Internship Experience @ Manupatra, Noida : Good Research Work, Rs. 3000 Stipend, No Mobile Phones

Fifth, mobile phones are not allowed, you cannot talk on your mobile phone in the office…that’s what washrooms are for….and also you cannot just do your work quietly with your earphones plugged in and the rest of the world shut out….because earphones are not allowed, listening to music is banned…or if you want music…it might be the time to visit the washroom.

Name. College. Year of Study

Mahip Singh Sikarwar, a third year student of Hidayatullah National Law University.

Name of the organization. City

The magic wand for every law student in the area of legal research.

Manupatra Information Private Limited, the legal database. Noida

Duration of the internship

One Month, but a little badgering and if you are good at convincing, it might get shortened.

I along with two of my co-interns interned for 28 days and we could do so after a lot of short and sweet arguments with the HR, who is not at all accommodating in such matters.

How big was the office? Team strength?

It’s a huge building with an office space spread in around 4 floors. You’ll fall in love with your office I bet when everyday first and foremost you’ll be greeted by the Biometric finger print door lock.

The office is divided into various floors in a five storey building, each floor for some specific purpose as in one floor for Content where I worked and all the legal interns work, then there’s a production floor, marketing floor and so on.

Team strength is difficult to say since each floor has its share in the total employees. As far as the content floor is concerned we had around twenty people working on that particular floor.

Mostly editors and sub-editors who were alumni of NLIU Bhopal, RMLNLU, Symbiosis Pune and other law schools.

Boys would enjoy it since most of the people working in that floor are female employees.

Application procedure. Internship contact details

Application procedure is pretty simple and you just have to send in your internship application along with your resume to [email protected].

And if you are selected then the Assisant HR Manager, Pallavi Mehta will contact you via mail or call and confirm your internship period.

Normally they take in only fourth and fifth years but exceptions do exists, and you never know you might get through since they are very selective in terms of their interns.

Plus a lot of colleges, whose interns have not performed well have now made it to the list of colleges , applications of which are ignored, so you enter the office with the responsibility of securing a place for your college as well.

Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings

The work timings is from 9 am to 6 pm and it’s a five day work a week….sometimes you just long for the amazing weekends when the work takes a toll on you….normally I guess it’s 8 hrs a day, the limit set by the government. But at Manupatra we have nine hours a day work….which might extend in case you have pending work and you are way behind your deadline.

The timings are strict, its not that the gates will close after nine or you’l be punished for coming late, but you will for sure be summoned by the Legal Head who will ask for reason and if its repeated it might affect the figures on your stipend check.

You cannot take a leave, at least officially, what you can do is that don’t go to office and prepare a really convincing excuse, but do inform your editor to whom have been assigned. Also you cannot leave at 5:59 pm….if its 6 pm, it has to be 6:01pm not before that.

Accommodation: how, where, how was it?

Accomodation is never an issue in Noida, specially in Sector 1  where the office is situated, you can get really cheap PG’s or if you want a better accommodation then you have your options open. The monthly charges for renting a room, garage or a flat vary from 4 grands a month to 12 grands a month.

You can try finding a PG by calling on numbers given in the advertisements written almost on every wall and tree in those sectors and you can very easily get a room for yourself. Rates of renting a room in Sector 1, 2 and 3 are relatively cheaper than in sector 18, 29, 36 which apparently are the most happening sectors of Noida with the best place to hangout….the BP Complex, which is better than GIP which is just a 5 min walk from there.

Plus the metro connectivity makes it all the more easier to find a suitable accommodation even if it’s a bit far and I can assure you that you can get your dream pg provided your pocket permits and you have sufficient time to search for it.

Also the good thing is that the office is at a walking distance from the metro station, the Noida Sector 15 metro station, so you can take a early morning walk and walk back to the metro with your co-interns (that was what I used to do).

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

First day, first look was kind of stern and strict and I thought to myself….’dude, serious work and all’ and I was introduced to the Head of the Legal Content Department and she was a strict looking lady who just asked me where do I come from and my college and then I was assigned to one of the many editors there.

I was given a cubicle in the far corner between  three girls and was given a test to write (which was a fresh employee assessment test, though I came to know this only after 3 weeks) and I was given a duration of 2 hr.

