Internship Experience @ ONGC Legal Department, Delhi: Co-operative Mentors, No Stipend, Rated 6/10

Name of the organization, city, office:

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Scope Minar, New Delhi

The office is very well furnished and fully air-conditioned.

Work environment is very good and the associates are very co-operative and cool. Most of them are very young and have been recruited through campus placements from NLU Jodhpur.

Focus Areas:

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Arbitration and Conciliation, Contract Act, Model Production Sharing Contract etc.


I Joined ONGC as an intern in the month of June, 2013. Office hours are from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. But timings are very flexible.

You can reach the office by 11: 00 A.M and even if you leave in between nobody is bothered provided you haven’t taken any assignment from any associate.

In between you get a one hour break for lunch.


Around 30 interns per month during the months of June and July.

Legal Department, ONGC has around 10-12 Associated headed by Chief Legal.


ONGC doesn’t give internship for more than a period of four weeks. Working days are from Monday to Friday.

Application Procedure:

I applied through my personal contacts but another way to make it there is by submitting an application form.

ONGC provides a form for applying for internships which can be downloaded from their website.

Along with the application form, recommendation letter from some senior faculty member is also required.

ongc, legal department, internship

First Day Formalities:

The first thing interns  at ONGC are required to do on the first day is to stand in queue and get provisional passes. First day is generally introductory and not much work is given.

Interns are asked to get their trainee passes from the concerned department and generally passes are provided within a day or two. Till then, interns have to get their passes from the reception on the ground floor daily.

Associates generally don’t come and give assignments. It’s the interns who have to approach them and ask for research or any other works. Generally the work is research oriented.

Interns are made to sit either at the library or at the conference room and no separate cubicles are provided.

After a week or ten days of joining, interns at ONGC are assigned their mentors as well as project topics. You can take your own project topic as well provided the mentor consents to it.

On the last day of the internship, the interns are required to give a presentation of their project topic in front of the entire legal department of ONGC and that is the toughest part where lots of grilling takes place.

Main Tasks:

I was asked to prepare case notes of various matters relating to arbitration and conciliation and contract Act and to scrutinize various draft and other contracts of ONGC with other members of the Consortium as well as sub-contracts.

From time to time, I was asked to do research and prepare a summary and present it to my mentor on various points of Law.



Good Things about the ONGC internship:

  • The flexible timings
  • Co-operative nature of mentors,
  • No Home-work
  • Flexible lunch timings
  • Interesting work assignments
  • Direct interaction with learned associates
  • OC meetings
  • Cheap Canteen and V3S Mall at a 5 min walking distance to office

Bad things:

  • Very difficult to get work from mentor
  • No Exposure to field work


I stayed in a PG near Nirman Vihar Metro Station from where the office was at a walking distance.

There are many PGs nearby, specially for girls but the rooms are very congested and PGs are not hygienic and food is also not good.

Rating of the ONGC internship:


Disclaimer: Internship experiences are opinions shared by individual law students and tend to be personal and subjective in nature. The internship experiences shared on Lawctopus are NOT Lawctopus official views on the internship.

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