Students Study and Intern in India

One paid internship. Four months in India. Fifteen college credits. An opportunity to work for the largest software company in the world.  The University at Albany has created a study abroad program that not only includes class work but a credit-bearing paid internship with Capgemini, a French company operating offices in 44 countries looking to expand their presence in the United States.  

 The semester-long experience came about through collaboration between the University at Albany Office of International Studies, the School of Business, The National Management School in India and Capgemini. Chair of the Information Technology Department Sanjay Goel took the lead in the School of Business. He said, “It is important to expose our students to international business work. The students in this program will be among the best of the best. They will not only learn from classes and internships but they will learn from each other. The students will understand the culture, work habits and work style of their colleagues in India, making it easier to work together after graduation.”

The 15-week, 15-credit program provides seven weeks of coursework at The National Management School in Chennai, a stipend for the eight week internship with Capgemini in Mumbai, and hands-on experience working on live projects under the direct mentorship of senior Capgemini executives. Students from other universities have applied to the UAlbany-based program, including the University of California Irvine, University of Alaska, University of Western Ontario, SUNY College at Purchase, University of Georgia, University of Texas at Dallas, and Temple University.

According to Vice Provost for International Education Ray Bromley, the University at Albany manages over 100 programs in over 30 countries, but the Capgemini program is the only one that is both business focused and provides a paid internship. He said, "Capgemini is the only program framed around the offer of a full-time professional job in the U.S. after graduation. They are one of the world’s largest software companies, based in France and operating on a large scale in India.  They are building their U.S. business, and they want to hire American IT / ITM / MIS specialists who understand the way that outsourcing and international teamwork function in the IT industry.  Some experience in India is vital to understanding the company’s business model – hence this special program to enable US business students to work and study for a semester or summer in India.  All students successfully completing the program will have the offer of a job with Capgemini in the USA after graduation."

The host for the classroom portion of the experience, the National Management School, worked with the Weekend MBA Summer Program last year, arranging visits to the five major India corporations.

Students with dual concentrations in ITM and management, finance, and marketing will take classes compatible with their focus. The program is offered to juniors in their spring semester and seniors in their fall semester.