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 **NEW**
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.
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: Full Economic Citizenship-Housing for All (HFA) and the Fellowship Program. IIP interns will each work on one of the following three programs:
- Rural Innovation and Farming Initiative: an initiative focused on increasing the incomes of farming communities. Their goal is to create a more dynamic, equitable, and sustainable agricultural value chain that meets the economic needs of farmers as well as societal and environmental needs of the society. The IIP intern will be in charge of crafting an approach, developing tasks, and producing a broad set of deliverables for the project. IIP candidates should have interest in agriculture value chains and agri-business.
- Full Economic Citizenship (FEC) Program: a program that aims at creating market models to facilitate exercising economic, social and cultural rights mainly to the informal sector population. This involves innovation in the way market players work and behave, to develop new supply and value chains that unlock massive markets at the base of the economic pyramid. The FEC team has been primarily working on housing but is also starting to work in other areas of basic needs such as wellness and nutrition. The IIP intern will work on an independent project that is appropriate to his/her needs as well as the program's needs. Previous independent projects have included research on new/allied market areas such as home improvements and internet platforms. IIP candidates with interests in urban development, poverty alleviation, and/or social entrepreneurship are encouraged to apply.
- 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.
Location: New Delhi, India
Bioversity International undertakes, encourages, and supports research and other activities on the use and conservation of agricultural biodiversity, especially genetic resources, to create more productive, resilient, and sustainable harvests. Its aim is to promote the greater well-being of people, particularly poor people in developing countries, by helping them to achieve food security, improve their health and nutrition, boost their incomes, and conserve the natural resources on which they depend. One placement in India has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Compilation of short stories based on research output and assistance in the writing articles on and improving the website for the project on "on-farm and in-situ conservation of tropical fruit tree diversity": The Asian region is endowed with rich diversity in tropical fruits species with considerable (and often under-exploited) potential for socio-economic and environmental benefits. The project’s objective is to improve the on-farm and in situ conservation and use of tropical fruit genetic diversity (for mango, citrus, rambutan, and mangosteen) by strengthening the capacity of farmers, local communities, and institutions through the Community based Biodiversity Management (CBM) approach. The IIP intern for this placement will contribute to the work of this currently ongoing project entitled: "Conservation and Sustainable Use of Cultivated and Wild Tropical Fruit Diversity: Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods, Food Security and Ecosystem Services." The IIP intern will have the following responsibilities: produce and compile short reports/briefs that reflect the major outputs achieved for public awareness purposes; assist in writing project related articles; assist in improving the project website; assist in the impact assessment and market related research and activities, and present results to project stakeholders and team. IIP candidates with interests in agriculture, biodiversity, conservation and the socio-economics of rural development are encouraged to apply. Hindi language skills would be an asset but are not required.
Borosil Glassworks Ltd.
Borosil is the largest and most well known brand in consumerware and glass tableware products in India. The company recently launched an e-commerce store. Borosil is looking for interns to help drive traffic to and increase conversions at the website by improving the user experience. Two placements have been created for IIP interns.
Here are descriptions of each IIP placement:
- The computer science intern will refine and improve technical aspects of Borosil's social marketing strategy (Facebook, Twitters, blogs, ads, etc). The intern will help work on SEO for the website and implement technical improvements to the back-end of the website, as well as increasing visibility, maximizing operational efficiency, and raising sales conversions on the website. IIP candidates with an interest in computer science, social media, Power Point, Word, or Photoshop are encouraged to apply.
- The other intern will help initiate and execute marketing ideas, concepts, and promotions that will help increase footfalls and conversions in the e-commerce store. The intern will also work with Borosil to refine social marketing strategies, create content for the e-commerce website’s social media mediums, and develop presentations for different departments. Additional responsibilities include studying the home décor sector by conducting a competitive analysis of consumer behavior and building models to analyze sales trends across products and regions over the last four years. IIP candidates with an interest in communication, writing, social media, and design are encouraged to apply.
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 with Breakthrough will be assigned to one of the two following projects. The first project is to develop online interactive formats for existing Breakthrough publications. For this project, basic Hindi would be an asset as would experience writing on social issues and working on social media projects. The second project would be in the area of development and including fundraising research and proposal writing. For this project Hindi is not required and research skills would be an asset. 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. The interns should be motivated, organized, creative students, eager to make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancers. 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. This placement is appropriate for students interested in psychology, statistics, journalism, event management, and marketing. Three placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Location: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
The Care Foundation seeks to build progressive self-reliant rural communities, with a holistic approach, by providing over 40 diverse services in the areas of health care, environment, sanitation, primary education, adult literacy, skills development, etc. The Foundation currently works in 199 villages in six districts of Andhra Pradesh—East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Ranga Reddy, and Visakhapatnam—positively transforming the lives of over a million people. Specific projects for IIP interns are customized to the interest of the IIP intern and the needs of the organization. IIP interns may work on one of the following two projects:
- Health Service Design: Evaluate the services provided by healthcare workers and supervisors at the village level. Design a service that maps existing services to community, highlighting gaps in service delivery. Implement the new service design to meet the gaps evaluated in the study.
