Internship Experience @ Centre for Social Justice, Ahmedabad: Lots of Research Work

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

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Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Centre for Social Justice, Ahmedabad. A staff of around 20, most of them young law graduates. We couldnt meet the MD’s as they were at the Bhopal wing of CSJ.

Application Process with contact details

I had heard about the organization through a friend and applied online at [email protected]

The entire processes was pretty easy, no formalities except mailing your CV.

Duration of internship and timings

I did a 4 week internship from 10 May 2016 to 14 June 2016.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

The office had small cubicles but was neat and didn’t look too cramped! We were immediately sent to one of those cubicles to wait. First day formalities included just reading their brochures, workshops, initiatives and making a note of it. There was literally noting else to do.

But because I could read and write in the regional language, I was given some work.

Main tasks

If research bores you this isn’t your place. All the work assigned were regarding researching about given topics. But these topics were varied and very interesting.

We researched on PESA, Criminal Law amendment Bill 2013, Prisoners’ Rights cases, Personal Laws, Internally Displaced persons in India, Sustainable Development Goals, etc.

The staff explained in detail what they wanted from us and gave us a day, but they were very flexible and understanding too. We even looked up 20 ‘Protest songs in Hindi’ to be put in a video!

The highlight of the internship has to be the field visit for a week to a remote tribal village called Sagbara, where we interacted with the tribals focusing on implementation of PESA, unemployment, etc.

Work environment and people

As most of the staff was young it was a very refreshing environment and did not feel like an office. They were all NLS, NUJS, NALSAR graduates, so as first years we learnt a lot from their experiences.

But it did feel like they have no interest in helping the interns, and it seemed to be just a formality for the organization.

Best things

Opportunity to gain knowledge about varied topics researching for them. But the field visit would be the best thing. It was an experience in itself to sleep on the terrace, no outside communication, eating dhaba food, visiting the homes of the tribals.

Bad things

I wouldn’t classify anything as bad per se, but the environment could have been more inlcusive to the interns. A lot of times, we would have completed our work and would be free for the entire day and know one would come check on us, but here we ourselves have to go and ask for work and keep ourselves busy! After all, the internship is for us to gain as much as possible.

Stipend

No stipend

Biggest Lessons

Interns may not always be acknowledged in a work set up, especially a first year student. But we must remember that the internship is for us to learn, hence I would suggest to always keep asking for more work and never sit idle.

Overall Rating

7

Accommodation

The organization does have hostel/accomodation facilities. But it is very easy to find a PG in Bodakdev, Vastrapur.

I lived at a relatives place 6 km away, but the traffic is a breeze hence from anywhere you could reach within half an hour.

Office Timings

10 am to 6 pm.

We used to come around 11, it was that relaxed but they didn’t let us go before 6 pm.

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