Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Anonymous

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Foundation for Democratic Reforms, Hyderabad, 12 interns

Application Process with contact details

For my internship with Foundation for Democratic Reforms, I applied via the official website.

They too will get back to you in the span of 4 days at the max.

I was asked to write a legal brief on a topic and prepare an infographic on the same as well.

After doing so, my internship was confirmed within 2 days.

Duration of Internship and timings

July 7, 2015 – August 3, 2015

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

At FDR we were made to get our own laptops and sit at a round table with other interns.

We were given access to a range of newspapers, old research material, and a vast range of books on all fields. We were also offered lunch and tea daily.

The office was airy and medium sized and located opposite the CM’s office in Hyderabad. I was assigned a mentor on the first day who was very friendly but also strict about deadlines.

I was given quiet a lot of work from day 1 itself. We were also asked to maintain and internship diary on an excel sheet they shared with us.

Main tasks

Interned as a researcher at the Foundation for Democratic Reforms, a non-partisan think tank founded by Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan, former MLA and founder of the Loksatta Party.

Prepared issue briefs and legal briefs on the Maharashtra Cabinet’s proposed amendments to the CrPC, protection to be provided to public servants at the level of investigation, the Socio Economic and Caste Census 2011, legality of caste based census, and the National Judicial Appointments Commission.

Work environment and people

The work environment at FDR was amazing there were many interns and since we worked at a round table we got to discuss our work and our lives and have our fun.

The timings were from morning 9AM to evening 6PM but we were allowed lunch and tea breaks.

Those running the organisation would frequently interact with us whenever they found the time and we were assigned mentors who were firm and yet friendly and extremely helpful.

Best things

At Foundation for Democratic Reforms

– The mandatory rule requiring us to read the newspaper everyday and identify and note down important news to be circulated among interns via email was a great task that kept me informed.

– The interns work at a round table so we get to discuss our work with each other and that made work fun.

– The FREE lunch everyday was ABSOLUTELY delicious.

– We were each allotted a mentor who monitored our work on a daily basis and gave us strict yet reasonable deadlines which inculcated discipline in me.

– We had access to an extensive library of not just law books but autobiographies, books on philosophy and what not that we could borrow during our internship period.

– We also had access to all the regional and national newspapers.

– Our weekly interactions with ex MLA and ex IAS officer and founder of Loksatta Party, Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan, were extremely informative.

Bad things

At the risk of sounding unreal, I never had a bad experience.

Stipend

None

Biggest Lessons

At FDR because of the part strict part friendly environment, I learned the importance of discipline at the work place.

My interactions with the other interns also gave me an insight into what other law schools are like.

I learnt the importance of deadlines and delivering quality work and also how to be prepared for constructive criticism. It was a grounding experience.

Accommodation

I am a resident of Hyderabad so I never required accommodation.

Office Timings

The timings at FDR were from 9 AM to 6 PM.

They were strict with timings you had to sign a register on arriving and if you want to leave early you have to seek permission from the head. You also can avail a maximum of 1 leave in a month.

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