- Mobile Health Application for Health Workers: Contribute to the design of an application for a health worker process flow for work in rural villages in primary and chronic care.
This placement is ideal for IIP interns with interest in public health, health administration, and experience with analytical tools. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. This internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).
Centre for Internet & Society **NEW**
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.
Crafts Museum/National Handicrafts & Handlooms Museum **NEW**
Location: New Delhi, India
The Crafts Museum is the national museum of crafts and the repository of some of the finest examples of India's rich craft heritage. Craft continues to be a significant source of livelihood for millions of people, especially in rural India, and the Crafts Museum attempts, through its various programs, to support their activities. Thus, in addition to the usual educational function of a museum, the Crafts Museum plays an important role in advocacy of the craft sector. The original museum collection was built by one of the greatest advocates of crafts in India, the legendary freedom fighter and visionary, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, whose tireless efforts to invigorate the craft sector have been critical to its growth and survival. The main projects that the Crafts Museum is currently focusing on are: digitization, re-organization of the museum store, preparation of a new catalog, publication of manuscripts, and designing a new website. These internships will be appropriate for students interested in anthropology, architecture, art, design, English, history, or any other discipline within the broad areas of the humanities and social studies/sciences. Fluency in English will suffice though some facility in Hindi could be very helpful in some projects. Four placements were created for the International Internship Program.
Forefront Capital **NEW**
Location: Mumbai, India
Forefront Capital Management is a technology-driven financial services firm and India’s first boutique firm to focus on fundamental-based quantitative investing and electronic trading. The firm was founded in 2009 and is registered with SEBI as a portfolio manager. Forefront currently manages assets for high net worth individuals, family offices, and corporations across long-only equity, market-neutral, and other absolute return strategies. Forefront Capital is neither a traditional fundamental manager who picks a concentrated portfolio of stocks in a subjective way, nor a technical/statistical arbitrage kind of manager who invests based on black box ideas. Rather, it uses common fundamental factors (e.g. P/E, P/B ratios) that good investors look at, but invest on them in an entirely system-driven way. While traditional fundamental managers can study one sector or a few stocks based on their fundamentals, FFC uses data and systems, to study hundreds of stocks in the same way. This is a unique approach that has been traded successfully in 20+ countries across equities, debt, currencies, and commodities, and FFC is the first to do this in India in a specialized way. Summer interns will be involved in two kinds of projects:
- Quantitative analysis of fundamental, macro-economic and financial data: Typical tasks would include reading academic and broker literature to formulate investment hypotheses, gathering and cleaning data into a usable format, running statistical tests on the data and coming up with investment models based on the research results. Example: Analyzing 200 years worth of district level rainfall data to predict the performance of agriculture stocks. Technologies used: Python, Matlab, SQL Server, Excel, Bloomberg and various market data services.
- Technology infrastructure: Forefront places a great emphasis on technology to automate manual tasks and build scalable systems. Technology infrastructure work would include mapping user requirements, coming up with an object oriented system design, writing test cases, programming and debugging. Example: Building a tool to do performance attribution for client portfolios. Technologies used: Python, SQL Server, C#, Visual Basic, ASP .NET.
Summer interns will also have the opportunity to participate in our weekly lecture series that covers advanced concepts in asset pricing, portfolio management, investing and trading, and an overview of financial markets, regulations and business strategy. Four placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Genesis Foundation **NEW**
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 interns will work with doctors, visit hospitals, and gain an understanding of the focus areas of critical illnesses GF deals with. Interns should be prepared to embrace learning how to manage these types of serious disorders.
