Internship Experience @ Punjab State Human Rights Commission, Chandigarh: Learnt the Importance of Teamwork

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Tanvir Dhaliwal

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Punjab State Human Rights Commission, Chandigarh, 50

Application Process

I came across a ‘call for interns’ on lawctopus. The advertisement contained all the necessary details about the internship including the website where I could apply for the same. PSHRC website is HERE.

I was just required to mail a copy of my CV and fill in an application form online. Also I was required to write a 1000 words essay stating my purpose of interning there which would decide my selection as an intern.

Duration of internship and timings

4 weeks ( 28 June,2015-28 July,2015)

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

On the very first day of internship, there was an introductory session where we were introduced with our co-interns and also with the seniors. We were then shown a very informative power point on Human Rights and were made to read the Human Rights Act. This was followed by an MCQ test.

All in all the first day was full of new experiences and new things to learn. But one thing that struck me as odd was the team strength. There were almost 50 people( yes! the introduction was really looong) and it was a new thing for me as in my previous internships, I had never worked in such a big team.

Main tasks

The entire internship was divided into 3 main tasks. In the first week, we were handed out files of various complainants and we were asked to read them. In the second week, there were debates and different groups were given topics. The last two weeks were probably the most interesting part of the internship.

We did a survey on Government education system in Punjab. We went around in various government schools in Chandigarh for the survey. It was a very different experience. Without the last two weeks, the internship would have been quite boring.

Work environment and people

The work environment was not formal as the people were nice and cooperative. My initial concern about the number of team mates was also mitigated as we were all divided into groups of 10 each and I enjoyed working in such a big group of people.

The lunchtime was quite flexible and if we wanted a longer break, all we had to do was ask. However, when it came to attendance, there was no compromise. The attendance was taken three times a day and it was compulsory all three times.

Best things

It was a great learning experience. I got to learn things that they don’t teach you in classrooms or even in the courtroom.

Bad things

Sometimes, working with so many people was chaotic. It was not easy to give weight to everybody’s opinion. I felt it would have been better if we were divided into smaller groups (it would have saved a lot of time).

Stipend

No stipend ( The only thing I earned out of the internship was experience).

Biggest Lessons

I learnt the importance of teamwork. Also the survey relating to government schools revealed a lot about the poor condition of government schools. It was quite thought provoking!

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