Become an Intern at GRAAM

Internship at GRAAM

GRAAM is a research and advocacy based organization based in the heritage city of Mysuru, Karnataka, with a branch in Bangalore. The organization works in the issues of public health, education, local governance, livelihood, water and sanitation and other human development aspects. Other than research, organization is also working with the communities at the field to understand their issues and resolving the same through various strategies/programs. Thus the organization provides an unique opportunity of working with communities while being part of research or advocacy team.

The organization provides exciting opportunities for students and young professionals to work as an intern with its ongoing programs. The engagement will benefit the intern not only to learn the nuances of being part of a research team but also give an exposure to work with communities at ground. Also, interns will have the opportunity to work with a team from diverse disciplines as GRAAM works in wide range of issues and have experts in all the said issues.

“During the two months I spent as an intern with GRAAM, I worked mainly on the Arogyashreni Project. I helped to investigate trends in the Arogyashreni ranking cards and created graphs to illustrate the trends for each question to see if there was an increasing trend for specific questions. I also looked for trends in data that had been collected through surveys to assess how doctors and community members felt about the success of community-based monitoring.

I had a wonderful experience as an intern with GRAAM. The GRAAM team was very concerned about providing me with an enriching learning experience and everyone was very friendly. My experience at GRAAM gave me a good introduction to public health and health systems in India, and the operations of a research-oriented NGO.”

– Emily Grodinsky, Weill Cornell Medical College, MD Candidate 2016, Cornell University

 

“My internship experience at GRAAM was a unique and a rich learning experience from the beginning to the end. During the course of my internship, I was able to get a bird’s eye view of how policies are made and interact with people at each stage of policymaking— from the drafter to the enforcer. But most importantly I was able to discuss the effects of those policies with the subjects of the policies themselves. It was gratifying and humbling to be given the opportunity to venture out of my comfort zone and research and learn about the various policies under the aegis of Rural Livelihood. Most of the work given to me involved research on the various policies and analysing publicly available data. It contributed to my understanding of the existing policy framework in India and the contribution of Civil Society Organisations and think tanks to the process of policymaking. I am very thankful for having been given the opportunity to undertake this internship would highly recommend the same to all.”

– Shreya Shenolikar , Symbiosis Law School, Pune

 

“During the summer of 2013, I worked on two projects as an intern with the Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement (GRAAM). First, I was responsible for cleaning and writing analysis of education data from Kolar and Kodagu districts for the District Human Development Reports (DHDR). I also designed a questionnaire to measure impact of the Education Leadership and Management (ELM) training program within eleven primary and secondary schools in the greater Mysuru area. I worked with the ELM Advocacy team to conduct intensive interviews and compile findings for Dr. Balasubramaniam. Both projects involved travel as well as field interaction with local government officials and school administrators. For three months, I felt I was a fully participatory member of the GRAAM team and I am grateful for the exposure to the local development sector I received. The experience enhanced my perspective of the industry and inspired me to continue working towards human development and poverty reduction in the South Asian region.”

– Nitika Sethi, Student, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse, NY, United States

 

Those universities and colleges wishing to set up internship programs with GRAAM, please contact us at graam@graam.org.in.

Application Process

GRAAM accepts internship applications from undergraduate and graduate students (Masters and PhD programmes) from Indian and foreign colleges and universities throughout the year. However, applications will be processed based on the availability of internship opportunities in different projects. Also, the nature of work and duration of internship will vary significantly based on the projects in which the interns will involve.

GRAAM reviews internship through the ‘GRAAM Internship Committee (GIC)’ to evaluate the applications and to coordinate the processes. The GIC for the current year is convened by Dr. Ananya Samajdar (internship@graam.org.in). Each applicant undergoes a careful screening process, which takes about four weeks..

How to apply?
Candidates interested in applying for internship, please do fill the application form and submit with brief CV.

