Internship Experience @ ChildLine India Foundation, Kolkata: Learnt the essence and importance of deadlines

Name

Easha Manchanda

Organisation

ChildLine India Foundation, East Regional Resource Centre, Kolkata.

Application Process

I had applied two months prior to joining in order to get this internship.

As far as the application procedure is concerned, you need to mail your CV and other important details to [email protected]

She will forward your application whichever resource centre she deems fit in accordance with your preference and availability.

You need to make several follow up calls to their Delhi office in order to ensure that your application is acknowledged.

After this, you shall be called for a brief interview following which the internship begins.

Duration

It was a two week internship since there wasn’t enough time to do a four week internship.

I did this internship from 10th December, 2014 to 24th December, 2014.

First Day

There is no specific dress code here.

The office was on the ground floor of the building that had four big rooms.

One was the Chief Operational Head’s Office, two of the rooms consisted of all the cubicles for the employees, and the entrance room was the reception area.

I was asked to report by 10 AM on my first day and was asked to submit a hard copy of my CV, Cover letter and recommendation letter from my college.

I was introduced to the entire team of the East Regional Resource Centre.

The head at the time was Mr. Sandeep Mitra who is a rather friendly and approachable boss.

He briefed me with regard to all the work that is to be done and allotted me a cubicle that had a computer with a broadband connection, an intercom and stationery.

All the employees there had their respective extension numbers and I was provided with a list of such numbers.

Then, I was allotted an employee who was responsible to give me work for that day.

Main tasks

My main tasks included going through various case studies that happened in the recent past and scrutinise its legal aspect with relevance to the respective acts.

I mainly dealt with the the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Act, 2006.

I also had to do some research with regard to the specific geographical areas that were given to me by my mentor for the day.

All the employees there were allotted specific regions of the eastern part of India, thus I got to work on different states on all days.

Most of these were rural, aloof areas and I had to prepare Research Directories on all of them that consisted of every possible information on that region, ranging from its population to important phone numbers and from political leaders and parties to police stations.

Deadlines were crucial and had to be taken seriously. There was no scope of wasting time.

At the end of the internship I had to submit all of my work to Mr. Mitra for evaluation.

After that I received my Certificate.

Environment

The people there were very organised and focused.

They were also very enthusiastic about their work.

There was rarely any day when someone was absent or left early.

All of them were very approachable, friendly and helpful.

They were very patient with me and helped me where I went wrong and appreciated me for my good work.

Everyone ate lunch together and they encouraged the interns to join them.

Best things

The best part was that I was never idle there.

I always had some or the other work.

The work environment was really good and good work was always appreciated.

I got an inner perspective on the child-related issues that persist in our society and really got to understand how the juvenile system actually works.

Learnt a lot from this internship.

Also, I learnt the essence and importance of deadlines.

Bad things

There weren’t any bad things that I could really point out.

The only thing that I could point out as bad was the fact that if the interns didn’t ask for work, they were not given any work at all.

So, the probability of getting working was solely on us.

Stipend

No stipend.

Biggest Lessons

I got to be in a really professional environment and learnt to respect deadlines.

It also extended my horizon and increased my information about the rural, lesser known parts of our country and also introduced me to the ground realities of the legal issues that persist in these areas and how they are dealt with.

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