Photo: Tech Mahindra

Saakshi Chandra’s intern experience at Tech Mahindra

Photo: Tech Mahindra

In 2017 a number of students studying at Victorian education providers were chosen to participate in the newly created Victoria India Internship Program. The program, hosted by the Australia India Institute in Melbourne and the Australia India Institute @Delhi and supported by the Victorian Government’s Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources gave students the opportunity to work for Indian organisation based in Melbourne and India.  To learn more about internship opportunities, please email marianna.sarris@unimelb.edu.au

Q:  Tell us a little about your internship, your duties and how you heard about it?

A: I interned for two months at Tech Mahindra Ltd, an Indian multinational company that provides technology and network solutions. It’s one of the big-five IT companies in india, so I was quite excited to have been selected to intern at their Melbourne offices. At Tech Mahindra Ltd, I assisted various teams working on a big telecom project – the National Broadband Network rollout. I have worked on the project’s resource management system, invoicing, billing, cost analysis.

I have been a regular attendee of events at the Australia India Institute (Aii), such as the Drop in Chai meet-ups and public lectures. The Aii is run by incredibly helpful people, who I approached for guidance when I was looking for job opportunities in Melbourne. It was then that I heard about the Victoria India Internship Program and was instantly motivated to apply.

Q: When you talk to people about your internship what’s the first thing you tell them?

A: When talking about my internship, I always feel like telling them about the Aii. I always mention the role the Aii played in getting me this internship and end up discussing all the work they do!

Q: What was the work environment like at your internship?

A: It was very friendly and a good mix of Indian and Australian culture. The team at Tech Mahindra went out of their way to explain the project and its technicalities to me. They gave me an opportunity to do some hands-on work such as preparing documents and presentations on the project and discussing the project with engineers to get a better understanding of their deliverables. I also worked on Tech Mahindra’s invoicing, billing systems and resource management systems, all of which have given me a holistic and great appreciation of how a telecommunication project runs.

Q: What surprised you about the internship?

A: I was not expecting the company and Aii to be so flexible with the internship. I had to change the commencement date of the internship more than once, and that was handled with such ease by the Aii and Tech Mahindra. Tech Mahindra also gave me a lot of flexibility in choosing the days I wanted to work.

Q: What was a mistake you made that may assist other interns finding work in the same industry? What was the lesson you learnt?

A: Academically, I come from a finance background but I am keen to make a career in the technology space, especially fintech. Though I had read up about the business technology solutions that Tech Mahindra provides and the current products in the market, I would have been better prepared for the internship had I acquainted myself with some project management tools and brushed up my advanced spreadsheeting knowledge.

Q: What skills did you gain from the internship?

A: This internship was my first professional work experience in Melbourne and introduced me to the Australian work. It taught me a lot about project management and the tools used in this space. I also continue to work extensively on invoicing systems and analysis of costs and revenues, which is great as it is putting my study of finance and accounting to practice. ‘

Q: What’s next for you in your career?

A: After the internship, I was offered  a full-time job at Tech Mahindra, so my focus for now is to do a great job!