Internship Experience @ CRY, Bangalore : Flexible Timings, No Stipend

Name of the organization. City

Child Rights and You (CRY), Bangalore

Duration of the internship

13th November- 13th December, 2012

How big was the office? Team strength?

The office is spacious and is located at Madhavi Mansion in Cox Town. The officials usually meet up in the basement to chalk out their future plans which has also been conditioned in such a manner.

There were 12-15 members but my interaction was limited to my team leader Mr. Navneet Prakash and Miss Thangamma.

Application procedure. Internship contact details

I applied for the internship by dropping them a mail and there was a prompt response from their side.

In the first stage, I was asked by them, to send my CV and a few forms to be filled up. Once, done with the first stage, they fixed a telephonic interview after a week or so where I was asked a few questions regarding my interests and capabilities.

My internship, was then confirmed by Mr. Navneet after ten days.

Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings

5 days a week, with Saturday and Sunday always OFF. The interns were supposed to report by 10 AM and could leave by 5 PM

Accommodation: how, where, how was it?

I stayed with my family in 8th Block, Koramangala though there were PGs nearby in the area.

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

My first impression of the office wasn’t so pleasing as I was made to wait for an hour or so, but that was the only unpleasant thing which could happen to me during my entire internship.

After the wait, I personally interacted with my team leader Mr. Navneet who knew me from before for he himself had selected me for internship for one and a half hours.

I was not allotted any work on the first day but was just given a background information and my job during the entire internship period.

Since I was the only intern then, at that point of time, I felt a bit lonely though I was later joined by other interns.

Main tasks (in detail)

My main task was divided into 3 different categories:-

1. Calling up the CRY volunteers as a part of the volunteer retention task survey.

2. Organizing a cycle rally on 24th November 2012.

3. Organizing International Volunteers Day on 9th December 2012.

As a part of the above mentioned tasks, my first job was to call up each and every volunteer of CRY Bangalore as a part of Volunteer Retention Task survey.

My next task was to call up all the present CRY volunteers inviting them for Cycle rally and later, International Volunteers day.

As a part of my task of organizing International Volunteers Day, I also called up different venues in order to organize the function on 9th December to felicitate the senior-most volunteers of CRY, also taking interviews of the prominent volunteers of CRY as a part of the event.

Work environment, people

The work environment was real good due to a huge degree of flexibility in the working hours and the friendly nature of all the employees even though my interaction with them was a bit limited.

Best things?

The experience gained while working hard to create databases as a part of my task, that delicious tea in the evening which could really raise your spirits and get rid of your headache.

The location as well was a huge plus with KFC and other restaurants (pretty good, I’d say) nearby. Also, I learned some really basic things such as punctuality which in the process made me more disciplined.

Bad things?

Though there is nothing in this world which is absolutely perfect, with the human nature of complaining getting to those bad things very easily, I, surprisingly, am at loss of words to tell about any bad thing in this internship.

I’d go on to say, that it is an ideal internship for a first year law student where you are neither overloaded with work from the first day itself nor you can afford to waste too much of your time. Just make use of the opportunities available, learning the most you can.

Stipend/ month

No stipend. Just those basic lessons of life.

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