IDIA Charitable Trust and international law firm Allen & Overy will collaborate on an internship programme to support IDIA Scholars studying in law schools in India.
Pursuant to the collaboration, Allen & Overy will offer a four-week long internship to an IDIA Scholar in the fourth or fifth year of their studies at its Singapore office for the next two years. Allen & Overy will sponsor and provide mentorship to the IDIA Scholar for the duration of the internship.
Coming from less privileged backgrounds, IDIA Scholars have often experienced many forms of marginalisation. An internship with a leading global law firm offers them a chance to gain international experience, develop career skills and gather know-how that may otherwise not be accessible to them.
Managing Trustee of IDIA Charitable Trust Shishira Rudrappa said:
“We are delighted at being able to collaborate with Allen & Overy. It’s an incredible opportunity for IDIA Scholars to step onto a global platform for a new and exciting workplace, and for cultural and living experiences."
Joint Chairs of Allen & Overy’s India group Sheila Ahuja and Pallavi Gopinath Aney commented:
“We are really pleased to be able to collaborate with IDIA on this important internship programme. At A&O, we strive to be open, accessible and inclusive and we understand that we have a key role to play in creating and offering opportunities in the legal profession. Programmes like this offer valuable learning opportunities to students and we are very much looking forward to welcoming the scholars.”
Both organisations hope to develop a mutually beneficial collaboration in the years to come. IDIA is continually and actively seeking more opportunities to help its Scholars develop into CHAMPS (Creative, Holistic, Altruistic, Moral/Maverick, Problem Solvers) through its Scholar Development Programme, which includes mentorship, training, internship support and many other activities.