Name. College. Year of Study
Apurva Joshi, National Law University, Jodhpur, II year
Name of the organization. City
Mr. P.P. Rao, Sr. Advocate, Noida
Duration of the internship
How big was the office? Team strength?
His office is situated in the basement of his home in Sector 15A, Noida.
Application procedure. Internship contact details
I applied through the college Placement Cell. However, individual applications are also entertained.
His email id is: [email protected]
Phone no: 0120-2511655
Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings
Seven days a week. Monday to Friday: 8 am to 4 pm and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Weekends and holidays: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
I stayed at my relatives’ in Sector 11, Noida from where I commuted by auto rickshaw every day. A few co-interns, however, were living in PGs just down the road. PGs are available in the colony itself at reasonable rates (5-8k).
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
My first day was a Court Holiday and therefore, it was an only-office-no-court day. I was very nervous as I entered the place. I was shown the way to the basement and as I was about to enter, I saw Sir walking upstairs. He was going for a meeting. I introduced myself and he asked his assistant, Mani Sir to send me to the Office. I would never forget that moment ever in my life.
For me it was akin to meeting God himself.
I was sent downstairs to the juniors’ office which was also the interns’ workplace, where the introductions took place and I was thereafter, given a file to read.
Main tasks (in detail)
The interns are basically given research work. Propositions are given to us and we had to find case laws on them. There is a specific format in which the research work had to be submitted. At times, interns are asked to research for speeches which Sir would be delivering at functions/ceremonies.
Sir, himself, would occasionally call interns and give them some specific work to do. In the court, we were required to make notes of the court proceedings and observe the arguments being made. Also, short notes of the cases from files are required to be made.
Interns are supposed to maintain a record of what work was done during the day which is signed by his junior at the end of the day.
Work environment, people
The work environment is energetic, positive and encouraging. The entire staff (which includes his assistants – Mr. Nair and Mr. Mani, stenographer and two juniors) is very helpful and warm. One of his juniors (Mr. Manish) is very encouraging, positive and wonderful to talk to.
During breaks, there would be discussions in the office on almost everything under the sun – college life, various spheres of legal field and even movies! Even my co-interns were all very positive and warm people with whom I am going to be friends for a very long time.
Firstly, getting an opportunity to observe the legend at work.
Secondly, the Supreme Court visits which leave a first time SC visitor (like me) spellbound.
Thirdly, the office environment which makes the internship an enlightening and joyful experience.
Adding to it, there is a tea/coffee machine which helps in keeping up the energy levels. Also, every evening home-made snacks (Sir’s home is just above the office) are served which tend to lift everyone’s spirit after a tiring day.
Bad things? (Nothing is all good)
Timings may be a bit of a problem for some. Moreover, the area is not safe and hence, travelling at 10 p.m. may become a problem (unless staying nearby).
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues
There are many places to eat near the Supreme Court – Andhra Bhavan and Bengali Market being the hotspots! Near the office itself there are places to eat, where one can go during break hours.
Also, in keeping with his personal tradition, Sir took us for a treat to a fancy, posh place where he interacted personally which each of his interns. The juniors too, keep treating the interns at times, being the kind and fun-loving people they are.
Rs. 10,000 per month.
Anything else you’d like to tell
When I tell my friends about the internship, I never forget the first time Sir had called me to his office to allot work. To tell the truth, I was pretty apprehensive and flustered.
He asked me to attend a phone call on his mobile and the person on call turned out to be a reporter from a well-known TV Channel and Sir gave a telephonic interview on Kasab’s execution, which I watched later that night on the channel. It felt really privileged to watch him work so closely.
The experience taught me how to make your way through the crowd. I will never forget what Sir said to us all on our last day – “Value time because there is nothing as precious a thing as time, which will never come back to you. Make the most of it.” Observing him closely makes you realize what great men are made of.
His politeness, simplicity and dedication inspire you to achieve great heights in life.