Coal India Limited, Head Legal Department, Kolkata
I got this internship by sending in my C.V on the mail i.d of the concerned department as given on the website followed by a number of phone calls and finally getting through.
Duration of internship and timings
Duration of the internship was for a month . Timings were flexible , 10 am to 5/6 pm. Since, my residence was really far from the office so I was given an extension till 11:30 🙂
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
The expectation for an office like that of Coal India will get down once you visit the office. That was completely a dilapidated office built a century before . The first day was completely a haywire experience for me, I lost my way , reached office at 1 pm .
So nothing went right. Finally, after I reached , the situation was different as expected in such circumstance.
The manager legal made me very comfortable and briefed me about the works and introduced me to the co interns and other working staffs.
What went unexpected was number of interns. Coal India does not take dozens of interns . There were just 4 more interns excluding myself.
Being a company (holding) , the cases were opinion based.
The advantage of less interns and being the senior most among the other interns, I was given the entire case, not just the bits and pieces of it, and within a stipulated time I had to frame the opinion with a legal basis and present it.
Vouching for the legal basis of the opinions made me search on Mines act crazily.
Work environment and people
The work environment was ordinary and good. You are expected to see the manager legal in the starting of the day and after the day gets over. If they show interest in you by your work then you are always occupied with standard work and not just the researches.
An intern is assigned with works by the Manager Legal and the Assistant Manager Legal.
There were times when I was suddenly asked to submit my opinion to the GM Legal of Coal India. I was happy that he encouraged me by assigning his own works (something that does not happen generally)
Except for the infrastructure and the long journey that I had to travel, nothing was bad.
Working in the energy based company, this internship made me go through every possible mines laws in India that I could have never done in college.
Coal India had things for students from 1st year to final year, that was were I was fortunate with the extra burden. Apart from my work I had to supervise my junior co interns.
Any Other Thing
This was the first company where I interned. Having interned in firms, under advocates, I must say that this internship gave me a focus showing me the comparison in a firm and company with respect to the working culture and recognition.