Gursimran Kaur, a 4th Year law student from Punjab School of Law narrates her Internship Experience at Indian Law Institute, New Delhi as a Research Intern.
Name, College, Year of Study
Gursimran Kaur, Punjab School of Law, 4th year.
Name of Organisation and Address
Indian Law Institute, Opp. Supreme court of India, Bhagwan Das Road.
You have to send your internship application, along with your CV to the id of the institute. In my case, I used my links to get the internship opportunity.
Duration of Internship and Timings
3rd July 2017 – 14th July 2017
Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
First impression, First Day Formalities
I got an opportunity to work as a research intern under a Professor at ILI. I was introduced to Dr. Sushmita Mallaya, under whom I was supposed to research. I was then made to fill a form and submit it, along with a couple of passport-size photos of mine.
Thereafter, I was made to have a meeting with the professor and other interns. I then introduced myself to the Professor and to the others. Thereafter, I was allotted with my first task to research on the child abuse and women crimes.
The infra includes a huge library to be known as India’s largest Legal Library where one can get a wide range of books, a separate research lab for professors and interns, where around 10-15 interns sit and work together. Also, there is a canteen on the premises to help you keep relaxed during work and to have your refreshments on time.
Main tasks included mostly the research work pertaining to Competition Law, Company Law, Intellectual Property Rights, Constitutional Law, etc. One has to approach the Professor to get work. Although each intern works for just one associate at a time, on few occasions he/she might also be asked to help/assist several professors at a time.
Every intern is supposed to submit their research work through electronic means, i.e., via e-mail and on deadline given by the professor.
Work environment and people
The work environment is really positive and makes the interns feel good about coming to work. The staff is nice and kind and the professors are very humble and friendly.
The professors are always ready and willing to help interns in their work. They also sometimes have fun with interns and tend to make the atmosphere light, yet healthy.
Apart from the positives that have been discussed so far, interns get to have some interaction with the lawyers came there for their research works required for their litigation purposes.
There are no bad things as such. I just felt the major part of the duration in which I interned, observed summer vacations, which meant many of the professors were on leave. Thus, I feel I didn’t get enough work to research upon.
Showing that you are passionate about the work, will make a lasting impression that could benefit you in the future when it comes to asking for a reference.
Internships can be a lot of fun, so relax, get to know the new people around you and enjoy yourself!
7.5 out of 10.
I stayed in my relative’s house in Karkardoma, New Delhi, which is not far away from the office.
The office is within walking distance from Mandi House Metro Station and from Pragati Maidan Metro Station
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