Internship Diaries of 2020 is a series about the various categories of roles offered by companies for summer internships. We bring to you the experiences of interns from Consulting, Finance, Marketing, General Management, Product Management, Operations and E-commerce roles to understand a bit more about their work life. The articles are meant to give the reader a glimpse into the life of an intern and help the reader understand their fit in that particular role.
Contributed by: Sasi Kumar V
Picture Credits: Rishi Rathi
Edited by: Debleena Mondal
I did my summer internship with Mahindra Group, one of the successful conglomerates of India. My project was in Mahindra & Mahindra Auto – Sales Strategy and was all excited to start in Mumbai. However, due to the unprecedented COVID19 situation, giving high importance to the safety of interns, the whole internship experience was made virtual.
It was the time when companies started rescinding internship offers and cutting down on the stipend. Mahindra however not only kept the promise on the offer but also extended the internship tenure from 8 weeks to 10 weeks, giving us extra time to get used to the ‘New Normal’. That is the beauty of General Management companies, along with immense opportunities across functions & sectors, they have the muscle to pass any storm.
At Mahindra, summer interns are inducted under the coveted Group Management Cadre (GMC) managed by the Group HR – GMC team. They made sure that the learnings and experience which interns usually get in a physical internship is not compromised in this virtual mode. They made us comfortable right from day one and were continually supporting us in all possible ways throughout the internship period.
Special thanks to my project buddy and guide. They were constantly mentoring me and made sure I understood the project deliverables clearly. My buddy was the India Head of Corporate & Fleet Sales. Despite his busy schedule, he always listened to my ideas and assessed them daily. His immense experience taught me to see things from a different business perspective.
Opportunity to interact with Mr. Anand Mahindra and Dr. Pawan Goenka was an unforgettable moment. Another highlight was the ‘Leadership Connect’ program, in which I was mapped to the CEO of Mahindra Logistics. He was so approachable, down-to-earth and was open to discuss any topic under the sun. Numerous sessions from group leaders from different businesses exposed us to the nuances of various sectors.
In general, Mahindra ecosystem is very supportive of all aspects to GMC interns. I also learned the primary function of a sales team is to find the right Demand and match it with Supply and should always sell solutions, not products. Overall, Mahindra imparted me with tons of learnings and was an enriching virtual internship experience.
Sasi Kumar, Rishi and Debleena are students of the PGP 2019-21 batch at IIM Bangalore.