Internship @ CLRA Center for Legislative Research and Advocacy, Delhi: Little Work (like) Replying to Birthday Cards

Name of Organisation, Location, Team Strength

Center for Legislative Research and Advocacy (CLRA) – Parliamentary Internship Programme, New Delhi.

There was no work at all except for reading a few letters, replying to his birthday cards and some research work on one day.

Application Process

I got it through my college placement cell but one can directly apply to CLRA (contact details on website) and Mr. Vinod Bhanu will reply to you in a few days time.

Duration of internship and timings

1 month in June 2013. Timings were pretty flexible.

Reach office around 10 in the morning and leave whenever you want to if there was no work and if the Hon’ble MP was out of station.

And to be frank, most of the time there was no work at all and the MP was out of station.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

First day I had to reach the CLRA office in Jor Bagh, New Delhi. CLRA has two kinds of internships, namely the Parliamentary Internship and the research internship at CLRA office itself. Mr. Vinod Bhanu, Executive Director of CLRA told us about the centre and the two programmes.

Next day itself he took us to an MP’s house for the Parliamentary Internship Programme. We met the MP and in his MP bungalow at Lodhi Estate and from that day itself we started with the Parliamentary Internship Programme.

We were supposed to reach his office (in his MP bungalow itself) at about 10 am and could leave around 5 for the first few days.

The CLRA office was a decent space in the bungalow itself, exactly in front of the famous Khan Market in New Delhi.We were given an AC room with wifi connection and we could sit the whole day there. There was no other staff there other than the interns.

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Main tasks

There could have been main tasks if there were any tasks at all.

The MP met us on the very first day and then for the whole month he was in W.B. in his constituency or on foreign trips, except for the last day when he was in Delhi and called us for lunch inside his bungalow.

There was no work at all except for reading a few letters, replying to his birthday cards and some research work on one day.

Work environment and people

Work environment was good, especially the office environment. As mentioned office was in his MP bungalow itself which was in front of Khan Market.

We interns used to hang out in Khan Market during day time as there was no work and no one to keep a check on us also.

People were just three of us interns and his in-house staff for coffee and tea.

Best things

Amazing office location and I was staying in Lajpat Nagar so it wasn’t a problem commuting to that place. Even if I knew that the MP was out of city and there was no work, I used to go to office for a couple of hours at least.

Bad things

No real work and no learning at all.

Stipend

No.

Biggest Lessons

Sometimes these big names also end up giving you nothing in terms of work.

Any Other Thing

If these MP bungalows look very amusing to someone and want to know what’s inside then go for this internship. I am sure you will be bored like anything after the first few days of internship.

The CLRA website is here.

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