IMPORTANCE OF INTERNSHIP AT NGO
Author: Mansi Gupta, School of Law, G.D Goenka University
“NGO is the only place where you gain when you give”
Gaining practical knowledge is profoundly appreciated in the legal profession and this could be achieved by taking up a meaningful internship during the college years. Some interns work for a period of four to six weeks and some stretch the internship period to months depending on their inclination.
Internship simply provides students with a glorious opportunity of examining various areas of law, meeting new people and getting the first-hand experience of working in diverse organizational settings. With the advancement of the society and the demand for more skill based employees, the culture of internship has come out and obviates the necessity of on the job training. Internship not only gives students an exposure to the legal world but also makes them job ready along with an added bonus of networking.
Law students have ample of avenues to intern in but primarily their journey should begin with an internship in an NGO. This not helps them in setting a strong base for their learning phase but also gives them a pretty good exposure to the legal atmosphere and makes them ready to face further challenges. It seems to be an opportunity to test drive your career.
It is an invaluable asset as you get an opportunity to start from the grassroots level. It is placed over and above the money perspective unlike working in an office. You work on feelings rather than paperwork and this is what connects you more to the society and helps you work further in its development and find lacunas in the law enforcement mechanism and suggest reforms in it. This in a way further helps the student to decide their specific areas of interest out of a plethora of opportunities which is offered by legal education be it a career in a corporate law firm, litigation, academics or working for NGOs.
Law students across the globe wish to be in the legal fraternity to serve the nation, give it back and bring reforms in the social issues prevalent in the society. There cannot be a better platform than an NGO to successfully accomplish this aim.
You get the chance to communicate to all levels from the neighborhood to the top level of the government and no matter whether you are a first year or second or any year student, the doors of NGO are always open for you. You get the chance to tackle in the areas not explored. The universe gets smaller when problems are big is the motto of working in an NGO. As a lawyer, the opportunity to change the world is around every corner, It’s not about money all the time as the nonprofit values business skill more.
Lastly, people have the notion that volunteering is all about helping others but it is not just about doing a great deed but also gaining something personally and professionally. It is a ground where volunteers serve the community by offering its services and gets benefit in return like connecting to people, boosting your cv, trying out new things, building new skills and a great platform to explore. and so it is the chance to support the cause we are passionate about and become change agents.