I did and submitted it on time, though till date I don’t know how much I scored but I got an internship secured for me at least.

So first day I was told that there is this project going on to elaborately explain all the bare acts of Indian law in layman language and I had to do around 10 Acts, which I actually did by the end of the month.

Main tasks (in detail)

For example if you open any act on Manupatra you will find a button ‘Legal summary’ which explains each and every section of that act in simple layman language. That was my main task.

The main task given in Manupatra is not fixed. Its basically research work which is not on any specific topic, i.e it depends on projects.

This internship is for a legal website which I guess every law students uses regularly. Now if you give it a thought that how those case summaries, those list of authorities cited in that particular judgment,  those bills passed actually got there on the first place…you’ll get your answer. That is the work we do. Make law simpler and accessible.

The project I was given or rather my reporting editor was assigned to was on Acts. For example if you open any act on Manupatra you will find a button ‘Legal summary’ which explains each and every section of that act in simple layman language. That was my main task.

We used to go to office, fire up our computers and start converting each and every section of the acts we’ve been assigned to layman language. This work was mutually profitable. They got their work done and you got to learn a new act which might come handy in your legal career.

But that is not all…this was the long time project….our reporting editors to whom we were are assigned used to get new projects almost like every week and if they consider you capable enough to handle, they might give a chunk of that new project to do as well along with your main task….the thrill in all this is that all such projects come with a deadline and within a week they go online….so you start feeling like a part of it….you start working towards completion…you might sit back after office hours just because you have a backlog.

Running every time to your editor or vice-versa you start finding yourself actively involved in all the errands of the company.

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Work environment, people

So yeah, work environment depends on your editor, she might be lazy enough to give all the work she gets to you and then just cross check it or she might be cooperative and work with you to complete the task on time.

Work environment is balanced, neither too strict and rigid and not at all loose. You have some really cool editors you can have nice discussion with if you are a part of the National Law Universities’ fraternity. You can talk about anything and everything ranging from the red streaks on her hair to her choice in universities abroad for masters.

If you are keeping your work updated, you’ll have an easy time but if you have a backlog then you’re done. Also the work environment depends upon the editors to whom you are assigned or who will assign work to you.

Fortunately I got some really chill females….who never ‘deadlined’ me or threatened me with ‘TAT’ in their jargon which means ‘task at time’ (still wondering how does it even makes sense). Your morning will be good if you share cordial relations with the HR who will drop by your work station to crack a Bollywood joke or two.

You can always use the intercom to chat with your co-interns if you know your extension (don’t take chance with this, you might end up dialing the extension of the CEO of Manupatra who sits in the same floor, same office).

So yeah, work environment depends on your editor, she might be lazy enough to give all the work she gets to you and then just cross check it or she might be cooperative and work with you to complete the task on time.

Best things? (Nothing is all bad)

Best things if I have to give bullet points…it will be as follows:

The editor to whom you are assigned to.(though that’s purely subjective, and depends on your luck,  I am sure for some of my co-interns this would come under the point 13). She can really make it easy for you to work under pressure, under a deadline and you’ll have a satisfaction that if anything goes wrong at all, there is someone you can go upto.

Secondly the lunch…from 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm…its really tasty and its free….yes you get free lunch for a month at Manupatra…fulfilling and delicious lunch.

Thirdly the kind of work you are given…which for sure will help you in your legal career.

Fourthly, you will be given a demonstration on how to use Manupatra and that will be the moment when you will realize there is so much to do with just one site…why keep switching from Indiakanoon to Westlaw to Heinonline to SCConline.

Fifth, you’ll end up making new friends, both among interns and among people who work there.

Sixth point is for those who are caffeine addicted…the coffee machine is waiting for you.

Bad things? (Nothing is all good)

Fifth, mobile phones are not allowed, you cannot talk on your mobile phone in the office…that’s what washrooms are for….and also you cannot just do your work quietly with your earphones plugged in and the rest of the world shut out….because earphones are not allowed, listening to music is banned…or if you want music…it might be the time to visit the washroom.

Bad things are as follows :

Firstly the work sometimes takes a toll on you and you do not feel like a law student, rather a clerk in some government office, sitting in front of that screen typing all day long.

