Internship Experience @ National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), New Delhi: Stipend of Rs 8000, Learnt a lot from the faculty and the friends I made

Name

Hitesh Sharma

Organization

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), New Delhi

Manav Adhikar Bhawan Block-C, GPO Complex, INA, New Delhi – 110023

You can find the location of the office here.

Application Process

Applications are well invited by NHRC, New Delhi twice in a year.

It has a summer Internship Programme and Winter Internship programme, for which the applications are invited in the month of April and November respectively.

After downloading the Application form, the applicant has to fill it properly and get it attested by the respective HOD with the 500 words statement of their reason for application.

For Application form and further notification you may check the website here.

Duration of internship and timings

I did my internship in winter.

December 22nd, 2014 – January 20th, 2015

First Day

On the very first day, as I had never seen the Institute, I was confused with the directions.

Then, I had to call Dr. S. K. Jain Sir (coordinator), who guided me through the route.

It was like all government offices: But I was surprised to see how well maintained and furnished it was.

After entering, I met some students.

We registered our name on the ground floor and then, we shifted towards the 2nd floor.

There were some more students in a hall, and we got to interact with each other.

After this, Sir J.S. Kochher and S.K. Jain sir welcomed us.

They also gave us a brief introduction of the internship.

We were provided with a Bag, Notebook, Human Rights Bare Act, pen etc.

Then we filled a form and were allotted an ID card, Library card etc.

We also got three coupons for Lunch (win win!) and two for tea and snacks.

We had one introduction session, and the first day was quite exciting.

Main tasks

The task was over the issues of Human Rights and there was topic which were selected by the students itself for their project work.

The students were divided in a team of 5 students per team, assigned a topic to prepare a report on.

We started our work on the issue of Elder Persons Rights.

Apart from the main project work, we had the opportunity to do Book Reviews and Submit a State presentation,

We also visited the Jail, Police station, Bal Sahyog (an NGO).

At the end, gave a presentation on our respective topics.

Environment

The environment of the office was amazing.

The staff members were very cooperative and helpful (especially our coordinator). He guided us, directed us and motivated us.

Best things

The best thing about this internship in my opinion was the combination of field visits and theory sessions about the Human Rights issue.

Bad things

I didn’t find anything bad

Stipend

Rs. 8,000 (as I was not from Delhi, and it varies along with travel reimbursement).

Biggest Lessons

The internship itself was a biggest lesson for me, as I met students from different origins in the country.

I also realised that in the end, even if we are all from different regions, we are still looking for the same rights.

Verdict

This one month internship was a real life changer for me.

I learnt a lot from the faculty and from the friends I made.

I was lucky enough to get a chance to speak about my experience before Justice K G Balakrishnan in the valedictory function, and got best wishes from all.

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