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Internship Opportunity: Project 39A (NLU Delhi): Apply by 15th Jan 2021

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Internship: 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.


The litigation team at Project 39A provides pro bono legal representation to prisoners on death row. For effective legal representation, it is 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.

The team also engages with the prisoners in a manner which could assist them in making their prison life more productive. For all these reasons, the team regularly exchanges letters with the clients in the regional languages they understand along with sharing reading materials of their interest. 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 personalised 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.


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:

1) Bengali

2) Gujarati

3) Hindi

4) Kannada

5) Marathi

6) Malayalam

7) Punjabi

8) Tamil

9) Telugu


Minimum 1 year internship period. The internship can

be undertaken remotely.


Maximum Rs.3,000 per month, subject to case allocation per language.


Interested persons must email the following to [email protected]:

A. Resumé

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.


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.


1. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted via email. If you do not hear from us within 3 weeks after the deadline, please assume that your application has not succeeded. Unfortunately, we cannot reply to individual queries about the status of applications.

2. National Law University, Delhi reserves the right not to fill these internship positions.

3. National Law University, Delhi is an equal opportunity employer and Project 39A works on behalf of all prisoners sentenced to death, regardless of the offence involved.

4. National Law University, Delhi reserves the right to conduct additional rounds of interviews or written tests.

5. This internship programme is supported by grants received by Project 39A.

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