Name of Student
Foundation for Democratic Reforms, Hyderabad
4 weeks, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Application procedure, Contact
For an internship at FDR, one needs to fill out an application form available HERE.
After which the organization gets back to the applicant, and a telephone interview is also taken.
Based on the above, the organization would respond to the internship request within the week.
As I am a localite, I didn’t need accommodation separately, although there are quite a few PGs available in Begumpet for those who need one.
Office, Team Strength
The office is quite spacious, and the interns are made to sit around a conference table.
The team of interns is usually 7-8 people, and the interns there are both fun and value their work at FDR, so it’s a wonderful experience with them.
First Day, Impressions, and formalities
On my first day, I was introduced by our Team Leader to all the interns and also informed about my primary duties, and the importance of sticking to deadlines.
The main task for a research advocate is to primarily help out on research and drafting of points and essays.
As a research intern, I had the opportunity to work on a variety of issues being advocated by FDR at that time.
They place utmost importance to the work ethic and appreciate timely and efficient work.
I also had the opportunity to attend a seminar on Police reforms conducted by Forum for Good Governance, a sister NGO to FDR.
Work Environment, People
The interns are all allotted work individually or in pairs, but the team leader, Ms. Fatima, actively helps out interns who have an issue with their assignment.
The people at FDR are very approachable and are concerned with the work output as well as learning experience for their students.
FDR was founded by the President of Lok Satta Party, Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan.
In addition to being the most down to earth person I had met, he was also extremely well versed with most subjects and often impressed upon us the importance of youth in the policy making process.
The talks with JP Sir were the most memorable times of the internship, because not only did I get a keen insight of Indian and world politics explained by a person who has been there, but he also explained situations across the globe with amazing clarity.
The interns are also provided lunch by the organization, however, for those seeking different tastes, there are many restaurants nearby.
There are not many bad things if you live close by, though the hours coincide with peak traffic hours, so if the accommodation is far away, the local trains are suggested.
One other thing could possibly be that the office hours would extend at times to 7:00 PM.
All in all, it is a brilliant place to intern if one is looking for a quality NGO, and is interested in policy and reform advocacy.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, as well as gained a lot of insightful knowledge through the various talks with Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan.