Internship @ Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra, Dehradun

Name. College. Year :

Radha Kulshreshtha. School of Law, Galgotias University. 1st year with no prior experience

Name of Organisation, Location:

Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra

68/1, RLEK Building, Suryalok Colony
Rajpur Road,
Dehradun – 248001
Uttarakhand
India

Application Procedure:

In order to get an internship at RLEK, I e-mailed my Resume along with Cover Letter on the e-mail id of the organization i.e. [email protected] and frequently made phone calls on their contact no. as provided on the website.

Duration:

27th June 2014 to 26th July 2014.

4 weeks, Monday to Friday – 10 AM to 5 PM, Saturday – Till 1 PM (Half Day).

Accommodation:

RLEK provides separate accommodation for boys and girls in the campus itself with AC rooms. It also offers mess facilities, the food being good enough compared to the other hostels.

Work Allotted:

I joined RLEK as an intern on 27th June 2014.

At first, I was assigned the work to enter data of the Feedback forms related to the conduct of Teacher Training Program by the centre in an Access Worksheet and to represent the statistical data in an Excel Worksheet. The forms were about 54 in no.

Second, on the 11th of July i.e. World Population Day, The Centre for Human Resource Development organised a program in which I participated in the skit namely “Neem Hakeem Khatre Jaan” spreading the message of obtaining appropriate medical facilities.

Third, as there were many interns, we were divided in a group of 6 and each group was assigned a particular topic on which the particular group was to conduct a survey in the nearby villages of the different blocks of Dehradun district for which we were asked to prepare a questionnaire.

Our group was assigned the topic of making people aware of the free legal aid available to them. We were told to conduct our survey in the Raipur Block of the District- Dehradun which comprised Dandalakhond, Dandakhudanewala, Asarori, Khirsali and Maldevta.

Fourth, I was assigned to make a MS Word document on the Forest Conservation (Amendments) Act, 1980.

Fifth, I was asked to present before the members as well as other interns, the information received after conducting survey in the concerned villages.

Sixth, with the help of the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), we organized a legal awareness camp at a village namely, Chandrabani.

Work Culture:

The members at RLEK were hardcore workaholics and there was not a single minute where they were sitting ideally.

The experienced members in the field of law used to nag us for being careless regarding the minor details which we fail to consider. The inspiration received has been rightly enlightened:

“It’s hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.”  ― Dolly Parton

Best Things:

RLEK gives you the opportunity to interact with the people living in the rural areas and to know the basic muddles of their life. Secondly, it helps you to enhance your knowledge about the Legal issues. Thirdly, there is no division of work according to the year of graduation or prior experience.

Bad Things:

The period of internship was one of the busy sessions of the NGO. Thus, there was a problem of transport and communication.

Stipend:

There was no stipend as it was an unpaid internship.

Anything Else:

Weather of Dehradun is another perk of being an intern at RLEK.

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