Online Internship Experience at Volunteers Collective: Labour Law & National Disaster Management Act Research and Drafting Work

Name, College, year of study of the student intern

Varun Ahuja, Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, Delhi, 3rd year

Name of the organisation where you interned and its full address

Volunteers Collective [Online Internship]

Duration of internship

1st June 2020 to 31st August 2020

How did you apply?

One can directly reach out to them via email at volunteers.collective@gmail.com I applied after a call for interns was put out on their Twitter handle.

About the organization

Volunteers’ Collective is a Delhi-based Citizen’s collective consisting of people from various walks of life, ranging from lawyers to journalists, and other professionals. Its primary aim is to provide pro bono legal aid and relief to society while working towards various societal problems and issues, such as sexual harassment and environmental issues.

First day formalities, infrastructure, first impression

Since it was an Online Internship, I was asked to get on a call to discuss my areas of interest and how I would be able to help the organization. After a brief overview of the organization, I was told I could help in the legal research wing. I felt comfortable from day one because whomsoever I spoke to was kind enough to put in an extra effort and check-up regularly about the progress of my work.

Main tasks

Initially, I was given to research about the scrapping of Labour Laws by various State Governments earlier this year. Thereon, I was involved in drafting and putting out detailed solidarity statements and help in creating awareness about the use/misuse of laws in the country (Eg., the law on Custodial torture after the custodial deaths in Tamil Nadu) Additionally, I did general research on case laws under the National Disaster Management Act and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

However, my two main tasks were:

  • I had analyzed the Bangalore Water Supply judgment, 1978. It deals with the definition of ‘Industry’ under the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, a question of law that is still not settled.
  • In a team of three, we had prepared a primer/summary of the 277th Law Commission Report, which deals with the question of wrongful prosecution for general awareness of the people.

Work environment

Even though I worked on more than one issue, the organization as a whole is involved in a number of key areas which makes working with them even more interesting. A team was actively working on the recently issued Environmental Impact Assessment and why it was harmful.

Advocate Tanvi Sharma, the founder and head of the organization, is extremely friendly and forthcoming and takes due care in making everyone comfortable with whatever work they are assigned. She was quite approachable and candid if there was any problem faced by any of the interns.

Good things

As a law student, one gets to be exposed to a host of topics and areas of law which are not taught in the normal course of our classes. Working in a volunteer organization is an experience in itself, just because one gets to learn a lot from researching as well as the practical experience of the advocates you work with.

Stipend

Since it is a volunteer organization, there was no stipend.

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