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Please write a brief statement of purpose (maximum 500 words)

detailing your reasons for applying for the internship you have
selected. This should include what you hope to get out of the internship. You
may like to include details of related courses you have previously taken, and/or
the relevance of the internship to your present course of study or professional/
personal development.
1. Understand what a statement of purpose means: Youve probably been in situations where
you have to choose one among several exciting alternatives. Recruiters face the same scenario
while dealing with several good resumes intended at the same job opening. The statement of
purpose gives you an opportunity to connect all your application materials together and express to
the recruiter why you fit the role the best. To understand what goes into a good statement of
purpose, you need to put yourselves in the recruiters shoes, and try to get a feel for the two
burning questions a recruiter has:
1.

Why are you interested in the opening? Sometimes the answer to this might be
obvious. You current area of study/ work could well be closely related to the job opening, but it still
cant hurt to clearly enunciate your interest in this area of work and how that helps you move
further in your intended career path. Naturally this is much more important when the job opening
is in an area unrelated to your current area of work, although you might believe that the new area
is really your calling. The end goal is that the recruiter needs to believe that you are very serious
about this opening and you would give it your all once you actually get the job. More on this later.

2.

What do you bring to the table? So, you have shown the recruiter that no one could be
any more serious about the opening than you are. Youve won half the battle, but you still need to
prove that you are not all bluster and you are capable of performing the work at a very high level.
Your resume does this for you partly, but the statement of purpose gives you an opportunity to
highlight some of your major achievements and skill sets that are closely related to the job of
interest.
2. Tell a story, your story! Lets talk about structuring your statement of purpose for a bit. Your
statement of purpose needs to tell your story in such a way that the recruiter clearly understands
your background, your capabilities and your suitableness for the job. There are many ways to
structure a statement of purpose, and this would be one:

Who are you and what do you do currently? Start out with your current education
background and what got you there. Maybe you were inspired by pure science as a kid and ended
up as a physicist. Maybe you were excited by the world of algorithms in high school that inspired
you to pursue the field of computer science. Or maybe you even wanted to build the next Eiffel
tower and decided to become a Civil Engineer!

What are your current academic credentials? Dedicate some part of your statement of
purpose to explain your academic achievements and credentials in your current education
program. If you did great in your college entrance exam or in your college exams, state it here and
explain how this reflects your dedication to your current field and the hard work you are ready to
put in. If you won scholarships through, for example, the National Talent Search Examination,
make sure the recruiter knows that.

What is your current state of knowledge? Most disciplines are very broad and diverse,
and it is imperative that you explain your specialization in more detail. Discuss your coursework

and explain why you chose to specialize in the area that you did. Suppose that the job opening
requires an intern that pursues research in the analyses of large data sets. You could be a
mathematician and might have pursued a diverse set of courses, but you need to explain why the
field of data mining excites you the most. You need to specifically identify your data mining-related
coursework that clearly illustrates that you have the theoretical background to succeed at this new
job.

Discuss your past projects: This is particularly critical for research based jobs that
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communicating orally and in written, and will not get easily frustrated by occasional difficulties in
furthering the project due to research complexities. Some jobs also require that you be capable of
working without much guidance or work as part of a large team. The most obvious way to
communicate that you possess the above-mentioned skills is to provide a brief description of all
your past projects and the skill sets you demonstrated along the way. Any journal or conference
papers that you published as part of your projects will go a long way in helping you get a researchoriented job!

Discuss your non-technical skills: A lot of successful people are technically sound but
also charismatic and possess excellent interpersonal skills. These are almost essential qualities in
modern work places and activities that youve been part of where you have demonstrated these
skills should help you big. Such activities include playing a leadership role in a department or
college level association, being part of NSS, or maybe even running your own small startup!

Identify yourself with the company/ university: It is of utmost importance that your
statement of purpose does not look generic, rather seems well crafted to the specific job opening.
It would be wise to discuss briefly about your interest in the specific workplace and not just the
nature of work, and in particular detail the attempts youve made to learn more about the
workplace.
3. Ensure that the statement of purpose is written in a professional manner: A poorly
worded statement of purpose with spelling or grammatical errors is a big turn off that would
certainly hurt your cause. Request help from friends and colleagues regarding possible wording
changes that would make the essay look more professional. Avoid terminology and wording that
arent obvious to the reader, and remember that different countries may use different
terminologies to refer to the same word. Keeping these sensitivities in mind will help.
4. Be brief: Recruiters do not have the time or energy to read through a rambling 4 page essay.
The statement of purpose shouldnt exceed a couple of pages and should be to the point. We are
not trying to author the next Lord of the Rings here!

Microfluidic factories for the fabrication of structured, functional materials (PI: Prof.Saif Khan, NUS)
-- -- Eligible - ChE & EE
Microfluidics is a tremendously promising technology for chemical and materials synthesis due to the
inherent, remarkable level of control of physical transport phenomena and their interactions with chemical
reactions. At KhanLab, we develop microfluidic methods for the exquisitely controlled synthesis of nanoand micro-structured functional materials. In the recent past, we have demonstrated methods for the
synthesis of broad ranging materials classes, from plasmonic nanomaterials to polymericmicroparticles and
spherical crystal agglomerates. Currently, we are particularly interested in designing microparticles for
pharmaceutical drug formulations and in functional food technologies.
Development of Training Package on Process Safety (PI: Prof. Shaik Salim, ICES) - Eligible - ChE +
People interested in Process Safety:
A training package that deals with the integration of process safety assessments in the various stages of

developing a new fine chemical process (batch and continuous) is being developed. It includes chemical
hazard assessment and the prevention of runaway reactions, emergency pressure relief and vent sizing.
Students for this internship will be required to assist in the development and trial of this training package.
The work will involve the students to check a variety of reference materials, conduct experimental runs to
generate data for use in the training, verify training exercises and compile course materials. Students need
to be familiar with Microsoft Office software suite, have good experimental and general laboratory skills and
a good attitude towards safety. Students will be taught to operate the DSC and APTAC for the experimental
runs.