Name of the organisation. City
People’s Union for Civil Liberties [PUCL], New Delhi, India.
How big was the office? Team strength?
One room on rent with 4 desktops. Two paid clerks. One kitchen. One washroom.
Application procedure. Internship contact details
Address: 270-A, Patparganj,
Opp Anandlok Apartments- Gate No. 2,
Mayur Vihar- I, New Delhi (110 091)
Contact No. – 01122750014
Mahi Pal Singh, Secretary, PUCL (Cell phone 09312206414)
Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings
6 days a week (includes Sunday). Monday’s office closed.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
Since my home town’s Noida, I had no accommodation problems and would use the metro for traveling purposes.
But, there are a lot of PG’s in the vicinity of the office area and finding accommodation wouldn’t be a difficult thing. Most of my fellow interns were putting up in PG’s at walking distance.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
The office location of PUCL, Delhi is quite a disappointment.
Also for those dressing up in formals to make a great first impression or expecting too much work, well none of the above is required or is going to happen.
You will have to help the two clerks with their normal clerical work for the first 4-5 days.
Then later you will be assigned either a report submission on any topic Mr. Mahipal gives to you or some survey in the nearby locations.
My internship at PUCL, Delhi was for 4 weeks. There was no specific timings.
The office opened at 11 am and closed at 5 pm.
I could come and go as I liked. Mr. Mahi Pal Singh, Secretary, PUCL visits only on Sundays.
I was allowed to work from home, nothing mandatory.
Work environment, people
The two clerks working in the office were extremely friendly and would make a cup of tea for all the interns every time they made one for themselves.
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues
For the first few days of our internship at PUCL we all got lunched packed in dabbas from homes or PG’s and all of us interns would sit together and share the food talking out our respective colleges.
Later, once the dabba period got boring we started going out to the stalls outside the office to eat from this really nice Chinese food stall.
Well, this internship experience could be used best to know how it is to work independently and gather information.
Mr. Mahi Pal at PUCL would not hesitate to provide any contact information or addresses and encouraged me to meet lawyer’s and complainant’s on the topic that was assigned to me.
For my report completion I went to meet Adv. Ashok Agrawal who was very much open to answer all my queries and also asked me to accompany him on his daily surveys on the particular case topic on which I was preparing the report.
Overall, I worked from home and worked to my convenience. And made a lot new friends. Interning at PUCL is a good experience for student’s interning for the first time. No more and no less work.
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