Internship Experience of a Mass Communications Student @ Child Rights Centre, Patna: Worked on Public Relations; Made Me More Compassionate
This is submitted as an entry to the Noticebard Internship Experience Writing Competition 2019.
Name, College, Course, Year
Pawan Raj, 2nd Year B.A. (Journalism and Mass Communication), Madhu Bala Institute of Communication and Electronic Media, New Delhi
Name of the Organisation
Child Rights Centre, Near Jakkanpur Police Station, Nyaya Nagar, Mithapur, Patna-800001
Duration of Internship
11th June, 2019 to 20th July, 2019
How did I apply?
I wanted to do my internship in the NGO who works for the rights of the child. I got the contact of Communication specialists of the UNICEF, Bihar and I further mailed her my interests seeking an internship in her esteemed organization. She replied to me that UNICEF isn’t conducting an internship programme but if you want, I can attach you with other organization that has the same motive as us. Then I came to know about the Child Rights Center (CRC) and I applied for it through the mail.
First day, First impression, Infrastructure
The Child Rights Centre has situated in the massive premises of prestigious Chanakya National Law University, Patna. I got a little confused with directions in the University but somehow managed to be in the office on time. After reaching the centre, the programme coordinator welcomed me and then the centre coordinator has given me an orientation session about their area of work.
She gave me some booklets related to the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child and newsletter of their organization. Later, she escorted me to the intern room where she introduced me to my other colleagues. All three of them were from Law background and I was from the Journalism and Mass Communication.
My main tasks were in the field of public relation, work related to visual aesthetics and proofreading. On the very first day, my first assignment was to design the newsletter of the forthcoming month named “Baal Adhikar Vaani”. I collected resources and content from my other fellows and started working on the same.
Next day, 12th June, was the World Against Child Labour day, where we were invited to be the part of the programme which was organized by the Labour Resource Development Department, Govt. of Bihar in association with UNICEF Bihar.
I also got the opportunity to do the documentation in the two-day State Consultation on Child Protection for the Bachpan Bachao Aandolan and CID, weaker section, Bihar.
Meanwhile, the news from the Muzaffarpur, a district of Bihar made the national news on the death of 152 children by the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). As CRC is children centric institution and its main objective is to contribute in the betterment of the child, we initiated a donation drive to help those kids who were affected with AES. On 29th of June we went to several rural Muzaffarpur areas where Acute Encephalitis Syndrome was being one of the major health concerns. We distributed the basic nutritional supplements, health amenities and tried to spread awareness.
As discharging the duty of Public relations personnel, I interviewed some personalities at the event of Aftercare – Family-Based Alternative Care Programme organized jointly by Save The Children and UNICEF Bihar.
I also participated in planning an in-house event ‘Civil Society Connect for Collective Voice and Action for Child Rights in Bihar’ for the CRC.
Work culture at the organization
The work culture was very friendly. I had to report to the centre coordinator at 10:30 AM every day where she briefed us about the day’s work and asked about the lead of an ongoing assignment. With regular meetings, we also had weekly meetings. I found myself very fortunate that my co-interns were very kind to me. We had spent a great time together!
Good things about the internship
In this particular internship, I worked independently, obviously, I had work pressure but I got the chance to make decisions on the front foot. My bosses didn’t stop me from doing anything relevant and they were so helpful, in genuine. The office doesn’t treat you like an intern but an employee as per my experience. On the various front, I got the opportunity to represent the CRC. Everyone there asks for your suggestions and thoughts on the work.
Bad things about the internship
The road which leads to the Centre is very bad because of the ongoing construction of an over-bridge. I’ve accomplished my internship during monsoon season and water-logging on the roads pissed me off for real. But, I believe sooner this problem will vanish.
There is no provision of giving money as a stipend. But they give internship certificate, the constitution of India, any gift and various book concerning child rights.
Before this internship, I was against the reservation quota in India but during my internship day, I went on-field to keep a check on the formulation of policies pertaining to children. Where I realized there are many such households which actually need our support. These scenarios made me more compassionate. I have learned that privilege should be distributed equally among all.
One has to arrange his/her own accommodation. The general dress code is informal but one has to wear a formal dress in an event. The boys’ formal dress consists of Shirt, trouser, formal shoes, tie (not mandatory) and girls can wear Kurti or shirt and trouser. The CRC is located at the Mithapur, from which can be reached from Patna Junction, R Block, Ashok Cinema and By-Pass Road.
We as a human being always go after the things which we presume as glamorous and mammoth. Doing an internship in a big office, firms or in the industry is good for our CV but in my opinion, we should always try to join those institutes which are working in the grass- root level with limited resources. These kinds of institute give the opportunity to learn every day a new thing, for sure!
About the Author
Loved my student life, love talking to students now. I am a wearer of multiple hats (wife, mom, cook, chauffeur). My job is my hobby! :)