‘Work experience important to get admission at US universities’: Dr Edward Hensel

The difference between getting accepted into an American university can often come down to one simple factor: who you interned with and how good it was.

Published: 07th October 2021 03:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th October 2021 08:44 AM   |  A+A-

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The difference between getting accepted into an American university can often come down to one simple factor: who you interned with and how good it was.

“I get hundreds of applications from Indian students every year. Experience of having worked in a professional setting is very important,” said Dr Edward Hensel, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York.

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He was discussing the importance of internships during a bachelor’s degree with Virtusa Senior Vice President Balaji Srinivasan, Wipro’s Talent Acquisition Director V Viswanathan and Sri Ramchandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (SRIHER)’s Provost-Engineering Dr V Raju.

This was part of a webcast conducted by The New Indian Express and SRIHER, streamed on September 16.

In the USA, internships are referred to as cooperative education and is a vital part of finding a job after grad school, said Dr V Raju. It also opens up two-way communication.

“Now, we are in a state where students and employers are looking for a perfect match and one of the few ways in which we can achieve that is through an internship,” said Balaji Srinivasan.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created more opportunities in the field of Information and Technology than in any other industry, said Wipro’s V Viswananthan. 



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