Internship Experience @ PUCL, Jaipur: Great Work Environment, Visits to Family Court, District and Sessions Court and High Court

Intern Details

Mahak Paliwal

My Experience

My last one month with PUCL have  flown by, so it’s safe to say I’ve loved my time here.  I’m sure at a lot of places going in to an office as an intern would often mean your importance and levels of responsibility are fairly small, but at PUCL, Jaipur it’s the complete opposite.

I felt that my work as an Intern was both important and valued, being heavily involved in working for the rights of the people and being able to contribute my bit. My mentor taught me everything I needed. Gradually, I was managing all activities on my own. I think I have improved my skills both in professional and in a personal way.

I frankly appreciate treatment of Kavita mam, who had always been concerned that everything was going well here in our internship. Whilst some internships simply involve tea-making and photocopying, this one is very much like a real job.

That sort of difficult challenge is much more useful than being the office lackey! I feel that I have come away from the internship a more inspired, efficient and knowledgeable person. PUCL focus on conservation and giving back filters throughout the whole operation and I feel lucky to have spent time in such a warm, passionate and talented environment.

Not only did I get a huge insight into the field of human rights and a great experience to put on my CV, but I was also reminded of how important and beneficial a happy working environment can be. The internship has given me the opportunity to learn more about myself and my own abilities as well as the inner workings of a very successful NGO. I have been able to get a bit of experience in other areas.

I have really enjoyed the variety: from writing feedback and report daily to visiting family court, district and sessions court, high court, Mahila Salah Aur Suraksha Kendra and organizations like Umang and Aashray care home, going for the facts finding of a case where 12 disabled children died in Jamdoli, attending public meeting of honor killing at Dungarpur, having interactive sessions with renowned and successful speakers like Ms. Mamta, Ms. Meeta Singh, Mr. Radhakant Saxena, Mr. Prabhakar Sinha, Govind Beniwal and Mr. V. Suresh on juvenile justice act, POCSO, street childrens, women’s movement, declining sex ratio, coorporatisation of journalism, death penalty, UN Declaration On Human Rights and many more apt topics, volunteering for ‘Annual Human Rights’, Training Organized By People’s Union for Civil Liberties and Institute of Development Studies and contributing my bit by updating the previous Data and doing survey on PDS and pension scheme at Lambana Bhatiyan village Bikaner district or holding the position of coordinator.

Throughout my internship I was given the perfect amount of responsibility– I felt as though the things I was doing were useful and important without too much pressure or feeling out of my depth. Everyone here is passionate about what they are doing which creates a really good atmosphere around the office.

I got to know some great people. I now feel ready for the next stage of developing my career in conservation. More than anything it is the way PUCL has changed my way of looking at the things. My perspective towards looking at the things around me has completely changed.

Now, the way I look at a beggar or a child working at some place or street children or a women being abused or tortured or a girl or boy being treated differently isn’t the same. Things have changed.

As a first step into the environmental sector, interning at PUCL has been a great experience and allowed me to gain a valuable insight and understanding into how a non-governmental organization works. My daily tasks were very varied and from that I have learnt a number of transferable skills that will really help me succeed in my future career.

Working at PUCL has allowed me to further my professional outcomes while also putting me into touch with a fantastic group of people. I really appreciated my work, colleagues and the environment. Also, I will never forget the Skills and Notions I learnt during my internship.

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