Name. College. Year of Study .
Surabhi Grover. RGNUL. 2nd year
Name of the organization. City
iPleaders, New Delhi
Duration of the internship
How big was the office? Team strength?
The office occupies a third of a floor of the Avantika Building in Saket. The core team comprises of 3 partners – Ramanuj, Pallavi and Abhyudyay.
There are also three-four other people who manage different facets like the Social Media part, the web designing etc. Apart from this there are interns, the number depending on the time of the year.
Application procedure. Internship contact details
You can apply for the internship by filling this form. After filling the form you are required to send your CV and a writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org.
One thing I really appreciated about iPleaders was their quick response. Often organizations make you wait for weeks before replying, but here the response is quite timely.
Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings
I interned for 4 weeks, but you can apply for a longer period if you want. Monday to Friday are full working days, and Saturday is a half day.
The really good thing about this internship is that you are required to reach office at 11am. You can usually leave office by 7-7.30 pm. If you have finished your work you can even leave by 6.30 pm.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
I stayed at my relatives’ place.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
Truth be told, I was very nervous on my first day. Though I was in my third semester, this was my first internship as I had been travelling during internship breaks during my first and second semesters.
To reach the office, you have to take an auto to J-Block from the Saket/Malviya Nagar metro station. You can then ask around for Avantika Building and it is pretty easy to find iPleaders there.
As I entered, I was a nervous wreck. But then the best thing happened – Ramanuj cracked a joke about how everybody just sits wherever they find space in this office and then asked me about my expectations from the internship.
I had even forgotten my laptop charger on the first day but when I hesitatingly told him this we spent some time trying out evrybody’s charger in the office on my laptop.
Main tasks (in detail)
The main tasks here are mostly writing and research related. I did a lot of research on topics I previously had no knowledge about. I researched on the Sexual Harassment Act 2013 and critically analyzed the Vishakha Guidelines. I also prepared a brief on John Doe cases in India. I researched on cyber-squatting and its legal consequences.
I read up and briefed the partners on Netra, the new surveillance programme. One interesting assignment was preparing a brief on the strategy applied by Zuckerberg to reduce Saverin’s stake in Facebook. I also wrote on Google Adowrds, which got published on the iPleaders blog. I also did a lot of video-editing work in between assignments.
The highlight of the internship was when I prepared a case-study on Blackberry, using which Abhyudyay wrote an article on how to successfully impress foreign firms like Allen and Ovary, which got published on Legally India.
Seniors from my University came across it and read my name in the end-credits and congratulated me, and it was a very proud moment.
I also took an interest in CLAThacker, Ramanuj’s website for CLAT aspirants. I started working on it side-by-side and by the end of the internship I was made Editor.
Work environment, people
There is just one word to describe it – ‘chill’. You are very quickly made comfortable, everyone is on first name basis, you can ask for the sort of work you like, there is frequent joking around at the office.
You are given your own time and space to complete the assignment without someone standing over your head.
The people at the internship – not only did I look forward to the internship, I got to learn many other things like mooting tips, people skills etc.
There are a lot of food options in the office block and nearby blocks.
And of course – having to reach office at 11 am!
Saket was a far from my accommodation.
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues
One of the co-interns was my best friend so we had a lot of fun. Apart from that, there is a Baskin Robbins right next to the office. There are also a lot of food stalls in J-block and nearby blocks. We would try out different things everyday – omelets, golgappe, chaat, dahi-bada, dosa.
Name it and that thing is available. There are various restaurants like McD and multi-cuisine restaurants in K-block too. There is this amazing bakery in J-block that sells fresh muffins, cakes and breads at rock-bottom prices.
There was no stipend.
Anything else you’d like to tell
K-Block (5 minutes from the office) has this book market where books are sold fifty bucks a pop – fiction, non-fiction. It also has the best golgappas in Delhi.
Confidence in yourself is a big prerequisite for success. Also, there is no such thing as inherent skills. You can learn anything you put your mind too. Your hard-work never goes unnoticed.