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, 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.

Malini Kohli May to June, 2017

CURRENTLY: Pursuing B.A. from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania

"Interning at the institute was an enriching experience. The project I undertook dealt with the convergence and/or divergence of various social indicators in Indian states and major states in other nations. It involved data collection and analysis. I realized the challenges in accumulating data both from an availability and accuracy perspective. Over the course of the internship, I was familiarized with working with data and was compelled to think about the Indian economy in a novel way. The work environment was encouraging, supportive, and fun. A great way to spend my summer!"

Raadhika Vishvesh Jan to Feb, 2017


"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


"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


"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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