Name: Anshuman Mehrotra. College: Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida. Year of Study: 2nd.Year.
Name of the organization
Delhi Legal Services Authority, New Delhi. City– New Delhi
Duration of the internship
No. of days/week. Timings
It was 6 days a week and the timings were – 10am to 4pm.
How big was the office
The Office was covered in the first floor of The Patiala House Court, divided into small cabins for each member.
My team consisted of 10-15 members.
DLSA offers internship program twice a year.I had applied online by filling in a summer internship programme form which was made available on the site- dlsa.nic.in
Internship contact details
One can call on the toll free number or can check the website- dlsa.nic.in for all the information regarding the internship.
DLSA does not organize for the accommodation; one has to arrange for the stay themselves.
“First impression is the last impression”, and they proved it to be the best for me as I was very excited to intern at such a great organization like DLSA and was content after the orientation program, which was held at the Tis Hazari court.
We were introduced to their working procedure and were told about our everyday schedules for the internship program.
The internship program contained the task of making the interns explore areas where the legal aid was necessary or required .We had visited the following places:
1. A Police Station, where we understood their working.
2. Tihar Jail, where we had one-on-one interaction with the inmates.
3. Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS).
4. Observation Home.
5. Child Welfare Committee (CWC).
6. Gender Resource Centres (GRC).
7. Patiala House Court.
We were divided into 5-6 groups with 10-12 members in each. Each group used to be given a task every day according to the schedules. All of us did that in a very sincere, coordinated and well-organized manner.
Each one of us was curious and enthusiastic to take up everyday task sincerely
1. Explored legal procedures carried out at different areas
2. Got a chance to visit almost the whole of Delhi
3. Systematic program to help us understand the importance of time management and hardwork.
1. No accommodation and commutation arrangements were done especially for those who were not the residents of Delhi.
2. No stipend
What did you do to chill?
I used to hang out with my co-interns,exploring new places like boombox and various eating joints at Connaught place. Interning with them was always fun and never seemed a task of compulsion.
Anything else you’d like to tell?
It was a great learning procedure overall which will surely help me in the long run in understanding the ways and methods of the legal aid system in the society. It taught me the importance of time and hard work.
Also, after interacting with the teen aged children in the observation homes, I realized the importance of life. Interning at DLSA definitely helped me understand the need of the hour, that is, the need of a strong and effective legal system in our country.
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