Virtual Internship with Niti Manthan: Unique Think Tank Experience

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Name, College, Year Of Study

Harshita Ranjan, 2nd year BA LLB (H), Amity Law School

About The Organization

Niti Manthan is a Delhi based think-tank consisting of a team of students, lawyers and professionals working in the field of law. It does rigorous research in the legal field.

Duration Of The Internship

1st June, 2021- 30th June, 2021

Mode Of Internship

Online

How I Applied?

I had participated earlier in an extempore competition by Niti Manthan. This might be the reason that I got an email one day about the research internship opportunity at Niti Manthan. The charge of the application, i.e., Rs 40 was also mentioned in the email. At first, I had doubts because I didn’t want to spend a single penny on internships but considering the minimal amount, I applied and received a reply after 1 month. In the reply email, they stated about the covid relief work they were doing during the past one month and also informed that the internship will be resumed. An interview was conducted after that in which one subjective and one objective question was asked. Since I applied for the legal history internship, both questions revolved around that. After that, I got the confirmation mail and joined the Whatsapp group.

First-Day Formalities

Since it was an online internship, a google meet was scheduled for the orientation. Nitish sir explained to us the basics of research and how to do it. He also briefed us about how we will be doing the research work. I felt that he is a very kind, soft-speaking person and I can ask any doubt I had.

How My 30 Days Went On?

We were divided into groups of two and were assigned the task of researching the legal history. We were made to do the literature review first in which every team read and made a report of each chapter of ‘Colonial Justice in British India’ by Elizabeth Kolsky. We had meetings in which each team explained what they read in the particular chapter, what they understood and their own views. This sometimes also resulted in a healthy discussion where I got to learn many new things about legal history. Our second task was to make case briefs of pre-independence. We were again divided into groups and researched criminal cases focused on murder and rape from the website of the Indian Institute of Law.  In meetings, each team used to explain the cases they read which also sometimes resulted in healthy discussions.

Good Things About The Internship

The discussion we had during meetings were the best part. I got to learn so many things from Nitish sir. He is so kind and generous that I never hesitated in asking questions no matter how basic the question was.

Bad Things About The Internship

The internship would have been successful if we had regular meetings and had worked consistently and seriously. Sometimes the discussions went so long that others didn’t get the chance to speak. For example, I wasn’t able to review the chapter assigned to me. But those who did might have benefitted a lot.

Stipend

No stipend and like other interns, I am also waiting for a paid internship somewhere 🙂

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