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Internship Experience at Centre for Youth and Social Development (CYSD) – Legal Research, Drafting and MORE!

Details of the Student

Name: Anonymous

College: National Law University, Odisha

Year of Study: 1st Year

Details of the Organization

Centre for Youth and Social Development (CYSD)

Address: E-1, Institutional Area, Gangadhar Meher Marg, Bhubaneswar-751013

Phone: (0674) 2301777 / 2301725

Email: /

Duration of Internship

1 month – (June 2019)

Application Procedure

CYSD (Centre for Youth and Social Development) is an NGO based in Bhubaneswar, India. 

The applicant is required to send some documents including the curriculum vitae to the email id provided on their website. The details regarding their internship programme can be found here. The details are modified frequently, but are updated on the website. Furthermore, the intern has to fill the online internship application form. The intern may be required to appear for an interview after the scrutiny of the documents, during this the applicants are alloted a certain team/group/area they want to work under. There are direct volunteer roles, research roles and other roles in the organisation. The details are available on their website, including the time period for the internship programme.

First Day, Introduction and Workspace

On the first day of the internship I experienced the group dynamics in the organisation. Initially, we had a session before the internship period for accessing the various facilities of CYSD and also to get acclimatised to the work environment and different teams (I had not attended this session due to some engagement). The workplace was comforting in the sense that the entire team at CYSD was very cooperative and I was under excellent guidance during the entire internship. I was a part of the OBAC (Odisha Budget and Accounting) unit at CYSD, on the first day I was introduced to all the members of the team. Overall, my first impression of CYSD was very good.

Major Roles and Responsibilities

My role as an intern in this organisation was conducting research activities, drafting and other necessary tasks in coordination with the ongoing work of the mentor I was interning under.

As a part of the OBAC unit, I gained knowledge about the various facets of the budget of Odisha, which enabled me to research on many areas which I wasn’t unaware of. These included gender budgeting in the state, rainfed agriculture budgets, and other very niche and important fields in the purview of the State. My tasks included formulating drafts and finding relevant data for the ongoing projects and reports being drawn up. All in all, it was a very enriching experience where I learned to analyse the budget, draw conclusions and summaries as required for the reports. The knowledge that I gained during the internship will definitely help me in analysis and research work in future. 

The internship also included participation for events organised by the OBAC. I attended an event at the Press Club in Bhubaneswar towards the end of my internship. 

Overall Experience

There are various takeaways I have from this internship. 


  • Detailed research and analysis work was allotted, thereby enabling a better understanding of various areas of research. 
  • The mentors and team members, including other interns were very cooperative and were conducive to a great experience of collaborative learning and progress.
  • There was constant monitoring of work by the mentor, which helped me in knowing and rectifying my mistakes, there was also good rapport in terms of guidance.
  • The application process was streamlined and the roles were properly defined.


  • There was nothing as such bad in the internship.


There was no stipend provided for the internship. However, as mentioned on the website, travel expenses and accommodation for outstation participants may be allowed. 

Accommodation / Office Location

I am a resident of Bhubaneswar and therefore I didn’t require accommodation. The office is located besides the ASI office, behind Sandy Tower in Bhubaneswar. 

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