Secondly the internet their sucks…even Gmail and yahoo are banned, leave alone Facebook….so even if you have a high speed net connectivity in your system for nine hours a day there is not much you can do apart from work.

Thirdly the stipend given is less as compared to the work you’ll end up doing.

Fourthly the they never low down the air conditioner so you can’t help it if you feeling cold or rather suffering from cold.

Fifth, mobile phones are not allowed, you cannot talk on your mobile phone in the office…that’s what washrooms are for….and also you cannot just do your work quietly with your earphones plugged in and the rest of the world shut out….because earphones are not allowed, listening to music is banned…or if you want music…it might be the time to visit the washroom.

What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues

Now see….your office hours are 9….from morning 9 to evening 6….you cannot utter a word in the office…all the sound which u can hear at all is the clicking of the mouse, pressing of the keyboard keys and intercoms ringing though you’l never hear the voices speaking on them.

In such an  environment it becomes a little difficult task to chill but law students always manage doing so.

So here it is…you get a half an hour break for lunch which you can at your own risk extend to one hour and go out and eat some Singapuri noodles, chicken rice at unbelievably low prices…after all it’s the only food van in that area, rest malls and markets are around 2 kms away.

So take as a good news or bad that’s the only place outside the office vicinity where you can go and chill and be back within one hour.

One more place to catch a gossip or two is the Coffee machine where you can go umpteen number of times and coordinate the visit to the coffee machine with your pals and have a sweet and short exchange of words.

Or the washrooms, where you can go, listen music ( its not allowed in the office), talk on phones, talk to your same sex co-interns and do similar things…but keeping in mind that someone out there has seen you going to the washroom and that someone is the one you’ll be answerable to if you take long.

Stipend/ month

Ahhh…that should be the first question instead… stipend….yes you do get stipend ranging between three to three and a half thousand and its not in whole numbers…you’ll rarely have a zero in your stipend numbers. It can even be Rs. 3333…and you get your stipend in the form of check.

Also the number of leaves you take in your internship period affects those figures on the check so be careful while taking a working day off.

Anything else you’d like to tell

You get to get play table tennis after office hours if you want to and that won’t be mentioned in your internship certificate, even if the HR says it will.

You get to get at least two parties in your internship duration of one month including one Dumb charades party on the last working day of the month.

You cannot mess with the HR. She is the god if you want your certificate and your stipend check.

If your internship application is not selected, one of the many reasons can be that your college is in the black list from which Manupatra does not take in interns since the previous interns spoiled it for you people.

Your editors are really helpful and would come to your cubicle any number of time you dial up their extension for help.

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  1. Dude, you are the coolest guy that has ever existed on the face of the earth. And this is the coolest and the funniest post that I have ever read. :)) How do you do it man?? I am simply in awe of you and your skills. You are my hero. :* Keep posting more stuff about your internships and your pesonal life. I interned with you but I dont think you will know that it is me. A guy like you is hard to meet and to keep up with. All your stories are so amazing and ,especially your foreign trips. I want to MUN with you. P.S. I wanted to see you live at RMLNLU Moot. Heard your performance was surprising. Keep Sharing and spread the love :* **Thug Life**- drum rolls

  2. Can anyone please post the contact number for there office?

  3. sadHNLUite says:

    i have a feeling that now HNLUites will not be abale to get internships here. Thanks to you, asshole guy.

  4. CrazyDude_LawSchooliite says:

    Is this Internship description a joke? I really cant take this guy’s word on any work in this office as all it seems from this write-up is that he went there to flirt, date and find opportunities to make out and flirt and date again!

    Seriously dude, get a life. I think law school is a 5 year orgy. If after that also you need to try and find action in internships, your life is really really sad man.

    And your internship description is not good at all.

    • Army Girl says:

      He just gave his perspective. He’s a guy after all! and maybe finding action for him is tough… His college might not have the right kinda action he desires, so internship’s all he has may be! Interning isn’t always about work you know… We aren’t robots, we’re all human with needs! I don’t think he mentioned making out etc as such, he basically pointed out that for guys its a bonus. Be happy man!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Can you please mention the time taken to walk between the office and noida sector 15 metro station?

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