Internship Experience @ Model Governance Summer School 2016, Lucknow: A Platform to Overcome My Fear of Public Speaking

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Swati Chauhan, Faculty of law, University of Allahabad

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Model Governance Summer School 2016, Lucknow, 7 students+ 2 mentors

Application Process with contact details

I got to know about the Model governance summer school 2016 from Lawctopus. It was organized by Model Governance Foundation. We were required to send our CV to

The next day I received my selection offer on the basis of my CV.

Duration of internship and timings

The duration was 1st June, 2016 – 10th June, 2016.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

People say that first impression is the last impression. Believe me the impression got better with each passing day. On the first day we were required to be there by 10:30 am. We had an introduction session. Then we had a little exercise called ‘Circle of Trust’ in which we shared our life experiences with each other and promised that we will respect each other’s experiences. Therafter we had discussions on various topics.

Main tasks

This summer school was on following five topics- Governance, law and public policy, research methodology, entrepreneurship and leadership.

We had a very interactive session on each topic. Then we had written tests on the basis of which our performance was to be evaluated. This was the routine of every day. We were also allotted a research topic on which he had to report daily to our mentor. We were also provided with pre-readings on each topic which we were ecpected to have read. At the end of every day we used to write our experience and share it with everyone.

At the last day of this school we were asked to make presentations on our research topic. Sir also video recorded our presentations on leadership and our experiences in this summer schook.

Work environment and people

Our mentors were really hardworking. They were punctual and always engaged us with some work. I would like to mention about Mr. Aditya Singh (chairman and founder of Alexis Society) who was one of my mentors there. He is a young person who is full of experience. He is very humble and down to earth. He works at an international level and has organized many events in India. Our mentors solved our every problem and answered every query with patience.

As far as my co-interns are concerned, they all were wonderful people. I am in touch with most of them even now.

Best things

I joined this course because I realized that it will give me a platform to overcome my fear of public speaking. And yes, I was able to overcome my fears. There was no escape from speaking as we used to have a lot of discussions. We focused more on practical knowledge.

On our 7th day we were taken out for Lucknow tour and we visited Bada imambara, bhool bhulaiya, etc. And we were served delicious lunch at The Barbeque Nation.

Bad things

As such there was no bad thing except the hot weather.


No stipend.

Biggest Lessons

One has to be interactive to fit in this fast moving world. Even if you have to come out of your comfort zone to learn something then do it if you believe that it is going to be fruitful.

Overall Rating



I stayed with my relatives at Lucknow. But yes, the PGs are easily available. And my co-interns who stayed in PGs really enjoyed their independence by roaming around in the City of Nawabs.

Office Timings

We were required to report daily at 10:30 am and it used to get over by 5-5:30 pm. We used to have a small break at 12:30 pm when we were served snacks and had lunch at 2:30 pm. Sir was very punctual regarding our reporting time at 10:30 am. Even if only one student was there he used to start with showing various inspirational videos.

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