Internship Experience @ The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Delhi: Research Work, Excellent Surroundings to Explore

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Krittika Chavaly

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

The Energy and Resources Institute, Delhi

Application Process with contact details

I sent in a mail to the HR division (listed on their website) and promptly received a call from them in about two weeks.

I recommend calling the listed number up and pursuing them – some of my co-interns had to do this.

Duration of internship and timings

Four week internship: May-June 2014.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

Located in India Habitat Centre on Lodhi Road, TERI is spread over two buildings.

The first is a five-floor office, which is just like any other and the second is a library. The library is well-equipped with books and magazines, predominantly on the Environment.

No specific formalities on the first day, except for the usual procedural requirements. They issue an electronic key-card to all interns/employees and make you fill out a couple of forms in the HR department.

I was assigned a mentor on my first day, who had a chat with me, discussed my background and his and tried to identify an area I would like to work on. It fostered a good work environment.

Main tasks

My work mostly involved carrying out research for my mentor.

There were the occasional data-entries and tabulations on Excel as well.

Work environment and people

The people are generally quite helpful, and are easy to get familiar with.

I had quite a few co-interns – not all of them from Law school.

Interaction with co-interns is usually restricted by the work you are allotted.

I worked mostly in the library, doing research work and so relatively, spent very little time in the office.

Your principal place of work (office or library) depends on whom you get as a mentor and what work you’re assigned.

Best things

1. Location – On Lodhi Road, which is well connected and in a nice part of the city.

2. People – I was lucky to have been allotted a mentor who took an active interest in my work and ensured I was enjoying what I was doing. (I say lucky, because some of my co-interns didn’t have the same experience).

3. India Habitat Centre – multiple places to eat (in case you don’t get your own lunch). I strongly recommend the milkshakes at the All American Diner, which even if slightly expensive, are divine.

Another option is a canteen-of-sorts in the basement/car park, which serves an excellent lunch for 30 bucks a plate. It’s where most of the TERI staff end up eating during the hour-long lunch break (1:30 – 2:30).

Bad things

The environment may seem a bit overwhelming at first, as it did to me.

The work you can do is often limited, and sometimes you’re left with a lot of free time on your hands.

Stipend

None.

Biggest Lessons

I thoroughly enjoyed working with my mentor, Mr M P Ram Mohan, a distinguished academician who put in effort into making sure the internship was enjoyable.

Any Other Thing

Try staying back in the evening and watching the plays in the IHC auditorium, if you’re into plays.

If you’re left with spare time after lunch, IHC is worth exploring. They have some exhibition or the other all the time, most of which are open to all.

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