Name. College. Year of Study
Shreya Vajpei, Army Institute of Law, Mohali; 2nd year
Name of the organisation. City
People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Jaipur
How big was the office? Team strength?
The office is docked in a residential building in Barkat Nagar area.
It is a pretty small building (it took me two hours to locate it on my first day).
The Jaipur office is headed by Ms. Kavita Srivastsava, although she has various volunteers who help her with the core work.
Application procedure. Internship contact details
I had got to know about PUCL from various websites that sited it to be a great place for a first year internship.
I had emailed my resume alongwith my SOP at firstname.lastname@example.org
Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings
I interned for about 4 weeks. Timings are variable. Most days you will have to report at 9 am. But in case there is field work, one might have to come even early accordingly.
It’s a usually a 6 day/week internship. You will most probably get the Sunday off unless there are reports/ field work/ guest lectures assigned for that day.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
Since I am from Jaipur, I didn’t really need the accommodation.
But in case you need a PG, there are plenty available right next to the office (since its in a residential area). In fact, Ms. Kavita will herself help you locate a PG.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
The first impression isn’t really great.
It is a very compact office with loads of books and files and a couple of computers. But all that makes sense once you realize that PUCL is non-profit NGO.
The very moment I entered the office I was asked to write an appointment letter for the record.
Thereafter, I proceeded to another room in the office where the other interns were seated. We were told that we had to proceed to an AIDWA meet.
PUCL looks into myriad issues.
During my internship we covered a Thana report, a survey on Pak-Hindu Refugees, a study on implementation and impact of PCPNDT act.
We were also shown various movies and documentaries to acquaint us with the working and interests of PUCL.
We also got to meet many people who were doing exemplary social work in various fields.
We met Mr. Prem Krishan Sharma (President, PUCL Jaipur) who is an eminent Labour Law advocate, Mr. Ashok Khandelwal (eminent economist), Mr. Radha Kant Saxena, Justice R.S. Chauhan (HC judge), Mr. Hindu Singh Sodha etc.
Work environment, people
Ms. Kavita Srivastava is a monster (in her very own words) when it comes to deadlines and laid back attitude, but quite honestly is the most dedicated, hard working woman I have ever come across.
She is truly an inspiration. I used to be amazed when we interns used to cribbing about all the work, when she used to be working sevenfold (PS: She is now well into her 50s, but her energy and determination level is unmatched).
She is the one of the very reasons why internships at PUCL Jaipur are known to be excellent.
The office has a cooking space and interns are free to go and prepare whatever they like.
We were a batch of 40 interns when I joined.
I remember all the Poha-cooking sessions, surveys (yes, they can be fun), debates, chit-chats etc.
I remember the Jodhpur trip that we made to complete one of our surveys.
It was the best phase of my internship.
The survey was on Pak-Hindu refugees.
It brought a paradigm shift in my understanding of the issue.
Laid back interns : Understand, that not everyone is going to be looking for a learning experience.
Many a times we had to hackle our uninterested teammates to get the work done.
6 days/week (6-9 hrs a day): Some days can be very taxing.
I remember attending a guest lecture till 7:30 pm when we had a bus for Jodhpur at 9.
I realized that our generation has been brought up in a very protected environment.
Although this is the very reason that most of us are insensitive towards social issues.