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New Delhi, India
Financial Mathematics Major
Srichandra Masabathula is interning with Bharat Immunological and
Biological Corporation (BIBCOL), a public sector undertaking based in
Bulandshahr, India. His responsibilities include reviewing the organization's financial documents and making frequent trips to the production site to better understand the supply chain of vaccines and pharmaceuticals. Srichandra received a Richter Scholarship and a grant from the Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies to help with his accommodations and travel expenses.
Describe your day-to-day experiences.
I conduct research to understand more about the development sector and what a public sector undertaking, such as BIBCOL, can offer. I intensively study the financial and managerial aspects of BIBCOL to comprehend how they can play an effective role in addressing issues such as malnutrition in comparison to the private sector, which is generally solely guided by a profit motive. I also observe meetings at the management level and witness the manufacturing of vaccines. I am given the opportunity to interact with senior officials and experts in the company to develop an understanding of business deliberations in terms of market demand, supply, and policy recommendations for further research. Every day has something new to offer, and I gain immense knowledge from each of the experiences. (Photo below: Srichandra meets with the managing director of BIBCOL.)
What has been the best part of your internship so far?
During the second week of my internship, I was given the opportunity to travel to New Delhi to attend a board meeting in the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. The opportunity enabled me to observe the proceedings of the meeting and follow the deliberations that took place at the highest level of decision-making. Later, I also released the minutes of the meeting.
How have your classroom experiences at Knox helped you during this experience?
Since I am planning to major in financial mathematics, the classes that I took during my first year at Knox have given me the right theoretical preparation for this internship. The application of some of the courses -- namely Introduction to Financial Mathematics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Principles of Accounting, and Principles of Macroeconomics -- are evident in this internship.
How do you think this internship benefits you in terms of your professional development?
My experience with BIBCOL will help further my understanding of how business models can be sustainable even while addressing issues such as public health. This internship also provides me with the requisite skills and insights to develop sustainable business models that would not only address pressing contemporary issues, but also benefit the people.
What have you learned throughout this process?
The research I am conducting about brand management and finances of an organization will equip me with multifaceted insights in my quest to positively influence the people of India. An internship with a public sector undertaking like BIBCOL is helping me to understand the healthcare sector of India in greater depth, and the nuances of providing good healthcare to the citizens of India through the use of innovative low-cost interventions. The opportunity to be involved in different departments of the company such as finance, marketing, research and development, and public relations exposes me to the versatile and dynamic approach required to make a positive change.