Internship Experience @ PUCL, Jaipur: It was a home away from home

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

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Name of Organisation, Location (city), Team Strength

Public Union Civil Liberties (PUCL), Jaipur, 30-40 interns

Application Process

Drop a mail attached with your c.v. and a cover letter to [email protected]

They don’t make you await longer for their reply.

Duration of internship and timings

25th December, 2012- 15th January, 2012 (3 weeks). usually, the timings are from 9:30 am- 7 pm.

But it may extend to late nights if you are doing any field work or surveys.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

First impression is the last one and PUCL ensured that. It was a perfect blend of discipline and homely care.

Kavita ma’am was very particular and we realized that we were in safe hands and were glad to learn that our training would be rigorous. We met students from several colleges across the globe and they were very friendly and interactive.

We realized the truth in the quote “Earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.”

We were handed over the register in which we had to fill in all the personal information. This illustrated that PUCL was very particular about the records. We were told the schedule of next day and the place of reporting. They assign you work as soon as you report there.

The office is not so big. It’s in the premises only where Kavita ma’am stays. So, it is facilitated with a kitchen also. However, interns are usually assigned field work including empirical studies. So, size of the office is not an issue as you don’t need to go to office regularly.

Main tasks

Interns are divided into groups of 3-4 persons and are assigned separate tasks. It may include visits to police station, jails or to courts or forums, making night shelter surveys or street surveys or other field work. The teams are supposed to submit daily individual reports.

Also they call eminent personalities to held teaching sessions on various subjects. Apart from that, you are sometimes, to attend various seminars and other interactive sessions. During the tenure of my internship, I experienced interaction with media also.

Work environment and people

Work environment plays an important role in shaping the attitude of the people towards the work. The ambience was very positive and friendly. People were very co-operative and believed in team work. It is an experience worth cherishing and I hope to get such opportunities in future.

Best things

Right from ambiance to the people, it was all perfect. We worked together, stayed together and learned from one another under one roof. It was a home away from home.

The surveys and the seminars enlightened us and made us worldly wise. The interaction with the new people from several corners of the world helped us in knowing about their culture and heritage.

Bad things

Nothing is perfect. We had to go to far off places in search of good outlets. No stipend is offered and the cost of transportation is bored by the trainee himself .

But the good points overshadow the bad ones and the all the trainees had a good experience.

Stipend

No

Biggest Lessons

Life in itself is the biggest lesson. There are numerous opportunities at every doorstep. It depends on our perception , how we take the things. I learnt a lot from the internship.

I learnt to live together with people from different caste, creed, race and religion under the same roof. There was the feeling of brotherhood .

I learnt to be punctual and independent .

I realized that life isn’t a bed of roses. We worked hard, traveled a lot and left no stone unturned in meeting the deadlines.

It was fun and a experience worth re-living.

I understood that Darwin’s theory of ‘the survival of the fittest ‘ is convincing.

Any Other Thing

There are many PG’s available near the office at reasonable rates so to find an accommodation is not a big deal but the food was not worth remembering in the nearest outlets.

Interns are supposed to submit reports prepared on their day-to-day session to Kavita ma’am daily.

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