Name of Organisation
Judicial Training and Research Institute, Lucknow.
Duration of Internship and timings
4 weeks, five days a week (Monday-Friday). Timings are quite flexible. It depends on your work. In the morning you are required to report to your internship guides generally till 9:30 or 10 a.m and be there till your work for the day is over, like for example till 1:30 or 2 p.m (never exceeding 3:00 p.m)
Procedure of Application
One can apply there by visiting the office of the Institute of Judicial Training and Research, next to Jaipuria School, Vineet Khand, Gomtinagar, Lucknow, at least fifteen days in advance, along with a letter of application and an attached copy of your CV and the recommendation letter if any, received from college authorities.
First impression, first day formalities
I reported at the office of the then chairman of the Institute Mr. Bhanwar Singh at around 9:30 a.m along with the other interns and was assigned my respective internship faculty guide who in turn would be assigning the interns their respective project topics to research on.
I had a formal and cursory interaction with him and discussion as regards my research paper which I would be working on as part of my internship.
The Judicial Training and Research Institute is a huge building with different allocated departments and a magnificent library. Its main task is training the young minds inclined towards judicial services or judiciary but it also provides for internship to law students.
Main tasks during my internship
The main task of the internship was to prepare research paper on the topic given. The topic assigned to me was Sexual Harassment at Work which required a detailed study with inclusion of recent case laws and amendments.
However, the work became a little boring as apart from the research project there was no other work to be done during the internship regime.
Even then I would say, overall it was a quite enriching experience as I came across different aspects as regards the prevalent laws, its impact, its enforcement and its ramifications for violation of such laws after the Vishakha case .
Work environment and people
The organisation had a very sound working environment. The authorities ensured to provide for all the female interns safe working conditions also ensuring, that they leave as soon as they complete their work for the day and asked them on a daily basis whether or not they are comfortable working in the institute and encouraged them to report any problems or complaints they might have faced during their working hours at the institute.
The interns also shared a comfortable and jovial relation with each other which is also important for a good internship experience for any intern. Friction with co-interns causes distress and distraction from work.
The best thing I liked about the internship was that timings were very flexible and there was no fear of returning home late from work. Another thing was that all interns were given separate projects to work on so there was no shifting of responsibility yet there were no communication gaps or any sort of friction among the interns.
During the lunch the interns could go to the nearby roadside food joints to chill in the scorching heat of May.
The faculty guides of the interns were retired judges or having experience of being a practicing judge for some time because of which the interns learned far many things beyond their project work from their learned knowledgeable and experienced mentors at work.
Honestly, there were no bad things as such about the internship, but certainly, apart from the one research project that the interns had to prepare on one topic, there was no other constructive work assigned to the interns. As a result, the interns felt there was not much of work during the internship.
My faculty guide kept checking my progress every week and made improvisations on the same. He appreciated perfection in work and felt that it should be done with all dedication and interest. In fact, it was under his guidance that I learnt to do my work with utmost dedication and perfection, whatsoever the work may be. I would say the internship was worth it!
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