Internship @ Competition Commission of India CCI
Process of application: The link here provides all details required although a heads up, choose your topic carefully after having seen the reports already published.
CCI administration is likely to discourage submissions on done and dusted topics. Lucky for us though that there are many aspects of Competition law which are relatively untouched.
Timings/duration: 4 weeks, 5 days a week. Timings are relaxed, ideally reach by 10, leave by 5 maximum by 6 considering it IS a government office and the library closes sharp at 6.
First impression: Unlike any government establishment, first thing that hits you is the beautiful lobby of the HT towers in which the CCI is located. Complete with central air conditioning, swiping access cards, all top notch infrastructure.
About the Competition Commission of India’ internship itself. Its a PURELY RESEARCH BASED INTERNSHIP. Effectively you are being paid 8000/- bucks to work on a topic and contribute to the research pool the dedicated folks at CCI are trying to create.
Accommodation: I put up with relatives who luckily stayed fairly close. http://asklaila.com/ can help people find accommodation, however since the office is located in Barakhamba road, it’ll be hard to find a PG really close by.
The office is located bang in the middle of CP metro station and Barakhamba Road Metro, 5 mins walking from the former and 2 from the latter.
(Land marks: Right behind the iconic Statesman house).
Main tasks: CCI had been written off as another “retirement home” for judges who’ve retired from the judiciary, turns out this is one establishment which has proved to be quite the contrary.
A team of dedicated legal officers and economics experts are here. You’ll be appointed to a guide, who shall help you out through your research and at times the enthusiasm of the guide often turns into a personal ‘tuition’ on competition law.
After the topic has been assigned you have close to 3 weeks to prepare a research paper on the same, and you’ll have a formal presentation on the same at the end. The presentation is fairly comprehensive and great fun 🙂
The library at the Competition Commission of India is ‘blow your socks off’ good. (even decent fiction for people who need a change) Focus is obviously on Competition law, Economics and the works.
Work environment: Good atmosphere, approachable mentors and all in all a healthy environment. Dedicated interns desk. (typical family soap discussion between clerical staff is a kill joy but personally, I loved getting a laugh out of it).
2. Mentors (I had a great time with mine, who made sure I knew my topic well and would give me books to take home and read)
3. Opportunity to do paid labour on a fantastic area of law, and learn about the details of competition policy
Food etc: Highly doubt people would want to venture far for food, the office building has a fairly impressive canteen which is reasonable as well. In any case C.P isn’t far.
Bad things: Monotony (for instance, this report I’m writing on my last day here because I’m bored of working solely on the topic I’d been assigned.) the work one expects to get in a legal internship is in context of a case that is coming up et al.
Here its just a research paper which might not be good fun for people who want more hands on work left, right & centre.
Stipend: Rs. 8000
Other things: The office is relaxed, yes. You may come and go when you like, however its the best place to sit and work because the CCI is at a stage where they really need such research to strengthen the competition law, so if you work with the feeling like you are contributing to something big, its a joy and honestly leaving office early is not a priority (its just a luxury) 🙂