IIP Placements in India
These internships are offered as part of Princeton Summer in India, a partnership initiative of the International Internship Program and The Princeton Club of India.
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
Location: Bhubaneswar, India
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a network of 70 affiliated professors around the world who are united by their use of Randomized Evaluations (REs) to answer questions critical to poverty alleviation. J-PAL's mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is based on scientific evidence. J-PAL works to achieve this by conducting rigorous impact evaluations, building capacity and informing policy. J-PAL is providing an IIP placement with their Communal Sanitation Solutions for Urban Slums project. This program seeks to improve the physical infrastructure of community and public toilets, as well as to improve the associated management systems in order to ensure long-term maintenance. IIP candidates interests in development and economics are encouraged to apply. Experience and/or skills in STATA would be an asset. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern. View a PowerPoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
Location: Dehradun, Uttrakhand, India
Utilizing a multifaceted approach to village development, the Agency for Non Konventional Urban Rural Initiatives (ANKURI) empowers rural women through income generation, alleviation of poverty and promotion of health, education and the full participation of women and children in Uttrakhand society. Ankuri’s mission is to empower village women to become economically self sufficient, enabling them to be decision makers in their families thus improving the health and education of their children. Opening pathways to long-term development of the community is Ankuri’s ultimate goal. They achieve their mission through four distinct programs: craft and vocational training, a literacy program, a medical program and a travel program. The craft and vocational traiing program trains women in knitting, weaving and stitching. For this program they are looking for IIP candidates who are interested in being designers and trainers. The literacy program provides 20-35 children english language classes and soft skills classes. IIP interns selected for this program should have a passion in education and ideas on how to best upgrade the resources of the program. For the medical program, Ankuri in partnership with Dil Se foundation provides villages in with annual medical camps. IIP interns may help run these camps in partnership with local physicians. The medical camps have provided villagers with access to primary care, cataract surgeries, cervical cancer screening, maternal and child health care and immunizations. Lastly, for their travel program, IIP interns will produce promotional brochures and other materials to help publicize the organization to organizations and individuals both within India and abroad. IIP candidates with interests in microfinance, economic and community development, public health, literacy, and/or education are encouraged to apply. Five placements have been established for International Internship Program, (IIP) interns.
Location: Banglalore, India
Ashoka is a global association of social entrepreneurs. Since 1981, Ashoka has elected over 2,500 social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in 70 countries. Ashoka’s vision is to create a world in which “Everyone is a Changemaker.” Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns in each one of two Ashoka programs: their Venture and Fellowship Program and their Nourishing Schools Initiative. IIP interns will each work on one of the following three programs:
- Venture and Fellowship Program: a program that selects changemakers (men and women with fresh insight into and analysis of how to fix a social problem with a relentless pursuit to obtain their vision) and then invests in these individuals and their respective ideas at the launch stage. The program also provides its fellows with access to a network of global social entrepreneurs who open doors for opportunities and collaboration. The IIP intern for this program will research and map the field identifying social entrepreneurs and nominators, design processes to strengthen the search process, write and document their work, participate in interviews, map partnerships and visibility opportunities that would catalyze the work of the fellows.
- Nourishing Schools Initiative: The Ashoka India Nourishing Schools initiative is focused on leveraging schools as a hub to improve the nutrition of families and communities. The initiative will improve nutrition by focusing on various dimensions such as improving the quality of midday meals, communicating nutrition messages through the curriculum and school design, increasing access to clean water and sanitation etc. The objective is to create a holistic package of interventions that can be implemented across schools. These interventions will also build the changemaking abilities of children and develop their ability to improve their own nutrition and the nutrition of their communities. They are scheduled to launch a pilot in Mahrashtra in January. This IIP internship would include (but not be limited to) the following: documenting the lessons from the pilot for sharing with various stakeholders; identifying partners from various sectors who can help build the initiative and organizing an Ashoka Fellow gathering in June to share the progress and plan the way forward.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): First, I worked with multiple stakeholders from the profit and non-profit sectors, including Ashoka’s teams in Colombia and Brazil, as well as architectural firms, urban planners, and cement producers throughout India to gain an understanding of self-construction practices around the world and global barriers to entry in the market. Second, I conducted detailed analyses of five primary international cases and developed original models of market engagement within the Indian context. Third, I used this background to assess and segment the Indian self-construction market, valued at roughly 720 billion rupees, and presented my findings, as well as my stakeholder-based entry strategies, to the team. Lastly, I began to physically re-design and re-write marketing materials.
