Name of the organization. City
I interned at the Chattisgarh State Human Rights Commission.
Duration of the internship. No. of days/week. Timings
The internship was for 4 weeks in May-June 2013, five days a week and during the office timings; flexible according to what work we were supposed to do that.
How big was the office? Team strength?
The office was fairly big, as far as government offices go.
There were around 5 officers that the interns mainly interacted with, with many more people working as the subordinate staff and or the visiting staff.
Application procedure. Internship contact details
The application procedure was fairly simple. The office had its own intern incharge who received internship applications and conducted and facilitated the entire process.
There were no published internship contact details to my knowledge. I had contacted this office through a fellow law student who had interned there earlier.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
All the interns at this office were living locally and no accommodation facilities were provided. Those residing outside of Raipur had taken up houses as Paying Guests in nearby ;ocalities.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
The first day was fairly good. The staff was very receptive and friendly towards all the interns. We had a brief orientation session and an outline of our internship and the work it would entail was laid out for us.
We were then introduced to all the officers that we would be working with.
We were mainly briefed through each step of the commission’s work each day, starting from the desk which receives complaints through applications and ending with various talks with the Law officer, Thanedaar etc.
Work environment, people
The work environment was fairly laid back, although it did get too hot for comfort at times, as May in Raipur is not the best season to be. However, the people working there were very friendly, cooperative and fairly enthusiastic in helping us out wherever needed.
The office environment, the people and the learning experience.
The working of the office did become pretty clear to all of us by the end, and the officers all took out a lot of time from their work to brief us through the work of their department and about things that cannot be learn through books and bare acts.
The working of the great Indian Government office was as always portrayed, many officers turned up hours after they were supposed to, for work.
This resulted in a lot of sitting around the office doing nothing for the interns on some days.
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues
Most of the other interns were from KIIT and so were busy enough among themselves.
Apart from the general chit chat around office hours, not much chilling happened.
There was no stipend. Sigh.
Anything else you’d like to tell; Biggest lessons
I did write an article for the Commission’s magazine, on insistence of the Media officer who thought my writing skills could be put to good use there.
But they never got back with any news of publication. A good experience, though, all in all.