Name of the organization. City
Chambers of Indu Malhotra, New Delhi
Duration of the internship
How big was the office? Team strength?
The office was comfortably big. There were 5 interns in total and everyone was able to get a desk and system of its own. The office is located in Lajpat Nagar near Moolchand metro station which is one of posh areas of the city.
The team consists of Senior Advocate Indu Malhotra and 4-5 junior advocates.
Application procedure. Internship contact details
I secured an internship under Ms. Indu Malhotra from a contact of mine. However, one can apply individually by sending an email and following up with a few phone calls. They consider such applications too.
Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings
Monday to Friday. Interns usually would report to the office at 10 am and are free by 6:30-7 pm. I,however, volunteered to work on Saturdays and Sundays too as I was liking the work.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
I stayed with one of my relatives and used to commute by metro. Finding a PG isn’t a difficult task as metro makes travelling a breeze.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
On the first day of the internship, I was asked to report at 9:30 AM.
I was asked to fill a form with details such as name, duration and college. One of the clerks briefed us about dos and donts to be followed by the interns.
Since, Supreme Court and High Court was closed during my internship, I mainly worked on Indu Ma’am’s book on Arbitration. I thoroughly enjoyed working on her book. It was a great working experience on me.
I am pretty sure that I learned more about Arbitration in my internship than I will ever learn in the college lectures. 😛
I was responsible for editing the chapter on ‘Investment Arbitration’. Indu Ma’am is one of the first authors in the country who is writing on Investment Arbitration.
The rest of the interns were usually free for the day after 4-5 pm. But I used to get free at 7:30-8:00 PM or sometimes even at 9:30. This was voluntary and no one in the office forced me to work after 6:30 PM.
I also got a chance to work on some District Courts matters as well.
Work environment, people
The work environment is very nice. Indu Ma’am interacts with interns regularly and makes sure that interns have some work. The juniors are fun to interact with and readily give interns good quality work.
For me, the best thing was to work on an obscure topic such as Investment Arbitration.
I have learned so much from interning under Ms. Indu Malhotra that now I know the nuances of International Investment Arbitration on my tips. Working on the book has improved my research, drafting and formatting skills as well.
Since the courts were closed, I did not get a chance to witness court action.
Also, if you decide not to go to the courts in the morning, you are bound to get bored in the office and most of the associates return from courts in the afternoon.
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues
I enjoyed the company of my co-interns. Also, Lajpat Nagar market is very near. Therefore, in order to chill, we used to go to the market and try the famous Delhi street food.