Eligibility and how to apply

Key application dates

  • Closing date for applications: Sunday 5 March 2017
  • Interviews: week commencing 13 March 2017
  • Project dates: 26 June to 24 August 2017 inclusive

See key dates and deadlines for important dates throughout the scheme. 

Eligibility and what we look for

  • The scheme is open to all pre-final and final year undergraduates and postgraduate (master's and PhD) students at LSE.
  • Students can be from any degree background or discipline.
  • ISES imagePrevious work or volunteer experience with NGOs/community groups, demonstrated leadership capacity and team working skills, excellent communication and organizational skills and a strong interest in India are all desirable.
  • Prior internships or jobs with Tata companies are not desirable.
  • As this is a cultural exchange, preference will be given to students who have not previously spent more than 1 month in India.
  • Successful candidates take part in an orientation workshop in the summer term preceding the internship. Your acceptance of a Tata social internship is conditional on your commitment to attend this workshop. In addition, Tata social interns are expected to learn some basic Hindi.
  • Tata social interns also share their knowledge, learning and experiences from their internship with the sponsors, faculty, and students. Your acceptance of a Tata social internship depends on your commitment to participate in this review process.

The application process

To be considered for an internship with Tata social internship you will need to submit the following documents via the Tata social internship website:

  • transcript of your recent academic performance (if a master's student then a copy of your undergraduate degree result)  
  • copy of your CV/resume
  • short statement (up to 700 words) outlining your interest in the Tata social internship programme and what you see yourself as contributing, as well as explaining how it would benefit you and those you would work with.

To apply online go to: www.tataises.com/join.

Training and support

  • Successful applicants will be expected to attend a half-day orientation workshop held in London in June. The training will cover topics including living and working in India and an introduction to development (if appropriate). In addition, Yannick Tata ISESTata social interns are expected to learn some basic Hindi and do some initial research on their project topic prior to arrival in India.
  • During their stay in India, interns will have the support of a Tata project representative as well as a translator and other necessary support.  LSE faculty will also undertake a mid-internship review with each intern.
  • LSE participants on the Tata social internship programme will be expected to share their knowledge, learning and experiences from their internship with the sponsors, faculty, and students interested in participating in the next round of internship placements. Feedback on the experience will be in the form of a web based profile but could also include participation in a seminar.
  • Further details about the registration process are at  www.tataises.com/join.

If you have any further questions about the scheme please contact Maddie Smith at LSE Careers.

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