Name of Organisation, City?
Child Rights And You (CRY), Mumbai
Duration of internship?
21st October 2013 – 20th November 2013
How big was the office? Team Strength?
CRY’s office consisted of three floors in the building. It was quite big as compared to any other NGO office.
The first floor was the place were all the heads of various departments worked and it also had a small conference room.
The second floor was the place were the IT department and the legal department worked and it also had a small library consisting of all the child and women rights related books.
There were around 25-30 people working in the CRY office.
Application Procedure? Internship contact details?
You can directly contact CRY’s office for any internship query.
They are usually very helpful and will get you in touch with the internship coordinator Ms.Aabha Duggal.
Timings? Number of working days per week?
Office timings were 10-6. Six days a week.
Accommodation: how? where? reviews?
I stay in Navi Mumbai so I used to travel by Mumbai locals but there are many places, mostly hostels and PG, were you can find cheap accommodation.
First Impression? First day? Formalities?
First day was quite good. I was introduced to the internship coordinator Abha who in turn introduced me to the entire team and showed me the entire office. I was told to read basic child and women related laws,etc.
My main task was to read different child rights related laws and make shot summaries for the general public.
I also worked for the child rights advocacy campaign before the Lok Sabha elections 2014 started by C.R.Y to collect 1 million pledges from general public, signed petitions and submit it to various political parties to make them aware of child rights and to persuade them to include the issue of child rights in the manifesto and work towards it after they get elected.
I also had to get details and contact numbers of various schools, colleges, malls, etc. for the child rights advocacy campaign.
Work Environment? People?
CRY was quite chilled out. Everyone was very nice and the work place environment was very nice. The people here are very helpful and you can strike a conversation with anyone very easily.
The best thing would be the chilled out office environment and the different kind of legal as well as non-legal work.
Since it’s an NGO, it takes interns from various disciplines like Mass Media, Engineering, etc. So you get to interact with different your co-interns.
I had 10 co-interns, 4 from my own college and I ended up being good friends with all of them. Also the coffee and tea that you get here twice a day is too good.
Things that could’ve been better?
Since I was a law student, I think more legal work could have been assigned to us.
What did you do to chill? Co-interns?
Since the office is located near between Chinchpokhli and Mahalaxmi stations on central and western line of Mumbai locals respectively, you can go to Churchgate, Fort and chill and relax near Marine Drive and Nariman Point or you can also go to Bandra or Phoenix Mall, Kurla.
Anything else you’d want to add?
An NGO internship is a must for any 1st year law student and CRY is the best place to work in an NGO in Mumbai.
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