Internship Experience @ The Walt Disney Company India, Mumbai: Disney Threatens this Writer With Legal Action

Update [September 13, 4.40 PM]:

Disney India is threatening the student who wrote this internship experience with legal action.

They want the entire content to be taken down without giving any reason for the same.

Imagine, one of the world’s biggest media companies doing this!

PS- The Ripley’s Believe It or Not Fact is that the internship experience below says all good things about the internship and the company!

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Soumya Shrivastava

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

The Walt Disney Company India, Mumbai, 5 excluding myself

Application Process

The Company approached my college for internship applicants. I had sent my application to [email ID removed on request] and was interviewed (telephonic) and shortlisted within four days.

Duration of internship and timings

13th January, 2015 to 13th April, 2015.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

After being greeted by the HR, I was asked to fill a couple of application forms regarding my bank and correspondence details. Thereafter, I was introduced to my team.

Since it was a Disney-UTV-themed office, it was quirky yet swanky at the same time. The office was enormous and had a rather cool and comfortable vibe throughout.

I had a cubicle of my own, with my name plate. As a bonus, the dress code was casual!

Main tasks

My internship was a mixed bag of drafting, research and query-solving. A few main tasks included:

1. Drafting of several service, production and license agreements

2. Assembling a list of TRAI compliance documents

3. Drafting entry terms for several projects undertaken by the marketing team

4. Reviewing several concepts under the laws of contracts, penal code and motors act.

Along with this, I was working on separate internship projects under the production and distribution teams.

Work environment and people

I was interacting with people from varied backgrounds and work profiles like engineers, business analysts, animation people etc., which gave me an overview of the functioning of the company in a holistic manner.

The work environment was efficient yet laid back. I was blessed to have been around very helpful people.

Best things

The standard of work and professionalism demanded from an intern was very high. I solely handled several projects after discussing the project headers with other teams: marketing and distribution and drafted the required documents: agreements, addendums, entry terms etc. for them.

Since the timings were flexible, it allowed me to attend college lectures, take my practical examinations and practice yoga, along with the work required of me!

My colleagues were appreciative of the work that I had done and were always very encouraging.

Bad things

None that I can think of right now.

Stipend

Rs. 5,000/- per month

Biggest Lessons

This place really helped me grow as a person and as a lawyer. I was pulled up for the tiniest mistakes in the politest manner. I was indeed a team member and my seniors trusted me with the work they gave me. This brought a sense of responsibility in me.

Not only did my seniors help me refine my drafting skills, they also mentored me very sincerely whenever required.

Most importantly, it gave me a taste for pursuing a career in media and entertainment laws.

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  1. Possibly there is an NDA signed and one of the clauses of NDA is you cannot publish any information anywhere without permission. there are two clauses one which says about confidential information and other says about general working or general information. I feel it’s the latter one hence this is being done.

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