Internship Experience at People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Bangalore: Human Rights Law Research and Drafting Work


Name, College and Year of Study

Mohammed Farhan C, St. Joseph’s College of Law, 1st Year of Integrated 5 year B.Com LLB course

Name of the organisation where you interned and its full address

People’s Union for Civil Liberties – Karnataka

Address: No 15, 1 st Floor, Post office road, Sapangiram Nagar, Bangalore 560027.

Duration of internship

03.01.2019 – 31.01.2019 (4 weeks)

How did you Apply?

I wrote a mail to Prof. Y J Rajendra, State President, PUCL – Karnataka (rajendrayj[at], applying for the internship. I received a mail within hours of my request.

I was asked to come to the office so that I could meet Prof. Y J Rajendra (State President, PUCL– Karnataka) to discuss on the Human Rights issue in which I am interested and work towards."

First day formalities, infrastructure, first impression

On the first day, all the interns were asked to brief Prof. Y J Rajendra and Mr. Shujayatulla on the Human Rights issue we had chosen. We were asked reasons as to why we had chosen a particular topic.

We were asked to come out with a good research paper at the end of the internship. Bonafide Letter from the college was collected from the interns.

Main Tasks

  • Get an in-depth idea on the Human Rights Law by going through exhaustive material available at the Indian Social Institute – Bengaluru library.
  • To do a good literature review on the area of Human Rights violation which you have chosen.
  • To get primary and secondary sources of data on the chosen topic.
  • To conceptualize on the paper you are working on

Good Things

  • I got to learn about the laws, conventions and treaties existing nationally and world-wide.
  • I learnt how to write a research paper.
  • I got the opportunity to attend a social work seminar.
  • I got in touch with realities of life which I was unaware about and such exposure can never be derived from book knowledge.
  • The internship got me in touch with some amazing people who I can always count
  • upon in my professional endeavours.

Bad Things

Nothing as such.


No stipend.

Accommodation, commuting to the office

As I reside in Bangalore, I used to live in my house. But you can find a number of PG’s in different parts of Bangalore at a cheap price as Bangalore has been regarded as one of the cheapest cities in our country.

I used my two-wheeler to commute. You can easily find rentable scooter from apps like Vogo and bounce at an affordable price.

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

I spent a few days in the Cubbon Park library where I would get access to a secondary source of information for my research paper. The park library is a very peaceful place and provides a good environment to study. Whenever I was tired of researching, I would take a walk in the garden and it would give a very refreshing feel.

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