Editor’s note: Internship experiences are shared by individual law students and are ‘subjective’.
Name of Organisation, Location, Team Strength
WWF-India, Hyderabad, 4-5
The application process was through e-mail itself. I had gotten a reply with 3-4 days confirming my internship on mailing my CV.
You can send in a mail to Ms. Farida Tampal who is the State director for WWF. Her id is firstname.lastname@example.org
Duration of internship and timings
May 23rd-June 20th in 2013 (4 weeks). Timings are from 9am-5pm. It is a 5-day week internship.
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
My first impression was that the office was quite small. Now I hear that it has shifted to Banjara hills in Hyderabad which is a posh locality and with a bigger office.
I was introduced to the director by the person in-charge for interns later through the day and to the other staff members as well. I did not have much work on the first day.
You would be required to research on various environmental laws with respect to the projects that WWF is working on.
I researched on state acts related to environment and was asked to recommend amendments to it. there was a case going to the National Green tribunal for which I was asked to some drafting and so on.
The whole of 1st week unfortunately I did not work on anything law related and was asked to make a database for the sake of the office.
Work environment and people
The people are quite friendly. On my last day they treated me to a farewell lunch which was really nice of them.
I got a rough idea of environmental law. For one of the projects I visited the divisional officer, forest department for a couple of days to gather data for further research. So its not completely a desk job. I was given some WWF goodies on my last day as well.
The non-law work I did in the 1st week was actually annoying since it was no where connected to what I was looking for.
Always find out the kind of work you will be doing in an internship if you can, before feeling disappointed. In here, I felt interns were treated as a way to get the work done for the office without being paid!
I mean it in literal sense! (I filled refills in pens and such kind of work on few days!)
Any Other Thing
I think WWF has a good reputation and name so you can do it for that in the Hyderabad office. Work wise slightly disappointing. I think in Delhi and Kolkata offices the work is really good. So, apply there if possible!