Internship Experience at Kalinga Kusum Foundation, Bhubaneswar: Legal Research and Article Writing on Variety of Law Topics

Name, college, year of study of the student intern

Aryan Kashyap, Lloyd Law College, 2nd Year.

Name of the organisation where you interned and its full address

Name: Kalinga Kusum Foundation

Address: Kalinga Kusum Plot no. 152, 2nd Floor, Near TCS AUM Building, Infocity Road, Square, Patia, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751024.

Duration of internship

1 month: 2nd January 2019 to 30 January.

How did you apply?

I went to the official website of Kalinga Kusum Foundation and there I found the contact details of the organisation. I sent my CV to info[at]kalingakusum.in.

I had applied late for the internship. Usually, the office does not entertain late interns, but they made an exception for me because they had availability that month. I sent my cv and talked on the provided contact number, the officials were very kind and considerate.

First day formalities, infrastructure, first impression

Although The NGO office is on google maps, it was difficult finding it as there were no banners there, it is situated in a rented complex, in a narrow road behind the moonlight restaurant. Due to this, I wandered in the area for almost half an hour and then finally found it.

It was a residency converted into an office. I was taken to the waiting room with the other interns. There Ruchi Ma’am came, we had a short introduction session, we were served some snacks and tea. I was briefed about the kind of work I have to do, then I was taken to the interns working area.

The interns working area is on the first floor. I was seated with the other interns. We had to bring our own laptops to the office. There were adequate charging points for everybody.

Main tasks

Since this was my first internship, I did not have much idea about anything. I was taught the basics of legal research and writing. I learned how to do basic legal research (finding cases). My main task was to write articles on the provided legal topics. The interns had the liberty to choose from the many topics that were provided to them. We had to write the articles and do peer review.

Good things

  • The office is usually not very crowded thus, you can learn directly from the officials well.
  • There was no micromanagement, working times were flexible, you just had to finish and submit the work on time.
  • The office hours ended at 3 pm only, you had the rest of the day to go around and enjoy at the Patia road.
  • The area is well connected by transport and is well within the city.

Bad things

  • There are no hostels or PG nearby the NGO unless you have a relative or a friend who lives there, it is difficult.
  • I had to travel for over 40kms one way every day to reach the office, the Ola/Uber cost me a fortune. (I recommend using Rapido, it cuts the expenses more than half).
  • The office started early and there were no modes of transport that early in the area I lived in.

Stipend

No, they did not provide any stipend.

Accommodation, commuting to the office

I did not find any PG or hotels near the office, there are many hotels but they will cost a grand. You may stay somewhere far and rent yulu electric bikes or use Rapido bike taxi.

Anything else, what you did to chill out, lessons learnt etc

The office is at a walking distance of 10 minutes from KIIT Road. The KIIT road is famous for serving all types of cuisines you can imagine on earth, it is a 1.5km long road full of a variety of food, cheap or costly, your choice. Some restaurants I suggest would be Biggies Burger, Wok On, Upre.

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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