Internship Experience @ Child Rights and You, Mumbai: Organize Press Conferences

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Internship Child Rights and You, Mumbai

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Anonymous

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

CRY- Child Rights and You, Mumbai

Application Process with contact details

Two steps.

1. Submit the form available on the website.

2. After reviewing the application, there is a telephonic interview.

Duration of Internship and timings

September 2015 – November 2015

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

Semi-formal. I was briefed by the Volunteer Action Department’s Assistant Manager about CRY and the type of work I will be involved in.

I was introduced to an intern who had been working there for a few months and this intern shared some of his insights and experiences.

We were given work on the first day itself. We were introduced to a representative of a partner NGO who delegated us with research related work.

Main tasks

1. Research related work for partner NGOs.

2. Organizing a press conference.

3. Report making for the policy campaigns.

4. Facilitating volunteer induction programs.

5. Accompanying CRY employees to events as CRY representatives.

Work environment and people

Semi – formal. You could walk up to the Department Head and discuss the kind of work and ideas you would like to work on.

There are fun events such as dance sessions, indoor game competitions, Diwali celebration etc.

Best things

1. Diverse work prevented monotony.

2. Direct interaction with Department Heads possible.

3. May take you on field visits if anything comes up if requested in advance and if they think you are efficient.

4. Good networking for future career and academic prospects & insights as the employees come from prominent educational institutions and extremely good professional background.

5. Interns could accompany volunteers on sunday for field visits and teaching children.

Bad things

1. We need see to it that we are associated more with the department under which we would like to work, learn and grow.

2. Might be involved with a task for too long which creates monotony and boredom; restricting growth.

3. Law related learning outcome is very limited. The work teaches you more about NGO work and office functioning.

Stipend

No stipend

Biggest Lessons

1. As a law student, the work under the Departments: Media and Advocacy & Policy and Advocacy help one learn the most. Other work may make one feel under-utilised.

2. Provides a deep insight to interns who may be considering working in the NGO sector about the functioning of NGOs.

Any Other Thing

Tea/Coffee served in the afternoon.

Two minutes away from Chinchpokli Station, Central Railway Line, Mumbai.

Safe area.

Not recommended for people who are majorly aiming for law-related learning outcomes.

Accommodation

I interned in my home city.

Office Timings

Very flexible timings. Though the website specifies the minimum number of weeks, you could negotiate with a valid reason.

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