Internship Experience @ Mazdoor Kisan Sakti Sangathan, Rajasthan: Learned the Importance of Team Work

Name. College. Year of Study

Manash Mondal, Hidayatullah National Law University, 2 nd Year

Name of the Organization. City

Mazdoor Kisan Sakti Sangathan, Bhim, Rajsamand, Rajasthan

Duration of the Internship

A minimum of 30 days

How big was the office? Team strength?

They have two offices, on at Devdungri and the other at Bhim. The Bhim office is the bigger, where one has to do all the official works and the Devdungri office is for taking complaints and meeting purposes.

Application procedure. Internship contact details

One can mail a request for internship along with CV to [email protected] (Mr. Nikhil Shinoy).

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

There is no such hard and fast timings, one has to work even everyday if needed. But generally, the working hour is from 9am to 6pm

Accommodation: how, where, how was it?

They provide accommodation at Devdungri village in Bhim Tehsil.

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

In the first day, I arrived at Devdungri office, I was introduced to the working of the Sangathan and the hall of residence, by a member of the Sangathan.

Main tasks

The main objective of the Sangathan is the welfare of the people of the rural areas in Rajasthan. Therefore, it primarily deals with MNREGA, OLD AGE PENSION AND FOOD SECURITY. An intern may be asked to go for a survey in the nearby villages along with the other permanent member of the Sangathan and take complaints from the villages.

Later on, if needed one may also be asked to try and solve the problems at one`s individual level if one can. Moreover, I also had the luck to be a part of Dharma at Jaipur organized by MKSS and PUCL, Rajasthan.

Work environment, people

The colleagues are very friendly. I almost felt like home after 10 days or so. They give prime importance to team work in everything, may it be the official Sangathan works or the works at the residence, like cooking, cleaning, etc.

Best things

I learnt the importance of team work working here. Moreover, if lucky, one may even get to meet and have a chat with Aruna Roy, former IAS officer and the founder of MKSS, Rajasthan. Moreover she was the one of the main leaders in the protest demanding RTI Act. One can learn lots of thing from her.

Bad things

Everything is good, except the weather in the summers.

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

The co-interns will mainly from law schools and students pursuing Masters in Social Service (MSW). We went to visit the forts and other historical monuments in Rajasthan in off days and after work, we used to roam around Bhim and do shopping.

Stipend/ month

No Stipend

Biggest Lesson

Working at the Sangathan, I realized the true side of the society. Doing the surveys, I came to meet many people, who were highly affected by poverty and have one or two chapattis to eat for a day but still when I used to visit their home, they never forgot to offer one of those chapattis. This shows how kind they were. Moreover, being here, I learnt how to think high, instead of living simple.

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