Internship Experience @ People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Jaipur: Field Work, Documentaries, Surveys #BestFor1stYear

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

GAURIKA KHANDELWAL, National Law University, Delhi, 2nd Year

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

PUCL, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 90 students

Application Process with contact details

I have applied at PUCL, Jaipur through an email to Kavita Sriavastava Ma’am (President PUCL) which was present on PUCL office site.

Otherwise, here’s the ID- [email protected]

Duration of internship and timings

14 December 2015- 15 January 2016

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

First day, was a bit terrific. As I am very punctual I reached the venue on time. But other interns who were late, were scolded by Ma’am.

Some people wore formals but it was not necessary to wear formals as the internship required a lot of field work.

Everyone was little scared about Ma’am but eventually we understood how soft- hearted and composite woman she is.

We were never asked to come to office rather were called in some hall in Bapu Nagar, Jaipur.

Main tasks

I think we were taught about the basic problems faced by society in general. We were shown movies based on caste inequality, visisted places where we could meet PWD people and understand their issues.

We were made to visit courts and see the proceedings along with a visit to Mahila Thana in Jaipur.

We conducted survey too about finding positions of government school toilets and inhabited people living in slum areas.

We witness seminars too on caste issues, transgender and caste sex ratios.

We visited some of the lawyers for understanding the working of court and judicial accountability.

Work environment and people

All the interns were very friendly and I made a lot of friends from different law schools.

People who used to come and take session were very helpful and frank. They actually help us to think about the societal problems faced by every member of the society.

Kavita Ma’am was a bit strict but at the same time she was very lovable too.

Best things

I learnt along with so many friends, listening to their opinions and expressing mine. The task which every intern used to do was more of a fun filled activity than anything else.

They made us realize about the profession we’ve entered and the burden of changing society’s perception.

Because of this internship, I am in contact with every law school of India.

Bad things

Ma’am used to lose her temper little bit soon and sometimes we were asked to work for survey till 1 a.m which was little bit unsafe.

Stipend

NO.

Biggest Lessons

I can say very happily that PUCL Jaipur has given me so much. I learnt lessons, made friends, understood about the law profession I’ve entered.

Small tasks make you realize the importance of how privilege you are and how you through this profession of law can make change.

Because we know , Law has the power which no profession in the world has. I learnt how to be work in a team and be confident enough in expressing my opinions.

Also, the discussions we used to have were very eye-opening.

Any Other Thing I

would suggest every first year to do an internship like this and not to run after corp/firms.

Because this internship you cannot do in any year except for first year.

Accommodation

No. As I am from Jaipur, I stayed at my home during the internship period.

Office Timings

Usually, it used to depends on the task which was assigned to us for the day. First few days we had to report at 10.00 a.m and finished at 6.00p.m.

She is very particular about timings and holidays.

But nobody feel like taking holiday as this is one of the best internship one could ever do in his/her first year.

When we used to go for field work, we used to reach home by 8 p.m- 9.p.m.

 

 

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