A growing number of Western students are going to India as interns at top information technology services firms and to participate in tours that allow them to network with the country’s corporate elite.
One of the star attractions is Infosys which, as Manjari Singh and Sandeep K Krishnan report, has a unique approach towards its global internship programme, InStep.
Started in 1981 with capital of $250, Infosys crossed the billion-dollar mark in revenue in the 2004 financial year. The company now has 31 global development centres around the world of which only 18 are in India. In addition, it has twelve proximity development centres and more than 32,000 employees worldwide.
In 1999, Infosys launched InStep to give undergraduates, graduates and doctoral students from the best institutes across the globe the opportunity to work and spend time with Infosys. Narayana Murthy, the company’s chairman and chief mentor, calls it “a new experiment that changes the image of India, creates a positive image of India, and enhances goodwill for the people of India”. The company’s aim was to make India one of the favourite destinations for interns all over the world. It wanted serious and sincere professionals to appreciate the project work done in India rather than treating the internship programme as an opportunity to tour India.