Internship Experience @ Human Rights Law Network, New Delhi: Visits to Police Thanas, Old Age Homes and Night Shelters



Name of Organisation, Location, Team Strength

Human Rights Law Network, New Delhi, Around 8 in 1 team

Application Process

Go to the HRLN website and download the internship form from the website under the internship link.

In the form there will be a space provided which is to be filled for the essay which you write, which is one of the part of the selection process.

The essay is usually related to human rights and issues and the max. word limit is 500 words.

In the form the student also needs to mention his details, eg. Name College Etc. in the space provided.

Duration of internship and timings

20 December 2014 to 19h January 2015.

Timings: The timing is a big hectic as it is at a stretch of 9:30 AM to 6 PM (flexible).

There is a lunch break of 1 hour between 1 to 2 PM

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

I walked in at 9.00 am and after completing few formalities, I was designated a desk and they set up internet on my laptop. The first few hours were slow, but eventually we started getting work.

Main tasks

At HRLM you are mostly required to do at least 3 empirical studies involving field work.

Mine was visiting the Police Thanas, visiting old age homes, and visiting night shelters. The teams who do the field work are required to submit individual reports with full details.

You get to learn a lot. And besides the field work HRLN makes the interns visit the Sessions court, High Court, Consumer Courts, Labor Courts, and other sub- ordinate courts. They also call eminent personalities to teach the interns about various new laws.

They make you understand the whole process that how a work is done there and then they will make you learn and grasp things easily and you shall get to meet a lot of people who have already excelled in their field coming in HRLN and I got to witness how they discuss and teach.

Work Environment, People

The best part about the HRLN Delhi internship was that the people were very helpful, welcoming and understanding.

Every Friday they had meetings in the basement library where every member came and discussed important issues and asked interns how they are faring and what are their suggestions for improvement of the NGO.

The work load was not all that much, but we weren’t lying idle either. Sometimes NGO employees and other times lawyers who work in a different part of the building/different floor- gave us work.

Best Things

The best thing that all I can say about the HRLN internship is:

Free to choose the areas he or she would like to work on.

Timely and frequently visits of the interns to the Supreme Court and the High Court for exposure and experience and lots of other.

Bad Things

There aren’t many people to interact with and learn from.



This entry has been submitted for the LexisNexis-Lawctopus Internship Experience Writing Competition 2015-2016. iPleaders is the learning partner for this competition.

Disclaimer: Internship experiences are opinions shared by individual law students and tend to be personal and subjective in nature. The internship experiences shared on Lawctopus are NOT Lawctopus official views on the internship.

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