Internship @ Centre for Science and Environment [CSE], New Delhi : Great Exposure, Well Fed Interns, No Stipend

CSE is definitely the leading NGO in the field of Environment and Science and hence for a 1st or 2nd year student interning at such an NGO would really be a pleasurable and knowledge-imparting experience!

Name of the organisation. City. Office Address. How was the office? Team strength.

Centre for Science and Environment (NGO). Address – 41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi- 110062, India.

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) consists of two buildings back to back; the main building is of 4 Floors, where all the teams work + an absolutely brilliant Kitchen/Cafeteria Area on the 5th Floor while the Second building contains the library, class rooms and conference rooms, etc.

The Team Strength is very large (80-100+ persons) as there is a vast variety of departments in CSE; Down to Earth magazine, Water Programme, Toxic Wastes Programme, Air Programme, etc.

Duration of internship

4 weeks minimum. However, one may intern in excess of 4 weeks if you wish to.

Application procedure? Internship Contact Details.

Applications are to be made via e-mail, addressed both to:

1) [email protected]

2) [email protected]

Mentioning your name, institution, desired department of work in CSE as well as duration/dates of the internship.

CSE is very prompt in their response to applications for internship and hence you may expect a reply within a week.

Duration in weeks. Days of work per week. Timings.

A minimum of 4 weeks internship is offered, one may further choose to intern for a longer period as well.

CSE works Monday to Friday + Odd Saturdays of the month, although depending on your programme manager, who are generally quite chilled out, you may be lucky enough to be able to exclude yourself from work on all Saturdays.

Timings are also rather flexible involving coming to work any time between 9-11 am and leaving between 5-7 pm. More so, CSE gives more stress upon completion of work allotted rather than a fixed number of hours.

Hence I generally did 10:00-5:30 pm and got the evening to myself to relax.

First impression, first day, formalities.

With everyone walking into the firm in t-shirts, jeans and rafters the first impression was very typical NGO-like where everyone seemed to enjoy their work.

First day formalities involve filling out a joining form, being introduced to the Head of Recruitment Operations that briefs you and then being allotted to your respective department.

Main tasks

For a Law student, I myself hoped for there to be legal work and that I deem possible in two possible ways:

  1. If you intern with Down to Earth magazine then you get great exposure to writing articles and stories for their website or the print edition that may help one’s writing skills vastly.

  2. Working in a specific department, as I was in water programme, one may have to conduct mostly research work on pending issues and cases.

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Work environment, people

The Work Environment at CSE is such that anybody would immediately fall in love with, all the persons including Sunita Narain Ji herself are very very nice to talk to and very interactive in terms of both personal and professional topics.

With the flexible timings and no-dress code especially one tends to feel very much at home very early in the internship period.

The best things AND the bad things

Best things – Besides the fun people, the best thing is how well fed they keep you at CSE. There is a very hygienic kitchen on the top floor (which is also very scenic) that offers lunch thali with different vegetables on the menu every day at a minimal Rs. 30/- where all the employees eat together on the top floor.

Also, an evening snack is also freshly cooked and served at your seat at around 5 pm each day also at a minimal cost of Rs. 10/- generally or less which varies from upma, uttapam to bread pakora, kachori, etc.

Bad things – The only possible down side of CSE for a final year law student may be the lack of actual legal work that is non-research in nature. It may still be the best exposure possible for a student willing to pursue an LLM or specialization in Environmental Law.

Although for a first or second year student wanting to work in an NGO there would be nothing better than CSE.

Stipend/month

Interns are not paid at Centre for Science & Environment. However, Volunteers interested in doing work at CSE are paid.

Accommodation etc. What did you to do chill in and around the office and the place of stay?

I stay in Delhi and hence commuted via car; although for Bus Travellers, CSE is situated ON Mehrauli-Badarpur Road just before Batra Hospital. While for Metro Travellers, notably Tughlakabad is NOT the nearest metro station and indeed Saket Metro Station (on the yellow line) is the nearest metro.

From which one may catch a bus or an auto, that will cost you not more than Rs. 50/-

Accomodation may be obtained in PG’s situated nearby in Okhla, Greater Kailash, Sheikh Sarai or Kailash Colony. There is a Mother Dairy and Kwality walls ice cream stand just 5 minutes walking from CSE and hence every day after sharing the great kitchen-cooked meal with all fellow co-interns and employees (many notably quite young) we walked down for an ice cream every day.

Although there is a lack of proper eating options outside CSE, that’s the whole point, that you really do not need any!

CSE is definitely the leading NGO in the field of Environment and Science and hence for a 1st or 2nd year student interning at such an NGO would really be a pleasurable and knowledge-imparting experience!

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