Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID
Nihaad Alexander Dewan, Symbiosis Law School, 2nd Year
Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength
TRAFFIC, Wildlife Fund For Nature), New Delhi, 10
Application Process with contact details
Application form along with CV and Statement of Purpose for the internship must be submitted 2 months in advance. Click HERE.
Duration of internship and timings
May 18, 2016 – July 03, 2016
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
The Office of the WWF is located near Lodhi Garden. A beautiful location, I doubt you can have a better place to work in New Delhi.
The Office itself is well-equipped and spacious, full of various animal trinkets, photos and pictures of all the work done by the NGO. The TRAFFIC department had a separate cell located on the second floor. Each intern is provided with a PC to work on, or the IT department may give WiFi access to anyone who owns their own laptops.
On the first day, one is to get their certificate of commencement from the Human Resource Department, and you are briefly oriented about the various departments of the organisation, and you are supposed to wear collared shirts and pants.
Also, your internship guide will give you a Table of Reference (TOR) which is a basic skeleton of the the work which you are supposed to do during your internship, though the tasks which you actually end up doing do deviate at times from the TOR.
The Department contains interns of different fields, usually people in their penultimate or ultimate year of college, me being an exception from horticulturists to law students. Each person is given a different tasks according to one’s field.
The Division I worked with dealt with the illicit and illegal trade of endangered and prohibited plants and animals. One of the many tasks of the NGO was to analyse existing framework and execution of the various laws relating to Wildlife which exist in India.
My initial task was 3 fold:
A. Drafting an amendment to the present Wildlife Protection Act  to create an effective framework from the implementation of the “Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora”.
B. Analyse and Contrast the laws relating to elasmobranchii fisheries across select countries.
C. Developing a sustainable model which balances Right to Livelihood with Restriction of Livelihood for the sake of conservation of flora and fauna.
Various Ancillary tasks included making various presentations, videos and collecting material about various campaigns, which were then released to various agencies who would intern teach the same to school children.
Work environment and people
The organisation strikes a perfect balance between rigidity and flexibility.
We had to be professional at all times but at no time did one feel alienated from their fellow co-worker since we had ample interaction, and received guidance and help whenever the same was sought for.
You get to work with the leading experts on each subject like Dr. Neeraj, who being a former IFS officer has contributed a lot to the implementation of the current laws relating to illegal animal trade; also you have the opportunity to work with Dr. Merwyn Fernandes who has helped draft many amendments to the Wildlife Protection Act.
Every week, there are meetings in which the entire department discusses their progress so that everyone is updated on whats going on in the organisation.
Also, Dr. Neeraj ensured that we get to go to the offices of the WCCB (Wildlife Crime Control Bureau) and see how the government tackles the problem of illicit wildlife trade. The work environment in general was chirpy and lively, with the occasion of a few slow days.
The organisation ensures that each employee/intern/volunteer is comfortable and I personally faced no hindrance in doing my work.
If you love animals and law, there are few places which are better than this. One of the main advantages of working with the WWF is that since it is a well-established and renowned NGO, you’d get many opportunities to work in close proximity to the government.
I personally feel that my drafting skills have definitely improved since my internship, since each one of my draft was carefully scrutinized clause by clause my both Dr. Merwyn and Dr. Neeraj.
The food, stay and people were all extremely nice, thereby enabling one to learn to the fullest. If your college mandates you on doing an NGO internship at least once, you should definitely try to apply here since very few NGOs would be able to give you such a professional and fulfilling experience.
I personally did not find anything materially bad in the internship. The only thing one must look out for is that even though you’re interning at an NGO the rules of the organisation are not flexible.
One must file their applications 2 months in advance and then be selected via an interview over a phone call. This is not necessarily a ‘bad thing’ per se, but rather are things of caution.
Work is a right and you must earn it. Once of the biggest things I learnt during my internship is that there is plenty of meaningful and important work for any person who aspires or asks for it. You must gain the trust of your superiors to allow them to entrust you with greater responsibilities which in turn contributes to your own holistic development.
Even though WWF calls itself an ‘NGO’, I got a true taste of what it feels like to work in a corporate firm, and learnt various customs which are followed in such organisations.
Another quality which I take back from my internship is once of patience. Many a times once rushes through their work, which results in the end product being of a sub-standard quality, rather the most apt way to go about one’s work is to do it in such a way that it seems that you have revised it at least a 100 times!
Any Other Thing
In the end I think everyone should at least once, do any internship of like nature, to get a feel of how corporate sector enterprises actually work and function.
Stayed with relatives.
The office timings were fairly strict. On the first day you are asked whether you’d like to work from 9:30 to 5:30 or 10:30 to 6:30. Any other slot can be accommodated as long as one finish the requisite number of hours.
You may ask to leave early on certain days when the work is relaxed, but the opposite applies to, someday you may be in office till midnight!