Centre for Internet & Society

The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) provides opportunities for students enrolled in graduate and post-graduate programmes to undertake internship at its offices in Bangalore and Delhi. Eligible candidates are welcome to participate in our internship programme. Please continue to read through for more information about the process.

To apply, send in 1) your resume and 2) two writing samples that demonstrate your research and analytical skills, along with 3) a brief note (not more than one page) on research topic(s) you are interested in. Applications without resume, writing samples, or with spelling errors in cover page, will be rejected, and such candidates wouldn't receive any calls for interview.

Applications should be sent to Nisha Kumar (nisha [at] cis-india.org) and Karan Saini (karan [at] cis-india.org).


Qualifications

Academic Background: We accept candidates from diverse educational and professional backgrounds, ranging from public policy and law to mathematics to arts and humanities.

Technical Skills: We expect knowledge of usual writing and email software, and other software that might be relevant for the work.

Languages and Level of Fluency: We expect the person to be fluent in English (reading, writing and conversing), and preferably in another Indian language too.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • What does CIS do and what type of work will the intern be responsible for?
    We do policy research and give feedback to various government agencies. We work closely with local language Wikimedia projects in India, and support production of local language content on those platforms. We do academic and trans-disciplinary research on topics at the intersection of internet and society. Please take a look at the different verticals of our work to gain a sense of the diversity of our efforts, and to identify potential areas for your focus during the internship: Accessibility (laws and programmes for persons with disabilities, accessibility of public services and portals, web accessibility and universal services), Access to Knowledge (intellectual property rights, software and hardware patents, copyright law, local language Wikimedia projects in India), Openness (open access, open data, free and open source software, open research, open standards), Internet Governance (free speech and expression, privacy and digital ID, big data and AI, cybersecurity), Telecom (telecommunication policy and reform, spectrum allocation, local telecom equipment manufacturing), and [email protected] (data systems, digital knowledge, internet histories, network economies, and web cultures).

  • Will interns be required to take a considerable amount of initiative on his/her own, or will s/he be assigned specific projects with direct supervision at all times?
    Students are required to take considerable amount of initiative on his/her own without direct supervision.

  • What is the duration period of an internship?
    A minimum of four weeks. However, we prefer applications for a longer period.

  • What would be the location of internship?
    Bangalore or Delhi, as chosen by the applicant.

  • Will the intern need to travel to other locations/cities/countries during his/her internship?
    This depends upon the requirements of the project. CIS will bear the expenses if the intern undertakes (authorised) travel for the purpose of work.

  • Will the organisation pay or provide local transport?
    No, unless it is specifically for work related reasons.

  • Will the organization provide for pick up and drop off at airport?
    Yes.

  • Will an honorarium/stipend be provided be provided to the interns, and if yes, how much?
    No, unless the candidate is really deserving.

  • Will the organization pay for housing costs?
    No.

  • Will the organization be able to provide information on how to find a house?
    Yes.

  • Will the organization provide meals?
    No.

  • Will the organization provide medical insurance to interns?
    No.

  • Would the interns need to undertake a phone/remote interview before the final selection?
    No, unless it is mentioned in the response to the internship application.
 

Organisational policies

All interns working at CIS have to read and abide by CIS' organisational policies.
 

Contact

Name: Karan Saini
Designation: Policy Officer
E-mail: karan [at] cis-india [dot] org

Bangalore

Address: No. 194, 2nd 'C' Cross, Domlur, 2nd Stage, Bengaluru 560071, Karnataka
Phone: +91 80 4092 6283
Fax: +91 80 2535 0955
Location on Google Map: http://j.mp/cis-blr

Delhi

Address: First Floor, B 1/8, Hauz Khas, after Crunch, near G Block Market, New Delhi 110016
Phone: + 91 11 4050 3285
Location on Google Map: http://j.mp/cis-delhi

 

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