Online Internship Experience at Volunteers Collective: Research on Sexual Harassment

Name, College, and Year of the Student Interning

Mrinalini Mukherjee, O.P. Jindal Global University, 2nd Year

Name of the Internship Organisation

Volunteers Collective [Online Internship]

DURATION OF INTERNSHIP

June, July 2020 (2 Months)

What Made Me Apply to Volunteers Collective

After completing my first year of law school, I was looking for a good internship opportunity where I would get the chance to learn and grow as a law student, as well as a professional. This is when I came across Volunteers Collective, via my university’s Office of Career Services. I was interested in working for women against sexual harassment, and the organization guided me towards that area of work. I sent them my resume over email at volunteers.collective@gmail.com and they set up an interview with me over a call.

Main Tasks

As a law student who had just completed her first year, my tasks were:

  • To study the Prevention of Sexual Harassment Act of 2013, and to make informational primers regarding the same.
  • Designing certain social media posts.
  • Research in the field of prevention of sexual harassment and drafting summaries.
  • To attend weekly meetings to discuss the progress of the initiative and to go over the tasks to be completed in the coming weeks.
  • To take minutes of the meeting so as to keep a track of the work that needs to be completed.

Work Environment

The work environment at Volunteers Collective was very pleasant. My superiors very very accommodating and cooperative and were always ready to help me out or explain things to me, regarding my work. If I had a problem with the tasks, they helped me overcome it and always came up with good solutions to solve them. Thus, it was a very supportive work environment.

Growth and Learning Outcomes

The environment promoted personal and professional growth. I learned about legal measures and what requires to be done in case someone is subjected to sexual harassment at one’s workplace. The internship helped me expand my academic repertoire as I studied the POSH act and related government regulations, articles and essays in this area. As a future lawyer, I learnt how to apply the statutes and how to draft documents.

Stipend

There was no stipend as the organisation is a volunteer organisation.

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