Frequently Asked Questions

Getting started on Switch Idea is simple. Simply find the Sign Up button on the top right hand corner when you visit switchIdea.com.

You can then choose your account type as a student or an employer. Once you are done with this, please select plan a which suits your preferences then go ahead and fill up the required details such as Name, Email Address, Phone number, Password and finally solve the CAPTCHA. Please check our Terms and Conditions before you submit this information.

After you have submitted your details, you will receive a mail from Switch Idea. Please verify your account by clicking the link provided in the email. After this, you can go to the home page and click the Sign In button in the top right hand corner. That’s it!

In order to get an Internship you need to be registered on Switch Idea as a student. In case you are not registered yet, please click here to Sign Up.

After you login to your Switch Idea account - you need to do the following things:

1. Complete your Profile
2. Add your AVAILABILITY dates
3. Upload your updated CV
4. Go to the Resources page (from the menu), and download the Internship NOC document (Once you are selected for the internship you will need this document signed by your HOD to officially start with the internship)
5. Now, go to Homepage and apply to at least 5-10 Internships from your specified domains and preferred location
6. Follow up on your application status by visiting Application Dashboard.
7. Once you're shortlisted, you'd get the further information on your email.
8. In case you fail to check your email or get back to the company, our support executive will call you up as per your convenient time to update you on the interview.

Note: In case you are registered on Switch Idea and are busy with your college or exams, you must mark yourself as 'UNAVAILABLE' in your profile.

As of April 20, 2017, Switch Idea has discontinued free student registration. If you're currently using the free plan, you're required to upgrade your student account plan to apply to internships and access additional features such as dedicated support, track companies who saw your profile, and others.

Switch Idea offers follow modules for students looking for internships:

1. One Year Module: Recommended for final year students who are planning to do internship within one year.

2. Two Years Module: Recommended for pre-final year students who are planning to do multiple internships within two years.

After successful registration and profile verification, you're eligible for following premium features and exclusive services:

i) 800+ Verified Internship Projects
ii) Dedicated Internship Helpline
iii) Industry-Academia Assistance
iv) Application Tracking and HR Reports
v) Fixed Delivery Assets (stipend, experience letter, program outcomes)
vi) Attract Employers with a Digital Profile

Know more at: https://www.switchidea.com/student/signup

After successful registration and profile verification, you're eligible for following premium features and exclusive services:

i) 800+ Verified Internship Projects: Every company registering on Switch Idea is manually verified by our Placement Team. This includes multiple checks: address, owners or key executives, identity of recruiter, compensation commitment. This helps students get access only to the verified workplaces.

ii) Dedicated Internship Helpline: Getting a dedicated helpline number means, we won't re-route you to an outsourced helpline, but instead we'll have you talk to a full-time Switch Idea expert either by email or by phone.

iii) Industry-Academia Assistance: Being a student you may face multiple instances like requiring permission for internship from your HOD/Principal. Switch Idea helps you have resourceful formats ready so that they can allow you for the internship without falling short on attendance.

iv) Application Tracking and HR Reports: Get real-time email notifications when employers sees your profile or reads your application. This helps you understand who has looked at your profile in the last 90 days, and can provide additional trends and insights about HR's.

v) Fixed Delivery Assets: Our placement team works closely with HR's to ensure that every intern receives an internship certificate, a documented project report (signed and stamped by HR) and a fair stipend after the completion of intership.

vi) Attract Employers with a Digital Profile: Personalize your profile to stand out to over 1800+ employers. Get invited to apply to internship projects by companies that see your profile and want you to work for them.

Know more at: https://www.switchidea.com/student/signup

No. The decision to select an intern depends solely on the company offering the internship.

After a successful transaction, you'll receive a copy of your payment invoice and a welcome email will be sent to your registered email containing login credentials for your Switch Idea account.

In case, if your registration is unsuccessful and your money has been deducted, please drop an email to support@switchidea.com stating your issue or call us at +9555141142.

No. NTAT Certified Students are exempted from registration fee. If you're a NTAT certified student and are unable to access your Switch Idea account, please contact support@switchidea.com or call us at 09555141142.

For verification process, you may be asked about your Registration details.

If you're a NTAT certified student and are unable to access your Switch Idea account, please contact support@switchidea.com or call us at 09555141142.

For verification process, you may be asked about your Registration details.

If you mean during which year of academic study, No time is the wrong time to get some hands on experience.

If you are pursuing your under-graduate or masters degree, you may start as early as possible. The more projects you complete before you graduate, the more understanding you will gain about industry requirements. Ideally you should start applying around the second semester of your course.

Internship durations vary across multiple central and state universities across India. However, a generalized duration for doing internship project/training is:

a) Summer Internships: Between March-July
b) Winter Internships: Between November-December

Yes. Every internship listed on Switch Idea offers a minimum assured compensation (stipend) of 5000 INR for one month. The range of stipend can vary from 5000-15000 INR (month). This encourages the students to perform their best.

Once you have logged in to your account, you will get a chance to fill up your profile. Please upload your most recent picture and fill up your details in the fields that are provided. Your Name and Mobile number (10-digit) will be auto-filled. You will have to add your Location so that we can serve you the most relevant opportunities.

