Internship Experience @ CRY, Kolkata: Interviewed children and spoke to administration as well as students of different schools

Name of the Student

Anonymous

Name of Organisation, Location, Team Strength

CRY, Kolkata (NGO)

Application Process

You can directly contact CRY’s office for any internship query.

Might be different for other colleges, our college had an institutional partnership with the organisation, so just had to send in a form with personal details and views on certain things.

Duration of internship and timings

5 Days weeks. Monday-Friday. 10 AM – 5 PM

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

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.

Formalities were not too many.

Had to just send in an e-mail mentioning the dates for my internship and that I had accepted the offer.

Also, had to sign the offer letter and submit it. Not much of a hassle.

Main tasks

We interviewed children and spoke to administration as well as students of different schools.

The real picture then came to light that how administration at government schools were squeezing money from poor poverty stricken children for education.

No doubt this is the reason we are not achieving cent percent literacy rates even in urban areas.

We also did case-studies about child-labour which were an eye-opener as to why child labour could not be completely banned in India cause in many cases it is the source of livelihood of people.

Work Environment, People

The working environment is pretty amazing.

People were extremely humble and friendly.

The people in office help you out with your work if you are stuck somewhere.

Best things 

It is a brilliant work experience which tells you how an office works and how you should be punctual and what exactly is the way of work in an internship.

It is really chilled out but professional internship which will really get you into the groove for your next internships.

Bad things

There is nothing bad about the internship.

A language barrier (not knowing Bengali) won’t be an issue as even the everyone is given work accordingly and everyone feels important .

Stipend

None

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