Interviewer: Pradyumna Kibe,Campus Ambassador, LexQuest.
Name: Vardhman Mehta
College/University and Year: 3rd Year B.B.A LL.B(Hons.), Institute of Law, Nirma University.
Organization where/Advocate with whom you interned: J. Sagar Associates, Mumbai
City and State: Mumbai (Maharashtra)
What resources did you use to find your internship?
Was the internship paid?
Yes, I was paid 1500 per week other than the SODEXO coupons.
Describe your first day (in 100 words):
On the first day of the Internship, Mr. Shariff (HR) introduced us to the firm, its history and the prospective chances of placement. Also, he made us fill the form in which we had to fill our areas of interest. The office has 3 floors which are divided according to the areas of practice. Mr. Sankar takes interns on a mini tour of the office, before assigning the intern room to each intern.
How would you describe the culture within the organization (ways in which co-workers interact or don’t interact) and how does this fit with your “ideal” employer?
The working environment is friendly and interns get to learn a lot. The associates are very friendly and approachable. However, the interns have to meet the deadlines and complete the work on time.
What new skills have you learned since beginning your experience?
During the Internship, I researched on various issues which included matters pertaining to the Electricity Act, the Income Tax Act, and the Companies Act. Other work included preparing due diligence reports and proof reading. Therefore, the interns could be assigned any work and no specific department is assigned to any intern. Due to this reason, I got opportunity to work under various teams and improved my overall research skill.
What types of tasks did you discover that you enjoy or excel at completing?
Researching for matters relating to the Electricity Act and the Companies Act were things which I enjoyed the most during the internship. Other than this, drafting some clauses for a contract was a task which I liked.
What tasks were less attractive or fulfilling?
There were no task which I found less attractive and overall it was a great learning experience.
What about your internship do you absolutely despise/hate or leaves a bad taste in your mouth?
If you were running this organization, what would you change and why?
According to me, there is nothing which should be changed as of now because it is one of the most democratic organisations, I have ever seen.
What about your internship is the most surprising to you (i.e., what did you least expect going into the experience) and what lesson(s) can you draw from this?
Before going to the Firm, I thought that the associates there would be very strict, but it was just the opposite. Everybody there is very approachable and friendly.
What recommendations would you give to other students doing an internship at this organization?
Interning at a firm like JSA gives you the much needed exposure of the corporate world.