Name, Year and College
Saiesh Kamath, 1st year, NUJS, Kolkata.
Organization and address
CAMP Arbitration and Mediation Practice Private Limited (formerly, Centre for Advanced Mediation Practice); 46, 36th Main Rd, Dollar Scheme Colony, 1st Stage, BTM Layout 1, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560068.
Duration of Internship
How you applied?
I wrote a mail to Aparna ma’am (aparna[at]campmediation.in is the email address) and expressed my interest to join as an intern. I was asked to send a write-up on the statutory developments in commercial mediation.
First day formalities, infrastructure, first impression
Before I was to join the internship, Aparna ma’am directed me to read up on particular topics of mediation and also mentioned that I could wear smart casuals during the internship.
I was introduced to other members of CAMP on the first day and everyone was kind and friendly with me. Since I was only a first year, Laila ma’am, the co-founder of CAMP, was skeptical as to whether it was the right time for me to intern.
I took it in my stride and told her that I hoped to prove that it was. Later, she gave me work when she noticed that I was enthusiastic and that I was able to cope.
CAMP is on the first floor of a building. There was 1 conference room, 3 rooms (including where the library was located), 1 dining room, and Laila ma’am’s office. The office was open and spacious.
My first impression was that it was a workplace with a relaxed environment and that one would do well in this place if one showed enthusiasm and displayed initiative. In hindsight, it was accurate.
The main tasks were to research on particular aspects of mediation and to write articles based on your understanding of these applications.
For example, on the first day, I had to prepare a concept note on the proposal of the government to introduce mediation under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC).
That required me to go through newspaper articles as well as some provisions of IBC. Most tasks were centred around research and writing.
Everyone was understanding, compassionate, and pushed me to learn and go beyond my comfort zone. Almost every morning, Aparna ma’am made it a point to talk about mediation, its aspects, the theories associated with mediation, and the real-world application of these theories.
Discussing the finer aspects of mediation as well as other collaborative forms of dispute resolution with Laila ma’am was a treat.
The internship did not take a toll on my mind as it was neither hectic with a lot of assignments nor boring with very few. I got to read Sriram Panchu’s book “Mediation Law and Practice” when there was less work.
If I had to nit-pick it would just be this: I did not hesitate to approach anyone to give me work but that is an aspect that could intimidate a few.
The highlight of the internship
I attended the inaugural edition of the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) Specialist Mediator (India) Workshop, which was jointly organized by SIMC and CAMP. I got to meet many accomplished people from the bench, the bar, and the firms.
The training was fantastic and I took an active part in it. Not once did anyone treat me differently because I was the intern. On the contrary, as the youngest person in the room, many people spoke to me and put me at ease.
In the end, I got the Certificate of Completion which was a wonderful surprise. Stretched over two days, I enjoyed the learning and the networking that came with this event.
Accommodation and commuting to the office
I stayed at home. Commuting was a problem for me as I had to travel about 11 kilometres. The traffic near the area is nasty (the infamous Silk Board junction traffic) and occasionally, I was stuck for 20 mins in the traffic when the office was just a kilometre away.
I learned that the best way to make a good impression is through your work. As a result, I researched more and worked on making my writing better.
It paid off when Laila ma’am talked to me about a particular aspect of mediation and mentioned the prospect of co-authoring an article. I look forward to that now.