Click here to download the Application form

Internship areas at GRAAM

Research

  • Literature and Policy Review
  • Qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Field work
  • Documentation

Advocacy

  • Advocacy and Networking
  • Documentation
  • Events handling – coordination and logistics
  • Networking and follow-up

Media and documentation

  • Media handling and coordination
  • Generating media briefs, news stories etc
  • Photo and video documentation

Duration

  • Minimum duration: 3 to 4 weeks (Interns involving in research activities are encouraged to work for a minimum of 2 months).
  • Maximum duration: There is no maximum duration suggested, but the progress of the interns would be thoroughly reviewed once every 3 months.

Available Opportunities with GRAAM

Selected List of Interns

 

Sl No Name of the Intern College/University Period of Internship Area of Internship
  From To  
1 Jenny Maisonneuve London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medical, London, UK 1/1/2011 30/4/2011 Helped in developing curriculum for Global Health Program to be offered by VIIS and worked on initial ideas about Arogyashreni
2 Kritee Gujral University of Florida, USA 1/11/2010 31/7/2011 Assisted in the PDS evaluation work
3 Aman Biswas Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA 1/7/2011 1/8/2011 Public Relations
4 H.M. Khushi Nilani Christ University, School of Law, Bangalore, Karnataka, India 2/11/2011 30/11/2011 VHSC Training
5 H. R. Apoorva PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore, Karnataka, India 26/12/2011 16/1/2012 Website for GRAAM
6 Divyasri Vivekananda Institute for Leadership Development, Mysore, Karnataka, India 1/8/2011 31/1/2012 Arogya Shreni and Media Monitoring
7 Jumi Hazarika Department of Social Work, Vidya Vikas Education Trust,  Mysore, Karnataka, India 10/2/2012 25/5/2012 Field work for various studies
8 Shruthi R Department of Social Work, Vidya Vikas Education Trust, Mysore, Karnataka, India 10/2/2012 25/5/2012 Field work for various studies
9 Anusha Prasad Bangalore Law School, Bangalore, Karnataka, India 15/10/2012 12/11/2012 Literature review for empanelment manual
10 Shane David Seppinni School of Industrial and Labour Relations, Cornell University,  Ithaca, New York, USA 2012/01/12 31/1/2013 Literature review and developing concept note on NREGA and its impact on agrarian distress
11 Vibha Vasuki School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore, Karnataka, India 2/5/2013 31/5/2013 Legal remedy to tribal communities in HD Kote by the NHRC
12 Nitika Sethi Maxweil School of Citizenship and Public affairs, Syrawse University,  Syracuse, New York, USA 27/5/2013 8/8/2013 DHDR Education and Literacy and ELM Advocacy
13 Dr. Shruthi Nadiga JSS Medical College, Mysore,  Karnataka, India 1/3/2013 31/9/2013 Arogya Shreni
14 Ajay School of Rural Development, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS),  Tuljapur, Maharashtra, India 4/4/2014 5/4/2014 Rural Livelihood
15 Anastasia Kolasa-Lenarz University of Minnesota Medical School, Twin Cities Campus,  Minnesota, United States 15/1/2014 15/4/2014 Research assistant to two studies: 1.“Study on School-level Dietary Adequacy and Impact of Cultural Beliefs in Remote Rural Areas in Southern India”; 2. “A Study of Maternal micro-nutrient deficiencies (anaemia) and impact on foetal birth weight”
16 Indira Patil Azim Premji University, Bangalore, Karnataka, India 19/5/2014 29/6/2014 Food Security and Public Distribution System in Karnataka, GRAAM Advocacy
17 Revathi K L Law, Governance and Policy, Azim Premji University, Bangalore, Karnataka, India 19/5/2014 29/6/2014 Study on inclusion of Person with Disabilities in MGNREGA
18 Linu Elizabeth John JSS Law College, Mysore, Karnataka, India 2/6/2014 11/7/2014 Supported in Drafting Karnataka Lokayukta Bill – 2014, GRAAM Advocacy
19 Lisa Leibfried Cornell  University, Ithaca, New York, USA 15/6/2014 15/7/2014 Livelihood Opportunities for Person’s with Disability in Rural Areas
20 Garrett Bostanian Cornell  University, Ithaca, New York, USA 15/6/2014 15/7/2014 Right to food Act or PDS comparative study, Baseline for action research
21 Amanda L. Lindner Cornell  University, Ithaca, New York, USA 15/6/2014 15/7/2014 Administration, Financial Manual or add towards Budget portfolio