After this, you will have to fill up the Additional Information section. Frankly, this is the most important section when it comes to employers searching for your profile.

Select your primary and secondary interests from the respective drop downs. Next, add your skills. In the skills field, you will get auto-complete suggestions as you type so that you can add the right skills without much effort. Please make sure you add multiple skills.

Now it is time to upload your resume. Upload your most recent resume file by clicking on the Upload Resume button. Once you are done with all this, click Submit and you are good to go.

After you have logged into Switch Idea, Click on your name on the top right hand corner of the website. In that dropdown, you can access Profile, Applications and Account Settings.

1. You can make changes to your Profile information by clicking on Profile.

2. You can view your Internship applications by clicking on Applications.

3. You can go to your account Settings to change your password and your email preferences.

Once you are logged in, you can go to the homepage and narrow down on the internship of your choice.

In the keyword search box, type the kind of internship that you are interested in. If your keyword matches with the internships on our platform, you will find all of them listed below the search bar.

Additionally, you can filter the available opportunities depending on Internship Domain and Location. You can get even more accurate results by checking the Stipend filter.

After you complete your Profile, you will be taken to a page where additional details about the internship are given. You will see employer/company information, internship title, category, compensation and the skills required for the internship. There will also be additional info such as Internship Description, Responsibilities and Perks (wherever applicable).

On the right hand side you will see the internship location, total number of views this internship has got and an option to share this internship on social platforms.

The last date of application for this particular internship will be mentioned. Please make sure you apply before this date. Once you have decided that you like this particular opportunity, you can click on the Apply button.

On doing this, you will be prompted to write your cover letter. A cover letter is extremely important when you are applying for an internship because it gives you an opportunity to differentiate yourself from the other candidates that will apply for this internship. In order to take advantage of this, please make sure that the content you write in this section is crisp and to the point. Be frank and explain clearly why you are the best candidate for the internship at hand. After this you can hit the Apply button again.

Once you have applied to this internship, the employer will also be notified about your application. Also your application will be recorded on our system. You will have to wait till the employer gets in touch with you. Good Luck!

Education: Must be a current undergraduate/post-graduate student in an AICTE-accredited program. Must be certified by the H.O.D. or Principal as being ready for an internship.

Background Check: In accordance with our internal policy, candidates who are ready for internship must successfully complete a background check prior to being eligible for internship. Final hiring for the internship is contingent upon clearing the background check.

The internship application will be complete when the following elements are submitted via Switch Idea online portal by the registering student:

Completed Profile
Curriculum vitae/Resume
Cover letter describing the strengths that can be a value add for the offered position
Correct Reference Code / BATCH ID
Permission letters of Internship Grant from Head of Department (HOD) or Principal who are familiar with your current course.

(A) Initial Screening (From the Date of Application)

Employers begin by reviewing all applications through Switch Idea portal. Student's application is carefully evaluated to determine how well his/her current course and background fit with the position, both in terms of how his/her goals match with the company and how company's internship program benefit the student. Key Evaluation elements:

1. Cover Letter / Application Form (sent while applying to Internship)
2. Availability Dates of the Student
3. Resume

Initial screening results either in an email from Switch Idea requesting that student should contact us to schedule a telephone interview with the employer or an email notifying student that he/she is no longer under consideration.

(B) Intermediate Screening (During the Second Week from Date of Application)

Employer may choose to call some of your college faculties as references for additional information regarding the student(s).

(C) Final Screening - Telephone Interaction or On-Site Interaction (During the third or fourth week from Date of Application)

Telephonic Interaction: As per mutual agreement, Switch Idea will regulate teleconference for selected students. These calls usually last approximately 40-50 minutes. Employers try to keep this process standardized for all the students. While students will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the interview, they will also be invited to follow up with the employer after the interview.

On-site Interaction: In recognition that not all students will be able to do a telephonic interview, we organize an on-site interview at the Employer's workplace. The timings and dates are mutually agreed by the Student and Employer.

No. Switch Idea is an internship marketplace. You may visit job boards like Monster, Naukri and others for full-time employment positions.

PPO stands for Pre-Placement Offer. Some internships do extend full-time job offers to exceptional interns, though this is not guaranteed and is an exception rather than a norm. To better your chances of this happening, be proactive in your project work, pay attention to detail, be willing to listen and take criticism positively.

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Getting started on Switch Idea is simple. Just go to the top right hand corner of the website and click on Sign Up.

Select ‘Employer’ and fill up the rest of the details such as Name, Email Address, Phone number and Password. Please read our Terms and Conditions before creating your account. Solve the simple mathematical expression and click Submit to create your account. Once your account gets created, we will be sending you a mail on the email address that you have provided. Verify your account by clicking on the link provided in the email. Once done, you can log in again with your details and access your account.

Once you've logged in to your account on Switch Idea, the next thing is to post your internship on the platform.

1. Click on Post Opening button.

2. Once you go the Post Opening page, you will notice that your profile information is auto filled.

3. Next, add your project details such as Internship Title, Category, Location, Job Type (select Internship) and Compensation.

