A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

Three months of exciting project work, adventures and inspiring encounters in one of the most stunning countries in the world – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity one should not miss out on.

Michelle Zoe Duffner
WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management

Michelle Zoe Duffner

As a travel enthusiast who loves to explore different countries and cultures, India had always been on the top of my bucket list. And when I heard about Infosys InStep, there was no way I was not going to try my luck and be part of this fantastic program: An internship that allows me to expand my knowledge about technology in one of the most successful IT companies in the world and at the same time get to know beautiful India and its people. Visa and flight expenses being covered by InStep was only the cherry on top. All of this sounded too good to be true. But what I experienced in those three months was even better!

The Instep team consists of incredibly caring and lovable people. They put so much time and effort into making the InStep experience unforgettable for their interns. Amongst others, we had the pleasure to listen to many inspiring speeches held solely for us interns, my highlight being the speech of Narayana Murthy, the founder of Infosys. The coordinators also organized several workshops where I learned how to cook Indian style and how to dance Bollywood.

Not only did the InStep team do an amazing job, during my daily work at Infosys, I really appreciated having a supportive team and a project mentor. I was working in the “Infosys Center for Emerging Technology Solutions” and my project mainly comprised of an analysis of artificial intelligence in different industries. As a business student among people with a rather technical background, I was able to contribute a fresh and unbiased perspective on things. I also developed ideas on how AI could potentially be integrated in businesses to solve problems regarding operational inefficiencies or sustainability – and I even got the chance to start working on the realization of one of my concepts with technical engineers! Overall, I got a lot of insights into how business and technology are interconnected and how the implementation of technology solutions is approached.

During my internship at Infosys, I also participated in the yearly InStep Hackathon. For two weeks, 30+ teams, each consisting of two interns and two Infosys employees, worked on developing solutions to given problem statements. This Hackathon was the perfect opportunity for me to work closely with Infosys employees, gain knowledge in an unfamiliar field (development of mobile applications) and, as my team won the third prize, pitch our results in front of around 200 employees, interns and a jury at the Grand Finale.

Over the course of the summer, I got the chance to meet more than 100 other InSteppers from all across the globe and make friends for life. We shared the most wonderful experiences, for example our weekend trips to some of India’s most breathtaking places – the Taj Mahal, the Himalayas and Kanyakumari, the southern-most point of the country being only a few of them!

I would do the Infosys InStep internship all over again if I could. I am incredibly grateful for everything I have learned, for my personal development, and for all the amazing memories and friends I made during the best summer of my life. Thank you, InStep!