Internship @ Human Rights Law Network, New Delhi: Work that inspires you, BUT Registration Fee of Rs. 1000

Name of the intern: Saurav Das, School of Law, Christ University

Name of the Organisation: Human Rights Law Network, New Delhi

Team Strength: Around 8 in 1 team

APPLICATION PROCESS

Go to the HRLN website and download the internship form from the website under the internship link. In the form there will be a space provided which is to be filled for the essay which you write, which is one of the part of the selection process.

The essay is usually related to human rights and issues and the max. word limit is 500 words. In the form the student also needs to mention his details, eg. Name College Etc. in the space provided.

DURATION AND TIMINGS

The duration will depend on the work. In the field of law it is usually advised to do an internship for a minimum 1 month.

The timing is a big hectic as it is at a stretch of 9:30 AM to 6 PM (flexible). There is a lunch break of 1 hour between 1 to 2 PM.

FIRST IMPRESSION; FORMALITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE

The HRLN office is located at Jungpura, which is just a stones throw from the Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station in the national Capital New Delhi. this is the main office from which the other HRLN offices all over India work. Mr. Colin Gonsalvis (Sr. Supreme Court Advocate) is the founder and head of the organisation.

The office is good with air conditioner. It is a 3 storeyed  building and its own personal library which is available for the access to the interns too. The office is having a wifi facility and each intern is given a separate internet connection and a desk to work.

There are a lot of cafeterias and eateries around the office so its not difficult for the intern to manage his/her lunch. If the person is living is a PG then the breakfast is also available in the shops nearby.

One negative of the HRLN internship is that the intern will have to pay Rs. 1000/- to register and intern. But it is a very negligible amount when we compare it with the experience and knowledge we get by working at HRLN.

The registration fee will be taken on the 1st day itself and few documents will be given to sign which is basically a form and an agreement. The internship co-coordinator will introduce the interns to each and every staff in the organisation on the 1st day.

MAIN TASK

I had a 30 day internship at HRLN, New Delhi. The days I spent at HRLN were memorable. There was no particular task as such and we had to do daily task based on the work the other lawyers used to get and we used to help them by working under them. The basic tasks we did were:

a. Research and a lot of research on various topics

b. Drafting

c. Bail application

d. RTI Application

e. Translation

f. Study and analysis of the cases

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PEOPLE

The people are the back bone of an organisation and the promote work culture. At HRLN, we had a work friendly attitude towards people. There was of course pressure of work.

The supervisors and seniors were friendly and took us out for lunch specially Mr. Kamlesh Mishra (Advocate at HRLN) who is one of the best persons whom I have ever met.

We had a person serving tea and coffee for the whole day which was free of cost to the staff and interns.

BEST THINGS

The best thing that all I can say about the HRLN internship is:

a. Timely and frequently visits of the interns to the Supreme Court and the High Court for exposure and experience

b. Quality work and learning

c. Books and the library

d. Friendly staff and coordinator

BAD THINGS

One of the major constraint of this internship is people who go to intern and interns who do not have their own house in Delhi will have to face a lot of difficulty as the office is located in a market place and there is no PG facility available.

Though HRLN has a person who fixes the stay of the interns for that month but the charge is too high and there is no surety to get the stay too.

Biggest lesson

There will be hurdles while getting the final opportunity to intern and issues with accommodation too but the exposure you will get from the internship will inspire and move you forward to the steps in future.

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The entry was a part of the Summer Internship Experience Writing Competition organized by LexisNexis and Lawctopus. MyLaw.net was the learning partner for the competition.

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