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Internship Experiences

Internship Experience at NALCO: Case Research, Arbitration Research and Final Report

Details of the Student

Name: Anonymous

College: National Law University, Odisha

Year of Study (During Internship): 2nd Year

Details of the Organization

NALCO Corporate Bhawan

Address: Nalco Bhavan, P/1, Nayapalli, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751013

Phone: (0674) 2301777 / 2301725

NALCO HRD Centre of Excellence

Address: Nalco Nagar Rd, NALCO Nagar, Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751023

Duration of Internship

December, 2019. 

Application Procedure

National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) is a Navratna CPSE, with its Headquarters in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. 

The applicant is required to send some documents including the curriculum vitae to the concerned contact person at the NALCO HRD Centre of Excellence. 

The NALCO HRD Centre of Excellence is geared towards providing opportunities for the interns to complete their internships under a Government PSU. There are various requirements which are to be fulfilled, including a letter of recommendation from the institute and having prior experience in the department of the organisation you are applying to intern under, be it law, engineering or the other departments. 

On confirmation of internship application and completion of relevant procedures at the HRD Centre of Excellence, the applicant is allotted a mentor/manager to work under for the duration of the internship. 

NALCO’s website can be accessed here

First Day, Introductions and Workspace

On the first day of internship, there was a bit of a mix up which had me shuffle between two locations. The HRD Centre of Excellence is located at a distance from the Corporate Bhawan of NALCO. Interns are required to go to the HRD Centre of Excellence to get their offer letter, and permissions to work in the specified department post the submission of documents and the application form. Once this process is completed at the HRD Centre, the interns are given a brief overview of the requirement of the submission of a final report for the completion of internship. As I was interning under the law department, I directly went to Corporate Bhawan post completion of the formalities to report to my manager. Corporate Bhawan in Bhubaneswar has its own law department. The team there was very friendly and helpful including all the support staff of the office. The workspace was conducive and good for us interns to work in. 

Main Tasks

In the legal department at NALCO, there were various case matters and proceedings which were ongoing, including arbitration matters. Furthermore, the interns were required to research on various topics which were allotted by the team. The interns are supposed to research on the given topics in detail, prepare short summaries and submit them within a given time period.

During the internship, I was introduced to the case systems and arbitration mechanisms as I was not fully acquainted with the practical aspects of the same. This enabled me to know more about litigation and arbitration. Furthermore, through previously concluded cases and arbitration matters, I could learn more about how arbitration matters are drafted and carried on, as well as, how court submissions are made. 

Overall, the entire experience during the internship was enriching. Working in a PSU was one of the aspects I wanted to cover through this internship, I got to know more about the system and functioning of legal departments in these offices, including the kind of work carried out. 

For the successful completion of the internship, interns are required to submit a final report on a particular topic. I tried to study Intellectual Property Rights in relation to mining operations while preparing my report. That itself was a huge learning experience for me. 

Take Away

Key takeaways from the internship are as follows:

Positives 

  • We were provided regular and diverse research work, this helped me in gaining a better understanding of various topics. 
  • The mentors in the team were very helpful and provided guidance throughout the internship. 
  • The work atmosphere, the support staff and the entire team were conducive, and provided for a fruitful and productive month of internship at the organisation. 

Negatives

  • There was nothing as such in the internship which was bad or required to be changed.

Stipend 

The internship at NALCO did not carry a stipend with it. A certificate was provided to the interns at the end of the internship.

Accommodation / Office Location

I am a resident of Bhubaneswar, therefore, I didn’t require accommodation. The office is located near Sandy Tower in Bhubaneswar.

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