CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – INTERNS The National Law University, Delhi (‘University’) through Project 39A is seeking to remotely engage, on a contractual basis, interns for managing the written communications with prisoners represented by Project 39A, primarily those sentenced to death. The contract will be for one year initially and can be extended on an annual basis at the discretion of the University.
ABOUT PROJECT 39A: Project 39A draws inspiration from Article 39-A in the Indian Constitution on equal justice and signals the broadening of our work on the criminal justice system in India. We undertake litigation, research and communications relating to forensics, torture, legal aid, mental health and death penalty (for more information, visit www.project39a.com).
AREA OF WORK: The litigation team at Project 39A provides pro bono legal representation to prisoners on death row. For effective legal representation, it is a key to regularly communicate with the clients. The litigation team at Project 39A strives to keep all prisoners updated about the progress of their case and involves family members in the preparation of the case. This internship program is looking for interns proficient in at least one of the regional languages listed in the ‘Eligibility’ section.
A. the interns will study basic case materials and prior correspondence with the respective prisoners and their families. Under the supervision of Project 39A litigation and mitigation associates, interns will draft personalized letters to prisoners and their families on a monthly basis, in their respective languages.
B. To accompany the letters, the interns will identify suitable reading material in the respective regional language for each client.
C. The interns will provide translations of the letters received from the clients or their families into English language.
D. Any other tasks that may be necessary to further the aims of Project 39A’s communication program with prisoners or any other work.
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must meet the following criteria:
A.Students of law, humanities, social sciences, social work, management or media enrolled in bachelor’s or master’s programs
B. Reading and writing proficiency in at least one of the following regional languages, along with English
DURATION & PLACE OF INTERNSHIP: Minimum 1 year internship period. The internship can be undertaken remotely.
INTERNSHIP STIPEND: Maximum Rs.3, 000 per month, subject to case allocation per language.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested persons must email the following to email@example.com:
B. A statement of purpose of not more than 500 words explaining your interest in this internship. The statement should clearly state the candidates proficiency in at least one of the regional languages mentioned in the eligibility criteria.
C. In at least one of the regional languages listed in the eligibility criteria, provide translation of the excerpt from the Death Penalty India Report 2016 provided below as Annexure A.
The subject of the email should be “Project 39A – Application for Internship (Communications with Prisoners)”. Please note that the subject line should be exactly the same as mentioned above. Applications will be rejected for non-compliance with this requirement.
APPLICATION TIMELINE: Last date to submit the application is 15 January 2021. Shortlisted candidates will be called for further rounds of assessment and interview which will take place between 22-30 January, 2021. Only applicants selected for interview rounds will be informed.
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