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Trouvaille in Tubingen


Aditya Garg

July 2, 2020

In this blog, we have Aditya Garg, a Y16 student sharing his internship experience at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems- Organization, Tuebingen in the field of Empirical Interference. From having a not very clear idea about which profiles to prepare for, to getting selected in a reputed internship program, he truly believes in the power of patience and persistence. Read this blog to know more about the to do's essential for an academic intern.

Physics and Europe: A Dream Come True


Swadha Pandey

June 26, 2020

Entering IIT Kanpur, I was clear about one thing - I loved Physics. But after two years of solving free body diagrams of monkeys on ropes, I wanted to work on something real. So during my first semester itself, I started looking for a professor who would be willing to give me a project. I was hesitant at first since I knew nothing about research. But I left that decision up to the profs - my job was just to apply.

Germany and beyond | Sagar Chaudhary


Sagar Chaudhary

June 18, 2020

I wouldn't tell you that “Ever since I came to IIT Kanpur, I knew I wanted to go into research”. When I came to the campus, I just wanted to explore new things. I did not know what I wanted to do, and maybe, it’s okay to not know exactly what you want. In my first year winters and the summers after that, I decided to take up robotics. Though I learnt new things and finished the projects, I concluded it wasn’t for me.

RISE with the Seniors | Nivedita Vij


Nivedita Vij

June 10, 2020

Nivedita Vij is an undergraduate student in the Material Science department who interned at Harvard University in the summer of 2019 in the field of Condensed Matter Physics. Here’s an account of her application process to the various programs including the DAAD, MITACS, and the SN Bose program, the article follows with a FAQ section and also a brief excerpt of her life at Boston, New York and her days at Harvard.

Science and Serendipity


Tarun Mascarenhas

June 3, 2020

I received two valuable pieces of advice in my first year which I feel are relevant to the people about to embark on a research track in college. A professor said, “Don’t worry about jobs – you are IITians, if anyone is desirable in the job market, it is you! So, don’t worry about the prevalent opinion that trying out research will make you less hireable”.

A Dutch Experience


Krishna Manoorkar

May 18, 2020

Since my early days at IITK, I have been interested in research in pure mathematics. Thanks to a project I did with Prof. Mohua Banerjee, during my second year summers, I got especially interested in mathematical logic. Hence, I chose to pursue research in mathematical logic for my internship. Although I applied to almost all the intern programs with opportunities in logic, I could not get an internship through any programs.

Sehnsucht | Vasundhara Rakesh


Vasundhara Rakesh

May 12, 2020

With the world coming to a stand still, I’ve come to appreciate sehnsucht - a beautiful German word which roughly translates to a deep feeling of longing for something that is missing, like wanting to escape the present to the past or the future. Not knowing how the upcoming summer will be, I find myself wishing I go back to the last summer, and writing this piece was a great way to do that.
Before I start, I should point out that everyone’s experience is unique. For me, it was a rollercoaster - I was very lucky most of the time, and many times I was disappointed and disheartened too. I did learn a lot from the journey, though, and had a wonderful time interning at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany.

Prashant's Blog


Prashant Kumar

May 4, 2020

Prashant Kumar, a Y15 Dual Degree student from the Economics department shares his experience about pursuing a research internship at the University of Tuebingen, Germany which is one of the eleven German Excellence Universities. He elaborates on the decision making and the work as a research intern and also shares his experience of living in Germany and traveling through Europe. Do read this to get an insight into the academic and non-academic aspects of pursuing an internship in Europe!

Journey to the Garden City


Akshay Bhola

April 26, 2020

The penultimate year is quite a crucial period of our stay at IIT Kanpur. Amid the academic and extracurricular commitments, you have to plan the undertakings for the upcoming summers. The idea of going to a new city to explore corporate life or getting a taste of research at a foriegn University is exciting but later on, it might get overwhelming over the multitude of available choices -- whether to choose an academic or corporate intern, should I target simply the core profiles or keep the non-core profiles in the picture too. I remember living this scenario at the end of 4th semester, having little clue of the internship process, wondering how to proceed. What I have seen is that it is the case for most of us at some stage. It happens to be the first time you would be joining the corporate world or flying overseas to experience another reality altogether.

An account from the German coast's best kept secret | Pulkit Jain


Pulkit Jain

April 18, 2020

I spent my Summer of 2019, a full two and a half months at Bioinorganic Chemistry Research group at the University of Greifswald, working on the synthesis of novel NHC(N-Heterocyclic Carbene) dithiolene compounds for reduction of nitrogen to ammonia. The project was based on the combination of my interest in small molecule activation along with the group's main focus - Bioinorganic Chemistry. Phew! I know that sounds heavy but don't worry, I am here to share my experience and that might be helpful when you come at a crossroads in your Summers.

