The Summers of 2019 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 maybe help the reader understand their own fit in that particular role.
Contributed by: Aravind Manoharan
My summer internship gave a well-rounded experience in understanding myself and the nuances in corporate life. I interned in Aditya Birla Group and my project was in Logistics for UltraTech Cements Limited. I was always inclined towards General Management because of the humongous opportunities they offer us to experiment with. You can try yourself out in business and function which is of your interest, as most of the conglomerates are into various business.
The scope of my project was huge, and I was given the flexibility to draw my deliverables, which were then evaluated and modified by my mentor, confirming that they are aligned with their objective and requirements. The best part of my internship was my reporting manager and the team I coordinated with. They were very considerate to all my queries and easily approachable whenever I am stuck with something.
I also worked on multiple projects which demanded immediate attention to achieve process optimization, which was very critical in the complex logistics operation. I never wanted to be a mere cog in a giant wheel. And fortunately, catering to my expectation, the management took all my recommendations seriously. They invested their time and resources in implementing two of my recommendations before I left. Also, they considered me as their full-time employee when including me into their loop of routine activities, which further augmented my perceived value from the internship in terms of knowledge acquired. They put in all efforts to materialize my idea into a working model which would both value my efforts and also benefit the organization. My frequent interactions with the top management, also my mentor being the Logistics Head of India operations, rendered me the opportunity to flourish my inter-personal skills. Thus, my overall internship experience turned out to be phenomenal and worth remembering.
Aravind is a student of the PGP 2018-20 batch at IIM Bangalore.