Internshala is a dot com business with the heart of dot org.
At the core of the idea is the belief that internships, if managed well, can make a positive difference to the student, to the employer, and to the society at large. Hence, the ad-hoc culture surrounding internships in India should and would change. Internshala aims to be the driver of this change.
Internshala is different things to different people-
For million plus students struggling to get a meaningful internship every year, Internshala is a friend, a mentor, an affectionate senior, and a boon.
For thousands of organizations that use Internshala to hire interns, we are a pleasant surprise, a benchmark of the world standards in customer service.
For outsiders (a chance visitor, media, investors, friends and acquaintances) Internshala is the next big thing coming out of India’s start up stable.
But internally, we are a bunch of entrepreneurs trying to solve a very hard problem – the (near)failure of India’s education system.
Meet the team
Sarvesh Agrawal: The one who started it all. It takes a lot of guts to create a start up and he's the one with all of it. Meet the CEO. Yes, he's got loads of patience and humility. But on that once-in-a-blue-moon day when he breathes fire, no one dares to tread his territory. He's a master manager and rightfully at the helm of affairs at Internshala.
Shadab Alam: The one with the poker face. He can crack a hilarious joke with the straightest face and an equally lame joke with a hilariously delighted face. Sarcasm runs in his blood. Don't take our word for that, talk to him and you will know (we will gladly pass you his number, just ask).
Vikram Shah:The one with the humility. The monk in the team; he probably goes into a trance once he sets his earphones in and starts coding. The only times he comes out of it is when either the CEO calls him or he needs to check the latest football news.
Shekhar Halder: The one with the impeccable taste. His whole world revolves around traffic. During mornings and evenings, he battles the fierce traffic on roads. In between he strives to increase the 'traffic' on Internshala. This towering Bong is the gourmet expert in the team and worships the Beatles and Pink Floyd.
Deepak Gaikwad: The one who’s a fitness enthusiast. He’s the man behind the awesome VTC at Internshala. He defines his life in mere 3 sentences- 'Hails from Mumbai, Studied at IIT KGP, and Stuck at Gurgaon'. A meticulous planner, he plans his weekends a month in advance.
Ankur Jain: The one with the ever-smiling face. He’s got a singular expression on his face- a smile. An indispensable member of the Tech team, he never refuses to any fun activity. Play cricket, he’s in. Play poker, he’s in. Play coding, he’s definitely in!
Aseem Garg: The one with the patience. Prima facie, Aseem's slender frame gives an impression of a freshman sitting in a class of final year students. But his mighty brain handles all the complex technical aspects of Internshala. Mostly soft-spoken, this lad gets brutal only when he is playing Counter-Strike.
Radhika Bhatia: The one who’s a Potterhead. While she says that she does all these volunteering work and stuff on weekends (and her photos on Fb, Instagram prove it), we think that the product manager actually spends all the weekends indulging herself in delicacies and food. Mischief Managed!
Vinayak Khare: The one with the perseverance. Fondly referred to as the Sheldon Cooper of the team, he is the product manager for VTC. A modern physics aficionado, he worships Stephen Hawking and loves playing the grammar Nazi for the team.
Murthy Adapa: The one with the big dreams. He is a dreamer with eyes towards the sky. He mostly stays in his woven world and there are only two things that pull him out of that- his family and his laptop. Though he swears that he loves coding the most, we have our suspicions.
Pavan Teja KVSS: The one with the meticulous schedule. The moment the clock strikes one, no matter what the circumstances, he can be seen with his lunch-box. In addition to baffling new interns with his long name, he loves listening to music. You will find a pair of earphones nestling in his ears all day long.
Gaurav Sahu: The one with the ideas. He tries his best to get the internships for the students (and not just his girlfriend). Apart from coming up with innovative ideas for contests, he’s also known for his patience. Also, in case you need the contact number of a female member of the team, he is definitely your go-to guy.
Kiratpal Singh Bakshi: The one with the humor. Fondly called as the co-founder, he’s your go-to guy if you want your funny bone to be tickled. A member of the student relations team, he unofficially handles all the domestic work of the office, including the task of ordering tea for everyone.
Shirish Verma: The one with the talent. No, he’s not the ‘Rohit Sharma’ of our team; he actually performs when the team needs him. A workout fiend, he loves his strength training sessions (though he doesn’t look like one). An ardent Arsenal fan, he can be found awake even in the wee hours of the morning.
Nimisha Jain: The one with all the popularity. Apart from being most popular among the employers, she’s also the unofficial samosa vendor of the team. At times, you may even receive e-mails with the rhyming lines, courtesy of our Lady Milton! And when it comes to playing Antakshari, no one can hold her back.
Priyanka Sahu: The one with a PhD. She is the silent soldier of the employer’s team. If you really want to know her, you just need to go on a night out with her. She’s a good artist who dreams of visiting 30 states in 30 days.
Shobha Saini: The one who keeps to herself. This doesn’t imply that she’s taciturn. On the contrary, you will always find her talking on her phone, with which she seems to have a ‘saat janmo ka rishta’. Though she insists that she talks only to employers, we are not entirely convinced.