Location: New Delhi, India
Breakthrough (BT) is a global human rights organization that uses the power of media, pop culture, and community mobilization to inspire people to take action for dignity, equality, and justice. BT seeks to empower individuals and communities to stand for universal human rights by using multimedia tools that transform hearts and minds. Breakthrough addresses critical global issues including violence against women, sexuality and HIV/AIDS, and immigrant rights and racial justice. IIP interns will be assigned to one of the following projects. The first project is on the Research and Development team. This IIP intern will support the team by conducting secondary research on the topics of: gender, human rights, sexuality, gender based selection and violence again women, and will work closely with the Communications and R&D Department in developing audience specific communication material. The second project is in the area of digital communications. This IIP intern will post blogs, manage and update Facebook, Twitter and other social media campaigns, and will produce social media reports that include metrics. IIP candidates for this placement should be interested in writing on social issues. Good Hindi speaking and reading skills are recommended. Three placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: New Delhi, India
CanSupport is a palliative care organization working since 1996 with cancer patients at different stages of cancer. Its home-based palliative care program is the pioneering model in North India for holistic care of people facing advanced cancer, run by multi-professional teams who have made death their life’s work, striving to add life to days whether or not days can be added to lives. CanSupport's focus is on the less privileged and underserved and all its services are provided free of charge. IIP candidates should be motivated, organized, creative students, eager to make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancers. IIP interns will work directly under the program director in the development, implementation, and maintenance of various patient care, marketing, fundraising, and outreach programs that benefit cancer patients and their families. There will also be the opportunity to carry out specific projects, such as program activities for children with cancer (arts and c raft, music, photography projects). This placement is appropriate for students interested in psychology, statistics, journalism, event management, and marketing. Four placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Centre for Internet & Society
Location: Bangalore, India
The Centre for Internet & Society is seeking interns with a strong background in policy research and advocacy in Access to Knowledge (IP Reforms), Openness (Open Access, Open Content, Open Video, Open Standards, Openness, Free and Open Source Software and Open Data), Internet Governance (Free Speech and Expression, Privacy, Information Technology Act and Rules), and Telecom (Broadband Policies and Spectrum). The Centre for Internet & Society is devoted to policy research and gives feedback to various state departments on programs dealing with Access to Knowledge, Openness, Internet Governance, and Telecom. Interns are expected to have sound knowledge (or a willingness to learn) Indian and international laws, public speaking skills (including interaction with the media), a willingness to travel (nationally and internationally), the ability to conduct research on the topics listed above and to draft documents that can be submitted to various ministries such as the Department of Telecommunications, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Human Resource Development, etc., and also to write blog entries of their experience from participating in workshops and other events. Two placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Published original articles to Centre website; Hosted meetings and events; Represented the Centre at various distant conferences; Research papers
Location: Mumbai, India
Forbes India is the India office of Forbes business magazine. The magazine features original articles on finance, industry, investing, and marketing topics. This IIP internship provides interns with an excellent opportunity to gain a good sense of what it is like to be a journalist in India, especially in the business sector. IIP interns work in the office and in the field. IIP intern responsibilities include: researching topics and content for articles, writing and editing articles for the magazine and blog, attending press conferences and launches, and interviewing people for stories. IIP candidates with experience or interests in journalism and business are encouraged to apply. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Conducting interviews. Writing for the magazine. Doing research. Learning graphic design. Traveling Mumbai. Wearing the shoes of a journalist.
Location: Haryana, India
Genesis Foundation (GF) is a private charitable foundation that facilitates critical medical care for abandoned and less privileged children with the intent and hope that such children may have the opportunity to lead a normal life and manage themselves in the future. Genesis provides assistance for the treatment of critical illnesses such as cancer, cardiac disorder, organ failure, thalassemia and extreme deformities. They work with several homes and institutions in cities all over India. The interns will work on two of the most common areas of critical illnesses in children who are below the poverty line and suffer from cardiac disorders and cancer. The IIP interns will work on two projects. For the first project, the IIP interns will interact with doctors to understand the post-operative care for children that is required to be undertaken in each of the illness areas and with their parents to understand the challenges that they may face during post-operative care. The IIP interns will then deisgn a program of support for post-operative care which may include identifying potential partner organizations that can support the Genesis Foundation's work and begin the implementation of this where possible. Toward the end of this internship, IIP interns will produce a report. The final report the IIP interns create will share the research and support Genesis's team going forward. The second project is designed to explore and identify how to address the needs of families as they support their children through their surgery and post-operative care. IIP interns will spend time with families and health care professionals to identify the challenges which may include temporary accommodation in Delhi for families, assessing counseling and emotional support, and assessing financial support for the family's day to day needs. Toward the end of this internship, IIP interns will produce a report. The report IIP interns create will share the most pressing concerns families have. IIP interns will them identify and build relationships with partner organizations in Delhi which whom Genesis Foundation staff can work with to address one or more of these needs. IIP candidates should have a geniune interest in helping critically ill children and be prepared to embrace learning how to manage these types of serious disorders. Conversational Hindi would be an asset.Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Immunization Technical Support Unit (ITSU), Public Health Foundation of India NEW!!
