Internship @ Uttar Pradesh Human Rights Commission, Lucknow: We don’t get to learn or experience anything

Name of the organization. City.

Uttar Pradesh Human Rights Commission, Lucknow

Duration of the internship

June 1- June 30, 2012: 4 weeks

How big was the office? Team strength?

Though the office was huge, there was a pin drop silence everywhere.

There were not many people too, and whoever were present, they were busy in their respective chambers.

Application procedure. Internship contact details:

The application procedure is very simple. You send in an email with your resume to [email protected]. Then, the shortlisted candidates are called upon for an interview.

I got my resume confirmation and interview notice within a week. The interview is very general about how to prevent Human Rights Violation. They declare the interview results on the same day. In case one doesn’t get the reply to the email, he may follow up through calls.

Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings

It was a 4 week internship. The attendance was not compulsory, and the student may visit the office at his ease. He even need not go regularly. We are just called once or twice after the interview, for discussing the progress of our assignment.

The student may access the office’s library for reference if he wishes. Student may go anytime between 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Accommodation: how, where, how was it?

Accommodation isn’t a problem. One may even intern from his home itself as attendance isn’t an issue for the internship.

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

I was pretty excited about the internship, getting to meet new people and learn new things, however all in vain. Nothing happened as such. I just discussed with sir my progress in the assignment and he suggested me a few changes and gave his feedback.

Main tasks (in detail):

The only thing an intern is required to do is to prepare a write up of about 30 to 40 pages on the topic assigned by Sir during the interview itself.

I submitted a report on “Safe Drinking Water”, which could be made applicable in the state and would be considered in drafting the final layout. Also, if the report impresses the legal team, the same may be published on the firm’s website.

Work environment, people:

There was no social environment. The only person I got to interact with was my Sir who assigned me the project, and the librarian.

Others were too busy in their work, and were least interested in any kind of social interactions.

Best things?

The internship is good only for the first years, who aren’t well versed with the law subjects, and just want to add on an internship for the resume purpose.

It’s a kind of distant learning internship, where you may research and prepare your report from home itself, and just submit it in the office at the end.

One isn’t needed to show up in office daily, so he can utilize that time in some other things as well or simply enjoy the vacations.

Bad things?

We don’t get to learn or experience anything.

Whatever one may imbibe is just the idea of the topic which he has been assigned. No contacts are made, and it’s just a namesake internship

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

I hardly went to the office. The only day I met other law students was on the day of interview. That was the only time I interacted with some. It’s a completely chilled out internship with negligible work.

Stipend/ month :

No stipend.

Anything else you’d like to tell:

As I mentioned earlier, it’s a namesake internship. It’s good for those who just need a certificate and want to add something on their resume. As far as learning and social networking is concerned, this isn’t the right place.

Biggest lessons:

It’s a short cut to attain a certificate by doing little.

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