Amar Kumar Prasad: The one who loves to explore. You’ll never see him sitting idle; either he will be coding or exploring places. And yeah, never ask him out on a lunch date because you’ll end up only with a glass of juice- his staple food.
Manas Barpande: The one who lives in his novels. He’s a foodie who doesn’t trust people who don’t love dogs. He’s the writer in the team, who blushes inadvertently whenever someone addresses him as the Editor-in-Chief. He also keeps making plans of joining a gym, instead of actually going to one.
Kavya Nair: The one who writes poems. This bibliophile believes that she’s the perfect example of Incredible India; a Mallu, who’s spent most her life in North India, and loves Chole-bhature more than Appam! A proud PETA member, she loves good food and her cooking skills prove it.
Pratyush Benjwal: The one who invented the potato song. The youngest member of the team, he’s known for his funky t-shirts and aesthetic design sense. A friendly warning- Don’t try to mess with his hair; he’s overtly obsessed with his dreadlocks!
Ushasi Dev: The one with the theatrics. A poetry lover, she sings for a musical band too. She’s also probably the first Bong you will come across who doesn’t eat fish! You will either find her talking on her phone or complaining about the spicy food of North India!
Prashant: The one with the charming smile. Known for his calm demeanor, this lazy developer will be the one to rescue us if we ever get attacked by the aliens by using his composed mind while the others frantically run here and there. His notion of a perfect weekend includes watching science fiction movies and playing computer games all day long.
Saumya Sharma: The one who's a
self-proclaimed psychology expert. Ms. Funnybones of the team, she can lighten up the mood of the entire office with her chirpiness and sense of humor. Name any funny video clip or Rock ‘n’ Roll song and she would have already seen it. A trained dancer from Shiamak Davar’s academy, she believes in the mantra of ‘just chilling’.
Aarti Gandhi: The one with the fighting spirit. She’s the only girl coder in the team, and a great one at it. A party enthusiast, she’s the first person to sign up for an outing. Being the youngest member in the team, she brings that fierce energy into every task- from competing in sports to decorating the office.
Nishtha Budhiraja: The one with the self-assurance. She’s the chatterbox of the team. It’s highly unlikely that you will get a chance to speak when she’s talking. If there’s something she’s more afraid of than living away from home, it’s the canines. She remains an important member of the content team.
Siddharth Kumar: The one with the sweet tooth. If he is asked to choose between a box of sweets and his parents, then after eating half the box, he would apologize to his parents. He’s a trained Tabla player who also excels in sports. He also thinks he’s funny; however, this talent is yet to be proved.
Nitin Malik: The one with all the expressions. He loves surprises. (Eh? Did you say I have to inform beforehand to take a leave?) When he steps on the dance floor, his expressions dominate everything else. Also, he needs to be reminded when he’s actually cracking a joke.
Sapna Shukla: The one who loves animation. Thanks to her sweetness, half of the student team is diabetic. The word hard-working is an understatement for her. If you want to see her rare, excited persona, take her to an animated movie. She is also a great singer.
Manish Singh: The one who loves long drives. He drives to the office from Faridabad every day, and if asked to choose between sitting in the cozy office, or driving back all the way, he will choose the latter. If you want to hear something from him, you will have to try hard, as he doesn’t open up easily.
Aastha Madan:The one with the inbuilt calorie counter. She’s 'The HR' who talks about dogs and minions at least 5 times a day! You will either see her with a novel in her hand or hear her giggling all through the day. She’s the clumsiest person alive- her day doesn’t get over until she falls at least once! A true Kung Fu Panda fan indeed.
Ferhan Hazarika: The one with the dance moves. Fondly called as Aslam, he loves to doodle in his free time. If you want to see his uninhibited self, just play a song, and he will own the room. He can also give complex to girls with his silky hair. Just don’t open your lunch boxes in front of him- you will REGRET it.
Swati Chaudhary: The one with the enthusiasm. Fondly called as ‘Nishtha-2’, she can speak all day long if given a chance. Looking at her wardrobe one might think she lives in Antarctica! In addition, she swears she can eat shahi-paneer for lunch for a whole month.
Shivani Gaur : The one whose staple food is rajma chawal. Famous for creating and gifting unique handmade gifts in college, this designer is passionate about various art forms. An expert inconfidently calling others by wrong names, she's crazy for kaju katli and other sweets.
Shalini Suri: The one who wants to make a difference. The only girl in the VTC team, she’s a big time foodie who loves to read food blogs. A travel enthusiast, the only time she sits in front of a television set is to watch travel shows on TLC. A die-hard fan of old Hindi songs, she also has a penchant for the mythological stories owing to her grandmother’s narration.
Shubhangi Khanna: The one with the positive vibes. Fondly referred to as Dabangg Didi, she is known for her sense of humor and unintentional swag. A movie freak and a big time foodie, she doesn't know cooking but can make everyone else to cook for her. She also hates Indian attire and hasn't worn a kurta till date!
Deepa Poudel: The one who's a rockstar. Hailing from Nepal, she's a hardcore rock enthusiast who loves to play bass guitar. Apart from traveling and hanging out with tribal population, she dreams about witnessing Aurora Borealis (Northern Light) someday.
