Internship Experience @ HRLN, Kochi: Comfortable Environment, Help the Disabled Groups and to Keep Track

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Name of the organization. City. How big was the Office?

Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), Kochi Unit, Kerala. The office is well and good, has got a decent size with lots of funky/attractive posters giving guidelines about various rights in which he/she must know.

The office is in the second floor and it is situated in the heart of the city in Kochi.

There are many cafe’s and hotels available near to the office where the staffs and interns can relax and have a chit-chat for sometime.

The total strength would be around 6 or 7.

The office is just a branch of other Human Rights Network in Kochi.

Everyone are categorized into different sections. the officer in charge is an well known Advocate and the other staffs belong to consultation, manager etc.

So everyone will be assigned with work even if you prefer which ever rights you are planning to research.

Duration of the internship.

6th June – 21st June, 2 weeks.

Application procedure. Internship contact details.

Any students or scholars can apply very easily. You just have send an email with your CV attached to the email id [email protected]

The mail will be directed to Adv. Sandhya George, who is the head of Human Rights Law Network, Kochi.

She will tell you when to join and can expect the reply as soon as possible.

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

Four weeks, Six days a week from 10.a.m to 6.p.m.

That’s the working hour they have provided. One hour lunch break is provided in the afternoon.

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

On the first day, there were no formalities.

The people over there were very easy going.

They just gave an introduction about the office working time and their schedule, about the topics they are mostly dealt with.

They were asked us to take different topics and read the rights which are available to different categories to get an fair idea about the rights available to various categories.

The way the team interacted was pretty comfortable.

They made us understand about the situations of disabled men and women.

And in between our head made a class and showed us a documentary film, and we had an interaction session for a better improvement and concern for such categories.

After few days the intern students were divided into groups to make a report of the topics in which they selected.

Some interns did a funky colorful posters, having information about the rights which they had chosen.

And on the last day they will send us to different places in which they will be having camps in rural areas for 2 or 3 days to study about the vulnerable groups and to have an interactive session with the villagers and the municipalities/panchayats.

We will be reporting their problems to the human rights association to get a solution for their problems.

Main tasks (in detail).

The main task is to draft the letters and the complaints on behalf of clients who is having a problem with their rights getting violated.

We will be sent to some places to help the disabled groups and to keep an interaction with them to study about the situation.

The interns are asked to draft simple legal documents such as power of attorney, written statement etc.

You may be asked for some opinions in the drafting of legal documents etc.

The interns will asked to write an article based on various rights.

Everyday they will ask us to make a research on the topic provided.

At the end of the day, they will ask us to write a report about the internship experience.

Work environment, people.

The people in the firm were very easy going which make us comfortable.

If the intern does not like the topic which have selected , they could just interchange the topics with the permission of the head.

The people over in the office are very much keen to help the interns at their best.

Best things and Bad things.

Nothing to specify as such about the best things and the bad things.

The best thing is that you would really know about the subject you are working and more about the cultural and political rights which is rightly available to people.

The worst thing is that you wont be feeling the need to discontinue the work because it increases your social skill day by day. (Provided the interns are interested).

Accommodation etc. What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues.

I was a day scholar.

It probably took about 20 minutes from my home.

But my friend’s stayed in hostel which is near to the internship place.

Both the places are at Kacheripady, Cochin. It hardly takes around 10 mins walk from the hostel.

The office staff would help you out in case if you don’t find any place to stay near the office.

They are really helpful.

Stipend/ month

None

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