Every summer, the Department faculty train about 40 2nd– and 3rd-year undergraduates from disciplines related to mechanical engineering. A significant number of summer interns come through the Indian Academy of Sciences Summer Fellowship programme and the Indian National Academy of Engineering Mentorship programme. These students are selected through a competitive nationwide selection process. A good number of students are also selected by the faculty directly, based on their academic record, aptitude for research, special abilities and accomplishments. The interns are generally attached to a particular laboratory where they receive research training and get an opportunity to work along with postgraduate students. They are assigned one or more individual projects based on their research interests. Summer students also get opportunities to attend special lectures given by IISc faculty and invited seminars.
Over the years, the summer internship programme in the Department has inspired several young engineers to take up science and research as their career. Many of them have come back to IISc for higher studies.