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Know how Internshala turned from a blog into India’s top internship portal

Internshala began as a blog in 2010. It is now one of India’s largest internship platforms, offering services such as skill training and a job listing forum.

Sarvesh Agrawal had no idea how drastically his life would alter when he started a blog to help students clean up their resumes and make themselves more hireable.

It was 2010, and the blog was merely a hobby. Sarvesh had previously worked on college recruiting teams and was acquainted with the mistakes students frequently made throughout the recruitment process, particularly in their resumes and interviews.

This has expanded to include advice for students looking for internships. “That (internship) is your first official engagement with the outside world,” he explains.

However, it quickly became evident that the true opportunity was in developing a platform that could assist students in accessing, applying for, and obtaining internships. Internshala was thus created.

In the present day, around 2.2 million active students are applying for internships provided by over 60,000 businesses.

The firm earned Rs 20 crore in revenue in FY21, an increase of 89 percent over the previous fiscal year.

Indeed, the Gurugram-based business now aspires to be an end-to-end career tech platform for students and freshers, including training courses, job postings, and other services.

Internships in India were an uncontrolled industry when it first began, and internships themselves were not as popular as they are today.

Furthermore, getting started was a chicken and egg situation. Students would not visit the site if there were no internship possibilities, and firms would not post internship offers if there was no audience.

Sarvesh, an IIT Madras alumni, wanted to follow in the footsteps of Sanjeev Bikhchandani. To generate visitors, the Naukri.com founder began by putting job advertising from newspapers on the website.

He started looking for internships and posting them on his blog, which helped him gain some attention.

The actual start came when the IIT Madras alumni cell called him to talk to the community about the notion of Internshala, which comprised many people from business and educational institutions all around the world.

The alumni organization then sent an email to its members to spread the message even further. Internshala began to attract attention, and in February 2011, the platform obtained its first organic listing from an IIT Kanpur-incubated firm.

Startups are the ones who have made internships more popular.

Anjali Raghuvanshi, Chief People Officer at Randstad India, attributes this to the market’s changing needs.

“Individuals can notice the market’s talent gap and, as a result, the necessity to skill more people.”

Internships are more valuable to businesses than recruiting new employees. It enables them to analyze how students fit within the culture, train or upskill them, and prepare them for the workforce, she says. Internships, according to Manu Saigal, Director – General Staffing at Adecco India, are a win-win situation for both job seekers and employers because they lower the costs of recruiting and training for companies because these young people will be joining with some pre-training, and it also gives students a chance to learn on-the-job.

Even with organic listings, Internshala was a small business.

It remained a personal endeavor for two years. Sarvesh would recruit interns through his platform to manage the increasing number of requests and traffic.

However, the necessity arose to automate some actions that could not be accomplished through a blog located elsewhere.

He required his own own webpage.

In 2013, he rented an office space, assembled a small staff, and launched Internshala’s website. Scaling up was simple as additional businesses discovered the platform. But there were other difficulties.

“I had a lot of trouble with technology,” Sarvesh admits.

“It’s evident today, but it wasn’t then that technology is vital.”

He gradually built a strong technological team, and in 2015, Internshala debuted its Android app, which took only three months to develop.

Since then, Internshala has grown significantly. Over 300,000 students earned internships through the program last year, with an average monthly compensation of Rs 6,655.

Internshala began as a blog in 2010. It is now one of India’s largest internship platforms, offering services such as skill training and a job listing forum.

Sarvesh Agrawal had no idea how drastically his life would alter when he started a blog to help students clean up their resumes and make themselves more hireable.

It was 2010, and the blog was merely a hobby. Sarvesh had previously worked on college recruiting teams and was acquainted with the mistakes students frequently made throughout the recruitment process, particularly in their resumes and interviews.

This has expanded to include advice for students looking for internships. “That (internship) is your first official engagement with the outside world,” he explains.

However, it quickly became evident that the true opportunity was in developing a platform that could assist students in accessing, applying for, and obtaining internships. Internshala was thus created.

In the present day, around 2.2 million active students are applying for internships provided by over 60,000 businesses.

The firm earned Rs 20 crore in revenue in FY21, an increase of 89 percent over the previous fiscal year.

Indeed, the Gurugram-based business now aspires to be an end-to-end career tech platform for students and freshers, including training courses, job postings, and other services.

Internships in India were an uncontrolled industry when it first began, and internships themselves were not as popular as they are today.

Furthermore, getting started was a chicken and egg situation. Students would not visit the site if there were no internship possibilities, and firms would not post internship offers if there was no audience.

Sarvesh, an IIT Madras alumni, wanted to follow in the footsteps of Sanjeev Bikhchandani. To generate visitors, the Naukri.com founder began by putting job advertising from newspapers on the website.

He started looking for internships and posting them on his blog, which helped him gain some attention.

The actual start came when the IIT Madras alumni cell called him to talk to the community about the notion of Internshala, which comprised many people from business and educational institutions all around the world.

The alumni organization then sent an email to its members to spread the message even further. Internshala began to attract attention, and in February 2011, the platform obtained its first organic listing from an IIT Kanpur-incubated firm.

Startups are the ones who have made internships more popular.

Anjali Raghuvanshi, Chief People Officer at Randstad India, attributes this to the market’s changing needs.

“Individuals can notice the market’s talent gap and, as a result, the necessity to skill more people.”

Internships are more valuable to businesses than recruiting new employees. It enables them to analyze how students fit within the culture, train or upskill them, and prepare them for the workforce, she says. Internships, according to Manu Saigal, Director – General Staffing at Adecco India, are a win-win situation for both job seekers and employers because they lower the costs of recruiting and training for companies because these young people will be joining with some pre-training, and it also gives students a chance to learn on-the-job.

Even with organic listings, Internshala was a small business.

It remained a personal endeavor for two years. Sarvesh would recruit interns through his platform to manage the increasing number of requests and traffic.

However, the necessity arose to automate some actions that could not be accomplished through a blog located elsewhere.

He required his own own webpage.

In 2013, he rented an office space, assembled a small staff, and launched Internshala’s website. Scaling up was simple as additional businesses discovered the platform. But there were other difficulties.

“I had a lot of trouble with technology,” Sarvesh admits.

“It’s evident today, but it wasn’t then that technology is vital.”

He gradually built a strong technological team, and in 2015, Internshala debuted its Android app, which took only three months to develop.

Since then, Internshala has grown significantly. Over 300,000 students earned internships through the program last year, with an average monthly compensation of Rs 6,655.

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