Shubham Jayswal interns in Cipla Inc’s Mumbai office

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 got to know about the internship program through the Australia India Institute’s social media channels.  I interned at Cipla Inc. in Mumbai, India under the Victoria India Internship Program. Cipla is one of the largest pharmaceutical firms in India with over USD 1.2 billion U.S in revenue annually.

The internship went for a period of two months from December 2016 to February 2017 and I interned in the Supply Chain and Management department. Being a student with a background in computer Science, Supply-Chain was completely new to me but the internship helped me learn new supply-demand skills pretty quickly. A large part of my job involved working with clients from McKenzie and Co. and brainstorming new ideas to tackle problems related to inventory patterns.

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

A: When I talk to people about the Internship, the first thing I tell them is that the internship is a great chance to hone graduate skills no matter what your background is.  It helps you look beyond what you’re interested in and gain great  work-experience for your next job.

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

A: The work environment at Cipla was great. They are a huge company that makes sure no matter what happens, they deliver projects on time. They follow a distributed leadership approach that doesn’t follow a strict top-down or bottom-up approach. It’s a place where I was comfortable discussing ideas with the head of the Global Supply department chain and I was given some great feedback along the way.

Q: What surprised you about the internship?

A: Nothing really, I was guided through the internship by the Australia India Institute and they made the whole experience very easy for me.

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: I wouldn’t say I made any mistakes, but I would say to the other interns that it’s important to make an effort to stay in touch with your supervisor throughout the internship. They may also want to set clear goals around what they want from the internship and find out exactly what the company itself wants from the internship. If you do this on the very first day, things will go smoothly.

Q: What skills did you gain from the internship?

A: Most importantly, I came to understand how to deal with clients in strict time constraints and how to deliver a project successfully even when you’re new to the field.

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

A: As far as my career is concerned, I’m looking forward to applying for more internships before I graduate. I think it’s always good to gain as much experience as possible before you graduate so that you don’t have much trouble finding full-time work.