InternShip Programme

Internships are either part-time or full-time and our interns work with research teams across several projects within the ambit of our pillars- Transitions and State Capacity.

Qualifications Internships are typically awarded to individuals who have completed a Bachelor's Degree in Economics or other related Social Sciences, or are enrolled into a Master's programme. The type of internship awarded will depend on the student’s qualifications.

Duration Internship durations are flexible. For a full-time internship, we induct people for a period of 6 weeks to about 6 months. Part-time interns, who are simultaneously pursuing a degree and cannot come in full-time, are expected to commit a minimum of 12 hours/ week for a period of at least 6 weeks.

How To Apply To apply for an internship, please write to us at contact@idfcinstitute.org, attaching your résumé and a brief writing sample, not exceeding one A4 side. We request you to apply at least a month in advance from the date that you are available for the internship.

Adarsh Kumar Jul To Sep 2016

CURRENTLY: B.A. IN ECONOMICS & STATISTICS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

"My internship at IDFC Institute provided me with penetrative insights into the economic and political dimensions of policy-making. As an intern, I was involved in diverse projects, ranging from developing presentations on campaign solutions for upcoming local elections to helping out with data analysis for a briefing paper on GDP of Indian states. Apart from being exposed to such illuminating work, I learnt a lot from my colleagues, who were extremely supportive, friendly and helpful; all in all, I could not have spent my summer in a better way than to have interned here."

Avanti Durani Nov 2015 To Jan 2016

CURRENTLY: RESEARCH ASSOCIATE AT THE IDFC INSTITUTE

"Working in political economy research requires a fair amount of abstract thinking. Taking nothing as given and following the evidence, are the cornerstones for framing robust public policies. Interning at IDFC Institute was a fulfilling experience since it allowed me to utilise my varied background in framing solutions to such complex problems. During my time as an intern, I worked on communications and research. My communications role included developing the website and newsletter strategy and assisting at roundtable events. The research work spanned over a wide range of issues from analysing electoral data to exploring mayoral rules. The overall experience was extremely engaging and stimulating, and the team was extremely supportive and approachable throughout."

Rishab Devnani Apr To Jun 2016

CURRENTLY: MASTERS IN ECONOMICS AT THE BARCELONA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS

"My primary role at the Institute was to navigate through official databases and extract useful inputs for the electoral politics team. The state elections of May 2016 were a particularly exciting phase of the internship because the transition from freshly released results to opinion pieces had to be quick. More generally, I was able to appreciate the power of an intuitive 'patterns and stories' approach to data analysis, which is often overlooked because of its simplicity. In-house training workshops exposed me to new techniques and the staff's patience for quality output ensured that I had time to overcome difficulties on my own. A great stepping stone for future researchers intending to present their work to a general audience."

Prakhar Misra Jan 2016

CURRENTLY: CHEVENING SCHOLAR - MASTERS IN PUBLIC POLICY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

"The IDFC Institute internship was a great exposure for me. It helped me to channelise my knowledge towards a constructive outcome. It also brought in a concrete angle to the abstractness of the Economic and Policy ideas that I learnt about at my alma mater, the Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics. During my time at the Institute, I worked under Reuben on identifying economic inflection points in the history of the world, while correlating them with political changes. Thereafter, we further established a causal relation between the two. I learned a lot from the internship, and choosing it has been one of the better decisions I have made in my career."

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