Internship @ Centre For Legislative Research and Advocacy (CLRA), Delhi: Relaxed Environment, Good Work

Your Name, College, Year of Study

Shubhi Sharma, Campus Law Centre, 3rd Year

Name of Organisation, Location (city), Team Strength

Centre For Legislative Research and Advocacy, New Delhi

One Director and two research executives and around 15-20 research interns.

Application Process 

I applied on my own to : [email protected]. Generally for the months like June and July, one should apply 3-4 months in advance and for rest of the months one can apply a month before.

Duration of internship and timings

Minimum 40 days and timings are pretty flexible.

The office timings are 10 a.m to 5 p.m but if you are working on some project that requires research then you can take permission from the Director and work from home and come 2-3 days a week to show your research.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

The office is not so big and is in the residential area so I was apprehensive about the work culture as all the executives were informally dressed. I was made to wait to meet the Director for small interview.

But once I met the Director, all my doubts were removed as he is very polite. He asked me about my area of interest and I was assigned a task to make a policy for Parliamentarians on BRAI Bill, 2013 on the first day itself.

Main tasks

I did extensive research on Biotechnology Authority of India Bill, 2013 and made a policy brief for Parliamentarians which fortunately got published too. (All the interns are required to make a policy for parliamentarians on leading topics or bills pending in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha but only few get published).

After that, I made Political parties manifestos. I also submitted a research paper on PWDVA Act, 2005. I also worked on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, 2015.

I also got a chance to meet Mr. Dinesh Triwedi, Former Railway Minister at his residence and Mrs. Smriti Irani, HRD Minister.

Work environment and people

The work environment is very cool. You don’t have to come in formals. All the Director is concerned is with your quality of work.

In first few days only he told me that he is not concerned whether I come daily or by what time I leave and all he is concerned with the quality of work I submit on time.

The Director was very helpful, and always ready to help.

Best things

Informals, very peaceful work environment, there was a kitchen in the office itself and a full time helper so you can ask him a cup of coffee if you feel like.

Bad things

No good eating joint near by. There was one Dhaba nearby so we used to ask the office helper to get us food from there.

Biggest Lessons

No matter how big the responsibility of work is, if you have confidence and the will power to do it you can easily do it.

The day I joined the office, Director Sir asked me to read all the policies and get familiar with them but with in 2 hours some lady came from Greenpeace and she wanted a policy to be made within 10 days time.

Director Sir called me in his cabin and asked me to complete it in 10 days (usually the interns take 40 days to complete one policy), I was shit scared as it was a very big responsibility but the Director Sir told me that I have trust in you and I know you can do it and if there is any problem, I am there.

I took that project as a challenge and worked day and night and on the 8th day I was done with the policy brief for Parliamentarians.

Any Other Thing

There were so many interns who were there just to pass time and get certificate so they were not assigned any good project by the Director Sir.

So, you will be given work only if you show interest, otherwise you can come daily, pass your time and can go with a certificate in the end.

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