22 Alexandra Wagner Cornell  University, Ithaca, New York, USA 16/6/2014 15/7/2014  Literature Review for Nutrition related projects
23 Erica L Freeman Cornell  University, Ithaca, New York, USA 15/6/2014 15/7/2014 Livelihood Opportunities for Person’s with Disability in Rural Areas
24 Victoria Sulenski Cornell  University, Ithaca, New York, USA 15/6/2014 15/7/2014 Rural Governance
25 Mara Rose Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA 7/7/2014 30/7/2014 Corporate Social Responsibility
26 Erica Bryson Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA 7/7/2014 30/7/2014 Quality of Health Care and Primary Health Centre
27 Kalyssa Lee Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA 7/7/2014 30/7/2014 Advocacy, Corporate Social Responsibility
28 Priyam Turkhia Mount Holyoke college, South Hadley, USA 14/7/2014 9/8/2014 Public Health
30 Cora Walsh University of Minnesota Medical School, Minnesota, United States 25/2/2015 9/3/2015 Public Health
31 Saanchitha Chandrakumar Symbiosis Law School, Symbiosis International University, Pune, Maharashtra 9/3/2015 3/4/2015 Right To Education
32 Kathryn Quilici Cornell University, ILR School, Ithaca, New York, USA 15/6/2015 10/7/2015 Understanding Labour Market Environment
35 Abigail Cutler Cornell University, ILR School, Ithaca, New York, USA 15/6/2015 10/7/2015 Understanding initiatives under Corporate Social Responsibility Programme for Persons with Disability
36 Damian O’Sullivan Cornell University, ILR School, Ithaca, New York, USA 15/6/2015 10/7/2015 Community governance, community participation and democratic decentralization
37 Jack Nobel Cornell University, ILR School, Ithaca, New York, USA 15/6/2015 10/7/2015 Education and Child rights
38 Rasesh Garg Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India 18/5/2015 14/7/2015 Understanding Community Consultation Processes
39 Parul Gupta Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India 18/5/2015 14/7/2015 Understanding Community Consultation Processes
40 Alexandra Guglinzza  GSL, Cornell University, College of Human Ecology, Ithaca, New York, USA 22/6/2015 23/7/2015 1.Public health- Budgetary analysis, 2.Understanding Community participation
42 Rachel DuChateau Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA 22/6/2015 7/8/2015 Community Consultation
43 Siddharth Urs School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore, Karnataka, India 19/10/2015 19/11/2015 PwD Infrastructure Accessibility Assessment
44 Harshith.K.Vishwakarma  CSR-Centre of Excellence, MBA in  CSR, Mysore, Karnataka, India 2/4/2016 10/5/2016 Understanding – Samvarthana and Prerepana (projects of GRAAM)
45 Manoj Kumar B  CSR-Centre of Excellence, MBA in  CSR, Mysore, Karnataka, India 2/4/2016 10/5/2016 Understanding – Samvarthana and Prerepana (projects of GRAAM)
46 Chetan Kumar D  CSR-Centre of Excellence, MBA in  CSR, Mysore, Karnataka, India 2/4/2016 10/5/2016 Understanding – Samvarthana and Prerepana (projects of GRAAM)
47 Praveen Ravi Singapore Management University, Singapore 26/04/2016 11/5/2016 Literature review and Market Research Plan for establishing Social Business Unit for Tribal Women
48 Anna Marella Lagrotta Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA 1/2/2016 15/05/2016 Human and Social Capital
49 Kayla Dantona Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA 2/6/2016 8/7/2016 In various projects of GRAAM
50 Bennett Cook Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA 2/6/2016 9/7/2016 In various projects of GRAAM
51 Emily Grodinsky Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA 1/5/2016 1/7/2016 Aarogyashreni Project
52 Shreya Shenolkar Symbiosis Law School, Pune, Maharashtra, India 21/11/2016 23/12/2016 Rural wealth creation under the aegis of the rural livelihood department
53 Jaelle Sanon Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA 19/6/2017 12/7/2017 Human Resources Management and Consulting
54 Clare McLeod Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA 19/6/2017 12/7/2017 CSR Initiatives/Health enRich Campaign
55 Dominic Noah Grasso Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA 19/6/2017 12/7/2017 CSR Initiatives/Health enRich Campaign
56 Jacob Loose University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK 23/6/2017 21/8/2017 Marketing and publicizing Ragi product from Health enRich

