Internship Experience @ Child Rights and You, Kolkata: Learning and having fun can happen at the same time!

Name, College, Year

Sohini Bose, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, 1st Year

Name of the organisation

Child Rights and You, Kolkata

Duration of internship

4th January to 31st January, 2018

Application procedure

One has to write an email to [email protected] which should include your CV and CRY’s registration form.

Instead of getting an email as a reply, you will probably be contacted directly by Anindita Mukherjee, the manager of CRY East for a telephonic interview.

Drop her an email asking for your internship confirmation email if she forgets to send you one after confirming your internship over the phone. She is very busy so it might slip her mind.

First day formalities

It was just three of us who were new interns. Other interns were almost done with their internship.

We met up with Anindita ma’am who briefed us on the programs of CRY we were going to be assigned to because CRY organizes a lot of events and programs throughout the year. We were assigned to Public Outreach campaign and a Public Action Group. We were also asked to make preparations for the celebration of Volunteers’ Day which was within two days from our date of joining.

You can wear casual clothes. There is no need to be formally dressed.

Main tasks

For Public Outreach, I had to contact PR heads of malls and metro stations and seek permission for letting us promote the event of Click Rights which was being organised to ask the Government to allocate more money for the education of children from the annual budget.

Public Action Groups (PAG) are groups of volunteers operating in different areas of Kolkata, teaching children. We had to go to a certain PAG centre and complete child profiling, which is essentially collecting details of all the children attending classes taken by the CRY volunteers and what they have been taught for the last six months.

I also got the opportunity to make a poster for recruiting more volunteers from local colleges in Kolkata.

Many interns also get the opportunity to teach the children belonging to different PAGs. Classes are taken on Sundays.

Raising a fund of Rs. 5,000 is a must for all interns.

Office timings

11 am to 4 pm.

You can go home early if you finish your assigned job for the day, early.

Advantages

The people in the office are very friendly. It makes working comfortable.

You get provided with laptops so you do not have to carry your own.

You are offered coffee two times a day. They will probably prepare tea instead of coffee for you if you ask them to.

You can also ask the kitchen staff to prepare lunch for you at a nominal price or order food from outside. Likewise, you can go out to eat as well, but return within a reasonable period of time. Since there are hardly any proper restaurants to lunch around the CRY office, all the staff order food via food delivery services.

Disadvantages

The CRY office is located a bit far away from the main road which makes it difficult to find it but once you get used to the route, it becomes easy.

My opinion

It is an internship every law student should do and preferably in his or her first year of law school. Contacting PR heads and meeting with them was a new experience for me. I also got the chance to make posters and since they liked my work, I have become an online volunteer to make posters for them. Anindita ma’am is very friendly and your go-to person. She makes your internship experience even better. You get to work without feeling stressed.

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