Soumyadeep's Blog


Soumyadeep Datta

April 12, 2020

“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” - Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption Well, I guess this summarizes my philosophy in approaching this internship. I had an interesting summer last year at NYU Tandon School of Engineering which exposed me to the wonderful ocean of opportunities called 5G. However, I wanted more. I took the decision of staying back at IIT Kanpur for another year as a Dual Degree student and started working with Prof Rohit Budhiraja who currently is my thesis supervisor. I also decided to give another shot at a research internship abroad. As it turned out, I got selected for the 2019 cohort of the SN Bose Scholars’ Program and took this opportunity to secure an internship offer from Prof. Xinyu Zhang, University of California, San Diego. I was already acquainted with the visa procedures and with all that done, I safely landed in the US on 11th May.

Deep In The Heart of Texas: A Personal Journey


Promit Chakroborty

April 5, 2020

Standing at the cusp of the next step in my academic journey - going to grad school - I can't help but look back often at the road that led me here. It doesn't help (or perhaps it does, depending on your point of view) that a lot of my conversations now revolve around internship or grad school applications. Somehow, I'm surrounded by people interested in exploring or pursuing a career in academia. And with these thoughts fresh in my mind, when the offer to write this article came my way, I jumped at the chance to put them into words.

Journey Begins


Pranshu Garg

September 5, 2019

If you are reading this blog series, I would say you have taken the first step towards getting into higher education i.e. taking it into consideration! You might find this astounding, depending on your inclinations and thought process, but a lot of students don’t ever consider higher education after graduation.

Internship Experience - Goldman Sachs


Anurag Pandey

September 2, 2019

Hello people! I am Anurag Pandey, a final year undergraduate in the department of Mathematics and Scientific Computing. I interned at Goldman Sachs, Bangalore as a Summer Analyst in Risk Division.

Where There Is A Will, There Is A Way


Raghav Garg

August 20, 2019

Hello guys and gals! I am Raghav Garg pursuing a Computer Science major and I went to Samsung South Korea for my summer internship in 2019 and worked with the AI R&D team under Mobile Division in Suwon.

Internship Experience - Adobe


Abhishek Datta

August 16, 2019

Last year during this time, I was sitting in my room and wondering if I’ll secure a software internship in one of the reputed companies or not. I had heard that most of these “reputed” companies come in the first week itself, and I hadn’t secured an internship yet at the end of it..

Internship Experience - Texas Instruments


Shruti Shukla

August 11, 2019

While deciding on the third year summer internship, the first step is to decide whether you want to go for an academic or an industry internship. If you have a decent interest in both, it would require some introspection. Ask yourself, what are your expectations out of the two months.

The Road Not Taken


Pranav Kulkarni

August 4, 2019

As I entered L13, a little later than the stipulated time, I saw numerous eager faces occupying not just all the chairs but also the floor to listen to how to get a good Masters or PhD position after graduation. This was a session organised by the AnC to help students get acquainted with the application process for higher education, and I was one of the speakers.

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose


Koushani Das

July 28, 2019

Having recently completed a Bachelors of Biological Sciences and Bioengineering from IITK, I have come to an utmost conclusion that research demands sheer dedication and immense passion. Just like every other bewildered sophomore, I headed towards research with a mindset to fill up quality content for my resume!

Udne Ke Liye Bas Pankh Chahiye


Agrim Bari

July 21, 2019

What's the best way to decide whether you should or shouldn't go for a foreign internship? If you should, then how would you ensure that you get to see the sun on foreign soil? Wait, there are stipulations/prerequisites for this as well?

A Master's Application Guide


Devansh Saraswat

July 14, 2019

One of the most stressful, time-consuming, and tedious period for any Masters or Ph.D. aspirant is the university application phase. Which college should I apply to? How should I shortlist the universities? How many colleges should I apply to? What college will I get into based on my profile?

Finding Your Way In That World


Mihikaa Jain

July 7, 2019

Hello! So..welcome to third year. It's the year with probably maximum opportunities and the one where most of us go through maximum confusion. There are so many possibilities, limited time and it becomes tough at times to decide what to prioritize over what.

Beast Named Research..


Saakaar Bhatnagar

June 30, 2019

I stepped into the IIT Kanpur campus on 21st July 2015, with all the fears and doubts one associates with living away from home for the first time, certain of only one thing: that for the next four years, I would study Aerospace Engineering. A fascination, that started during my JEE days, with the complexity of flying objects put me on the path I am on today..

An Overseas Almanac


Arjun Gupta

June 23, 2019

After completing my fourth semester, I was in a dilemma as to what my interests actually were. Was there something I was good at or whether I should prepare for the coming internship season or look for an academic internship.

All's Well That Ends Well!


Avi Gupta

June 16, 2019

“Nahin maa, abhi tak kisi ka reply nahin aaya.” As I sat on the stairs of the library, the somberness in this reiterating expression overpowered my fear for MSE301’s end sem. This thought of not getting an intern had been bothering me for a while (rather an entire semester). Maybe this fear was going to daunt me some more...