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This research paper explores the perceptions of students towards bridging the gap between academia and the corporate sector, with a focus on understanding the effectiveness of internships in achieving this objective. A quantitative research methodology was employed to gather data from 266 undergraduate and postgraduate students in a leading South Indian university. The study utilized a Likert scale-based questionnaire to assess students' perceptions related to practical skills, industry exposure, and the integration of real-world projects in the curriculum. The findings reveal that students hold a positive perception towards bridging the gap between academia and the corporate sector. Moreover, they view internships as an effective medium in enhancing their practical skills, knowledge, and employability prospects. The research underscores the importance of integrating practical learning experiences and fostering connections with the corporate sector to better prepare students for their future careers. These findings have implications for academic institutions and the corporate sector in their efforts to bridge the gap and create a more industry-ready workforce.