Internship Experience at CRY, Kolkata: Work Related to Data Entry & Fundraising, Field Visits

Name of the student, college and year of study

Dishani Bakshi, Ist year, Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur.

Name of the organization and address

CRY, Kolkata (NGO)

152, New No. 8 2nd Street, Gitanjali Park, Kalikapur, Kolkata, West Bengal 700099

Duration of internship

1 month (2nd December- 30th December 2019)

Application procedure

I applied through College but they do accept individual applications. For individual applications, one needs to go to the official CRY website and fill out the Internship form and mail them the same. Once, you get short-listed, they will call you up for a Telephonic Interview. Finally, if you get selected, they are likely to mail you the joining letter within a week or two.

Office timings

10 A.M. to 4 P.M.

The timing is not flexible. In most days, you have to stay in the office even you are done for the day.

First day formalities

On the first day, I was not allotted any task, however, I was made to interact with my fellow interns. Ms. Dilshaad Hossain, the Senior Executive briefed us about our work, which we were supposed to start the next day. They made it clear that one must adhere to the timings and attendance is of utmost importance.

Main tasks

There wasn’t much of office work as the main task was of fundraising. One was given a target to achieve. However, even if you fail to achieve the targeted amount, it won’t affect anything. On some days, we were allotted a simple data entry work and once we were told to give a presentation on Child Rights.

On Sundays, we had to go for field visits. The main task was to teach less fortunate children, who fall in the age group of 5-12 years. On Christmas, we were told to arrange a mini surprise party for them. It was a busy day. All the interns were made to decorate the teaching room and then play “musical chairs” with the kids. It was a day worth remembering as the innocent smile of the kids literally stole my heart.

One Sunday, there was a special event arranged by CRY. The Interns were given the responsibility to receive the guests and look after the arrangements. It unknowingly taught us tits and bits of event management.

CRY Kolkata Internship

Work environment

There were around 20 Interns from prestigious Law Schools. We were made to sit in a spacious room with a balcony. Staffs were really cooperative and yes, it won’t matter if you don’t know Bengali.

Pros

The Sunday Field Visits were really interesting. Interaction with the kids would stay with you as a special memory forever.

“Connections are the key to the Legal field”- you might have heard this in your Law School journey multiple times. Another plus point is that many students from eminent Law Schools across the country opt for CRY Internships during their first semester. The internship will give you an opportunity to bond with them.

Cons

The work is not much related to Law. If you think you will be told to do extensive research on Child Rights, you would be disappointed.

Stipend

No Stipend.

Food, Accommodation, commuting to the office

The office Canteen is not worth trying. So, the best thing would be to carry your own lunch. There is no restaurants or eateries nearby. However, there are shacks that offer tea and light snacks. And of course, you can order food and it will reach you within 15-20 minutes.

You can easily travel to the office by Metro/Bus and then maybe an Auto or you can take a direct cab. The office is not on the main road so you have to ask around a bit. There are a lot of affordable PGs available in the same lane the NGO is located at.

My Personal Opinion: Generally, we take the 1st year to get used to law school life, so you might want to take up a light internship which would be fun yet useful. A certificate from one of the leading NGOs will help if you want to go for social service in the future.

Also, the cherry on the cake is that you get to have a heart to heart conversations (like brood about the hectic schedule of law schools) with your co-interns over a steaming cup of masala chai as the workload isn’t much! It is not always about a Certificate, what ultimately stays with you is a bag full of memories and of course a wonderful experience.

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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