Internship Experience @ Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi: Made Report on Data Exclusivity


Rishav Buxi


Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi

Team Strength: 20-25

Application Process

Apply to [email protected] or [email protected] at least 4-5 months before the desired period of internship.


1st June, 2015 to 30th June, 2015

First Day

My first impression was good.

The best thing is that I was not alone while getting into the new office on the very first day.

Fortuitously I meet another new intern. 🙂

I was asked to report to the office at 10:00 AM. I was introduced to Mr. Abhijeet Das, Head of WTO Department who briefed me about WTO.

I was asked to tell about the areas that I would prefer to do research in. I had chosen IPR and was allotted to a team working in that practice area.

Then, I was assigned to work under Mrs. Chandni Raini, Professor in-charge of IPR Department.

First day formalities includes approaching IT Department for getting WiFi access, approaching Library In-charge with a form for using Library books.

The infrastructure is good, having one of the best libraries on International Trade in India.

They have an impressive collection of books, reports, journals, research reports, company reports, International Trade Statistics and documents on world trade.

Main tasks

I made report on the Data Exclusivity and analysed its current status in India. I was asked to research extensively on the interpretation of Article 39 of TRIPS by the courts of United States of America and the European Union.

Interns report directly to the Professors of Centre for WTO Studies, however one might get work from research fellows also.


Work environment was friendly. There isn’t much pressure. Centre has facilities for making coffee and tea and hence there is unlimited supply of various types of good quality coffee and tea.

Indeed, during my internship I would take frequent coffee breaks with my co-interns. One can have breakfast, lunch or snacks in the college canteen in the ground floor.

Everyone in the college was very approachable and willing to assist out.

Best things

Location (Hauz Khas) and college Infrastructure.

Bad things

Less interaction with other Professors and co-interns.



Biggest Lessons

More you will ask questions, more you will get to learn.

Do proper research on one topic clearly rather than having little knowledge of different-different topics.

Anything else?

One can get the hostel facility in the campus while interning, but it depends upon the seat availability at that time. (Rs. 5000 per month)

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