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An Internship in the time of Covid-19 by Akansha Gupta, K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management 2020

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There is a big gap between understanding the theory of balance and riding a bicycle. Once on the seat, you either learn to balance and ride the bike, or you fall. As a young management student, I was looking forward to my summer internship, which would put my academic knowledge into some hands-on experience.

 

I had applied to TVS Credit Services Limited earlier. TVS Credit is part of the US$8.5 billion TVS Group, and it is an NBFC that finances the aspirations of ambitious Indians. Their presence spans across the country. And they cater to people belonging to all walks of life. I was excited and was looking forward to the experience.

 

However, I was not too hopeful. The pandemic had forced many organizations into suspending operations, with layoffs in the horizon. Interns were after all, low in the pecking order, and not essential to company operations in any way.


To my delight, they honoured their commitment and onboarded into their Planning Department. Most of the training would be virtual due to the circumstance imposed by COVID-19. I started off on an exciting project in the Planning Department. And here I was putting my theoretical knowledge into practice.


The internship began with a well-conceived virtual induction session. It was insightful and revealed the core values, goals, and ethos of the company. I attended several learning sessions, spanning across a variety of functions. I got an insight into the company's long-term business strategy, branding, and new product development. I learnt how different functions of the company worked in unison.


And Internship at TVS Credit was not all work and no play. During my internship, we had several 'fun at work' sessions. Here we had fun and while interacting with fellow interns.


There were many, who contributed to my enjoyable and fruitful internship at TVS Credit. To each of them, I owe my heartfelt gratitude. They took time out from their busy schedule, to help us & prepare ourselves for a future in management.


I am convinced that I learnt from the best. My experience was enriching & rewarding. And once again I am grateful to TVS Credit for providing me with this opportunity.


I am now equipped with the practical understanding to strengthen my theoretical knowledge. I am like the proverbial cyclist who has found balance, and can finally ride against the wind!

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