Behind The Scenes of My Internship: 13 Bitter Things I Learnt in an NGO Internship

By Tanisha Khaitan

That rosy, glorious picture of an NGO, where you work under sincere, honest people working hard to make the world a better place and get to learn all the ropes (or at least some) of the legal profession goes for a toss when you work in a place where people are not even ready to call themselves an NGO, the Director looks like a phony and you invest your energies in a project which has a lot of legal connotations, in a parallel universe.

The bitter, hard-biting, sometimes darkly humorous reality of interning in my first year as a law student can be summed up by 13 simple but important life lessons I learned in my one month.

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1.      The exact decibel at which you should scream if two ferocious dogs chase you all over the office and it’s too early in the morning for anyone to arrive and save you.

2.      The shape in which you should curl up your body to escape any serious damage when a generously stuffed wardrobe falls on you.

3.      How to get on the wrong bus and spend one and a half hours and 120 rupees getting back to your hostel instead of 20 minutes and 10 rupees.

4.      How to climb on windows and tables in the search of network so that you could send just that one SMS.

5.       How to avoid the gaze of people who wonder why you always choose the spot in front of their house to talk on the phone and what’s wrong with your own house.

6.      How to decipher the ongoing topic by observing the tones and gestures of people when you do not know their language, always.

7.      How to convince yourself on New Year’s Day that you’re not lonely, just going through a phase of life called internship.

8.      How to listen to music with earphones when both your hands are busy washing clothes and you’re not wearing pants with pockets.

9.      How to quietly sneak off the bus without buying a ticket and then rejoicing about it because it’s the only funny thing that happened that day.

10.     How to respond when a person from Cameroon flirts with you, exactly at the time when you’re looking to bite someone’s head off.

11.     How to convey to your boss that he needs a bloody schedule if he wants to get his project running.

12.     How to while away entire days thinking up the silliest things possible because there is nothing else to amuse you.

13.     How to reach such a pathetic stage in life that after sometime it ceases to be pathetic and appears plain funny.

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  1. Shreya Aggarwal says:

    These people who commented above must be your friends, because the article made no sense at all – WHATSOEVER.

    Did u wash clothes at your NGO internship?
    How is the NGO Internship related to you not getting on the right bus?
    How is the internship connected to your cell phone network?

    It is my humble request that in the future you write articles that have a head and a tail and a body that makes some semblance of sense.

    • how all these connected to the internship???

    • Shuvzit says:

      I guess she wanted to say that while she was doing her internship at an NGO & was residing at a Hostel, she had a bad experience of listening to music without earphones as both of her hands were busy washing clothes and she was not wearing pant with pockets. She writes about how she got on the wrong bus and spent one and a half hours and 120 rupees getting back to hostel instead of spending only 20 minutes and 10 rupees & also about how she was facing network problem even to send an SMS.

      P.S- According to me these all are connected because she had these experiences while interning at an NGO. 🙂

    • Namrata Singh says:

      This was genuinely the most useless and redundant article I’ve had the misfortune of reading. How does anybody care if there were dogs chasing you OR that you were lonely OR that somebody from Cameroon was flirting with you? Did you even work in your internship? That’s what you should be talking about. Not all this garbage. I don’t even understand how this was allowed on this website. How does this benefit anybody who’s reading it? This isn’t your personal diary my friend. Grow up.

  2. Thumbs Up ..

  3. A really good article. Great job!

  4. Epic ………………….. Girl you stole the show ……………….. Really Commendable.

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