Internship Programme

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Internship Programme

Current Interns

  • Srijana Karnatak

    Research Intern
  • Vidushi R Singh

    Research Intern
  • Bhavana Giri

    Research Intern
  • Kuldeep Saini

    Research Intern

About Internship

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

Why intern with ICS?

The Institute of Chinese Studies is a premier research institute in India pursuing high-quality scholarship on China and the East Asian region on the whole. Within the broad area studies framework, its faculty is engaged in diverse research areas including foreign policy, economy, labour, borderlands, public health, minorities, politics, history, society, leadership and so on.

The internship programme will not only help in gaining professional experience, but also equip one with research, data analysis, writing, editing, communication and organizational skills that are integral to the Institute’s work profile.

One of the objectives of the programme is to provide exposure and nurture interest in China and East Asia, which we hope can sustain a research intern’s interest enough to enable him/her to take up higher studies on East Asia.

Minimum Eligibility

- Preferably, applicants must have completed their Masters. However, we are open to accomodating students pursuing their Masters as well.
- Applicants must possess a keen interest in China and/or the East Asian region.
- 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.
- Applicants must  be interested in and demonstrate ability to take up research as well as organisational tasks.
- Social media and website management related skills would be of additional advantage.

Programme Duration and More Details

ICS accepts applications throughout the year. The internship duration ranges from 2 to 3 months.
Most research interns are paid a modest honorarium during the internship period.
ICS is committed to diversity and equal opportunities for all.

Application requirements

- Send in a detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- A writing sample of not more than 2000 words if available
- A one page (500 words) research statement/proposal
- Two letters of recommendation (of which one must be from a faculty member)

How to Apply

Mail your application with a short cover letter with the above documents to Specify email subject as ‘Application for 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 also indicate the period of availability.

Before submitting your application, we would urge you to go through our website and browse through our various programmes and publications 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.

Shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview (in person or telephonic).

Note: Following is a list of things ICS cannot provide:

- Support with travel or visa-related issues.
- Information on possible external sources of funding.


Srijana Karnatak
Research Intern

Srijana Karnatak is a Research Intern at Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. She has completed her MA in International Studies (2016-2018) from Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru. Her MA dissertation was on ‘India’s Border Area Development Programme in the Eastern Front: A Critical Study’. She completed her BA (Programme) in Political Science and Economics (2012-2015) from Gargi College, University of Delhi. Previously she has worked as a Research Intern at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses under the Non-Traditional Security Centre. Her research interests are territorial disputes between India and China, border studies and significance of non-traditional security in East Asia. She is currently working on a research project titled ‘Delimiting the Northern Frontiers of British India: A Study of Colonial India’s Border-making Project vis-à-vis China (1890-1947).

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Vidushi R Singh
Research Intern

Vidushi R Singh is a Research Intern at Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi. She is currently a student at the Integrated Programme in Management at IIM Indore. As a part of her curriculum, she has studied International Relations, International Trade and Politics, among other subjects. She has also written a paper on the State-Private Business Interface in China, with fellow classmate Yukta Keshri, under the supervision of Professor G. Venkat Raman. Her research interests relate to the state – private business interface in China, the role of political agendas in the US – China trade war, rise of populism and protectionism, and emerging debates in the global eco-political sphere.

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Bhavana Giri
Research Intern

Bhavana Giri is Research Intern at Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi. She is 4th year student undergoing Integrated Programme in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Indore. Before joining ICS she worked as Market Strategy Intern at Citylytics IntrigAI Technologies Pvt. Ltd.. There she focused on studying Indian markets and emerging market places by collecting consumer data to locate them and see the distribution across cities. Thereby locating the best markets for clients of at Citylytics IntrigAI Technologies to expand. Her areas of interest are studying market and trade patterns, Trade War between China and U.S., Economic repercussions on ASEAN and possible opportunities for India benefit from Trade war.

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Kuldeep Saini
Research Intern

Kuldeep Saini is a Research Intern at Institute of Chinese Studies. He is pursuing Integrated Programme in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Indore (2016 – 2021) Madhya Pradesh.  During his graduation, he has worked on the Term paper “Role of MSME’s in developing Economies” for the course Critical Thinking and Writing Skills under the guidance of Dr. Dibyadyuti Roy. Previously he has worked as a summer intern for Edelweiss Financial Services under the Mutual Fund Products department, understanding the financial segmentation of M F products for different Indian Markets (May 2018 – July2018). His main areas of interests are China’s competitive policies of MSME’s, Institutional governance & regulations, Slowbalising economies & India – China investment corridor.


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