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Doing internship in India has changed my life

My name is Nelson Bamwine, a Systems Engineer at Tata Consultancy Service (TCS) India. In 2010 after I had completed my course at the then Faculty of Computing and Information Technology (CIT), CIT together with AIESEC Makerere University advertised an internship opportunity. The interviews were conducted by both parties and I thank God I made it to the final list. My Curriculum Vitae was forwarded to TCS which also conducted phone interviews with me and I was seconded to work on a project in New Dheli (India€„¢s capital city). Unfortunately, I did not make it to India because I was hospitalized in Kampala after a road accident that left my leg broken. In fact, I attended my graduation ceremony in a wheelchair. Nonetheless, after my recovery, TCS called me for another project so I started my internship on 21st July, 2011 in Mumbai though I was later relocated to Chennai city.

 

My work and knowledge gained

I am working on a project for Nielsen, a US-based company. Nielsen is a publicly held global information and media company, and is one of the world€„¢s leading suppliers of marketing information (Nielsen Consumer, formerly ACNielsen), media information and TV ratings (Nielsen Media Research), online intelligence (Nielsen Online) and mobile measurement (Nielsen Mobile). In this project, I am part of the Nielsen Media watch, mostly focusing on the media entertainment scan systems.

This project is very interesting, when I started working on it, I knew only two programming languages, but after interacting with thousands of professional engineers, I have grasped many new skills and technical grown, I can write software programs in four languages and database management systems and on different platforms. Today, as a Systems Engineer, I am given roles like the other senior developers.

With this exposure from TCS, I am ready to work in any part of the world. The diversity at work, ranging from technical environment, corporate etiquette and the international cultural exposure has made me more enthusiastic and encouraged to seek other professional experiences like this one.

The Indian experience is also amazing. Indian IT usage has exceeded what anyone could ever imagine; electronic commerce, net banking and many other amazing innovations are coming on the market daily and surprisingly the brains behind all this are young people with an average age of 26 years.

My internship was supposed to end on 21st July, 2012, but the project managers have requested me to extend my Visa for some more months.

Prospects after the internship

I now have a lot to offer my country. The IT sector in Uganda is growing and I seek to contribute to this. My aspiration is to venture into research using IT and avail information to those who need it especially the locals at the grassroots. I am grateful to CIT for their effort in uplifting the IT Industry in Uganda by providing a critical mass of professionals. I encourage the other students to look out for the next call for applications by AIESEC. Your life will not remain the same.

You can send me an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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