InternShip Programme

Internships are either part-time or full-time and our interns may 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 Durations are flexible. For a full-time internship, we induct people for a period of 6 weeks to about 6 months. Part-time interns are expected to commit a minimum of 12 hours/week for a period of at least 6 weeks.

How To Apply To apply, 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."

Raadhika Vishvesh Jan to Feb, 2017

CURRENTLY: MASTER'S CANDIDATE AT THE GRADUATE INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES, GENEVA

"My internship at The IDFC Institute was an interesting and engaging experience. Everybody was patient and approachable, and the work atmosphere was both congenial and intellectually stimulating. I got to work on projects that spanned a multitude of interesting topics, such as real estate, investment, economic growth and taxation, government spending and rural development. My work with two of the senior fellows, Vivek Dehejia and Praveen Chakravarty, involved using central government statistics, econometric software and financial data, and was extremely useful and relevant for my own academic research on Indian public finance. The internship honed my research abilities and made me comfortable working with large datasets. It also taught me to think analytically of policy issues and helped me gain perspective on the Indian political macro-economy." 

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."

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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