Name: Natasha Pramanik
Year when interned: 3rd year
College: University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun
Place of Internship: NGO-MARG (Multiple Action Research Group), Shahpur Jat, Delhi.
Type of Internship: NGO
Duration: 4 weeks
Number of working days: 5 days a week
Timings: 9.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
The NGO basically worked towards helping women and people who are in need of support. The NGO consisted of employees specializing in different fields including law. This opportunity was provided to me by our University.
I was given work on a day to day base. I was mainly given the work of a researcher. My main project was to carry out research work of AJMP (Access to Justice to Marginalized People) project about the different Government programmes and schemes in Bihar concerning district social welfare, handicapped, backward class, minority, women and child development, health and family welfare and labour welfare departments.
I also worked upon gathering information about the Public Distribution System (PDS), Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Right to Information Act, 2005 especially in the State of Bihar. , including a research on sex determination of Bihar.
Good things: The best part of working with MARG was the atmosphere. It was a great mixture of a dedication and a relaxed environment. Every employee gave each other ample space and was extremely courteous. They helped each other out and all of them came and sat together during lunch, when work was put aside and a healthy interaction of each other’s personal life was done.
They all made me feel very comfortable around them and were extremely pleasant to work with. Though working would become quite tedious at times, cause as I would like to share researching can become repealing if done continuously. But I did feel left out at times as I was one of the two youngest interns working there.
Bad experience: Now to come to the most dreadful part of the experience, it would definitely be the travelling. As I stay in Gurgaon, travelling to Shahpur Jat everyday would test my patience and drain all my energy out till the end of a day. I would be dropped to the nearest metro station which would take me up to Quatub Minar, and from there I would have to take some other conveyance. It was tougher than it actually sounds.
I can surely say that I experienced one of my most memorable incidents during this period of my internship. That day Delhi had one of its worst downpours which led to floods everywhere due to the remarkable infrastructure of the city. I had to walk for an hour, cross roads that had blocked water about a foot or two. But I ended up managing just fine.
This was my first ever internship and have no regrets, instead had a lot to learn.
A big thank you to our college manager for UPES, Suyash Sinha.