Internship Program by Centre for Civil Society: Apply by May 10

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About the Internship

Researching Reality is an annual two-month internship program (7 June to 30 July 2021) that offers intensive training in policy-relevant research to undergraduate and graduate students of various disciplines. In the course of the internship, the interns frame a research question, analyse the data collected through primary and secondary sources, and author a research paper.

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While research guides steer their projects and train them, various experts, academics and practitioners working in the field of public policy provide their knowledge and insights.

One of the country’s premier research internship programs, 2021 marks the twenty-first edition of Researching Reality Internship.


Researching Reality is a full-time two-month intensive internship

To be considered for the internship program, a candidate must satisfy one of the following;

  • Current student enrolled in an undergraduate/ postgraduate course in any academic or professional discipline
  • Working Professionals/ Graduates / Researchers

A candidate must demonstrate;

  • Interest in the public policy domain
  • Inquisitive and adept with basic research skills – data collection, inference and analysis
  • Be open to a fun, open and respectable environment
  • Be a team player, have strong analytical skills and the ability to meet deadlines

The Internship is open to both Domestic and International applicants. We offer assistance for visa applications in the ‘Volunteer Category’ for International Students (if necessary).

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There is no registration fee to apply for the program.

There is no stipend paid to Interns for the duration. However, reimbursements approved on actuals by the requisite guide/ coordinator for the purpose of research are provided. Interns are requested to make their own living arrangements in New Delhi (if needed).

Application Procedure

  • Complete the Online Application Form; the form additionally consists of two sections dealing with a Statement of Purpose and essays as a writing sample to be considered for the Interview Round
  • Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed through video calls if in-person interviews are not possible; In special circumstances, we do conduct interviews over the phone..
  • A weighted proportion score of the Essays and Personal Interview will be used to determine the final list of selected candidates
  • A second-list based on contingency is generated for wait-listed candidates

Please Note:

Applications can be submitted through the online portal alone. Applications via eM or post are not considered.

Any attempt to influence the application decision leads to the disqualification of the candidate.

Important Post-Pandemic Changes

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic outbreak and the subsequent lockdown, we have made a few alterations to the format of the internship. They are as follows:

Any attempt to influence the application decision leads to the disqualification of the candidate.

  • The internship will primarily be conducted remotely and only a few candidates will be required to spend two months at the Delhi office. (This will be discussed in the interview round as per the availability of the person)
  • The candidates will still be expected to commit to the internship full time for 8 weeks and part-time post that on the review of the research papers.
  • There will be no change to the dates of the internship. (7 June to 30 July 2021)

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We are always looking for the best possible path to go ahead with, while still maintaining the core principles and takeaways of the Researching Reality Internship. These changes have been made keeping in mind the challenges that our applicants face with respect to their personal/professional commitments.

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