The 361 Degree Learning Experience : Reflection of my internship at Cummins

“Summers” has its own interpretation for MBA graduates. For us, it is not that time of year where we go on vacations and relax but it is the time that sets the platform for launching us into the next phase of our career. The time when we join internship.
I am pursuing my MBA in Operations Management from Symbiosis Institute of Management and Human Resource Development. Having decent scores throughout my education tenure and work experience of 3 years with Infosys, I was fortunate enough to be placed at Cummins India Limited for my summer internship.
Cummins is an American Fortune 500 corporation that designs, manufactures, and distributes engines, filtration, and power generation products. I was placed at one of their oldest and biggest engine manufacturing plant facility situated in Pune.
The feeling I got while entering the Conference hall for induction program was surreal. I remember sitting at the second row; anxious, excited but out of place as I had come from a very different education background and work experience that was related to IT and electronics.
On the second day of induction program, there was a leadership interaction planned with Mr. Anant J. Talaulicar, the Chairman of Cummins India. The one-hour session changed my outlook towards pretty much everything. He said that when we work towards a task that is assigned to us with complete sincerity and honesty without worrying about the results, we tend to create magic. The magic that converts us into a magnet that attracts the right things towards us.
I started feeling related. I was humbled to be a part this fellowship that I cud not imagine a few months ago. From the very first day with the Connecting rod team at Kothrud Engine Plant, everyone welcomed me as a member of the team and genuinely expected me to make a contribution. I hit the ground running, working on a data centralization project that involved data monitoring, storage as well as management.
The experience helped me better understand the incredible reach of just one division in one office and made me realize that the work interns do at Cummins is not trivial – it is integral to the planning, policy, and innovation responsible for carrying out the mission of the department. I eventually got an opportunity to design and develop a web app that was implemented on the production line. We named it as acronym A.I.D. that stands for Application for Integration of Documents, the name being perfectly aligned with the motive of app that was to store and display important line documents at a central location. Hence, providing ease and aid to the stakeholders who need these documents.
In my short time there, everyone was friendly and supportive. They saw me as the young mind ready to dive into whatever task was given to me. While interacting with professionals in the industry, I learned the importance of networking, and doing whatever it takes to be the best version of yourself.
But the work—meaningful as it was—was only a part of what made my experience so special. The remaining 1° that gave the spiral to my 360° full circle was the people I met, they helped me grow, both as an employee and a person. My managers talked with me about my ambitions, hopes, and struggles regularly, not because they felt obligated, but because they truly cared. Their dedication to their jobs and their fellow employees is something I will carry with me forever.

4 thoughts on “The 361 Degree Learning Experience : Reflection of my internship at Cummins

  1. Very very nice u share ur experience on social media it’s 💯 % truth u work very hard as intern in cummins n all ur managers was too much cooperative there.they all r the back up for ur future. KEEP IT UP. my best wishes always with u.Always hope for the best future.👍


  2. Beautifully expressed your experience at cummins.
    Proud of u, keep growing like dis, ur hard work is visible .. all the very best dear..


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