Internship Experience @ HRLN, Kolkata: Drafting Work, Teaches You Team Work

Intern Details

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Name of the organization. City.

HRLN Human Rights Law Network. Kolkata.

Duration of the internship. No. of days/week. Timings.

December 17th 2013-13 January 2014. From 11:00- 19:00.

How big was the office? Team strength?

The office was small only as it had 3 rooms. A flat on rent basically. Team strength is about 5 human rights lawyers with two social workers. It was more like a 7 people’s group working. The Address was- Parbati Chakrabarty lane- Kolkata 27. First floor.

Application procedure. Internship contact details.

Application procedure- Apply by sending an application to [email protected]

Accommodation: how, where, how was it?

I stay in Kolkata hence i didn’t require accommodation but you can find a lot of good PG’s nearby.

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

The office is gloomy but work starts a little late since the advocates come back late from Court.

Formalities are not as such, but Debashish Sir will be checking your application and cross checking your details so you better don’t bluff. Formalities were done in less than 15 minutes. My First impression was nice to an extent.

Main tasks

Main tasks were mostly, to assist in making writ petitions, divorce cases, sexual assault.

Making power points presentations for sir and helping in research of cases and other details about sexual harassment at workplace, making transcripts, human torture, child rights, labor rights etc.

Work environment, people

The work environment is not bad. People are not making you sit idle. It also depends on when you intern. The work pressure is much more during the summers.

The lawyers are considerate and helpful. They will correct you if you go wrong. Learn how to draft as well.

Best things

Best things are that there is no continuous work pressure. People appreciate your work speed and let you finish at your own pace. Yes if you are being lazy, there are consequences to that as well.

There is proper distribution of work and it helps people work faster and more efficiently. It teaches you team work and how to finish on time. It is conveniently located, at Hazra. – Main junction. Nearest metro station-Jatin Das Park.

Bad things

The office is gloomy, no sunlight enters. Sometimes you might find yourself without work and hence you can feel a little irritated.

There is no definite time for leaving. Ask sir and leave. Hence a bit of a problem if you have plans.

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

For chilling purposes, we have the verandah. Then in and around Hazra, Monginis. Then there is a Cafe Coffee Day nearby. There is Ashutosh College at walking distance , and hence a lot of food shops- phuckha, paprichat, ice cream. momos etc.

A little ahead is Bhawanipur with Homeland Mall and a Mc Donalds.Park street is close by – Take a metro. Co interns were super fun. We worked and had fun also. In all a good experience.

Stipend/month

No stipend.

Anything else you’d like to tell; Biggest lessons.

Biggest lessons were that team spirit is important, finish work on time, otherwise the lawyers will pester you till you do. Do work properly and pay attention to details like line spacing, format needs to be followed and hence it teaches you to be more diligent with work.

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