Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

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Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Centre for Legislative Research and Advocacy, New Delhi

Application Process with contact details

The application process was quite simple. I sent an email to info@clraindia.org requesting an opportunity to intern, along with the dates of internship and a copy of my CV.

You may write a cover letter but it is not strictly required. I got a prompt response within 24 hours confirming my internship on the mentioned dates.

Duration of Internship and timings

23rd November, 2015 to 18th December, 2015

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

The office is actually the top floor of a 2 storey building, situated in a residential area. It was not very hard finding the office, and if you get lost, you can call the office and they would be happy to direct you.

NOTE: The location given on google maps is wrong. Follow the actual address instead.

The office is quite cozy, though a bit small. There are 6 slightly ancient desktop computers that can be used by interns, but if you have a laptop it would be recommended you use that.

There were no formalities as such. You will meet with Mr Vinod Bhanu on the first day, who is a friendly, slightly reserved person. You may indicate what you expect from the internship during this interaction.

Main tasks

For the first two weeks, I was assigned to work on several initiatives and projects that the organisation itself had taken up, such as its child labour initiative, water initiative etc.

The work was mainly research based. We were also asked to contribute to a pool of questions for question hour.

After 2 weeks, I was taken to intern with a Member of Parliament, which is part of the internship with CLRA.

The work you get with the MP depends a lot on the MP itself. While some are dynamic and proactive, I’ve heard that others can tend to let interns waste away. The MP I was assigned to work under was fortunately very proactive, and actively encouraged ideas.

He also made me and my fellow intern work on certain matters that were to come before the house, prepare speeches, questions for question hour etc.

We were asked to prepare notes on bills that were due to come before the house, and suggest ways by which it could be improved.

We were also taken to Parliament by our MP, and had a lunch at the Parliament Canteen! It was a great experience.

Work environment and people

The work environment is quite relaxed, and if you finish your work, you can leave early.

You can actively seek out work if you wish to, or you may fly under the radar if you are that kind of person. Overall, how your internship goes is decided by the initiative that you take.

The co interns are quite friendly and helpful, and Mr Bhanu is a very mild, but firm person.

When working with the MP, again a lot depends on the MP and what he demands. You may take the initiative as well.

Best things

The best things were the exposure I got to Parliament, and the experience I got working with the MP.

It was nice to get an idea of the inner workings of Parliament and governance in general, as well as an idea on how to draft private members bills, questions etc. In essence, the experience was the best thing.

Bad things

There were times when there was not a lot of work.

It becomes a bit lax at times, which also could be considered a good thing by some people.

A the work also has a tendency to get repetitive at times.

Stipend of CLRA Internship

No stipend.

Biggest Lessons

Considering this was my first internship, it was great to learn how to conduct yourself in a relatively professional place. People are helpful, and its great to learn the ropes with this internship.

There are also several interns who are either completing their masters, or are in their last two years of law school.

It’s a good place to learn about policy research and governance, and to get a nice exposure to various facets of governance.

Accommodation

My brother lives in Delhi, so accommodation was not an issue. I’m not a native of Delhi, so I’m not too sure on PG availability in the Jor Bagh area (where the office is located).

However, the office is walking distance from the Jor Bagh Metro station which is on the yellow line, so make sure you stay on one of the stations on the yellow line for easy access.

Office Timings at CLRA Internship

The timings were quite flexible. Generally the timings were from around 11 to 4. You can also work from home if you feel like, with prior approval of Mr Bhanu. In short, its quite a relaxed system.

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