Guria Swayam Sevi Sansthan **NEW**
Location: Varanasi, India
Guria Swayam Sevi Sansthan is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking and forced prostitution. Guria works in the source areas to prevent trafficking and also operates in destination areas to prevent child prostitution, second generation prostitution and trafficking and re-trafficking. To achieve these goals Guria pursues a holistic, grassroots approach working directly with women and children affected to provide education, healthcare, rescue, legal intervention, advocacy, sensitization, livelihood support, and witness protection, etc. At Guria, IIP interns can choose from a variety of projects: teaching children in the non-formal education center, writing grant applications, working on legal cases against traffickers, updating the website and blog, and helping run rural empowerment projects. IIP candidates interested in human rights, Hindi/Urdu languages, women's rights, Hindu/Muslim relations, development and poverty alleviation, law, global health, and education are encouraged to apply. Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Bangalore and Chennai, India
Hippocampus is an organization that expands access to reading books for children through experience centers in Koramangala and Shankarapuram in Bangalore and in Abhiramapuram, Chennai. Hippocampus also works with close to 50 government schools, community centers, and Montessori and mainstream schools in Bangalore city. In addition, it organizes children-centric events and productions. These events include a three-day carnival, a musical theater production, and a book collection drive.
Location: New Delhi, India
The Hunger Project (THP) is a global, non-profit, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. In South Asia, THP seeks to end hunger and poverty by empowering people to lead lives of self-reliance, meet their own basic needs and build better futures for their children. THP and its affiliated Partner Countries have a worldwide staff of more than 300 people. The Hunger Project has been active in India since 1984 and currently works across 10 states. The Hunger Project's approach of mobilizing people for self-reliant action, empowering women as key change agents and engaging with local government is culminated in one comprehensive strategy.
Indian Chamber of Commerce **NEW**
Location: Kolkata, India
The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), is looking for a suitable Intern 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. Examples of possible projects would be: Study on FDI in Retail in India: Issues and Prospects; Study on SEZs in India: Issues with Land Acquisition, Best Practices, Recommendations; Sector-specific Reports primarily focusing on services sectors like IT & ITeS, tourism, banking & financial Services, environment, agriculture etc. Two placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Indian Institute for Cerebral Palsy **NEW**
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 babies aged under a month 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 Centre 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. Three placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Infosys Technologies Ltd.
Locations: Bangalore, Mysore, Hyderabad, Pune, India
Infosys Technologies Ltd. designs and delivers technology-enabled business solutions and provides a complete range of services by leveraging domain and business expertise and strategic alliances with leading technology providers. Infosys’ offerings span business and technology consulting, application services, systems integration, product engineering, custom software development, maintenance, re-engineering, independent testing and validation services, IT infrastructure services, and business process outsourcing. Each intern will have his/her own project. Five placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Location: New Delhi, India
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a nonprofit organization that creates and evaluates solutions to social and development problems and works to scale up successful ideas through implementation and dissemination to policymakers, practitioners, investors, and donors. IIP intern tasks may include participating in an on-going field experiment, conducting exploratory qualitative work, helping with the IPA dissemination strategy, and providing research and/or administrative assistance at IPA's headquarters. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
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.
Parinaam Foundation **NEW**
Location: Bangalore, India
From the Parinaam perspective, making a difference in one person’s life is worth more than unsustainable mass scale interventions. Interns must have the heart and soul to work with the poor and accept the conditions of the slums in which Parinaam’s programs take place. Experience is not necessary. Several projects are available for IIP interns: 1. Diksha Financial Literacy program: an interactive five module program to teach mostly illiterate women basic numerical skills; debt management; how to budget their income/expense; cash flow and saving options; 2. Jalmitra Program: a livelihood development and safe water education initiative that trains community women on how to teach their fellow members about safe water and help them to buy safe water devices through a soft loan provided by the MFI; 3. Healthcare and Medical Interventions: A program that hopes to deliver hospital care to poor families and an add-on facility that will provide financial help for critical care. The program is currently under development; 4. Education: Tuition centers for desperately poor children; a scholarship fund and an educational grant that helps poor women who take education loans to pay the interest on the loans; an academic adoption program that looks for sponsors to enroll very poor children in quality schools through to the 12th grade; 5. The Urban Ultra Poor Program: It has four broad holistic initiatives to change the lives of destitute families: 1) livelihood development; 2) childcare and education; 3) healthcare; 4) financial literacy & social services. The ultimate goal is to ensure sustainable income for the family and to move them away from usurious debt by introducing them to microfinance. All the programs require considerable field work and interns should expect to spend at least 60% of their time in the field. Three placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Pratham Education Foundation **NEW**
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.
Location: New Delhi, India
SaveLIFE Foundation (SLF) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization focused on enabling Bystander Care, or community-driven emergency medical response, for road accident victims. Bystander Care is critical to India as the country does not have a well-established Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system to bring urgent care to accident victims, leading to thousands of avoidable deaths every year. SLF is currently establishing India’s first community-driven emergency response service that will train, connect, and mobilize community volunteers and concerned agencies within minutes of a call being received by a dedicated call center. This project is under implementation in the city of Delhi and Rural Thane. SLF is also advocating for a supportive legal framework for bystanders to help road accident victims.