FAQs - Internships at OysterConnect.com

I am keen to apply for OysterConnect.com Internship Program, what is the process for the same?

Following are the details of the Application process.

  • Step 1: You need to apply to the Internship Posting on the portal.

  • Step 2: An online assessment (OCAT) will launch as soon as you apply. You must score 60% or more in the OCAT (it will not launch for students who have taken the OCAT in the past and have scored more than 60%, they do not need to retake it)

  • Step 3: Complete the Application process via filling a Google Form. Click here to view the form.

What will be the Selection Criteria?

We will have a comprehensive multi stage selection process for the internship program. Following are the key parameters that will be considered -

 

  • You need to score a minimum 60% in the OCAT

  • You need to compulsorily fill the application form

  • Your candidature will be reviewed based on your OCAT score and responses in the application form

  • We shall also consider your Live Project history, if any. Students who have completed 1 or more projects successfully will have almost a 100% chance of making through the process

  • We have limited openings in each city. Students would be given preference on first come first serve basis

Which city will I be working in?

You will be asked to fill your Hometown and College city in the Application Form and we will try to deploy you in one of them only, however you may be asked to work from any other city as well subject to our requirements. Here is the list of cities we currently have openings in -

  • Amritsar, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Coimbatore, Coorg, Darjeeling, Dharmshala, Gangtok, Ghaziabad, Goa, Gurgaon, Idukki, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Katra, Kochi, Kodaikanal, Kolkata, Leh Ladakh, Ludhiana, Mount Abu, Mumbai, Munnar, Mysore, New Delhi, Noida, Ooty,  Pushkar, Shimla, Shirdi, Thekkady, Tirupati

Students who are from these cities (hometown / current location) will be given preference in the selection process.


Subject to our requirements, students can be asked to work in any of the above mentioned cities, if the final city is not their hometown / college city then they will be given a Location Allowance of Rs 5,000/- subject to them achieving a minimum of 110 approved hotels / Restaurants engagements on the TripAdvisor project

When will the Internship start?

This will be adjusted as per your college internship schedule.

What is the the last date to apply?

We should receive your application at least 30 days before your internship start date, however, since we have limited openings in each city, you should apply at the earliest to improve your chances of selection.

My college has internship schedule that’s longer than 8 weeks, is it possible to work for a longer time?

Yes. It is possible to extend your internship for more than 8 weeks. You will be given targets / stipends keeping your internship schedule in mind.

Which client will I be working for?

  • Every student will first be expected to work on TripAdvisor; once the agreed numbers are achieved on TripAdvisor, students will be given an opportunity to work on the requirements of other Client Partners depending on their location and our internal priorities.

  • High Performers / students with internship duration that’s longer than 8 weeks will have a higher chance of working on multiple Client Partners’ requirements.

Will I be working in OysterConnect’s office? Or will I be required to visit OysterConnect’s office during the Internship period?

No. you will be working in your assigned city on a virtual basis, however an OysterConnect Project Manager will always remain in touch with you to help you achieve your deliverables.

Who will I be reporting to?

You will be assigned a Project Manager from OysterConnect.com who will work with you very closely to ensure you achieve your targets.

Will I need to travel as part of my responsibilities?

Yes, you will be expected to do local travelling to carry out the assigned tasks successfully.

How many hours a day will I be expected to work?

 You will be expected to work for 8 hours a day.Yes. It is possible to extend your internship for more than 8 weeks. You will be given targets / stipends keeping your internship schedule in mind.


How many days a week will I be expected to work?

You will be expected to work for 6 days a week.

Will I have targets?

Yes. You will have predefined tangible non-revenue targets. These will be communicated to you in the beginning itself. You are expected to work very closely with the assigned Project Manager in order to achieve them successfully.

What kind of stipend can I expect to earn?

Subject to performance, students are categorized into following 3 categories -

  • High Performer

  • Average Performer

  • Needs Improvement Performer

All the High & Average Performers will be entitled for stipend. They will make Rs 8,800/- or more during the course of their internship. This will be over and above the Location Allowance they might get. Students who are rated as Needs Improvement Performer will not be entitled for any stipend.

Who is a Needs Improvement Performer?

OysterConnect.com acknowledges the need of doing summer internships with complete dedication and sincerity. This will be your first exposure to a Corporate life, and hence you are expected to work the way you would do in a full time job. We have determined base targets which we believe every student is capable of achieving. Students who carry out all the assigned tasks (irrespective of the output) will be given the certificate. Stipend will be given to only those who achieve their minimum targets.

What kind of targets will I have?

You will have predefined tangible non-revenue targets. These will be communicated to you in the beginning itself. You are expected to work very closely with the assigned Project Manager in order to achieve them successfully. Please refer to the below mentioned Target & Reward chart. These are approximate figures to give you an idea and final target / stipend may vary. (Note - On an average a single Hotel/Restaurant visit will take an hour)


Target

Weekly Average

KSA Rating

Stipend

200 Hotels /Restaurants

25/week

5,5,5

Rs 20,000/-

175 Hotels /Restaurants

22/week

5,5,5

Rs 14,000/-

150 Hotels /Restaurants

19/week

4,4,4

Rs 12,000/-

110 Hotels /Restaurants

14/week

3,3,3

Rs 8,800/-

80 Hotels /Restaurants

10/week

2,2,2

Rs 0/-

50 Hotels /Restaurants or less

Less than 6/week

1,1,1

Rs 0/-

If I do not achieve my targets, will I be eligible for certificate / stipend?

You will receive the Internship Certificate from OysterConnect.com. You will also receive a Live Project Certificate from our Client Partner.

Who will I get the Internship Certificate from? OysterConnect.com or their Client Partner?

The exact parameters will vary project to project, however in most scenarios, a Needs Improvement Performer is someone who -

  • Does not respond to the Project Manager even after frequent reminders and warnings

  • Does not carry out the assigned tasks on a regular basis

  • Does not go on field to engage with the given set of people

  • Does not work on a daily basis

  • Does not follow processes and hence delivers poor output

  • Is extremely inconsistent

  • Becomes almost impossible to connect with

 

All the students who work daily and follow the Project Manager’s guidelines will be able to complete their internship program as an Average or High Performer