InStep Alumni Say Infosys' Internship Program Helps Build Global Careers
Former interns endorse experience as a stepping-stone for winning in the Flat World
Bangalore, India, June 11, 2007: Bangalore, India, June 11, 2007: InStep, Infosys' global internship program, today held the induction ceremony for its eighth batch of interns. Present on the occasion were 50 interns who will intern in Bangalore over the next few months. Infosys targets recruiting 125 interns for FY 2007-08.
Talking about the impact of the InStep program, N.R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman & Chief Mentor, Infosys Technologies said, "We believe InStep is a crucial platform for tomorrow's global workforce to groom themselves. We initiated InStep to gain mindshare with students from top colleges as they could be clients, employees, competitors or even leaders of tomorrow. Today, we are confident of having shaped the careers of around 500 InStep alumni who are working across the world in different sectors."
Endorsing the value of the InStep experience, Josh Bornstein, alumnus of Claremont McKenna College said, "While applying for full time jobs, my internship experience in India differentiated my resume from other candidates. Infosys gave me an unmatched opportunity to grow and gain expertise in an international business climate. Acquiring experience with a world-class company like Infosys has helped me to adapt to the changing global environment and has given me an edge over my peers. This has held me in good stead in my career at Footprint Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund in India."
In keeping with the company's objectives of building a global workforce, InStep has also enabled the recruitment of over 10 interns for full-time positions in 2006-07.
Speaking about her InStep experience, Brianna Dieter, BA, Smith College, currently employed with Infosys Technologies in Bangalore as Executive- Academic Relations, said, "After completing my internship with the Global Academic Relations team in 2005, I realized I wanted to gain more business experience in an emerging economy. With so much energy in the business climate and an exciting range of possibilities opening with the economy, I chose to return to Infosys (India). The experience has been a synthesis of formative business learning in a flattening economic environment and fascinating cultural climate."
Infosys has already recruited 90 students out of the 125 it targets this year. So far, the program has a representation of students from 28 nationalities and 54 prestigious universities. This year, interns have been recruited from new geographies like Italy, Spain, Denmark, Israel, Chile and Norway. The interns are slated to work at various offices of Infosys including India, France and the US.