Internship @ Centre for Disability Studies, NALSAR, Hyderabad: A Fantastic Research Internship

Name: Chanakya Talwar, Amity Law School, Delhi, IInd year.

Name of the organisation: Centre for Disability Studies, NALSAR, Hyderabad.

How big was the office? There was a spacious room available to the Centre on the campus with all the essential facilities of a classroom.

The team comprised of 10 law school interns, the Centre head, Prof. Amita Dhanda, her assistant and a PhD student at the university.

Application procedure. Internship contact details: Email ID: [email protected]. I’d applied in the month of January, 2012 and further details can be found from the Centre’s website.

I found the contact details on the Lawctopus article on top 10 places to intern at from the bar and bench section.

Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings: 4 weeks, Mon-Fri, 9-4

Accommodation: The Centre provided for food and shared accommodation to the outstation students.

The room provided for was perfectly spacious with study tables, chairs, internet connectivity and of course beds.

The accommodation all in all was comfortable.

nalsar center for disability studies internship, amita dhanda

First impression. My first impression of the Centre at Nalsar was that of a reputed research Centre headed by a renown professor, Dr. Amita Dhanda. It did not take me long to learn about the professor and her extensive work across the country in the field of disability rights.

The first day formalities included a conference room meeting headed by the professor, attended by all my fellow interns. It was an interactive session with the professor introducing herself and her colleagues and the work that the Centre had done till now.

Main tasks : The Centre provided for a list of 10 work assignments and the interns were allowed the freedom to choose their own assignment. The topics were mostly research oriented and required extensive research along with the correct interpretation of the the topic provided for, by the Centre.

The topics weren’t restricted to disability rights but infact had a much broader scope in the field of human rights. The topics allotted were basically traces of research work which was to be presented in writing to the professor on the allotted deadline.

These submissions were to be collectively used by the professor in her own works towards the activity of the Centre.

Every topic provided for was distinct and very interesting.

Work environment, people: The work environment was highly productive. The place was surrounded with the charm of one of the best national law schools in India and the professor even though very busy, provided for constant feedback.

The Centre also allowed the interns to have access to the Nalsar library which provided for great assistance in our research.

The interns were never treated stringently as we were allowed to go to the library from the Centre room and work there whenever we needed to.

Although, the Centre did require a certain degree of discipline as you were supposed to report in the mornings and the evenings, necessarily. The assistant to the professor, Mrs. V.S. Padma would keep a check on the interns and their needs on regular interactions on every working day.

The library provided for an excellent environment to complete your work and would also remain open until after dinner.

A PhD student who had done considerable work with the Centre would also be available to the interns at the library and would also take regular conference room sessions to catch up with the interns with regards to their work which was highly beneficial for the interns.

The best days of my internship were when Prof. Amita Dhanda would take classes for us interns to discuss, explain and make us understand the activities of the Centre and various concepts of human rights as it gave the interns to learn from a brilliant teacher and also clear our mind in relation to the work allotted to us by sharing our progress with the professor.

nalsar library, internship
The library

Best things?

1. you learn to research, interpret correctly, write well, listen, and grow intellectually.

2. you gain a deep insight into the life of students and teachers from Nalsar, which provides for an excellent step toward understanding the world of law.

3. the campus is an architectural marvel, it has beautiful gardens, clean roads and ample space for any kind of sports activity.

4. living in the hostels, gives you a great opportunity to interact, learn and make friends with the students from Nalsar.

5. the weather, was mostly pleasant and it would rain quite often. But the mornings were always bright and colourful with the sound of waves clashing, from the nearby lake around the campus.

6. the snooker table, the basketball and badminton courts at the hostels were highly convenient and ensured a healthy lifestyle.

7. the library is highly equipped with an enormous collection of books, a research material and would provide for a perfect place to complete your work in peace.

8. the mess, provided for good food, with biryani being made on regular basis. Also, a bakery called ‘apples and oranges’ ensured you didn’t get too bored of the mess food.

Bad things? Because the campus was very far off from the city, travelling was very expensive and also required too much time.

What did you do to chill? 

I spent those 4 weeks inside the campus, as the charm of the university was like a fresh breath of air and i was never to keen about going to the city as I’d just escaped from one.

The stadium had an excellent view if the surrounding areas which were mostly hilly, green and windy.

I managed to make quite a few friends at the hostels and on the basketball court. I would spend my day time in the library or at the Centre and the rest of the evening playing basketball until dinner.

On weekends, I would jog upto the lake and back, and spend rest of the time chilling with my new friends at the hostels, talking, eating sandwiches, listening to music and working.

My co-intern(the only one in the hostels with me) and I, did manage to go for ‘the  dark knight rises’ which would have been a better if we hadn’t had to spend Rs. 1000/- just on travelling.

Stipend/ month: No stipend.

Anything else you’d like to tell: I’d like to add, that this is an excellent place for a first year student of law to intern, as it provides for an ideal process of growth and exposure.

The Centre also allowed the interns to attend quite a few lectures at the campus, along with students of Nalsar.

Another thing, even though I said the Centre is not too stringent with the interns, however, it doesn’t mean the Centre is blind.

The conduct of the interns was regularly observed and fair and unbiased feedbacks were provided by the Centre with regards to the submissions and presentations.

The certificates issued by the Centre, reflected that the Centre was highly observant of the interns activities throughout the internship period and were accordingly made.

More details on the internship is here.


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