The Internship programme can best be described as an attempt to institutionalize the efforts to bridge the gap between world of work and academia. Internship is a vehicle through which an attempt is made to bridge the gap between theory and practice by involving the student, like a medical intern, to actively participate in the on-going developmental activities of a professional organization during the degree programme, under the direct supervision of faculty member from Himgiri Zee University and professional experts from the host organization. The entire effort in internship education is in terms of extending the programmes of education and evaluation outside the classroom of a university.
The Internship method of education, a controlled simulation of real life, adopted at the Campus creates the circumstance whereby the university is linked with the world of work. The curriculum through internship finds a formal method of bringing the reality of the world of work into the educational process. In short, it is a part of the total programme and takes the classroom for a period of one full semester to a professional location where the students and the faculty get involved in finding solutions to real-life problems. Thus the internship institutionalizes efforts to establish a bond between the professional world and the educational world thereby enabling the much- needed university-industry linkage. The programme requires that the students undergo the rigor of the professional world in form as well as in substance, providing them an opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to live situations.
Students entering into professional world should complement their academic preparation with a range of other experiences, such as undergraduate research experiences, participation in sports and other extracurricular activities, membership of professional organizations, community service, and hands-on experience in the industries. Internship programme offers the chance to a student with an opportunity to work on live projects, under the supervision of faculty member from the institution and professional expert from host organization without the responsibilities of being a permanent employee. It allows them to develop life-long learning skills, understand workplace culture and focus on their career goals. Internship experience helinternship students to avoid that common dilemma that many students face after graduation who do not have exposure to industrial environment. Summarized below are few advantages to the students of internship programme:
Although the supervision of Internship programme requires the time and skill of employees in an organization, there are advantages that outweigh the costs. Internship programme running in an organization can:
The university-industry linkage accrued through the internship programme benefits Institute as well: