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 email@example.com.
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. Surashree Shome (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
Internship areas at GRAAM
- Literature and Policy Review
- Qualitative and quantitative data analysis
- Field work
- Advocacy and Networking
- 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
- 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.
Selected List of Interns
|Sl No||Name of the Intern||College/University||Period of Internship||Area of Internship|
|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|
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
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 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.