Internship Experience @ CINI Asha [Child in Need Institute], Kolkata: Field Visits, No Stipend

Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Tejoswan Ray; University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun; 3rd year (5th Semester)


Name of Organisation, Location, Team Strength

CINI Asha (Child in Need Institute), India, Kolkata.

Around 15 persons.

Application Process

I had to mail my CV to Ms. Shemanti Sen, an internship coordinator who happened to be an acquaintance to and she referred me.

I got a letter of acceptance almost immediately.

Duration of internship and timings

I worked there for exactly a month.

Our day started around 9 A.M. The hours were quite flexible.

I could leave by 4 P.M.

In case there was a workload I stayed latest till 8 P.M.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

At the outset, the whole arrangement looked unappealing and rather boring.

However, it started growing on me gradually and was actually pleasant.

After the brief introduction session with the other employees and interns, I was assigned work right away.

The entire building was dedicated to the NGO.

But our work encompassed only 3 rooms.

The canteen was on the next floor itself and the rest of the building served as a shelter for the unprivileged and resembled somewhat of a daycare unit.

Main tasks

The most frequent task at CINI was the rescue missions.

We got to do field work where we would pick up needy, homeless children and make provisions for their housing, food and clothing.

We were given behind-the-desk tasks too like drafting etc.

Work environment and people

The environment was extremely homely and nothing was too rigid.

They were an extremely nice and cordial folk.

I was lucky to have found a couple of like-minded people.

Best things

Working this close to a cause that I feel strongly about was truly enriching and will remain close to my heart.

I got the chance to learn a few ropes of a paramount law school tradition that is an internship.

Bad things

Being said that, I must point out that the work was more sociological and humanitarian than legal.

But it gave me exposure into the administration of an NGO which in the 1st year of law school was not exactly a mistake of epic proportions, I suppose!



Biggest Lessons

Although NGOs serve as a noble practice, it is not always the place to learn as much as you can learn at firms or under a Senior Advocate.

However, students interested in human rights work and have a strong affinity towards social work, this is the place to be!

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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