Internship Experience @ Human Rights Legal Network, Kochi: Assigned to Research on Child Rights

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Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Joseph V Gregory, Campus Law Center, Second Year

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Human Rights Legal Network, Kochi, team of 4-6

Application Process with contact details

The application process was simple. I intimated them through phone and they asked me to drop a mail with my CV and I had to follow up.

They responded asking me to carry a Bonafide letter from college and to specify the days of my internship.

Duration of Internship and timings

June 14th, 2016 – July 13th, 2016

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

Nothing formal. You need to just inform them prior to joining by calling them.

It’d be advised to go in semi-formals in the first as you’d meet the director for a face to face interaction.

Main tasks

Research was the main task.

Since the center was women run- they concentrated on Women related issues and also Child rights.

I was assigned to research on Child Rights and Rights of Disabled. And was asked to submit a fortnight report.

Apart from this students were also given ground level work by going to meet clients and hear complaints and also investigate within their power.

I had investigated the case of neighbour nuisance which has been on the rise due to high alcohol consumption.

Work environment and people

It’s a small office with limited funding and good connections. The staff is very understanding and also helpful meanwhile bit strict on discipline especially punctuality.

We were also given Manupatra and SCC IDs to do the necessary and was also given WiFi which unfortunately had bit of technical issue.

The computers they use were a bit outdated and need service every once in a while.

Best things

The flexibility of leaving early if there wasn’t much work and also the permission to take leave by informing the them at the 11th hour.

Also it’s very informal environment and hence formals weren’t required and could come for work in casuals.

Bad things

Firstly there isn’t much court visits or hearing you get to do. It’s totally desk job. Wouldn’t recommend it to someone focused in Criminal Litigation or Corporate work.

It’s all about ground level investigation and report alone. And creating awareness among common people about rights.

Stipend

Nil

Biggest Lessons

The institutions set up to promote equality, freedom and social welfare can turn up to be the biggest evil in our society.

Investigations on a case led me to understand who corrupt and biased the system.

Accommodation

I am a resident of Kochi, so I used to stay at my own house. But there were also out of town students mostly girls, who were provided with girls hostel number near by.

Office Timings

10 am to 5 pm. But on Saturday’s only till 2 pm.

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