Knowledge, Initiative & Talent Excellence Series is ITC's Summer Internship Programme designed to provide tomorrow's leaders a unique platform to learn, experience and manage real business situations.
Indeed KITES is a one of its kind programme! Students are given the opportunity to experience the rigours of actual work/business scenarios, apply their theoretical learnings 'on the job' and gain precious insights into management, leadership and everyday challenges. In fact, KITES works both ways - while you get to intern with any of ITC's businesses and understand the core process of value-creation, we get re-energised by the host of new ideas, fresh perspectives and compelling observations that you bring to the table!
Internships are offered for a period of 8 weeks, during the months of April, May and June each year. KITES is an extremely important platform that enables us identify exceptional talent from the best of institutions in India, who have the potential to become the next generation of leaders at ITC. Interns are awarded Pre Placement Offers of Employment based on their performance during the internship.
For KITES ITC selects interns from premier management campuses across the country. We offer projects in the following fields:
Projects are carefully selected to offer interns an experience of real life business problems/situations that foster enhanced appreciation of business complexities besides providing a detailed insight into their chosen functional domain.
The two-month internship comes with tremendous opportunities to 'learn' and to 'make things happen' to create a real and everlasting impact.
For KITES, ITC recruits interns from premier technical campuses across the country. We offer projects in the following fields:
Internship projects pertain to the core engineering fields - Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical. At times based on specific requirements other specialisations are also included.
The projects are carefully chosen to offer interns real life business problems that enable a better appreciation of business complexities whilst also providing them depth of knowledge in the functional domain they choose to work in.
Mind over Matter
As a precursor to the internship, a two-day orientation program called 'Mind Over Matter' is organised for the technical interns. This programme is intended to provide insights that enable the interns apply their academic learning more effectively to real life work challenges. The programme also aims at enhancing their interpersonal skills for greater interpersonal effectiveness and to strengthen their diagnostic and problem solving skills. In the ultimate analysis this programme focusses on how summer internships can be made more meaningful both for the student and the organisation.
There are four stages to selection of interns under KITES:
Step I: Application Screening
Interested students from premier campuses are invited to apply online. An ideal candidate aspiring for an internship opportunity must possess the right mix of academic achievements and co-curricular excellence. We look for students who are able to think creatively, work in teams, convert adversity into opportunities and lead through ambiguous situations. Candidates must have demonstrated leadership across various spheres of student life. As our operations are spread across cities and rural settings, we prefer candidates who are open to the idea of working in locations which could be remote and culturally distinct from their own.
Step II : Online Assessment
The students shortlisted through the application screening are invited to participate in an online assessment. The assessment is non-technical and non-aptitude in nature.
Step III: Group Activity:
Candidates shortlisted through the online assessment are invited to participate in a group activity. This activity provides us insights into the candidate's ability to lead, influence, communicate and work as a member of a team to achieve the desired results, all essential for a successful manager and emerging leader.
Step IV: Personal Interaction
Candidates selected through the group activity are invited to a personal interaction with some of ITC's senior managers. This provides us the opportunity to understand the candidate's depth of functional knowledge, general awareness and the overall fit with our core values, besides gaining a better understanding of the candidate's background and attributes like leadership, teamwork and the ability to succeed.
Each step presents us a unique opportunity to get to know you better, and we look forward to seeing you in your campus !!
A Campus Ambassador is an alumnus from your institute who acts as your connect with ITC, as we say the one point contact. Any questions relating to ITC right from the company structure, operations, brands, products, to organising guest lectures, information about placement process to knowing what it is like once you join ITC, you are free to contact your Campus Ambassador.
The Campus Ambassadors are:
|S. NO.||CAMPUS||NAME||Email ITC|
|13||SIBM -P||Venkat Rallapalli|
|6||IIT-KGP||Surepeddi Sarvagna Sai Anjan|
|9||NIT-T||Jaligam Neeraj Kumar|
Chitrang Hemant Desai: FMS, Delhi
"From interacting with retail shopkeepers to distributing, Sunfeast stocks to conducting market research to making final recommendations, I was given total freedom and space to take my own decisions - something I really appreciate.
Coordinating activities between different agencies and departments of ITC was an integral part of my project. It provided me with an opportunity to learn project management and people management skills right at the grassroots level.
Most importantly, the support of many people across various departments at ITC is the reason the project could be successfully completed.
Thanks to ITC, I will never forget this 10-week long journey with its ups and downs. But in the end, all's well that ends well!"
Ayush Kapoor: IIM Calcutta
"It has been a privilege to be a part of ITC Ltd. during last two months, as a part of this learning initiative. The experience was full of opportunities for learning, with full guidance and support of mentors and guides. Also there was a significant stress on hands-on learning which provided me with better understanding of the career that lies ahead.
Robin John: IIM Bangalore
"The internship at ITC Foods Division was a fulfilling experience in terms of putting theory into practice. My project provided me with ample learning opportunities, that very few companies really offer. Working with experienced people on live projects helped me understand the finer aspects of a marketing job. Overall, being a Summer Intern at ITC was a very memorable experience."
Dhaval Thakkar: IIM Kozhikode
"My internship with ITC has been a great source of real time marketing knowledge. It has helped me increase my understanding of the ground level sales & marketing processes. The independence given to me to work with periodic guidance from the guide and mentor was something I value greatly.
Vijay Raman: IIM Calcutta
"The size of responsibility given to an intern is huge and the amount of trust the company places on an intern's abilities is commendable. ITC allows interns to take independent decisions on live projects, to propose new ideas and to try them out on live projects. The project was very well thought through. My project guide was very helpful and helped me think through every deliverable in a structured format"
Ayushi Aggarwal: IIM Kozhikode
"The internship experience at ITC gave me an opportunity to be a part of a brand management team and learn the nuances of establishing and marketing a brand. My team offered me great support and also gave me the independence to take strategic decisions for my product. I also got an opportunity to work across different teams for Market Research and Media Management. All in all, I was able to put my theoretical learnings to practice and grow as a professional in this organisation."
Sudhanshu Kotnala: NITIE
"This summer to me was a wonderful learning experience, thanks to ITC for the internship programme.
In essence, I got acquainted with the actual day-to-day work related to my field and developed skills that are essential to achieve success.
Everyone I met here was very friendly and welcoming, more importantly always keen to share ideas and knowledge.
I can say with conviction now that sustainability is not just another strategy for ITC, it's the heart of entire business."
Prerna Parija: IIFT Delhi
"The working environment in ITC was meaningful and healthy. Seniors gave me advice and suggestions wherever I asked for it. There was no micro managing and this gave me the liberty to work without any hassles."
Swapnil Kumthekar: IIM Indore
The working ambience in ITC was very supportive. I had the freedom to plan my project. People were supportive making arrangements for stints in distribution channels and even IT support. The internship helped me get a first hand understanding about Sales and Distribution in ITC and provided me indepth insights in to the FMCG sector"
Ankita Chokse: NITIE
The working ambience in ITC is very supportive. I interacted with the category development team, TM&D research team, Modern Trade team, Supply Chain team and a lot more. ITC provides a platform for great business exposure across all domains."
We do not believe in stereotypes. We believe diversity is essential for building a wholesome work environment. But there are certain basic attributes we look for: