Name of the organisation. City. Office Address. How was the office?
HT Media Limited, Head Office at Hindustan Times House, 18-20 Kasturba
Gandhi Marg, New-Delhi
The Hindustan Times House is a fancy 17 floor building which caters not only to the Hindustan Times Group but has also rented out space to other eminent organisations.
The Legal Department of HT Media is seated on the 2nd Floor.
The Legal Department is divided into 5 teams, that of – Company Secretariats, Tax, Public Relations, Aid for Equity (AFE) and Legal, all of which are headed by the Group General Counsel – Mr. Dinesh Mittal.
I was interning with the Legal Team which comprised of 4 lawyers, namely – Mr. Manoj Bhargava (General Manager-Legal), Mr. Peeyush Jain (Senior Manager-Legal), Mr. Arun Pathak (Litigation) and Ms. Ankita Singh.
Duration of internship
May 1st – 31st, 2013 (1 month)
Application procedure? Internship Contact Details
One should ideally send in their applications 3 to 4 months prior to the required starting dates of the internship directly to HT Media.
Once you’ve sent in your resumes, you are expected to follow it up.
The contact details are available on their website.
Duration in weeks. Days of work per week. Timings.
4 weeks. 5-6 days a week – 1st and 3rd Saturdays are working – full day. 9am to 6pm.
First impression, first day, formalities
My first day, I underestimated the Delhi Metro and hence I ended up reaching the office 20 minutes prior (HT House is walking distance from the Barakhamba Metro Station).
I was first introduced to the General Manager – Legal, who asked me very few basic questions, mostly on my areas of interests in the field of law. It was like a mini-interview. I was then introduced to the Senior Manager – Legal (the one to whom I was to report to). I was amused when he opened up my CV right in front of me and scrutinised it.
I was asked for my preference on how I’d like to work – daily basis research work or on a single project for the entire duration of the internship. I took up the the first option.
The best impression, surprisingly, was left by the two extremely humble and helpful clerks that assist the legal department. Be it anything, right from a cup of coffee to commentaries, they would get you whatever you asked for.
I was allotted research topics based on on-going cases of the company.
I was expected to work on it for 3 to 4 days, at the end of which I was to submit a detailed research article along with my legal opinion on which I would be later quizzed.
I also assisted the legal team in a very interesting case which involved an eminent music label in India that required me to research on various provisions of the now growing Competition Law and Intellectual Property Rights and to read up petitions and various other documents and prepare briefs.
I really grew here, I feel. I came out a month later with new found interest in Competition Law and Intellectual Property Rights.
Work environment, people
The work environment is very decent. I used to sit in the common cubicle space which was meant for interns and for the purposes of audit, but mostly used by the sales department.
The people there are relaxed and friendly. It took me a while to get used to calling everyone on first name basis and not Sir/Ma’am.
They even celebrate birthdays of their employees and interns (Yes, my birthday too!) by throwing a small party in one of the cabins during lunch hour. Also, the clerks get you tea/coffee, without you having to ask for it, every second hour.
I was also given a farewell party by the employees at Cafe Warehouse in CP.
There is a cafeteria on the mezzanine floor which serves amazing food during lunch hours. And employees and interns often go out for a walk together.
The best things AND the bad things
The ‘Best’ things about this internship were:
1. I got to meet Ranbir Kapoor! (call it perks of working with a media house)
2. They serve free cappuccino (which tastes really amazing) for HT Media employees at the Fever 104 cafeteria on the 17th Floor.
3. They have really interesting cases.
Accommodation etc. What did you to do chill in and around the office and the place of stay?
I am from Delhi, so I was staying at home. But there are PG accomodations available nearby.
PS- The heading is by the editor.