Location: New Delhi, India
Routine immunization coverage remains a challenge in many parts of India. The country continues to face a significant burden of morbidity and mortality due to vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs). In order to support the national goal of improving the quality and coverage of routine immunization, the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have set up an Immunization Technical Support Unit (ITSU) to provide technical support to the Universal Immunization Program (UIP) for strengthening and revitalizing routine immunization in India. ITSU augments human resource capacity at the Union Ministry of Health in order to: carry out strategic human resource planning at all levels for immunization; document best practices of immunization programs from within and outside India; support development of policies, procedures and guidelines to improve program management and conduct policy analyses for effective implementation needed to cover how UIP plans for and manages short- and long-term needs (current program strengthening, new vaccine introduction preparedness, future adoption and delivery of new vaccines); develop data-driven decision-support tools and research to provide baseline information for decision support; and identify areas of research that strengthen capacity and generate evidence that informs policy and practice; support development of appropriate guidelines and tools for state-level technical assistance; conduct operations research to identify the role of affordable Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tools for UIP strengthening in the areas of Social Mobilization, Supply Chain management, operations, and Vaccine-Preventable Disease (VPD) & Adverse Events, and Immunization (AEFI) Surveillance; and incubate, develop and leverage the role of technology in strengthening immunization. Interns with interests in Development Policy, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Sciences, Applied Sciences, or Natural Sciences are encouraged to apply. Statistical skills would be an asset but are not required. IIP Interns will aid in work related to ITSU’s programmatic and research roles as follows:
- Research – Interns will be expected to review grey and formal academic literature, synthesize findings, and present findings to the team. Areas of research will be determined according to the needs of the organization determined at the relevant time.
- Participate in meetings – Interns will be expected to participate in relevant meetings, take note of proceedings, and contribute as much as possible to discussions.
- Writing – Interns will be expected to produce written material for the organization which can range from research articles to publicity material.
- Field Travel – Where relevant, interns will be included in field visits. It is important to note that most of an intern’s time will be spent in the ITSU office in Delhi.
Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Indian Chamber of Commerce
Location: Kolkata, India
The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the largest Industry Association in the East & North-Eastern parts of India, is looking for IIP interna who would be responsible for carrying out economic & social research activities and developing good quality reports focusing on enhancing the competitiveness of the Indian economy/eastern and northeastern parts of India. The interns should have a fair understanding of the global, Asian and Indian socio-economic scenarios and should be able to contribute significantly towards the framing of future forecasts and trends. They would be required to interact and network with relevant stakeholders in government, industry, media, social entrepreneurs, and civil society groups to understand issues of key importance and act as a catalyst in the process of change. Sound domain knowledge in areas such as agriculture and food processing, environment and climate change, IT and ITeS, banking, finance & capital markets, etc. would be an asset. IIP candidates with interests in economics, sociology, public policy, politics, agricultural economics, and the environment are encouraged to apply. Skills in statistical tools required for forecasting and trend analysis would be an asset, as would Hindi speaking and comprehension skills. Two placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Examples of possible projects include:
- Study on FDI in Retail in India: Issues and prospects -
Description: The Government of India has allowed 100 per cent FDI in Single-Brand Retail Trading and has allowed 51 per cent FDI in Multi-Brand Retail Trading. The Indian retail market, currently estimated at around US$ 490 billion, is project to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6 per cent to reach US$ 865 billion by 2023. With sea change about to take place in the retail sector of the country, analyzing the issues, prospects, and opportunities in the sub-sectors will pave way for identifying sectoral growth. The intern(s) is(are) expected to work on the topic and make an in-depth study & analysis of the issue, beyond which a comprehensive report will need to be made.
- Study on SEZs in India: Issues with land acquisition, Best practices & recommendations -
Description: India was one of the first countries in Asia to recognize the effectiveness of the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) model in promoting exports. Even though SEZ Policy was announced in April 2000, development of SEZ requires land acquisitions & clearances, which is a hurdle towards making any industrial/ manufacturing unit. The intern is expected to work on the topic in detail and find effective measures & best practices to properly implement SEZ policy across states in the country. Alongside, he/she should ideally work on policy-related issues and propose recommendations to achieve the goal.
