindful conversations took place via mails, WhatsApp groups, Zoom calls and Blackboard Collaborate to create a support system for the current students with the help of the alumni.
Due to the lockdown and social distancing the internships this time are a mix of virtual and on-field modes of working. Students will be working under the guidance of industry mentors and will be supervised by internal faculty as well.
Talking about plans for Placements 2020, Manish says, “Taking a lead from 94 per cent placements in 2019 and aiming at 100 per cent this year, we are planning to organise some training interventions targeting cross-functional expertise, to enhance the employability factor of our students.”
Encouraging students to do some certification courses from Coursera, UPES has already offered 3900+ courses free-of-cost to the students. A number of wellness workshops by experts are also being organised to help students remain emotionally strong and be ready to take the challenges head-on.