IPAN is an equal opportunity employer. We are strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination.

About IPAN:

IPAN Internship Program is an intensive, highly selective, unpaid, non-resident program for mentoring and training interested young students in the areas of public policy research. The objective of this program is to provide students and early-career researchers with a pre-professional, meaningful and practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest. IPAN Internships provide an opportunity for career exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills. Interns may work independently or with the IPAN teams in our research areas. This is an excellent opportunity for those students who are planning for a career or further studies in international relations, public policy, law, think tanks or international organizations.

A Non-Resident Internship:

IPAN Research Interns are able to undertake their work from their respective locations. It has purposefully been designed to be a non-resident program for the students to be able to work with IPAN on a part-time basis whereas their university classes/job compulsions will prevent them from undertaking a resident program.


The internship is unpaid.

Who can apply?

  • Can be of any nationality.
  • Must have completed at least first year of the bachelors course.
  • Can be from any academic discipline ranging from social sciences to technology but should be highly motivated to work in a demanding think tank environment which would require excellent research and writing skills focussed on public policy issues of national & international relevance.
  • Must be proficient in both oral and written English.

Number of Positions:

There are limited internship positions depending upon research requirements and the availability of supervisors. This number may vary during each application cycle. The final candidates are selected through a competitive selection process.

How to apply?

IPAN accepts applications until the aforementioned application deadlines for each internship term. The applications received after the deadline will be considered for the following term (for the same term in case there is a position available).
IPAN only accepts applications sent electronically through the online application system given below. We do not accept direct mailings or in-person paper submissions.

The applicant must upload the following documents (in pdf format):

  1. A formal, two-page CV (CVs more than two-pages will be liable for an automatic rejection)
  2. A Writing Sample (1000 – 1250 words) related to any relevant topic which can be an excerpt from a larger published work, university project report, a blog piece, an essay, a letter to the editor for a newspaper, an article in your school’s magazine, etc. Please provide a couple of sentences of context if you’re excerpting your selection from a larger piece. The important thing is for us to get a sense of the applicant’s linguistic proficiency and research abilities.
  3. A Letter of Motivation of not more than 350 words explaining your motivation and objective behind applying for this program.

How to Apply?

To apply click here: http://www.ipan.in/internship/

For more information visit: http://www.ipan.in/internship/

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