Vaishali Muralidharan: The one who loves coding. A student at SASTRA University, she's the virtual intern who handles VLSI course in VTC. She loves talking and can make a quick rapport with anyone; when the talking doesn't help, she plays Basketball to relieve her stress.
Aamir Khan: The one who loves debates. Yes, the similarity with the actor doesn’t stop just at the name. Aamir is an avid reader who has opinions on every matter and doesn’t shy away from voicing them. Being a coding enthusiast, his ideal weekend is the one in which he can cook up new codes.
Sahil Taneja : The one with the Irish looks. A CS graduate who has no idea about how to run a "Hello World" program, he's known for his tongue-in-cheek moments. A big fan of Ola Shuttle, he recommends it to everyone in the office. His worst nightmare is his phone's battery becoming less than 90% and, thus, keeps his phone on charging the whole day!
Kishalaya Malla : The one who's always late. A startup enthusiast, he even founded a Student Activity Cell in his college. He loves travelling, binge watching movies, and giving ideas (Whether they are actionable or not is an altogether different story!)
Triparna Chakraborty : The one with the convincing power. Apart from painting and writing poetry, she loves studying people and indulging in discussions with them. Before interning remotely with the Internshala team, she had been a successful ISP for a long time.
Parvathi Ajith : The one who's a fashion enthusiast. After successfully completing her term as an ISP, she has recently joined the team as a virtual intern. A voracious reader, she likes to explore different genres of writing to gain new insights. She also hopes to become a fashion writer one day.
Uday Khanna : The one who designs jewellery. The youngest member of the team, he's an ardent follower of Roger Federer and is always ready for playing a tennis match. He prefers sweets over pizza or burger and enjoys watching YouTube channels like TVF and EIC.
Apurva Khanduri : The one who's scared of balloons. A die-hard fan of F.R.I.E.N.D.S., she swears that she can watch the show every day for the rest of her life! She's also a bookworm who loves eating non-veg while reading her novels.
Aakash Anand : The one with the Punjabi Tadka. An ardent Manchester United fan, he believes that the day is not far when his team will win Champions League once again! His whole life revolves around food, and he believes that making food is a science.
Our extended team members who are representing Internshala in their colleges, fondly known as the ISPs
Top performing ISPs – November
Dr. V G Idichandy, is Professor Emeritus (Former Deputy Director) at IIT Madras. Since the birth of Internshala, Professor Idichandy has played the role of an affectionate guardian, mentoring us at each step of the journey. His remarkable career at IIT Madras as a teacher and as an administrator (he was Dean Students before becoming Deputy Director) meant he has a treasure of knowledge when it comes to education (and what needs to be done to fix it) and the role industry-academia interaction can play in driving innovation in the country. His dream project, and perhaps the reason he identified with Internshala so much to lend his support, is to see at least 10% of the final year B.Tech Engineering projects happening in collaboration with industry which in his own words “even if it is 10 percent, the impact will rewrite the history of India”.
Naveen Kukreja is an IIM Calcutta alumnus (Class of 2001) and has a rich global experience in the field of Sales, Marketing, and Analytics in Financial Services domain. A start up enthusiast, he helps Internshala in defining medium to long term goals and staying on track plus actively connects us with people in his network.
GSK Chaitanya is an IIT Madras (Class of 2005) and ISB Hyderabad (Class of 2011) alumnus and a sound board for Internshala since early days. Pre-MBA, he has worked in the infrastructure sector across the spectrum of consulting, planning and execution. His vast network of friends and professional contacts has been a HUGE lifesaver and something that we generously tap into for everything that we need help on.
Kunal Jain is an IIT Bombay alumnus (Class of 2006) and has 7 years of Global Business Analytics experience. Owing to his structured thinking (a rare skill) and ability to always take long term view of things without losing sight of immediate goals, pretty much every new initiative at Internshala is refined basis his inputs.
Ankur Khator is an IIT Bombay alumnus (Class of 2005) and has 8 years of technology experience working with the giants of internet and software industry. He was Internshala’s first CTO (and co-founder) and played a critical role in setting Internshala up for success in its first year of operations and managed technical team and infrastructure.
Ashish Mishra is an IIT Madras alumnus (Class of 2005) and true technology enthusiast at heart with specialization in Web Application Development. Pretty much everything technical on Internshala has had his imprint on it. Be it the initial Wordpress blog that he had set up for us, or rescuing us from the security breaches, or the framework and architecture for the current portal; he is Internshala’s go to person for any advice on technology.
Nishikant Dhanke is an IIT Bombay alumnus (Class of 2005) and the first person to believe in the idea to actually put money behind it (and forget it :)). His support in very early days was crucial for Internshala to get off the mark and gave rest of the team confidence that they were going after a big enough problem that needed to be solved.
Ruchi Bhosle is in for the love of it than anything else. She was the first friend to help Internshala back in 2011 and donned many hats (marketing, employer relations, tech support, student support) since then till 2013 and played a critical role in setting Internshala up. She has done her B.E in Electronics from DAV Indore and MBA from SP Jain Centre of Management and has 88 months of work experience in-between.