Internship @ Human Rights Law Network, Kochi: An Ideal Internship for First Year Students

Name of Organization, City?

Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), Kochi

Duration of internship?

3 weeks, Oct – Nov 2013

How big was the office? Team Strength? 

HRLN’s office is located in an apartment not very far from the Kerala High Court. The Branch is headed by a Senior Advocate and had about 4-5 Associates at the time with a large number of interns.

Application Procedure? Internship contact details? 

I applied using a contact, however, you can call up the office and get details from the HR Department.

Timings? Number of working days per week? 

HRLN’s timings were 9 am to 6 pm with variations depending on the kind of work on a daily basis. Working days: Mon-Fri

Accommodation: how? where? reviews? 

Since I lived in Kochi at the time, I did not encounter any accommodation issues.

Places to live will have to be searched out by the Interns. However, a word with Ma’am might aid the living situation.

First Impression? First day? Formalities? 

The first day was very exciting, given that it was my very first internship; I couldn’t have asked for a better work environment. The office is extremely homely and everyone was keen to help out the newbie.

No pressure on the first day, however I was given work to start off. There were no formalities as such, and everyone was interacting with everybody else! There wasn’t any dress code prescribed either.

Main Tasks? 

My main tasks as a student right out of the first semester of law school; included a lot of documentation, transcription, and reading, attending seminars with Ma’am etc. Discussions were held from time to time.

Work Environment? People? 

HRLN’s work environment was extremely homely and comfortable. I enjoyed myself a lot. People in the office, whether co-interns or staff including Ma’am were extremely sweet and continue to remain in touch even today.

It was very friendly and I recommend such internships to first timers.

Best things? 

The location of the office, in all its greenery and close to good restaurants. Also, at the time I interned there, kittens were seen prancing around; animal lovers will settle there. Wonderful people and a great work environment!

Things that could’ve been better? 

A little more work, and a little more strain on the brain 🙂

What did you do to chill? Co-interns? 

We didn’t get much time together, but there was a lot of talking and hanging out in the office. We would sit together and talk.

Also, interns did lunch together outside if they wished – more interactions!

Biggest lessons? 

Enjoy the work ethic and absorb AS MUCH AS YOU CAN; because there is a lot to learn out there.

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