Virtual Internship Experience at Fox Mandal and Associates: Research Work

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Name of the Intern, Year of Study, College 

Navya Shukla, 5th Year, Chanakya National Law University

Name of the Organization, Address and About the Organization

Fox Mandal & Associates, FM House, 6/12, Primrose Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka, INDIA-560025
T: +91 80 2559 5911
E: Bangalore@foxmandal.in

Duration of Internship

June 1, 2021 – June 29, 2021

Internship Experience

INTERNSHIP AT FOX MANDAL & ASSOCIATES

Every law student, since the beginning of their college, has an aspiration to intern in a tier-1 law firm. I started trying to secure the internship in FMA since November, 2020. The process of application is straight-forward. Any interested student can head to: https://www.foxmandal.in/careers/ and fill out the form under “internship” where they ask you certain basic information and the CV, along with your preference of office location.

At present, the office location selection would not matter, since the Internship Programme is completely online. Following the application, the applicant will receive a mail from the HR regarding the application status. It is entirely possible that your application does not get selected instantly. You may want to start applying 6-12 months in advance. I, myself, secured the internship for June, 2021. But the HR, Mr. Kasinathan, is extremely helpful and had conveyed the confirmation in February, 2021.

First Day Formalities and Impression

Internship at FMA has been the most fulfilling experience so far. The duration of my internship was from 1st June, 2021 to 29th June, 2021. They have a schedule and deadlines to ensure that each intern accomplishes certain milestones. The internship starts with an induction process wherein we are told the nature of work that would be expected from us. We were allotted a mentor individually, who was our reporting senior and provided us with the work. My mentor was Ms. Trisha Mandal and she is by far my favourite senior. As of July, 2021 I have done 6 internships but the work culture and atmosphere at FMA has been the most suitable for me. 

Main Tasks

As a part of their fixed structure, each intern has to submit an article on a topic as suggested by the mentor. Trisha ma’am allowed me to select my own topic and I wrote the article on ‘Disinvestment Target in India’. The interns are also required to complete 4 certificate courses which are selected by the intern from a list of courses provided by the firm. This was done to promote personal development.

The courses helped me prepare for my final presentation. The final presentation was mandatory for all the interns and it happened on the last two days of the internship. My mentor allotted me the topic ‘Smart City Mission’ since I had researched upon it for the major part of my internship. Entire FMA staff was present during the internship including the top-management. To prepare me for it, Trisha ma’am had given me the opportunity to present before the MD and the COO on two separate occasions. 

Apart from the mandatory tasks, I was given plenty of research work. I analysed company profiles of potential clients, I made a presentation on Legal-tech to assist the firm on decision regarding AI Software and there were various other research notes. Not only did it hone my research skills, it also taught me practical application and analysis of the research materials. When you understand the consequence of the work produced by you, you tend to see the data from the eyes of the decision-maker, that is to say, that your research produces more nuanced results. The research skill acquired during this internship helped me win Best Researcher in a national moot. 

Bad Things

There were, however, certain observations I made along the way. There was no interaction between the interns at all. We interacted once on the day of induction and then directly on the day of conclusion. I did convey to the HR that, in my opinion, it would be beneficial for all the interns to work at least on one joint project. He took my point under consideration.

Other than this, I would have been delighted to attend the office in person. However, this was not a fault on their part. They did manage the Summer Internship Programme virtually in the best way possible.

Stipend

I’d like to mention that this was an unpaid internship and in case, if it was offline then the intern would have to bear the cost incurred by them. Nevertheless, it was entirely online and there was no cost involved in my case. 

For anyone looking to do an internship in a law firm, I would genuinely recommend applying at FMA. I have highlighted everything that you would require to make a decision about the application. I hope it turns out to be helpful.

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