4. After this, go ahead and fill up your internship description in the text box titled Description.

5. Add the skills required for the job by keying them in into the Skills field. This field will auto-complete with suggestions in order to make it easier for you.

6. After skills have been added, you can optionally add Responsibilities and Perks (travel expenses, free lunch, weekend movie passes, sodexo coupons, etc). Our internal placement team recorded - companies who added perks and fair compensation in their internship posting - saw a 60% increase in receiving quality applications.

7. Click the submit button once all this information is filled up.

Please note:

We take a maximum of 24 hours to verify and approve/reject a particular internship opening.

You can post two types of opportunities on our platform.

1. Free Internships

2. Featured internships (PS: To know more Featured Internships Pricing plan, contact operations[at]switchidea[dot]com

Switch Idea does not allow any unpaid internships to be posted because they can exploit enthusiastic college students for free labor.

We have found that pay helps employers attract the best talent, not only because money is a big motivator, but also because it helps attract a larger group of highly qualified individuals, In addition, pay is an integral part of treating interns as professionals making them more likely to play the part and more likely to join your company full-time at the end of the internship.

For more information, contact opeartions[at]switchidea[dot]com

Yes, Switch Idea allows the employer to post multiple internship openings. But the Employer is required to post only one type of internship profile (e.g.Programming) in one internship post. If the same profile is available at multiple locations, you can mention it in one post itself by selecting multiple locations. However for a different profile please create a new internship post.

After your internship opening is approved by our Placement Team, it goes live on Switch Idea. You can sign in to your Company account and Click on manage openings. Here you will be able to view all the applications received and also SHORTLIST/REJECT the candidates.

We, here at Switch Idea value your time and therefore have made it possible for you to post an internship on our platform without creating an account, in case of urgency.

Here’s how you can do this:

1. Go to Switch Idea (Employer Tab)

2. Click on Post Opening button.

3. Add your user details such as Name, Email and Phone number.

4. Next, add your project details such as Internship Title, Category, Location, Job Type (select Internship) and Compensation.

5. After this, go ahead and fill up your internship description in the text box titled Description.

6. Add the skills required for the job by keying them in into the Skills field. This field will auto-complete with suggestions in order to make it easier for you.

7. After skills have been added, you can optionally add Responsibilities and Perks (travel expenses, free lunch, weekend movie passes, sodexo coupons, etc). Our internal placement team recorded - companies who added perks and fair compensation in their internship posting - saw a 60% increase in receiving quality applications.

8. Click the submit button once all this information is filled up.

9. You reach a screen which asks you to add your company name and website.

10. Upload your company logo and official website address.

11. After adding this information, click submit and your internship-posting will be recorded on our system.

Please note:

1. We take a maximum of 24 hours to verify and approve/reject a particular internship opening.

2. If you choose this option to post your first internship opening, you will receive an e-mail in your inbox with a automatically generated password. You can use this password to log into your newly created Switch Idea account.

Once you've posted an internship on our platform, it is possible to edit the details in case of new developments at your end.

1. Login to your account.

2. Go to Manage Openings.

3. Select your internship and click edit.

Please note:

You can ONLY do this if your internship posting is still pending for approval. If your internship has been approved and listed on Switch Idea, you will not be able to edit it.

In this case, you should contact the team at Switch Idea on support@switchidea.com.

Once you have found the right candidates from Switch Idea, you can close the internship posting so that more applicant's need not apply.

1. Login to your account.

2. Go to Manage Opening. You can visit it by clicking here.

3. Go to the current opening and select the Action button.

4. You now have an option to close the internship from the Action button.

You may have created your account on Switch Idea and posted an internship.

After checking your dashboard, you see that your internship posting is still under review.

Our operations team take a maximum of 24 hours to verify the information and approve/reject new postings on our platform. We do this to maintain the authenticity and the quality of internship project posted. We suggest that you check back for your posting in 24 hours.

If your internship is still not live on our platform after 24 hours, then please get in touch with us at operations[at]switchidea[dot]com.

If you have forgotten your account password then resetting it is pretty simple.

1. Go to the Forgot Password page by clicking on this link.

2. Enter your email address (one you used to sign up on Switch Idea) and click Submit.

3. You will receive a mail from us. It will have a link to reset your password.

4. Save your new password. Make sure that it is secure and memorable at the same time.

Switch Idea allows you to easily access our growing database of candidates so that you can select right interns for your company.

In order to do this you should,

1. Login to your account.

2. Click the Home icon on the header menu of the website to view the Candidate list.

Please note: You can only search for candidates if you have at least one active internship on Switch Idea.

To message candidate(s) in our database, you will have to follow these steps.

1. Log into your Switch Idea account.

2. Click on the Home button on the menu.

3. Search students according to your criteria. You may use filters to get more precise candidates.

4. Select a candidate who fits your requirements.

5. Go to their profile and click on the 'Send Message' button below their profile picture.

Please note: To search and message candidates, you need to have at least one active internship on Switch Idea.

You can either call on +91-9555 141 142 (Mon-Fri / 10 AM - 5 PM) or you can mail us on support[at]switchidea[dot]com

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