Home > Staff and students > Careers and vacancies > Student careers and vacancies > Internships & work experience > LSE & Tata International Social Entrepreneurship Scheme (ISES)


LSE and Tata International Social Entrepreneurship Scheme (ISES)

ISES imageThe Tata International Social Entrepreneurship Scheme (ISES) 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 ISES 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 2015.

Applications for the 2015 Tata ISES open on Monday 9 February and close on Sunday 1 March 2015.  For full application information and eligibility criteria see How to apply|

The scheme

The primary objective of the Tata ISES 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 ISES students will spend eight weeks in India starting on 1 July 2015 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 2015

The LSE have been allocated a total of 6 projects for 2015|.  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.

Costs & 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 ISES 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 ISES intern profiles|.

Tata ISES logo|