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Internship @ Legal Cell, Coal India, Kolkata: Loved Working at a PSU

Name. College. Year of Study.

Sourya Banerjee, 3 year, (VI Sem), Faculty of Law IFHE, Hyderabad.

Name of the organization. City

Legal Cell, Coal India Ltd. Kolkata

Duration of the internship (example: March 15, 2013-April 15 2013). No. of days/week. Timings

2nd May-31st May, 2013. 5 days a week. 10am-5 pm.

How big was the office? Team strength?

The office was an old colonial building behind the Writers Building. The Legal Cell is decent sized and divided into cubicles.

The Coal India’s Legal Cell had 2 Senior Legal Managers, 1 Assistant Legal Managers and 4 Management Grads (Legal) [Yes, they are called Management Grads!].

Application procedure. Internship contact details

You have to mail the HR department with your CV. A follow up mail is usually required. They generally take interns for a period ranging from 10 days to 2 months.

Accommodation:how, where, how was it?

Kolkata has no shortage of decent accommodations. I lived with my relatives. If you try, you can get enough PGs near Park Street or Esplanade.

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

The first thing I realized on the first day was that irrespective of whatever impression others may have about a PSU, people actually turn up on time. I had a brief introduction with the GM Legal of Coal India, after which the Assistant Legal Manager took over.

She introduced me to the other Management Grads (Legal). All the 4 Management Grads were amazing people. Genuinely helpful and chilled out. They made sure you weren’t under too much pressure, but also made sure you learnt a lot of new things.

Main tasks

Main tasks included, vetting documents, making legal memos/circulars, looking into the status of ongoing cases, deciding on future course of action related to those cases etc.

Work environment, people

The work environment was genuinely chilled out.

The best part was the level of professionalism that was in the atmosphere. The combination of dedication displayed by everyone working there combined with the light hearted chat the flowed between the Management Grads and the Interns made the atmosphere productive, but not stressful.

 There were times when I chilled with the Management Grads and we organized mock debates cause we finished our work on time.

Best things?

Definitely the people! I met so many amazing people at Coal India. They were more than happy to help you in any way possible. The best thing was that they would let an intern work at their speed.

If you are very good and dedicated and willing to work, they would give you work. If it was your first internship and you had no idea, then they would give you less work and help you learn more.

Bad things?

Maybe the building. The Legal Cell is not located in the Central Building. But rest assured, CIL is shifting to all new high tech start-of-the-art building soon. And, always remember, Kolkata isn’t a good place to be in during summer!

What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues

Kolkata is a place where there is no shortage of places to have food and roam about.


No stipend.

Anything else you’d like to tell; Biggest lessons

I would like everyone to at least do one internship in a PSU. Not only will you get to learn how a PSU works, but also understand things like internal circulars and memos.

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