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A rewarding experience, says French intern

K. Satyamurty

`At Infosys I have learned how it is to work in a group'

BANGALORE: From the world of high finance in France to a 12-week internship with Bangalore's best known information technology major has been a long and interesting journey for this young man with an MBA at Colombia where he graduated with top honours.

Pascal Yrissou, now finds himself plunged into makings of the tools of his trade which have involved mergers and acquisitions in Europe for the chemicals major he works with, part of the worldwide Avantis group. Mr. Yrissou has just completed the first of his three months with Infosys Technologies, and it has been a revelation to him, he says.

"At Infosys I have learned how it is to work in a group, as a team and watch closely how the financial directors work, using the tools of IT in controls and processes and in financial reporting," Mr. Yrissou told The Hindu.

"I now know how world-class organisations work," he said. InStep is the international internship programme of Infosys which has brought him to Bangalore.

The work that he has been seeing here at close quarters is very different from what he was dealing with, the world of high finance. But there were things that felt more than familiar: being cost conscious as a way to survival. "More than in the IT sector which is thriving now, industries like ours in Europe have to think seriously of this aspect and we can learn from the Infosys experience," he remarks.

It has not been all work either; he had been to places of tourist interest such as Belur and Halebeedu. And a memorable trip to Pondicherry which he relished "because of its unique Franco-Indian atmosphere."

InStep is an internship programme for undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. students from top academic institutions around the world such as MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Wharton and London Business School. As part of the Infosys family, interns are given an opportunity to work on high-quality, customer-facing projects.

The programme runs through the year, to suit academic calendars across the globe. The internships range from eight to 24 weeks. InStep interns gain not only experience in the dynamic information technology industry but also global exposure by working in a multi-cultural environment.

Top management of Infosys interacts with the interns as they are initiated into the company. Infosys also ensures that the interns are well looked after. They receive a monthly stipend, which is structured according to the cost of living in the region. The company also pays airfare and provides interns with a fully furnished apartment, free food and transportation within the city. They are also given an opportunity to experience India during "intern excursions."

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