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Internship Experiences, The Law

Internship Experience at the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)

Name, College, Year of Study:

Ankita Sharma, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, three years Law Programme

Name and address of the organization

National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Chander Lok, 5th Floor, Building, 36, Janpath Rd Peeraghari, HC Mathur Lane, New Delhi, Delhi 110001.

About the organization

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) was set up in March 2007 under the Commissions for Protection of Child Rights (CPCR) Act, 2005, an Act of Parliament (December 2005). National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) is a statutory body under the Commissions for Protection of Child Rights (CPCR) Act, 2005 under the administrative control of the Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India. The Commission’s Mandate is to ensure that all Laws, Policies, Programmes, and Administrative Mechanisms are in consonance with the Child Rights perspective as enshrined in the Constitution of India and also the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Duration of the Internship

3rd June 2019 to 15th July 2019. It’s compulsory to complete 28 days of internship.

Application procedure

I sent my application through Mail on [email protected] The application must have a cover letter (Statement of Purpose), the Curriculum Vitae, and a recommendation letter. 

Major Roles and Responsibilities

On the first day of the internship, interns were asked to go through the bare act of the Commission. After that, teams were divided based on work; one wants to do: Field Work or File Work (handling complaints). There are different branches in the Commission, such as POCSO, JJ, Psychology, Health, Education, and Child Labor.

Working Environment

My project head was very friendly and helped me in solving my queries I faced while doing the work. He guided me on how to proceed with the fieldwork. Other staff members were also very supportive and friendly. We had Lunchtime from (1 pm-2 pm) everybody used to have their lunch together; it was a fun time for all.

Highlights of the Internship

I opted for fieldwork from 3rd June 2019 to 30th June 2019 on the topic Child begging data was collected from different places in Delhi, and the collection made the project report on child begging of secondary and primary data. Primary data includes the survey research methodology in which the questionnaire was prepared for the child beggars and various authorities (police officers, CWCs, Childline NGOs) who deal with this problem.

And from 1st July to 15th July I opted for file work in which I had to handle the complaints and had to make briefs about the same. In file work, I was assigned under the POCSO division. I understood the provision where the Commission may take suo-moto cognizance of the matter, and a detailed inquiry report may be sought from the executioners. I also drafted letters for cases on which suo-moto cognizance had been taken; these letters were for the executive authorities from Commission seeking the status of the case. I learned what an “Action Taken Report” is, and I learned how to do its analysis.

Rescue Operation

The most important and interesting task of which I got to be the part of, was the rescue operation. In total, 70 children who were vulnerable groups like child beggars, labourers, etc were rescued by all the teams. After that, they were brought to the Commission; they were given medical and counselling facilities. 

It was a great experience to intern at the NCPCR. I have learned a lot as I did both fieldwork and file work. During the internship, I got an opportunity to know about child rights through the implications of different laws. 

Overall Experience 

If one wants to know about the child’s rights and work for the welfare of the society, then they should apply for the same. They will get a lot of exposure and a basic understanding of how the Commission works for a child’s rights.

Whether the firm provides an extension or whether there is a policy of only a one-month internship? 

Yes, one can extend their internship up to whatever days they want to work. There is just one minimum requirement for the completion of the internship that one has to complete the same for 28 days.

Suggestions for accommodation or places to chill near the office 

The Commission does not provide for any kind of accommodation. One can stay there as paying guests in nearby places.

The Commission has a canteen of its own, where the food is very delicious and at reasonable rates. As the office is near Connaught Place where one can chill and have delicious bites from Mc Donalds, Dominos, CCD. One can go for shopping in CP and Palika Bazaar. Apart from that one can reach the office very easily as it is situated adjacent to gate no.4 of Janpath metro station.

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