Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Avishek Pradhan, Siddhartha Law College, Dehradun, 5th Year

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra, Dehradun, 30 interns

Application Process with contact details

When a student decides to intern in Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra (RLEK) Dehradun, he firstly has to send an enquiry email ([email protected]) to Miss Mamta who is the internship coordinator in that NGO.

Further he/she shall receive an email from the NGO asking them about their choice of batches as per their convenience and the accomodation as well in which they decide to intern.

I interned for a month during my summer vacations. Once receiving an email from them he/she should revert with the choice of batch he wants to intern with. One batch comprises of 25- 30 interns.

Duration of internship and timings

12th May 2014 – 14th June 2014

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

On the first day, I was a bit late so the batch had already attended the welcome speech given by Mr. Avdhash Kaushal who is the Chairman of the NGO. I was also given a lot of books and pamphlets dealing with Van gujjars and upliftment of tribal people in Uttarakhand to read.

Then after a while I had my lunch which is available for all for the price of Rs. 60 per meal (The price could have changed now) which was heaven compared to my hostel food.

The entire building comprises of the NGO in the ground floor, another office on the first floor and a conference room in the 3rd floor. The dorms are also attached to the NGO.

Main tasks

RLEK is an NGO which never bored me at any day.

When I was an intern there it was propagating a scheme known as “Nai Roshni” of the Government of India which was meant to uplift village women by educating them about the various laws which was enacted in our country to promote and protect women.

I took training sessions, did various surveys, and made a report in the end when my Internship had ended. In order to conduct these tasks we were taken to many villages of Dehradun.

Work environment and people

The work environment is very relaxed but not haphazard. The members of the NGO are very friendly and the students who come to intern are very cooperative and friendly.

I specially remember going for trips to Rishikesh with my intern mates for river rafting. But cutting the chase, its a really good place to intern and gaining knowledge is a guarantee.

Best things

The best thing that I remember in that NGO is the way things worked out without any fuss or fear. We all felt like a family. Everyone supporting and caring for us.

Bad things

They say good things happen to those who do something. Similarly if you work sincerely then a lot of people in that NGO shall come to support and help you.

But if you lie around there doing nothing, then no one’s even ask about you. This NGO exists because of the work it does and is still doing.

Stipend

I received an internship certificate so no stipend.

Biggest Lessons

Working for this NGO taught me to be self-dependent and to communicate with people who have very less knowledge regarding what is happening around the world. It helped me know that the world is not all happy and shiny as it appears from one’s eyes.

Accommodation

I am studying in a college in Dehradun and was living in the college hostel, still am so I used to go to the NGO daily in my scooty.

But fret not, there is availability of separate boys as well as girls dorm in the NGO itself. You shall receive the details along with the batch selection once you send an enquiry.

Office Timings T

he timings which I was allotted was from 10 am in the morning till 5 pm at the evening. There was no such strict rules as per time but I preferred being on time.

 

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