Name of the organisation. City. Office Address. How was the office? Team strength.
Dua Associates, Delhi office. Address: Tolstoy House, Tolstoy Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi.
They occupy 3 floors of the building – first floor for the litigation dept., second for the library, administrative office and conference rooms and the third floor for the corporate dept.
Application procedure? Internship Contact Details.
Need to send your CV and cover letter to Ms. Catherine Cardoza at firstname.lastname@example.org. The authentic procedure may require you to make a few phone calls to follow up with Ms. Catherine.
Alternatively, if you’re able to get through a recommendation you can avoid the hassle.
Duration in weeks. Days of work per week. Timings.
4 weeks. 5 days a week. 9 am-6 pm. 9.30 am is the comfortable time for interns to reach as Associates come to the office by 10ish.
Usually weekends are free though you may be given some research work/project for the weekend or called for assisting the associates with arbitration or meetings.
First impression, first day, formalities
It takes time for one to figure out the geography of the huge office spread over 3 floors. Interns are seated in the library where Mr. Bibhuti (Library In-charge) welcomes the new interns and hands them over an Internship Form and a Worksheet to keep a log of work done during the internship.
I was immediately allotted a Partner as my mentor whom I eventually met after a few days but Senior Associates made sure that I get work from the very first day. My first assignment dealt with Appointment of Directors under Companies Act.
There is a list in the library with telephone extensions of each and every Associate and one phone near the computer systems is for interns at which Associates call up to contact a particular intern or ask for free interns.
One big lesson I learnt on the first day was to carry a laptop and a working dongle due to availability of only 3 computers with legal databases like Manupatra and SCC.
During the first week I got work from the Senior Associates under my mentor in the Corporate Department and during their absence in the following week I was allowed to take work from anyone I wished to.
It is a common thing for interns to approach Associates in both litigation and corporate departments for work and most likely all of them happen to have some work for you.
The advantage of not restricting myself to one Associate or one dept. was getting a variety of work in Companies Act, Customs and Excise, Stamp Act, International Law etc.
The research work was always time bound and really interesting. Learning is an important aspect of your internship as Associates might give you research notes to prepare on topics they’d like you to know about for your own benefit. I wasn’t given any clerical work neither was any co-intern during my internship.
Work environment, people
Work environment is comfortable and motivating. Associates are friendly and very helpful. One can prove their mettle and make a place for themselves with consistent good work without delays, that’s the only way to get yourself more qualitative work.
The library, though a bit congested, is a peaceful place for the interns, equipped with all the relevant reading material for the research work. The opportunity to learn drives you to get more involved in the assignment given.
Other staff is pretty helpful too. There are two pantries where one can get unlimited coffee/tea/green tea – 2nd floor: in the administrative office near reception and 3rd floor: towards the right side near reception.
The best things AND the bad things
Best: Qualitative work, friendly Associates, comfortable work hours, location of the office and unlimited coffee!
Bad: Only 3 systems to work and No Wi-Fi.
Accommodation etc. What did you to do chill in and around the office and the place of stay?
I stayed at my relative’s place and used the metro to commute. Some of my co-interns stayed in PGs in North Campus which were really good and not too far from the office. Nearest metro station Rajiv Chowk is just a 5 minutes walk away.
Interns have a huge variety of food joints in CP to try during the lunch time like Fresco, Berco’s, Wenger’s. McDonald’s and CCD are a few steps away from the building and so is Janpath.