Name, College, Year of Study
Ravneet Kaur, Fairfield Institute of Management and Technology affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi, B.A. LLB (Hons.) 4th Year.
Name of Organisation, Location (city)
Competition Commission of India, KG Marg, Delhi. The office is located in the middle of CP metro station and Barakhamba Road Metro, 5 mins walking from the former and 2 from the latter.
Landmarks : Next to Parikrama, the Revolving Restaurant and Right behind the iconic Statesman house.
Duration of Internship and Timings
1st Aug, 2015 – 31st Aug, 2015. Its CCI’s policy that you have to intern for a minimum period of one month. 5 days a week.
The timings are moderate. Technically, the interns are required to report by 10 am sharp and sign the entry register and leave by 6 considering it is a government office.
However, once you show your punctuality for one week, you can easily escape the office early with due permission.
Interested students are required to fill the application form as has been prescribed on their official website.
Application must contain recommendation of competent authority from the academic institution.
The applicants are required to submit a synopsis on competition issues for study during the internship in 1000 words along with their applications.
It is advisory to choose your topic carefully after having seen the reports already published on their website. However, CCI administration is likely to discourage submissions on done and dusted topics.
Application should be made 3 months in advance, clearly mentioning the month for which the internship is to be considered.
However, if you’re lucky enough, you might be offered an internship there even if you’ve submitted the application form 1 month in advance. Like me 😉
I’m lucky enough to reside in Delhi. Rest, you can find plenty of PG’s at affordable rates in CP.
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
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.
On the first day of the CCI internship, the Orientation session of the interns is conducted by Deputy Director (Advocacy Division) and mentors are assigned to each intern.
Thereafter a meeting takes place with the respective mentors. I discussed my topic with him. I was lucky enough to be guided by a dynamic and friendly mentor.
Research topic need not be the same which one had chosen while applying. It can be changed after receiving inputs from mentor
In the first week, orientation of different department of CCI is given by respective officers in charge and also the working of each department is conveyed.
Remember, in the CCI you would face best brains of India on Competition Law. Don’t even try to bluff them on anything related to Competition Law.
You need to understand that this internship is for capacity building and contributing in development of Competition Law in India.
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.
Also, you need to keep discussing on your research project with your mentors. They give input and feedback on your work from time to time.
After the topic has been assigned you have close to 3 weeks to prepare a research paper on the same.
Presentation on the report has to be given on the prescribed date in front of an audience which basically will include Honorable Chairperson and Members of the Commission and other officers.
There is marking system according to which grading is done. Out of total 30 marks, 10 are for presentation, 10 for case study analysis and 10 marks at discretion of mentor.
Work environment and people
All you have to do is research on your topic in library or at the research station allotted to you. We were allotted seats with research experts of CCI.
The atmosphere is healthy and friendly and the best part is, the mentors are approachable. They will guide you on every step. Absolutely no hesitation to approach them at any time.
There were plenty of good things. But to name a few, I would say:
- Top notch infrastructure
- Super experienced professionals/mentors
- Practical experience in the field of Competition Law.
- Jaw dropping library.
- Reasonable and impressive canteen
Since you are just required to work on the research paper, you may get bored at times since the interns are not allowed to deal with any ongoing case study.
It may get ridiculously monotonous for people who love to venture and multi-task.
Rs. 10, 000/-
If you want to have in depth knowledge about Competition Law, then you’ve landed at the right place. I believe no one can teach you in the better manner than CCI personnel’s. The more knowledge you seek, the more you are bestowed upon.
This entry has been submitted for the LexisNexis-Lawctopus Internship Experience Writing Competition 2015-2016. iPleaders is the learning partner for this competition.