The internship can be for 4 weeks to 6 weeks depending on the intern.
The timings are from 10 AM to 4 PM. First Year interns are often left earlier.
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
The Legal wing of the NGO is located in the basement of a residential area. Though at first it might seem to be claustrophobic, it soon begins to feel homely.
There are no specific first day formalities. They send a confirmation mail, they also send a form that needs to be filled up and sent prior to the beginning of the internship.
The first impression we had was of friendly co-workers. Everyone in the office was pretty helpful and warm towards us.
Being first years, there were not many things that we needed to do. We did a lot of clerical work- make lists of the NGOs in our allotted State, update media lists among other things in our first week.
We then read up on filing RTIs and then learnt how to file them.
We filed RTIs as our main job. Also, we attended a global conference organised by TII in association with Global Compact Networks, and helped Organize it.
We also Read a lot of Landmark Judgments Happening during that time that gave us an exposure to the present scenarios.
Work environment and people
The people around are sweet and friendly. The director is a bit strict and perhaps if justified to be so, since he needs to run the Legal Wing.
There is a “Ramu Chacha” kind of person who gave us tea and coffee at brief intervals in the cold delhi Winters.
The interns have a corner to themselves, where all of them sit together and work.
One of the best things about the office is the student friendly atmosphere. Almost everyone there is ready to help you out with any thing.
You also get to see, that there is perhaps this one part of the nation striving to Fight against corruption and manage to do a lot despite facing so many oppositions.
A good boss helps you but a bad one, basically ruins your experience. The director was very strict with all the employees and all the interns too. In my experience, some of the words were insulting.
While sometimes, it helps to be strict, often being rude and stern can cause an aversion from your own employees.
However, it can be said, had he not been strict, half of the work that happened there, would stand still.
I learnt, that to start with such a Big NGO in your first year, and that too, first internship was not one of the better things.
It helps to perhaps acquire some good legal knowledge before you do so.
The Transparency International India website is here.
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