Internship Experience @ National Human Rights Commission, Delhi: Friendly People, Flexibility in Work and Timings

Name of Student

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Name of Organisation, Location (city)

National Human Rights Commission, Delhi.

Application Process

They publish notifications on their site regarding the various internship programs they have.

You can find it HERE.

If there is no such notification, send a mail to [email protected] or [email protected]

Do not forget to mention the dates for which you would want to intern.

Duration of internship and timings

Duration of internship was 15 days.

Officially, the timings were 10 to 5. But it was pretty flexible.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

At the risk of sounding stereotypical, my first impression was “Oh no, a typical government office”. The building was in a dilapidated condition and the general atmosphere was a bit tardy. However, things have changed since then as the office has now shifted to INA.

First day, Formalities

On the first day, we had a formal orientation session followed by a tour of the office. We were also issued temporary library cards.

Main tasks

We mainly had 3 main tasks:

First, we were allotted shifts for writing complaints in the “Madad” centre. We helped the in-charge of the centre in writing complaints in Hindi.

Second, we were expected to submit a group project on any topic dealing with human rights.

Third, and the main task was to visit certain NGO’s which were involved with the issue of children in conflict with the law.

Work environment and people

Work environment was good.

We were given freedom to go about our own tasks.

People were also friendly.

Best things

Best thing was the central location of the office.

Every happening place was just a metro ride away for us. 😛

Bad things

1. Language issue. One of my friends from South India also interned with us. It was a bit problematic for her when most of the officials preferred talking in Hindi rather than English.

2. Very less work. Another problem was very less work and too many tea breaks.

3. The most disgusting thing was our visit to the investigation cell where we were made to see a postmortem video. (*Pukes*) Some people found it really fascinating though. Sadistic tendencies I say!

Biggest Lessons

The biggest lesson I received was that besides being interested in working, one needs to know how to earn people’s confidence and get tasks assigned for oneself.

Considering there was not too much work, we had to thing of innovative ways to get work and keep ourselves occupied. I believe that should be everyone’s strategy rather than blaming the office for not allocating enough work.

Any Other Thing

Preferably take up this internship with your friends. Its beneficial, considering the areas one has to travel to for reaching the NGO’s and the ample ‘free time’ you will get.

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