Become an Intern at GRAAM

Internship at GRAAM

GRAAM provides exciting opportunities for students and young professionals to work as interns. The nature of work and duration of internship will vary significantly based on the projects in which the interns will involve.

GRAAM engages in research and advocacy work in sectors including public health, education, community governance, social security, human development, etc. Hence the interns have the opportunity to work with a team with experience and expertise in diverse disciplines.

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.

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. Surashree Shome. Each applicant undergoes a careful screening process, which takes about 4 weeks for the decision process.

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

Some for interns

Clare McLeod:

Clare is a rising sophomore in the ILR school. She aspires to pursue minors in Business as well as Design and Environmental Analysis. Clare likes to journal, sketch, watch documentaries, and create computer graphics. She also enjoys attending yoga classes, and has recently begun teaching yoga. She aspires to support traditionally underserved groups, especially the elderly, children, persons with disabilities, and those who cannot afford yoga studio classes in their communities.

Clare’s projects at GRAAM primarily focused on CSR Research and Marketing. She helped to put together mini-documentaries on Health enRich project, GRAAM-specific CSR guide, create a series of video interviews on GRAAM, Health enRich, CSR and Voices from the grassroots book (to be released).

It was great working with Clare. She is deeply insightful and very focused towards the delivery. Throughout the entire engagement, Clare worked on multiple projects without compromising on the quality of any of them.

Jaelle Sanon:

Jaelle is a sophomore in the ILR school. Originally from Haiti, Jaelle living in Boston, Massachusetts from the past 11 years. On campus, Jaelle works as a resident advisor while holding leadership positions in various clubs that strive to improve the experience of marginalized groups on campus.

Jaelle is passionate about law and the labour movement. This passion stems from her work with labor unions and organizations in Boston that advocate for the improvement of lives of workers through various initiatives, such as setting minimum wage, earned sick time laws and other required benefits for labours.

During her internship with GRAAM,

Jaelle was involved with doing a comparison study of HR Policies of various organizations (NGOs and others). Subsequently, she conducted a study of the existing HR policies of GRAAM by going through the existing documents as well as doing individual interviews with GRAAMers. Finally, Jaelle put together consolidated HR Policy, and reviewed with the management team at GRAAM. This updated policy also included a couple of newly written chapters for which, Jaelle's efforts need to be commended.

Jaelle has been an great team player. Underneath her fun-loving and joyful nature, lies a deeply analytical , and observant professional that came out during her internship engagement with GRAAM.

Dominic Grasso:

Domonic, or Dom as we fondly call him, is a rising sophomore at Cornell University, USA. He is pursuing Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science. Dominic is interested in continuing his learning in the field of CSR and its impact on eEnvironmental. impact. He would like to be associated with opportunities which would help him to understand the impact of develop his research skills in how Corporate, as well as other interventions on are positively impacting the Environment. Someday he would like to take these learnings to contribute to USA's CSR and Environmental interventions.

Dominic’s internship was on understanding the CSR policy in India. While studying the CSR policies, he came over a series of specific questions that should be raised with the respective organization to help GRAAM to gain further insights into their program. Also, he contributed in other programs of the GRAAM. His work has been instrumental in continuing studies by subsequent student interns.

Dominic is very insightful and focused, and his quality of output has been very much appreciated.

Jacob Loose:

Jacob is a graduate student from School of International Development at University of East Anglia, Norwich. Jacob's interests include Communication and Media, Social Theory and Cultural Anthropology.

Jacob has been instrumental in developing Ragi (finger millet) promotional campaigns for Health enRich. He conducted a series of interviews with consumers of ragi from different segments to gain insights to their personal experiences of using ragi. This has helped in ensuring that Health enRich product is aligned to the expectations of the consumers. During his period of internship, Jacob also managed the marketing and communications for Health enRich project (email as well as facebook).

It was great working with Jacob, who has a deep concern for the tribal development.

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.