Now in its fourth year, the Tata International Social Entrepreneurship Scheme (ISES) Internship Programme offers current LSE students the opportunity to participate in social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, environment, or development-based projects in India. These initiatives are set up by the Tata Group of companies and give students grassroots exposure to India. In turn, students bring their international perspectives and research skills to company projects, and in so doing promote international understanding.
One of last year’s interns described the opportunity as an “invaluable learning experience,” adding “it not only gives you a chance to get to know Indian culture from a local perspective, but also teaches you important lessons on the field of development.” Another intern who worked on a green telecom project with Tata Teleservices says the internship provided “exposure to real challenges in meeting the demands of India’s booming telecom market—in my eight weeks of intensive research, dialogues with technological experts and on-site fieldwork, I produced a case study report of value to both the firm and the community at large.”
The ISES is a unique partnership between Tata, LSE, the University of Cambridge and UC Berkeley, and is managed and administered by LSE Careers and the India Observatory. Applications are now open for the programme commencing in July 2013 for eight weeks. The deadline for applications is 1 March 2013 (click here for more details on eligibility criteria and how to apply). Internship places will be offered on a competitive basis and successful applicants will be matched by the Tata Group to an appropriate project.
Students can meet previous LSE interns at an information session on 14 February 2013 at Clement House, Room 3.02 at 1:00 p.m. (bookings open via Career Hub on 7 February 2013).