- Sector-specific Reports - primarily focusing on services sectors like IT & ITeS, Tourism, Banking & Financial Services, Environment, Agriculture & Food Processing, etc.
- Macroeconomic Report on India as an Investment Destination -
Description: With changes made in Indian FDI policy, several other macroeconomic policies, and tax structure in India, the country has started attracting significant volume of investment from foreign counties. Eventually, some key sectors of the country witnessed changes, in terms of performance, revenue generation & employment opportunities. The intern is expected to work on the macroeconomic profile of the country by putting more focus on some select sectors.
- Prospects of India-ASEAN trade & commerce - Indo-ASEAN trade had grown by over 22 percent in the last six years, with total trade between India and ASEAN rising more than 37 percent in 2011-2012. India –ASEAN two –way trade now stands at around USD 80 billion, and is slated to reach USD100 billion by year 2015. Given the huge potential, a better engagement with the ASEAN markets can actually transform the Indian economy through various backward and forward linkages. The intern is expected to prepare a detailed study focusing on India-ASEAN trade prospects, challenges like infrastructural connectivity, policy recommendations etc.
Indian Institute for Cerebral Palsy
Location: Kolkata, India
Internships at the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IICP) will provide a practical experience in disability- related issues, particularly in persons who have cerebral palsy and other neuromotor conditions that lead to lifelong disability. IICP offers services across the life-cycle from newborn babies aged to adults over 50 years of age. It works within the context of an institution and in the community--in urban slums and rural areas of the state of West Bengal. IICP has a multi-disciplinary professional team of therapists, teachers, and social workers who work in close partnership with persons with disability and their families. Through its different services and training programs, IICP seeks to facilitate awareness among persons with disability and their families of equal rights and opportunities and to assist them in gaining access to all aspects of life in the community. IICP’s assistive technology center demonstrates the close collaboration between developers of technology and users. Possible projects for IIP interns will be: Teaching children and adults with disability; physiotherapy/occupational therapy--assessment and management of CP; collaboration with the National Resource Center for Augmentative and Alternative communication; collaboration with the Ankur Advocacy and Empowerment Group; vocational Training; adult day and short stay respite services; family services; social work; projects in Jugnu, a playschool for economically disadvantaged children aged 2-6 years. Interns can choose one or more services in which they will be placed. Four placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Location: Hyderabad or New Delhi, India
IWMI is an international scientific non-profit organization that undertakes world class research to help improve water management in developing countries. IWMI’s major outputs are the results of the scientific research. How this science is communicated is critical to overcome the looming global water crisis. IWMI must continually be evaluating the effectiveness of its science communications. The interns will be place in pairs. Each intern pair will conduct research that will include: defining the main products/activities, target audiences and aims of the different products/activities; setting up the methodology, based on face-to-face interviews, for assessing these; undertaking this analysis (travel in the allocated country may be required), analyzing the results, and participating in a workshop, presenting these results and making recommendations for future marketing and communications. IIP candidates with interests in communications, science, agriculture, environmental studies, or development are encouraged to apply. Experience conducting surveys, interviews, and data analysis would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Pratham Education Foundation
Location: Mumbai or Delhi, India
Pratham is the largest non-governmental organization working to provide quality education to the underprivileged children of India. Pratham was established in 1994 to provide education to the children in the slums of Mumbai city. Since then, the organization has grown both in scope and geographical coverage. Today they reach out to millions of children living both in rural and urban areas through a range of interventions. The Pratham team comprises of educationists, development professionals, media personnel, corporates, workers, activists, PhDs, MBAs, CAs, civil servants, bankers, corporate professionals, consultants, who all bring their experiences and perspectives to the organization and are unified by the common vision of improving the future of our children. IIP interns will be assigned to specific projects that Pratham is implementing in education and social services. Five placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): My main focus was to create and pilot a system to evaluate the quality and understand the specific strengths and challenges of Pratham Institute’s vocational skilling programs. In order to this, I created surveys and administered them at local centers during my site visits. In addition to this pilot system, I also did quantitative analysis of the center, looking at cost utilization, capacity utilization, and enrollment numbers. These numbers helped inform ways of improving efficiency in the programs. Lastly, I wrote case studies on successful students and helped update their website.
