Internship Experience @ Human Rights Law Network, Guwahati [HRLN]: File RTIs, Observe Court Proceedings

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Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Rohit Ghosh, National Law University, Assam, Semester II

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Human Rights Law Network, Guwahati

Application Process with contact details

Application form is HERE.

Fill it up and submit it along with updated CV and recommendation letter at the office (House No. 13, Lamb Road, Jorpukhuri, Uzan Bazar, Guwahati-781001)

Duration of internship and timings

20th June, 2016 – 30th July, 2016

Actually you’re expected to intern for 30 days, but I liked working here so I extended by time here till the last day of summer holidays

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

The office is nothing impressive. It is small and congested when there are one too many people inside. I interned during the summer so it was hot but the water cooler is a life saver.

People who are not aware of the climatic conditions of Guwahati, I suggest you drink a cup of water from the cooler every 15-45 mins when working in the office.

Main tasks

1. Filing RTIs: I have filed about 13 RTIs while working here.

2. Writing Ex Partes, Written Statements, PILs.

3. Observing Court proceedings: I attended one Court or the other every other day.

4. Making Reports and PPTs of Acts.

5. Interviewing clients: This office gets a lot of DV (Domestic Violence) cases and sometimes their stories will make you sick to your stomach.

Work environment and people

They’ve got to be some of the most friendly and understanding people to work for.

Best things

The people here have to be the best! They understand if you fall sick and are not constantly breathing down your neck.

And the lunch breaks! You can go out and eat something in any of the many restaurants/cafes available nearby.

Bad things

A little upgrade to the infrastructure wouldn’t hurt. The office gets hot and it needs more fans and bigger rooms.

Also the work load is a little too much sometimes.

Stipend

No Stipend

Biggest Lessons

You see, if you haven’t seen yet, the ugly side of the society. And it makes you realize how much there’s still room for more NGOs who can do something for the people who face violence at home in the hands of their Husbands or In-Laws, but have no way to approach the judiciary.

Overall Rating

8

Accommodation

I’m a localite so I stayed at home, but for people who may come from other cities may stay at PGs 10-30 mins away from the office. Accommodation won’t be a problem.

Office Timings

Officially, the timings are from 10 A.M to 6 P.M. but sometimes you may be asked to come in a little late and go to the Court directly.

Also, sometimes the work load is a lot and you end up leaving at about 7 pm.

 

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