Application procedure involves sending a hard copy of a recommendation letter from the Head of the Institution to the registered address of the organisation. The confirmation is received through a phone call.
Duration of internship and office hours:
4 weeks. Reporting time was 9 am and number of hours were flexible.
First impression, First day formalities, Infrastructure:
On the first day, the interns are supposed to report to the Registrar who is the internship officer, submit copies of marksheets, identity proof and passport size images and sign the internship register.
The chairperson meets the interns on the very first day, if available, and briefs them about her responsibilities and role as the chairperson. Later, the interns meet the two Secretaries who do the same.
The office constitutes of three floors, different departments operating at each floor.
The main task is to learn in depth about the Human Rights Commissions, their establishment, hierarchy and working; the staff introduces the interns to all such details. Copies of complaints are required to be read by the interns for a deeper and pervasive understanding.
The final and most important task is to choose a topic in the domain of Human Rights ( for example, my topic was ‘Rights of people with HIV/AIDS’), research upon it, and submit a detailed research paper, which is scrutinized personally by the Chairperson herself; it is only after her approval, that a certificate of internship is granted to the interns.
Work environment and people:
The staff is supportive and takes special effort to resolve all kinds of problems faced by the interns.
The interns can pay visits to jails, shelter homes, NGOs for better understanding of their topic and the working of the organisation or just for experience.
The complaint letters are mostly written in Kannada, which leaves little scope for interns not well versed with the language to understand the nature of complaints.
No stipend is provided by the organisation.
The personal research done by an intern is the biggest lesson learned with the organisation.