Centre for Civil Society is organising a Researching Reality Summer Internship 2015.
Researching Reality summer internship is a full time internship that spans a course of six weeks between June and July [June 5 – July 17].
Researching Reality Internship is for college students and researchers who wish to apply social and economic principles to real-life problems through in-depth research projects.
It provides interns with valuable training in areas of research, analysis, writing, and above all critical thinking.
Interns study various agencies, boards, corporations, departments, schemes and programs of the state governments and Municipal Corporations; evaluating existing systems to recommend sustainable and long-term policy improvements in the functioning of government structures.
The objective of the internship is to further citizens’ understanding of the workings of the government and encourage greater independent fact-based qualitative and quantitative research so that the next time citizens demand better governance, they can back their claims.
The summer internship is open to up to 25 interns under the guidance of an internship coordinator, to work on individual research projects and participate in a series of workshops on research, public policy, and liberal philosophy.
Pedagogy & Structure
We emphasise collective learning and therefore this vibrant learning experience happens through creative and multiple mediums which include:
Orientation: A comprehensive orientation is conducted for interns to better understand the nature and scope of the research expected.
Assignments: Interns choose their research topics from a larger roster of prepared by CCS that are of mutual interest to interns and CCS.
Research guides: Individual guides in the area of the intern’s research project meets the intern on a weekly or fortnightly basis to discuss progress and provide inputs. However, an in-house internship coordinator is available for assistance to all interns throughout the program period.
Interactions: Department heads and senior staff members of CCS provide necessary guidance in their thematic areas.
Workshops: On writing, research methodology, and public policy are conducted to equip interns with skills necessary to execute their respective projects.
Documentary screenings: To bring to light critical public policy issues through the ever-growing medium of films.
Discussions: Each week of the internship interns explore seminal papers in social science and public policy or participate in talks by experts.
Field visits: To experience ground reality and decide on how a problem can be studied and solved.
Application is open for all researchers, college going students, graduate and post graduate, recent graduates, and IB students in 11th and 12th standard.
International as well as domestic applications are welcome.
There is no fee for participating in the Researching Reality Internship, however, interns must make their own living arrangements and must cover their own travel and living expenses.
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