What are the benefits of doing an internship at GRAAM? / Why I should do it with GRAAM?

Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement (GRAAM) primarily focuses on public policy research and advocacy. The organization, head quartered in cultural city of Mysore, believes in incorporating grassroots perspectives in research, and advocate policy which is driven by empirical evidence through a collaborative approach and dialogue. GRAAM aims to ensure that ‘voices’ of the communities at the grassroots are significantly accounted for in the process of development and believes in enriching the interaction among all stakeholders of development – community, State, the NGO sector and the private sector.

Internship gives you an opportunity –

  • To work at grassroots level – Urban, Rural, and Tribal areas.
  • To visit field areas for understanding the issues at ground level.
  • To work in various research studies related to Policy advocacy.
  • To gain practical knowledge of research (quantitative and qualitative) methodologies
  • To gain further insights into the functioning of the Government bodies/institutions through interactions at various levels (from Village to Metropolitan cities)
  • To meet and work with Government and Non-Government professionals, organizations and communities.

What educational skills should I have?

We are looking for interns (both bachelors and masters) with the following educational skills:

  • Masters in Arts/ Public Health/ Social work/Development Management/ Corporate Social Responsibility/ Media and Communication/ Journalism/ Information and Technology.

If you have skills that are not mentioned above, but feel strongly that you can add value to the project, feel free to share your strengths across.

Can I get academic credit for my internship?

  • Internship completion certificate will be issued, along with a letter providing details of your contribution to the project.
  • We do not offer any academic credit from our end. If your academic institution stipulates us filling a feedback form that will help you get credits, you are welcome to send the form across after completion of internship.

Do I get paid for working as an intern at GRAAM?

  • It is an unpaid internship.

Is it a full time or part-time internship?

  • We offer only full-time internships, as we believe that the learning for the student is higher when he/she is immersed fully into the project for the entire duration of the project period.

What is the internship fee for student?

Sl. No. Particulars Cost Per Month Cost Per Month
Indian student Foreign student
1 Admin charges 2000 15,000
2 Internship Fee 3000

What is the time duration of internship period at GRAAM?

  • Minimum of three weeks and maximum of eight weeks.

How much time in advance do I need to apply?

  • Six to Eight weeks before your schedule time of internship.
  • You are required to submit the google form (link) along with the following document –
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Identify Proof
  • Bonafide Certificate issued by the institution or Letters of Reference/Recommendation by an institutional authority
  • Documentary proof about Educational Qualification
  • CV

Do you provide an accommodation during my period of stay?

We provide accommodation (expenses to be paid by the intern) for Interns working from Mysuru office.
We currently do not have accommodation for Bengaluru office. However, we will guide you to the possible places where you can find decent accommodation at reasonable price.

How am I going to be involved during my internship period?

We have planned out an immersion schedule to ensure that you have a good birds-eye view before you go deeper into the project.

The schedule is as follows. We sometimes tailor it to Intern’s prior experience as well.

Day 1 Orientation about GRAAM
Day 2
  • Assigning to mentor
  • In certain cases, you will be requiring to work with multiple mentors.
  • Compulsory field visit.
  • Must involve with research and community consultation teams.
Day 3 onwards Project Internship
Last 3 days of internship Presentation of your work

Are there any specific months to apply for the internship?

  • No, you are welcome to apply throughout the year.