Name of the Organization:

Human Rights Law Network, Delhi

Duration:

4 weeks.

Application procedure:

I applied to Human Rights Law Network, Legal NGO, New Delhi (HRLN Delhi) in September 2013. The form is available online HERE and requires an essay question to be answered along with the application form and CV.

I applied along with a recommendation letter from my college. Within three weeks I got my desired dates which these people were very flexible about. I interned from 11th November to 7th December (2013).

Travel:

I traveled by Metro till the Jangpura metro station, from where one can easily cross the foot-over bridge and take a rickshaw to reach the Office.

The Office:

The HRLN Delhi office is situated on a busy street, hustling and bustling with life even late in the evening- so there is no problem for ladies travelling alone. And given the fact that it’s Delhi we’re talking about, it’s a huge deal!

Timings:

We could go home by 6.30 pm – 7 pm. Saturdays were half days and we could go home early.

The first day:

I walked in at 9.30 am and after completing few formalities, I was designated a desk and they set up internet on my laptop. The first few hours were slow, but eventually we started getting work.

Co-interns:

There were few other interns from other law schools and even foreign long-term interns.

Work & Work Atmosphere:

The best part about the HRLN Delhi internship was that the people were very helpful, welcoming and understanding. Every Friday they had meetings in the basement library where every member came and discussed important issues and asked interns how they are faring and what are their suggestions for improvement of the NGO.

The work load was not all that much, but we weren’t lying idle either. Sometimes NGO employees and other times lawyers who work in a different part of the building/different floor- gave us work.

The internship programme includes at least one visit to the Supreme Court or the Delhi High Court. The court visit was highly educating and fun experience.

The clothing attire was smart casuals and we could go out and explore places around during lunch time.

The work involved research work, documentation, field trips with sisters who were pro bono lawyers, and taking up cases of missing children. During the course of one of the cases, we went to Gurgaon as well as Paschim Vihar West in Delhi.

I handled case study of child trafficking across North India for National Human Rights Commission and State Human Rights Commissions; and managed the ground work as well as the case of missing/kidnapped children with a possibility of organ trade racket.

The bad part was that at times there was very less or no work and we just had to sit in the office as lawyers came back from courts only at 4pm. Nevertheless, we could access all social networking sites so that passed our time.

Verdict: 

All in all, it was a fantastic experience working at HRLN Delhi, as it was the perfect start to internships; it was light but not too idle on the work front and gave us enough understanding of ability to sit on the desk for 8 hours minimum every day.

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