Name. College. Year of Study.
Srishti, ILS Law College, Pune, 1st year
Name of the organization. City
Multiple Action Research Group (MARG), New Delhi
MARG is an NGO which works for the legal empowerment of the vulnerable and the marginalized, women, children, persons with disabilities, etc.
Duration of the internship. No. of days/week. Timings
The Duration of my internship was 4 weeks from 21st October to 15th November.
I was required to work for 5 days a week from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. However, the timings were flexible.
How big was the office? Team strength?
The office was fairly big. Apart from the executive director, the team comprised of five lawyers who worked in different fields of legal awareness and legal assistance for the marginalized and backward sections of the society.
Application procedure. Internship contact details
I applied by sending an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are also expected to call them and follow up once or twice before they confirm the internship.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
I stayed in a PG near INA metro station. Travelling to the office was easy because of the awesome Delhi Metro.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
The first day I was introduced to the executive director. It was an interactive session with the other fellow interns. I was also acquainted with the type of work that the NGO is involved with.
I was also made to read the publications of the NGO which explained laws made for the weaker and marginalized sections in a very simple language.
Main tasks (in detail)
I was assigned tasks on a daily basis. I was mainly given the work of a researcher. My work basically revolved around the Right to Education and free legal aid according to National Legal Services Authorities Act.
Work environment, people
The work environment was very friendly and informal. The work timings were not strict. I could come and go as I liked.
The best part of working with MARG was the work environment. It was a combination of a dedication and a relaxed environment. All the employees were extremely considerate and also interacted with all the interns.
Other good things were free Wi-Fi, a great library, deep lunch hour discussions and also awesome tea twice a day.
What I felt to be the best thing was that everyone there understood the fact that I had little legal knowledge and helped with every query that I had, no matter how silly and small it was.
The only bad thing was that at times I was assigned work of finding statistics and compiling reports based on those statistics which I found to be a very boring task.
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues
The Hauz Khas village was nearby which is an awesome place to hang out. There were two co-interns from GNLU and NUJS. It was good to talk to them during the lunch hour and know more about their college life etc.
There was no stipend but it was an inspirational and enlightening internship experience.
Anything else you’d like to tell; Biggest lessons
This was my first internship and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The best things that I learnt in my internship were because of my interaction with my supervisor, a really great person to interact with, who was always full of new and insightful questions which served as a food of thought. Overall it was a great internship for a beginner like me.