LSE and Tata social internship scheme

ISES imageThe 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 from 27 June to 24 August 2017 inclusive.

Applications for the 2017 Tata social internship scheme open on Monday 6 February and close on Sunday 5 March 2017.  For full application information and eligibility criteria see how to apply

The scheme

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 Tuesday 27 June 2017 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 2017

The LSE will be allocated between 6-10 projects for 2017. These cover topics including sustainability, renewable energy, social entrepreneurship, education and vocational training for women. View the 2017 projects.

Costs and arrangements

Tata trainTata will arrange and provide in India:

  • all local boarding and lodging
  • medical facilities
  • meals
  • 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.

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