Internship Experience @ People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Delhi: Lots to Learn, Court Visits

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Anjali Singh

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Delhi

Application Process with contact details

Email: [email protected]

Duration of internship and timings

16th November – 16th December, 2015

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

The National office of PUCL is located in Mayur Vihar-I, which is not very difficult to find. There is a direct metro to Mayur Vihar-I and the office is situated at a walk-able distance from the station. The office is located in a small lane and doesn’t have a very fancy building. The room is a very congested place wherein we were required to make the payment and fill in our details.

No work was allotted to us on the first day. We were provided with ND Pancholi Sir’s number with whom we were required to stay in touch. He allocated tasks to us on a per day basis.We were told that we are required to submit a research paper at the end of our stint.

Main tasks

We were majorly required to visit Patiala House Court, Karkardooma Court and the Delhi High Court. All we were required to do was, to observe proceedings and note them down. It was fun hearing the judges and the lawyers. Sometimes the cases took a very interesting turn. Since this internship was done by me after my first semester, it was sort of an eyeopener since the proceeding in the Court are way different than what we hear and learn at law school.

Work environment and people

ND Pancholi Sir was very reasonable and understanding. He was okay if we were late by some time during the harsh Delhi winters. He used to meet every intern personally and explained the on goings to everyone. Even the staff at the office was very polite and cordial.

Best things

Usually people intern in PUCL in their first year of law school and consequently they are not well prepared for much technical work or looking into some nitty-gritty. Consequently, internship at PUCL requires good observational skills and that’s it. The better part is that you get to visit different types of courts. Also, you get a lot of time to explore places in Delhi since it is a relatively chill internship.

Bad things

If you are looking forward to learn a lot, this internship is clearly not for you. You will have to ask for work consistently and you wouldn’t be allotted any work on your own.

Stipend

No stipend

Biggest Lessons

It is important to get rid of being spoon fed all the time and it is high time you realize that you are a fish in the sea and you gotta find your own way out! Only you are responsible for the choices that you make.

Overall Rating

7

Accommodation

I stayed in a PG in East Patel Nagar near the park. I chose the location as it is a well connected residential locality well versed with all the facilities. Since it is only three stations away from Rajiv Chowk, travelling via metro was never a difficult part. Considering the fact that the internship requires you to visit different places, choosing a place to stay at wherein travelling is not a difficult part, is imperative.

Office Timings

Timings were very liberal. Usually we were not required to report at the office therefore timings were not of essence to the internship. We usually reported at around 10-11AM and were usually free by the afternoon.

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