Internship Experience @ Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore: The most soul satisfying internship ever

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Sai Keerthana D, School of Law, SASTRA University, IV Year, [email protected]

Name of Organisation, Location, Team Strength

Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore

Application Process

I sent my internship application, statement of purpose and resume to [email protected]. I had to follow up a few times before my internship application was confirmed.

Duration of internship and timings

May 26 to June 20, 2013

Timings: 9.30 am to 6 pm

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

It was a small office. A house converted into an office actually. I was supposed to go talk to Darshana, she was fondly called the intern ‘mum’.

She introduced me to people in the office and straight away allotted me work.

Main tasks

Legal Research in Human Rights and related laws. Alternative Law Forum undertook a lot of socio-legal work, so we had to a lot of help other than legal work you got.

I did translation and transcribing of documents. I also had to go talk to trans-genders and find out the problems they faced in procuring legal documents.

That was the best part of my internship. Going to their places, talking to them was a life-changing experience. I decided whatever field of law, I would be practicing in future, I would always fight and support for their cause of their fundamental human rights and recognition.

We also had talks most evenings where emerging human rights issues in and around Karnataka were discussed by eminent socio-legal workers.

Work environment and people

People were extremely friendly and chilled out. We were asked not to call them by sir’s and mam’s. They treated us like equals. Interns were provided free lunch which I must say was really tasty.

Best things

Really nice people. You actually feel like you made change in a lot of people’s life. Most soul satisfying internship ever.

At the end of my internship I was given a book, signed by all of them. It was a tradition that a intern buys/cooks food at least once during the internship.

I got them all big chocolate mousse cake, on which was written a heartfelt ‘Thank You ALF’ on the last day :’)

Stipend

Nil

Biggest Lessons

Law students whine a lot about college,probably more than any other college student. So this internship actually made me realise how lucky I was, actually we all are and I learnt to be thankful for the little things in life.

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