Internship Opportunity at Oxford University


About the Project

  • “Are village politicians impartial agents of the state?”
  • We require 20-25 research assistants for an academic research (virtual) project in Bihar a
  • As a part of which we plan to do a phone-based interview with Mukhiyas and Sarpanches in Bihar over the phone.
  • The interviews are 30 mins long and have questions about social and political-background and on how they approach every-day problem-solving in villages.
  • We successfully ran a virtual data collection project interviewing Mukhiyas in Bihar in the summers with a team of 8 RAs and a program manager, we wish to replicate the same project but reach out to a larger sample.
  • The project is funded by the IGC, LSE.

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  • Your main task as an RA would be to conduct phone-based interviews.
  • The project requires that you are either enrolled in or have completed a master level degree,  good Hindi skills, basic English skills,  the ability to work on excel.
  • You should have a smartphone,  laptop and internet connection.

Selection Procedure

  • We will shortlist based on CVs.
  • If shortlisted, you will be asked to complete two very basic and simple – short tasks somewhere in mid-dec. Depending on your performance, you may be invited for a 2-day pilot training which will be conducted during the third week or end of Dec.
  • The 2-day pilot will give you a chance to understand if the project is of interest to you and for us to assess your suitability and performance for the project. The pilot is a selection round and is only meant to give you an idea of what the project involves. At the end of the pilot, there will be a touchpoint. Only if you are on-boarded you will be compensated for the 2-day pilot and will be part of the main project. We aim to begin from the 4th Jan.

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  • You will receive a 2-day high-quality training in interviewing skills, ethics and basic research skills that will be valuable for future projects.
  • We will sign a formal contract via email in Jan.


You can be based anywhere in India as long as you have a good and stable WIFI and smartphone/ laptop.


It is fixed at 1000 INR per working day.

Application Procedure

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