Sesame Workshop India
Location: New Delhi, India
Sesame Workshop India, the organization behind Galli Galli Sim Sim, uses the power of the media to help children reach their highest potential. They develop and distribute high quality and engaging content to reach children aged 0-8. Their content aims to facilitate young Indian children's basic academic and life skills, while celebrating India's rich cultural diversity, in order to promote their overall cognitive, socio-emotional and physical development. Galli Galli Sim Sim, the television series, has been watched by 80 million children since its debut in 2006 and currently reaches approximately 18 million children per year in partnership with national cable channels. Recently SWI has entered the school education space through the launch of Sesame Schoolhouse whose curriculum and methodology integrates hands-on project-based learning, with creative approaches to foster critical thinking and problem solving, laying a strong foundation to promote lifelong learning. IIP intern(s) will work on projects in one of the following three areas:
- Education team: The IIP intern will work to adapt and customize an existing educational product for a digital medium. This intern will be responsible for adapting an existing Sesame Street Preschool board/floor game or a print book into a digital experience for children 3-6 years. The IIP intern will also work closely with the Education, Design, and Technical teams to develop the mechanics and user interface of the game/book and explore how the user experience and interactivity can be increased. The intern will be provided with reference materials on best practices for developing digital content for young children.
- Research team: The IIP intern will work on data analysis and reporting of their qualitative research studies. The IIP intern will be responsible for synthesizing findings from multiple research studies and will prepare a report and summary sheet on how the provision of low cost tablets and mobile phones with educational content increases engagement and familiarity with the technology. The IIP intern will also present the success stories and challenges of introducing technology in low-quality classrooms and in homes (marginalized population) in order to inform future initiatives and interventions.
- Games and innovations project: The IIP intern will analyze the existing innovations in children’s educational products in India and provide recommendations to the Sesame Workshop India team on growing trends. This IIP intern may also interview parents, teachers, and other stakeholders for additional information. This IIP intern will also be provided an opportunity to work with the Education team to develop a new innovative product or its prototype.
IIP candidates should have: the ability to think outside the box, a commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of children, sensitivity to different cultures, and excellent research and writing skills. IIP candidates with interests in media, anthropology, English, psychology, sociology, the humanities, and international education are encouraged to apply. Four placements have been created for International Internship Program.
Street Survivors India
Location: West Bengal, India
Street Survivors India is a non-profit organization that established the Jagriti Public School in Katna village in West Bengal, India. This school aims to create learning opportunities for disadvantaged children in slum areas. Their current programs include: Jagriti Public School which conducts classes from Nursery to X level; Stree Shakti, a community-based arbitration program which is an alternative dispute redressal forum meant to bring quick, free justice especially to women who are too intimidated and uneducated to approach the traditional infrastructure of police and courts; Swayam Shakti, a handicraft cooperative to provide women with economic and social empowerment; Jagriti Grameen Libraries which consist of 11 libraries that service 10 villages each to provide books to children who have little or no access to reading materials; and Shiksha Shakti Centres that provides remedial classes, text books, life skills development, recreation, and other resources to children and their parents. IIP interns will work on projects in any of the following areas: teaching at the school, providing design skill training for women in the cooperative, creating arts lessons for extra-curricular time. IIP candidates should have teaching experiences as well as knowledge about Indian culture and education. Artistic skills in drawing, music, or theater would be an asset. Five placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Mumbai, India
The Swades Foundation is a non-profit organization that operates with the single-minded focus of empowering rural India. Their organization aims to create a permanent, irreversible change in the lives of 1 million people in rural India in the next five years. They work in following verticals: Water and Sanitation; Health and Nutrition; Agriculture and Livelihood; Education; and Community Mobilization.
They seek motivated, empowered IIP interns to undertake meaningful projects in the above areas. IIP interns will work on one or more of the following projects: Teaching functional computer skills to principals, leadership, and teachers (a computer science background is required for this IIP position); English teaching (IIP candidates should be English concentrators and will be teaching conversational English to strengthen the employment potential of rural youth through English language literacy); Kids Panchyat & Parents Teacher Group, which will include the IIP intern establishing, monitoring, and enhancing the program to facilitate awareness on civic rights and responsibilities amongst children and to facilitate community participation and ownership amongst parents and teachers in the schools; and the Support My School Project in seven private aided schools, which will include responsibilities to assess the impact of school infrastructure on learning especially water storage and filtration toilets, libraries, computer labs, sports facilities, landscaping and greenery, to monitor the efficacy of the program, and facilitate the appropriate utilization of the facilities provided. Hindi is not required but would be an asset. IIP candidates with interests in social service, education and community development are encouraged to apply. Four placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.