Internship Experience @ Swayam NGO, Kolkata: Civil and Criminal law Research and Drafting Work, Field Visits

Name, College and Year:

Diya Mal, Symbiosis Law School Hyderabad, 1st Year

Name of the organization and address:

Swayam, 9/2B Deodar Street, Ballygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal 700019

Application procedure:

The method of applying is fairly simple. An interested student can simply mail their CV at swayam[at]cal.vsnl.net.in. In case they do not revert back one can follow the mail up with a call on 24863357/3367.

Duration of internship: One month starting from 12th November to12th December 2018. We had to reach the office by 9:30 am. Everyone in the office values punctuality and being late was not encouraged at all. Most of the days we got off at around 5:30 pm.

Accommodation:

Since I am from Kolkata, I communicated from my home itself. However, there are a number of good PGs in the neighbourhood and the place is very well connected with the rest of the city.

First-day impression, formalities:

There are no such formalities that one has to go through. Everyone working in the NGO is extremely warm and they’ll make you feel that you fit right in.

Also, they had about 10-15 students joining the NGO as interns on my first day. All of us had to attend an orientation workshop on Gender, Patriarchy and Violence against Women which helped us in better understanding of the organization.

Main tasks:

Swayam is one of the first organizations in the city to launch a mobile-based app known as Safetipin which helps an individual, especially women, check whether a place is safe or not. I was tasked with going to a number of places to assess the safety of the area with the help of the app.

I was also tasked with researching and documenting the civil and criminal law related to protecting women.

During the duration of my internship, the organization was involved in observing a 16-day international campaign to end violence against women and girls.

As a part of this campaign, I travelled to certain areas in the city to generate awareness about the same. Also, I was tasked with research and logistics in a film screening and panel discussion that took place as a part of the campaign.

Another important job I had was media mobilization as part of an awareness drive. My job involved reaching out to a number of media houses and informing them of the various programmes that were being organized as a part of an awareness campaign by the organization.

Best thing:

The best thing was working with the people in the organization as well as for the cause that the organization stands for. I was extremely happy to see that almost all the people in the organization were extremely dedicated to the cause that the NGO stands for.

Bad thing:

Nothing bad as such.

Overall experience:

Overall experience was extremely fruitful as it gave me a taste of working in a professional atmosphere for the first time.

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