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Scholar-Journalist of the Week: Internship journey from classroom to corporate

Winner of this week, Chirag Kapoor of Apeejay School of Management, says, “It was a significant learning opportunity”



It is no secret that internships are pivotal in a student’s learning journey. They bridge the gap between theory and practice, offering hands-on experience in real-world settings. Interns gain valuable insights, develop industry-specific skills, and build professional networks. These experiences enhance classroom knowledge, boost confidence, and help students make informed career choices. Internships empower students to apply what they’ve learned, fostering personal and professional growth that sets a strong foundation for their future endeavours.

This is exactly what Chirag Kapoor, a student at Apeejay School of Management, experienced. Pursuing his Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), the MBA student recently completed his internship from Sunstone, a higher education company that offers career-oriented training interventions for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

His journey into the world of management education has been inspired by a combination of academic curiosity, personal interests, and a desire for professional growth. He completed his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Galgotias University, Greater Noida. “During my undergraduate years, I actively participated in various extracurricular activities and completed internships, which gave me a taste of real-world business challenges and opportunities,” highlighted Chirag.

He decided to pursue management education because he has always been fascinated by the dynamics of business and leadership. “During my undergraduate studies and previous work experiences, I realised that I had a strong inclination towards problem-solving, strategic thinking, and team collaboration,” the Apeejay student emphasises. Chirag is passionate about contributing to the success of organisations and believes that a management education will equip him with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in the business world. 

Read edited excerpts of his interview in which he narrates about his recently concluded  internship experience:     

My overall internship experience at Sunstone was incredibly rewarding and educational. It provided me with a valuable opportunity to apply the knowledge I’ve gained in my academic studies and develop practical skills in a real-world professional setting.

It was a significant learning opportunity. I had the chance to immerse myself in placements operations, handling various responsibilities and collaborating with experienced professionals. The supportive atmosphere and mentorship were instrumental in my growth. This experience deepened my interest in education operations and has prepared me for future challenges in this field.

One of the primary key learnings from my internship at Sunstone was the importance of effective communication in placement operations. I discovered that clear and timely communication between students, employers, and the placement team is crucial for a successful placement process. This experience taught me the significance of being proactive and responsive in a professional setting, a skill that I believe will serve me well in my future career.

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This internship at Sunstone aligns perfectly with my career goals. I am passionate about pursuing a career in operations management, and this internship allowed me to gain hands-on experience in the field. It provided me with a deep understanding of the operations and dynamics of the education industry, particularly in the context of placements, which is directly relevant to my career aspirations.

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Furthermore, the skills I developed during my internship, such as communication, data analysis, problem-solving etc. are transferable and essential in my chosen career path. Additionally, the exposure to the supportive and collaborative work environment at Sunstone reinforced my commitment to working in a similar setting in the future.

Apeejay School of Management played a crucial role in preparing me for this internship. The institution’s rigorous academic curriculum, coupled with practical case studies and industry interactions, equipped me with a strong foundation in management principles. The emphasis on teamwork, critical thinking, and effective communication in the classroom setting seamlessly translated into my internship experience. Moreover, the guidance of experienced faculty members and exposure to industry experts during guest lectures provided me with insights that proved invaluable during my time at Sunstone.

My future aspiration is to excel in the field of marketing & operations, leveraging the skills and knowledge I’ve gained through my education and experiences. My current studies at Apeejay School of Management and my recent internship at Sunstone have equipped me with the foundation to achieve these goals. I’m committed to continuous learning and professional development, ensuring I remain adaptable and effective in a dynamic work environment. Ultimately, I aim to make a significant impact in my chosen field and continue to grow as a successful professional.

Harshita is Assistant Editor at Apeejay Newsroom. With experience in both the Media and Public Relations (PR) world, she has worked with Careers360, India Today and Value360 Communications. A learner by nature, she is a foodie, traveller and believes in having a healthy work-life balance.