Intern Details (Name, college name, batch)
Rajeev Kumar Singh Rajawat, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab, Batch of 2020
Name & location of the organisation where you interned.
Foundation for Restoration of National Values (FRNV), New Delhi
Duration of Internship. Office timing
I interned at FRNV from 26th December to 20th January and office timings were from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a lunch break of 1 hour in between i.e. from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ( but timings are very flexible, you could leave early if urgent.)
Application process. (How did you apply?)
E-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org stating the purpose and desire to do internship with FRNV for 4 weeks. Within few days I received a positive response with an offer letter to join the organisation for internship.
On my first day, when I reached the office at 10:00 a.m. I met Ms Shilpi Garg, Program Coordinator. Since I am a law student so I was placed in the Policed Reform Program. Later, I was briefed by Ms. Anupama Jha (CEO) about the nature of work and what I was required to do during my internship period.
Infrastructure and environment at the office; team strength
The office is located in Shivalik, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi. The office has a workroom, dining hall, kitchen and office of CEO. The work atmosphere is quiet serious, each intern is allotted a cubicle and a computer to work in their respective areas. However, the Program Associate are always ready to help you. When I interned at FRNV the team strength was 7 – CEO, 3 full time employees and 3 interns.
Main task (please elaborate)
I was placed in Police Reform program with the objective to bring reforms in our present Police administration. So, with this objective as a guiding force my work included filing RTIs, analyzing them and collecting the required and relevant data, filing the first appeal against the replies which did not give satisfactory answers or gave no reply. Secondly, in order to check the implementation of Supreme Court guidelines I visited various government offices. Furthering upon the issue RTI application were filed in states like Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chandigarh and Haryana to check the status and functioning of PCA in these states.
Overall experience; pros & cons
This internship provided me a good platform for learning office etiquette, to working with deadlines. I learned during this period how government offices operates , who oversees what, and how to network with the different departments and extract the information we are looking for. My involvement in this project provided a holistic view of the police administration and rights available to a common man against the capricious and dictatorial police personnel.
I found my internship at the Foundation for Restoration of National Values to be a great opportunity that allowed me to gain practical experience. I developed a deeper understanding of what right to information actually is and how to use it as weapon to goad the sluggish administration into action.
How likely are you willing to recommend someone to intern there? (Please elaborate.)
I would recommend to intern at FRNV to all those who are in their 1 or 2 year of their law graduation and are willing to understand the practicalities of law in actual world. This place would certainly provide you the platform to understand how government offices operates , who oversees what, and how to network with the different departments and extract the information that we are looking for.