Interviewer: Tanya Goyal, Campus Ambassador, LexQuest.
College/University and Year: 3rd year, Anonymous
Organization where/Advocate with whom you interned: MNK Law Firm, Delhi
City and State: Delhi, Defence Colony.
What resources did you use to find your internship?
I got it from my college on the basis of the relevant procedure used.
Where did you stay (Contact Details, if Possible)?
I stayed at my House in Delhi.
How far was that place from the place you were interning at?
It took me half an hour via metro. I used to get down at Lajpat metro station and it was 10 minutes walk from the metro station.
Was the internship paid?
What were your expectations for this experience?
Since this was my first internship in a firm, I did not expect much from the internship. But I was ready to learn new things and take up new challenges in the firm.
Describe your first day (in 100 words):
I was asked to report at 10:00 am in the morning. There was no one in the firm by that time. All the associates came according to the work they had in the office. Some even stayed till late morning in the office itself and at times there were few associates landing up early in the morning in the firm. The timings for the associates was not fixed unlike interns who had to report sharp at 10 a.m. and not leave before 7 p.m., there were times that I had to stay will 9 p.m. because of the urgency of the work given.
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 firm does not remain that friendly with the interns, but among the associates and the partners there remains friendly relations. The work culture remains tiring for the interns for most of the Internship Period. Also in the end interns are expected to present on a topic which will be of help for the firm as guided by the individual associates allotted specifically for the presentation.
What new skills have you learned since beginning your experience?
I have honed up on my researching skills mainly. And later the little of the presentation skills. A lot of work was time bounded and on urgent basis.
What types of tasks did you discover that you enjoy or excel at completing?
Since the firm deals with companies Act and it was not much of my interest. I enjoyed interning with the litigation department more.
What tasks were less attractive or fulfilling?
The tasks of reading the case and summarizing it remained less attractive for me personally, the research work is better.
What about your internship do you absolutely despise/hate or leaves a bad taste in your mouth?
It remains an average internship with lots of silence between the interns and other associates and the partners.
If you were running this organization, what would you change and why?
I would have changed the attitude of the associates and partners towards the interns. Should have abolished the presentation giving system for sure.
How does this internship relate to your long-term educational or career goals?
It helped to know the corporate world that I always wanted to know.
Did the internship provide you with any insights that you hadn’t anticipated?
Since this was my first law firm internship, everything in the firm that has happened to me has been a new experience and one of its kind.
What recommendations would you give to other students doing an internship at this organization?
Even if the firm does not mention it as its pre-requisite make sure you are at least acquainted with the companies act. Also you are aware about your presentation mentor, so that there is no difficulty later in the stage about the topics.