Internship Experience @ CRY, Kolkata: Really nice people, but overall a disappointing experience

Name & University

Sagnik Sarkar; Tamil Nadu National Law University, Trichy.

Name of NGO

CRY- Child Rights and You, Kolkata

Contact Person

Anindita Mukherjee, CRY – Child Rights and You,
152, Kalikapur, Gitanjali Park, New No. 8, Kolkata – 700 099

How to Apply

I filled up the internship application form I found on the website of CRY and sent it to [email protected].

I received a phone call in a few weeks’ time. I was asked for my opinion of some child rights issues. Post this, I received a confirmation email after a few days.

Duration of Internship

1 month

Working Hours

The official working hours for interns is from 11 AM – 4 PM, Monday-Friday. In practice, almost all interns leave by 2-3 PM.

Saturdays and Sundays are usually off unless there is a need to go on a field visit or some other event. This is usually informed a couple of days in advance.

Work Environment & People

The work environment is very chill and laidback. The interns sit together around a table and do the respective work which has been assigned to them.

Expect some fun and banter while you work. It’s a nice working environment. The staff is really nice, polite, approachable, and helpful.

Supervision is limited and hands-off. You are assigned work, you just have to complete it, get it reviewed, and turn it in. It’s up to you how to do it.

Nature of Work

I was asked to:

1. Make a chart for the display board.

2. Edit and proofread a report on 100 success stories.

3. Make a presentation on the primary healthcare system with specific regard to children, RTE, and the National Curriculum Framework.

4. Identify potential corporate donors and partners based in Kolkata.

5. Manage a stall in IIM Calcutta for 2 days as part of the Bake for CRY Sale.

Good Things

1. The chill and laidback environment make for comfortable working experience.

2. The nice, polite staff ensures a pleasant working environment and supervision.

Bad Things

1. The waiting periods can be long. The first day, I was made to wait one-and-a-half hours before I was oriented and assigned work. When I came to take my internship certificate, I had an even longer wait of half a day!

2. The work was unsatisfying. I didn’t expect legal work here, but I expected some work which makes me feel like I’ve worked for child rights. The largely backend office work with no field exposure has left me unsatisfied.

3. Most importantly, I didn’t learn anything new. Unsatisfying work may be forgivable, but the least we can expect is to walk away from an internship with some more knowledge or empathy towards the world. I can’t say I felt any more knowledgeable or empathetic after this internship.

Overall Experience

The management here, at least with regard to interns, is very disappointing, to put it mildly. It’s said that great employees leave first because of bad management.

My experience here exemplifies the truth of this statement. The bad management was the biggest force which kept me from liking this internship.

Neither was the work satisfying. I don’t feel like I’ve learned anything from this internship, neither have I become a better person.

The great people and the nice working environment were the only things I looked forward to these 30 days. I can’t say I liked anything much more, including and especially the work.

Final Words

You probably won’t like working here, unless (1) you’re only looking for a brand name on your CV, and (2) have time to while away anyway on unsatisfying work.

I wouldn’t recommend to anyone. There are far better places to intern.

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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