Internship @ Punjab State Human Rights Commission, Chandigarh: We were 30-35 interns (Ed: India is a Populous Country)

Name. College. Year of Study.

I applied for the internship when I completed my first year of 5 years integrated course.

I am from College of Legal Studies (COLS), University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun. 1st year

Name of the organization. City

I interned at Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC), Chandigarh.

Duration of the internship. No. of days/week. Timings

Office timings were quite strict and all the interns had to report in office at sharp 10:00 AM. Though, we all had to work for a maximum of six to seven hours and we could leave office after 4:00 PM or so. Duration of internship was for a maximum of one month.

But, since I took an in-house project and completed that before time, so I did my internship for 25 days. Working days were 5 days a week.

How big was the office? Team strength?

The whole building belonged to Punjab State Human Rights Commission.

And there were many people working in the office at various positions and various floors so I do not know exactly about the team strength, but there may be around 50-60 people working in the entire building.

Application procedure. Internship contact details

I sent them an e-mail along with my resume at [email protected] for the application of internship and then after processing my request, I got a confirmation mail within a couple of weeks regarding the confirmation of my internship.

They are prompt in replying to e-mails. Also, before joining for the internship they may also ask for a scanned copy of your college’s ID card and letter of recommendation that gets issued from your college,

Accommodation: how, where, how was it?

I took up a PG at Sector 34D which was at a walking distance from the office. PG was pretty good and fully furnished plus quite near to Sector 34C market as well.

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

When I reached at the reception counter, they asked me to go to conference room. After I entered in the conference room I found that many students were sitting there already.

Never expected so many interns, well, the strength of interns was around 30-35. There were no as such formalities. All the interns basically had to give their introduction and our mentor also introduced himself to all of us.

Main tasks 

During the first two weeks of the internship, we were asked to go through several complaints made by different people and then arrange their complaints in pink, green and white form respectively.

Later on, we all were asked to do some project. Since, I took an in-house project, so I worked on excel sheets.

Work environment, people

Work environment was pretty fine as the room looked more of a classroom because of so many interns sitting at one place. So I never felt as if I am at some new place. Moreover, the mentors were also very co-operative and humble.

Best things? 

Best thing about the internship was when we all were taken for a visit to the whole of the building in different sections and yeah, Domino’s pizza, right behind the office.

Bad things?

Working on excel sheets was really very much monotonous. Also, sometimes the a/c used to stop working and since I was interning in the month of June, working there became very much frustrated at that time.

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

Lunch at Domino’s Pizza with co-interns

Stipend/month

No, they do not give any stipend to interns

Anything else you’d like to tell; Biggest lessons

You can apply here for internship after first year.

They are one of the most efficient Human Rights Commission after NHRC.

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