SURGE-2022 program for summer internships at IIT Kanpur
Are you an undergraduate student pursuing B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch./B.A./M.Sc. at a higher educational institution in India, Nepal or Bhutan? Learn about the SURGE-2022 program at IIT Kanpur that allows you to pursue an 8-week long summer internship at this prestigious engineering institute. Also, find out the eligibility criteria and funding details of the program.
About SURGE SURGE is a research-based internship programme, mentored by the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. The SURGE program is a flexible one that allows students from IIT Kanpur, as well as from other colleges elsewhere in India and countries like Nepal and Bhutan. Based on the institute or the country they belong to, the students are divided into three categories. IIT Kanpur students fall in the first category, non-IITK Indian students in the second category and non-Indian students from SAARC countries (Nepal and Bhutan) in the third category. The funding and the eligibility requirements for each category are different.
SURGE stands for Students-Undergraduate Research Graduate Excellence. Through the SURGE internship program, students get the opportunity to undertake a short but focused research project under the supervision of mentors from IIT Kanpur. It is run under the aegis of the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE). The main idea behind SURGE is to promote the culture of high-quality research and interdisciplinary learning in the present generation of college students from the undergraduate level itself. In terms of internship opportunities, SURGE is a highly valuable one as it enables the students to push their learnings beyond the four walls of a classroom and engage in very high-quality research that helps broaden their intellectual limits.
Details about the internship The tentative duration of the internship programme is approx. 8 weeks, from 13 May 2022 to 14 July 2022. During these 8 weeks, the students have to undertake an extensive amount of research on a chosen project. At the end of 4 weeks, the students have to give a mid-session presentation to a review committee that will consist of IIT Kanpur academic staff. The committee gives feedback and suggests improvements if any. Those students, who engage in exceptional quality research work, are at the end of the internship, given an award and a commendation certificate. The students also make a poster presentation of the work carried out by them. Faculty members from IIT Kanpur evaluate the presentation. The poster presentation is made open to the public also.
Fees for the SURGE program
IIT Kanpur students need not pay any application fee. The application fee is to be paid at the time of registration. The administrative charges are to be paid by the shortlisted students only.
Stipend for SURGE candidates Funding or stipend received by the students depends upon the funding category they have been selected into. There are four such funding categories.
The dates are the same for all three categories of students.
Eligibility criteria The eligibility requirements are different for all three categories of students. They are given as follows.
IIT Kanpur students Following students from IITK can apply for the internship.
Non-IITK Indian students Following are the eligibility criteria for Indian students from colleges other than IIT Kanpur.
Other countries As of date, the SURGE program is open only to students from SAARC countries Nepal and Bhutan. There are plans to expand the program further so that students from other selected countries are also able to avail themselves of the internship. The eligibility requirements are as follows.
From Nepal and Bhutan combined, only four students are to be selected. Students from other countries can also check out the details of the internship offers for international students at IIT Delhi.
How to register for SURGE To register for the SURGE internship program at IIT Kanpur, the eligible students have to follow the given step by step process.
The application number is to be preserved, as all future correspondence will be based on the application number only. Selection or shortlisting of the students will be done by an expert panel, which will evaluate based on the information submitted by the applicants and the recommendation letters.
Documents to be submitted during the application The students should have the following documents ready while filling up the online application form.
Students to note that while filling up the online application form, they will be asked for details of a second recommender. This year SURGE office has made away with the requirement of a second recommender. Therefore, the recommender one details can be put in the second recommender's column as well.
For non-IITK students, there is no fixed format for the Recommendation Letter. It should be, however, be on the institute's or the concerned faculty member's letterhead. Representatives from the SURGE office will be directly contacting the recommenders to verify the letters. IIT Kanpur applicants have to submit the letter as per the format given in the link. In addition, IITK students have to submit one signed letter of Mentor Certification from a professor, again as per the given format. IIT Kanpur students thus have to first identify a professor, who can be their mentor for the internship period.
The mentor/recommenders, if for the sake of confidentiality, they want to directly send the letters to the SURGE office, they can do so by sending their letters at the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. while sending the mail they have to include the application number of the concerned student.
Contact detailsSURGE Program,
Centre for Continuing Education,
Room number 206, Outreach Building,
IIT Kanpur – 208016
Phone: +91- 512-679 6491, +91-512-259 6491
Important link: http://surge.iitk.ac.in/about.html
Internship programs are generally very useful as they help the students to acquire certain skills which are of course very useful when the students enter an industry or similar workplace for practical working. This internship is slightly different in the sense that it is more research oriented and has an interdisciplinary approach. So those students who are amid their UG courses and have an aptitude for research and have a feeling that in future they might be associated in some research work, may be in an industrial setup or simply academic PhD, can consider this internship as a career building step as the takeaways from this would definitely be useful in the future when they resort to some full fledged research work.