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Thank you for your interest in the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi!

The India-China economic ties vertical at the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi is looking for virtual interns who can monitor and analyze bilateral trade and investment data between India and China. The internship will involve accessing raw data, analyzing it, and publishing periodic updates. An orientation to the available research tools and data sources will be provided along with adequate guidance but candidates are expected to be comfortable with applications such as MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc. Interns will also be expected to publish a short research paper on a related topic. More information about the Virtual Internship programme at the Institute of Chinese Studies is given below.

Deadline for submitting applications is 28 February 2022.

The Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi receives research scholars that come as interns, in a program that is operated round the year, for a period that varies from two to three months.

Virtual Internships

ICS has now expanded the Internship Programme to receive ‘virtual interns’—those who may not be able to come to Delhi but wish to connect with the Institute through the internet, email and other online channel—to pursue projects or short assignments that fit into their study programs and receive guidance from the ICS faculty.

Launched in April 2020, the ICS Virtual Internship Programme is a two-month internship programme (extendable, if necessary) focused on nurturing young research scholars working on China and the East Asian region. It provides opportunities to individuals from various disciplines such as Political Science, History, International Relations, Sociology etc. to pursue their research interests and hone their research, writing and other organizational skills while working under the guidance of mentors who are experts in their own fields. It gives them exposure to high-quality scholarship that may further encourage them to pursue higher studies.

Since the launch of the ICS Virtual Internship Programme, we have had interns from different parts of the country and from various universities such as IIM-Indore, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), O.P. Jindal Global University, University of Mumbai, Pondicherry University, Presidency University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, University of Delhi and many others. They worked on a range of topics such as the BRI, China's Malacca Dilemma, China’s role in the global supply chains, etc. under the guidance of experts such as Amb. Kishan S. Rana, Amb. Shyam Saran, Amb. Vijay Nambiar, Amb. Yogendra Kumar, Prof. Amita Batra, Dr. Jabin T. Jacob, Dr. Aravind Yelery, Mr. Ravi Bhoothalingam, Mr. Santosh Pai etc. The mentors closely follow their progress and assist them in successfully completing the tasks assigned, including publications.
The broad terms are as follows:
  1. The virtual internship may be for a period of two to three months, and may be extended by up to two months, if necessary.
  2. The scholar will be required to present a project proposal which will be assessed by ICS in terms of its suitability and the availability of ICS research staff to guide the scholar as needed.
  3. An ICS Faculty, Fellow or Associate will be requested to mentor the intern. The scholar will be expected to work closely with his/her mentor and other concerned faculty members. The intern will be involved in various activities of ICS as feasible.
  4. The intern will be required to submit a progress report on a fortnightly basis to the mentor and the designated ICS faculty member.
  5. The outcome of the internship should be a paper that can be offered for publication or a report that fits into the scholar’s research agenda. That document may be published in one of the series of ICS publications, including Occasional Papers, Analyses and Research Blogs. Papers of exceptionally high quality may be offered for publication to the ICS journal, China Report: A Journal of East Asian Studies. Such publication is recommended, but not mandatory.
  6. ICS will provide the scholar a certificate on successful completion of the virtual internship.
General Requirements
  1. Preferably, applicants must have completed their Bachelors and pursuing their Masters. However, we are open to accommodating final year Bachelors students as well.
  2. Applicants must possess a keen interest in China and/or the East Asian region.
  3. Language proficiency in any of the related areas in the East Asian region would be an added advantage. Language students in their BA final year are encouraged to apply.
  4. Applicants must be interested in and demonstrate the ability to take up research as well as organisational tasks.
  5. Social media and website management related skills would be of added advantage.
Application requirements
  1. A detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  2. A writing sample of not more than 2000 words (if available).
  3. One page (500 words) research statement/proposal.
  4. Two letters of recommendation (of which one must be from a faculty member).
Before submitting your application, we would urge you to go through our website and browse through our various programmes and publications. This will help you to not only familiarize yourselves with our mission and work but also to be sure that ICS is where you want to spend an important part of your academic and professional life.

If you are interested in virtual internships at ICS, you can email your application with a short covering letter with the below-mentioned documents to specify email subject as ‘Application for Virtual Internship’.

The cover letter (in the main text of the email) must provide a brief introduction to the applicant’s area(s) of interest, relevant experience and skills, and indicate the period of availability.

Last date for submitting applications: 28 January 2022
Shortlisted candidates will be called for an online interview.
Note:  Following is a list of things ICS cannot provide:
  1. Support with travel or visa-related issues.
  2. Information on possible external sources of funding.

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