Internship Experience at Internet Freedom Foundation, Delhi: Legal and Policy Research Work, Drafting Documents

Full Name of the Organisation, City and State

Internet Freedom Foundation, Delhi

About the Organisation

IFF works on issues of digital rights and liberties in India. It engages in advocacy on technology policy issues such as privacy, data protection, surveillance, net neutrality, censorship and free speech. IFF engages with parliamentarians, courts, regulatory agencies, and other organisations.

IFF was born out of the SaveTheInternet movement which garnered more than a million endorsements for net neutrality in India. This encouraged companies, politicians and the government to support net neutrality in India.

It relies on grassroots funding from ordinary digital citizens which helps IFF maintain independence.

Student Name, College and Year of Study

Rishabh, National Law University, Jodhpur, 5th Year

Duration

03rd June 2019 to 26th July 2019

Application Process

The process is described in detail on the website. (https://internetfreedom.in/jobs-and-internships/)

The office is located in Delhi. They prefer hiring interns for a longer duration of time which helps maintain continuity. (I interned for 2 months). Feel free to be creative in your applications.

First Day Formalities Initial Impressions

The first day of each week begins with a team meeting outlining the work for the week. An email id (yourname[at]internetfreedom.in) is allotted to the intern through which all correspondence is required to be made.

The organisation is small, and the co-workers are warm, friendly, and fun. Your tasks are explained to you and a non-disclosure agreement is signed.

Main Tasks

Since the organisation consists of only 5 people currently, the tasks are varied. Interns are required to support the team in all their activities and assist the Executive Director (Apar Gupta) in his functions.

The tasks may include legal and policy research, drafting documents, filing RTIs, scheduling, coordinating communications, attending meetings and events.

Good Things

  1. Each day at IFF is different and there is more than enough work to keep you busy.
  2. You might get to meet and work with parliamentarians, senior officials, academicians and public figures. (Working closely with a Member of Parliament, and visiting the Lok Sabha multiple times to introduce a Private Member’s Bill was a highlight of my internship)
  3. The co-workers are smart, fun, and kind. (did I not mention that already?).
  4. Working on issues of technology, policy and rights might just make you a little more optimistic about Indian democracy!

Bad Things

If you prefer to work full time on a single activity in isolation (researching, drafting etc) for days and weeks, this might not be the internship for you.

Stipend

Rs. 10,000/- per month

Accommodation Commute

I commuted through the metro. The office is a 2-minute walk from the Kailash Colony metro station.

Other Info

A lesson worth learning is that consistent and long-term involvement is necessary to strengthen our democracy and to build institutions, no matter how small or large your role.

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