Internship Experience @ Breakthrough NGO, Lucknow: I was sent to various field activities in nearby villages

Duration

May 5th, 2015 – June 4th, 2015

Details of the Student

Urvashi Agrawal, 2nd Year, B.A. LL.B., Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA.

Details of the Organsiation

Breakthrough, Lucknow

2/296, Ground Floor, Vijay Khand, Gomti Nagar,

Lucknow226001, Uttar Pradesh

How did I get the internship

I got to know about Breakthrough from Lawctopus.

I sent them a mail with my CV but did not get a reply. I had to call them and my internship was confirmed over phone. I was also asked to get a recommendation letter from my college.

Duration & Office Hours

The internship lasted for four weeks i.e. from May 5th, 2015 to June 4th, 2015.

Generally working days were Monday to Friday, office hours being from 10 am to 5 pm.

Since we had field work or other events on Sundays, we did not need to go to the office but definitely to some or the other place.

Infrastructure

The office is located on the ground floor of a house. It had three rooms. One room was used by the State-Head of the organisation and the accountant. Second room was for the executives and clerk and interns.

The place had desktops but the interns were supposed to bring their laptops. They provided us with a Wi-Fi connection.

The third room was the meeting room with a big table and 9-10 chairs.

This room was also used by the people in the office to have lunch every day.

The office also had a small kitchen which was enough to cater to needs like tea, coffee, lemonade, etc.

First day at office

On the very first day I was welcomed by Mr Sunil Arav, an executive in the office. He took a small interview of me. Then I was supposed to write a mail to the senior executives in Delhi.

I was supposed to write a few lines about myself, why I chose to work with Breakthrough and what do I look forward to gaining from this internship. After this I was told by him that we will be having a conference very soon and it would be my responsibility to organise everything.

Soon after that, it was time for lunch. A really sweet woman had set up the table of the meeting room as the dining table. At that time, I got a chance to talk to all the other executives. Trust me, I didn’t feel at all that it is my first day here and I am just an intern.

Main Tasks

First ten days of the internship, I was busy in organising the conference. From booking the hotel to calling the dignitaries to buying the required stationery, everything was to be done by me.

Fortunately, the conference turned out to be very successful. I got the opportunity to meet dignitaries like DIG of Lucknow, Head of Mahila Samman Prakoshth and Heads of various NGOs in the city.

Next day onwards, I was sent to various field activities and awareness programs in nearby villages. They were about to launch a new nationwide campaign. I had to take care of its online promotion.

I also wrote a lot of articles for their website. I worked on their national PR plan as well. I even did a street play, which was so much fun.

Environment and People

The work environment in the office is really amazing.

Mornings in the office begin with a cup of tea for everyone and some soothing music.

Everyone in the office knows what they are supposed to do. There is no mismanagement.

The organisation’s core strength is of 8 people which includes the State-Head, the accountant, 5 executives and a maid. Everyone in the office is very sweet and helping.

Every day, one hour was dedicated to just sitting and discussing our views on various issues. It was really an enriching experience.

Good things to be remembered

I learnt a lot during that internship. My views changed about a lot of things. I am still in touch with everyone in the office.

They don’t give stipend but I was bade farewell with a chocolate cake and goodies.

Bad experience

Nothing bad as such but no legal work.

Additional suggestion

You are supposed to bring your own tiffin box. They are a bit reluctant in letting you go out to have lunch.

Biggest lesson

You cannot change the world, but change whatever you can. It will definitely make a difference to someone’s life. Never stop the good work.

This entry has been submitted for the LexisNexis-Lawctopus Internship Experience Writing Competition 2015-2016. iPleaders is the learning partner for this competition.

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