The Tata social internship scheme is a unique partnership between Tata and four leading universities, the LSE, the University of Cambridge, UC Berkeley and UC Davis. It is managed and administered by LSE Careers and India Observatory.
The social internship scheme offers LSE students the opportunity to undertake 8 week projects at the Tata Group in India. These projects have either a development, social enterprise, environmental, sustainable or CSR focus and involve a significant research element. Projects run over July and August 2016.
Applications for the 2016 Tata social internship scheme open on Monday 1 February and close on Sunday 28 February 2016. For full application information and eligibility criteria see how to apply.
The primary objective of Tata social internship is to give students the opportunity to work on social entrepreneurship, environmental development and corporate social responsibility community based projects. These initiatives are set up by the Tata Group of companies and give students a grass-roots level exposure to India. In turn students will bring their international perspectives and research skills to the company projects, and in so doing promote international understanding.
Successful LSE Tata social internship students will spend eight weeks in India starting on Monday 4 July 2016 working with Tata companies on various projects. Internship places will be offered on a competitive basis and successful applicants will be matched by the Tata Group to an appropriate project.
Internship projects 2016
The LSE will be allocated between 6-10 projects for 2016. We are still waiting further details for some of the projects but these cover topics including sustainability, renewable energy, social entrepreneurship, education and vocational training for women. View the 2015 projects for an idea of what to expect.
Costs and arrangements
Tata will arrange and provide in India:
all local boarding and lodging
domestic travel costs
a daily allowance for incidental costs
up to one third of the return cost of economy air travel to India
other eligible costs incurred during the internship in India
All other costs - including personal costs and visas - are the responsibility of the internship holder.
Previous LSE TATA interns
Before leaving India, interns make presentations on their findings and recommendations to the Tata Corporate Sustainability Services management team.
Take a look at their final reports and read about the experiences of students from LSE degree programmes including Social Policy, the MPA programme, Social Anthropology, Environmental Policy, International Relations, Environment and Development - LSE Tata social internship intern profiles.