Despite pandemic, Internshala sees 31% surge in internships posted in 2020

Bengaluru: Despite the challenges posed by Covid-19 in 2020, a surge of 31% was observed in the posting of internships over the year, and over 1.5 million internship opportunities were posted on Internshala, according to a report by the internship and training platform.

The report on intern hiring trends finds that the management field saw the maximum number of internships with 45% opportunities in profiles like marketing, business development, sales, digital marketing, branding, customer service, market research, finance, human resources, and operations. The second most popular field was media at 25% offering internships in profiles including content writing, journalism, editorial, blogging, copywriting, social media marketing, PR, photography, and videography. Following management and media was the field of engineering with 18% internships in fields including but not limited to programming, software development, Android and iOS app development, software testing, CAD design, electrical engineering, IoT, web development, and game development.

The maximum number of internships were posted in metropolitan cities with 37% internships from Delhi, 18% from Mumbai, 12% from Bengaluru, 7% from Pune, 5% from Hyderabad, followed by Chennai and Kolkata at 3% each.

“2020 was a difficult year for all of us. Considering the challenges raised by Covid-19, it is extremely heartening to see the 31% rise in internships posted. It is especially encouraging to see how recruiters adapted to the situation as a result of which we saw a steep rise in work-from-home opportunities on the platform,” Sarvesh Agrawal, founder and CEO of Internshala, told ET.

According to the report, the average stipend observed in 2020 was Rs. 6,500 and the maximum stipend offered was Rs. 98,000. The average stipend saw a drop of Rs. 500 as compared to 2019. The reason for this drop is consequential to the fact that due to the pandemic, the number of internships posted on the platform saw a huge leap. Work-from-home opportunities traditionally offer comparatively less stipend than in-office internships as these involve zero investment in traveling or relocating.

Interestingly, out of all the internships posted in 2020, 60% were work-from-home opportunities. As compared to previous years (from 2013 to 2019), this was a huge leap as the maximum percentage of work-from-home internships before this was 25% in the year 2017.

“A lot of employers who posted in-office requirements conducted their hiring process online and allowed their interns to work from home deferring their joining till the Covid situation improves,” Agrawal added.

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