Internship Experience @ Human Rights Law Network, New Delhi

· Name of institution (with address):

Human Rights Law Network (576, Masjid Road, Jungpura New Delhi – 110014)

· Name of intern, college & year:

Sakshi Mittal, National Law University Odisha, 1st year

· Duration:

1 month (2nd December to 30th December 2019)

· Application process with contact detail:

I applied through my college’s Internship Committee. But their application process includes sending your CV, duly filled application form of HRLN and Additional Communication in the form of a questionnaire, if any.

· First day formality:

On the first day, we were given a tour of the HRLN office and were told to work under specific advocates, as per their requirement of an intern ,the interns are supposed to work under their supervision. The interns are usually made to sit in the basement of the office, where our Internship Coordinator briefed us about the work and we were made to fill a form, which also contained the Internship Report, to be filled at the end of the Internship.

· Infrastructure:

The infrastructure was like that of a makeshift place and it is usually a problem on the first day to locate the office.

· Main task:

The tasks given at HRLN majorly depends on the area of work that the allotted Advocate works in. For instance, my advocate was involved in drafting PIL’s and SLP’s, so my work primarily revolved around that. All the advocates at HRLN work under different areas like Bonded Labour cases, Acid Attack victim cases, PIL work, criminal cases etc.

· Work environment and Peers:

The environment consisted of legal and non-legal personnel, who were determined about their work and worked tirelessly, even beyond the office timings. Also, my internship was during the time of the initial protests against CAA-NRC, so some of the advocates, volunteers and interns were proactively involved in the protests. Some of my peers were kind, sociable and helpful, so I had a really nice experience working with them.

· Stipends:

No stipend was provided, though there was a provision of reimbursement for expenses incurred during the internship.

· Best thing:

The overall internship experience was good and recommendable. The organization is well known in the field of human rights in India and everyone is cooperative there. I would like to thank them for this great opportunity, through which I were develop myself academically, professionally and socially.

· Worst thing:

The extended timings on some days and the location of the office.

· Office timing:

9:30 am to 6 pm

· Accommodation:

As I am a resident of Delhi, the accommodation was not a problem for me.


Sakshi Mittal

National Law University, Odisha

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