Researching Reality Internship

What is Researching Reality?

Summer Interns 2014

Past Internship Papers


Researching Reality Internship is for college students and researchers who wish to apply social and economic principles to real-life problems through in-depth research projects. It provides interns with valuable training in areas of research, analysis, writing, and above all critical thinking. Interns study various agencies, boards, corporations, departments, schemes and programs of the state governments and Municipal Corporations; evaluating existing systems to recommend sustainable and long-term policy improvements in the functioning of government structures. The objective of the internship is to further citizens’ understanding of the workings of the government and encourage greater independent fact-based qualitative and quantitative research so that the next time citizens demand better governance, they can back their claims.

The internship is open during a summer and also a non-summer period. 


1. To create an understanding of the impact of public policy on citizens
2. To develop the ability to understand and critically evaluate public policy from a rational perspective.
3. To create an awareness of liberal approach to public policy.
4. To develop research orientation through:
a. intellectual openness (pre-conceived bias, openness, willingness to contest beliefs);
b. resourcefulness and perseverance (ingenuity, primary and secondary analysis ); and
c. soundness of data (verifying authenticity of data sources).
5. To develop communication skills (writing and presentation).
6. To develop analytical skills.
7. To produce pieces of quality research and writing on issues pertaining to areas of interest to CCS.

Pedagogy & Structure

We emphasise collective learning and therefore this vibrant learning experience happens through creative and multiple mediums which include:

  • Orientation: A comprehensive orientation is conducted for interns to better understand the nature and scope of the research expected.
  • Assignments: Interns choose their research topics from a larger roster of prepared by CCS that are of mutual interest to interns and CCS. 
  • Research guides: Individual guides in the area of the intern’s research project meets the intern on a weekly or fortnightly basis to discuss progress and provide inputs. However, an in-house internship coordinator is available for assistance to all interns throughout the program period.
  • Interactions: Department heads and senior staff members of CCS provide necessary guidance in their thematic areas.
  • Workshops: On writing, research methodology, and public policy are conducted to equip interns with skills necessary to execute their respective projects.
  • Documentary screenings: To bring to light critical public policy issues through the ever-growing medium of films.
  • Discussions: Each week of the internship interns explore seminal papers in social science and public policy or participate in talks by experts.
  • Field visits: To experience ground reality and decide on how a problem can be studied and solved.


Research Guide

Research guides are professionals who act as subject matter mentors to interns. They meet periodically to share ideas, skills, experience and expertise with their respective interns. Guides assess the feasibility of research projects, review progress of the project, oversee mid-term and final presentations and research papers and assist interns to get their articles/op-eds published or presented in various media/public forums.

Summer Internship

Researching Reality summer internship is a fulltime internship that spans a course of two-months between May and July. The summer internship is open to up to 25 interns and five externs (located in various cities outside Delhi), under the guidance of an internship coordinator, to work on individual research projects and participate in a series of workshops on research, public policy, and liberal philosophy.  The program nurtures collective learning and individual discovery, culminating in working papers on thematic issues, each providing policy recommendations for efficient and accountable government functioning. Some of these papers and articles go on to be published in academic journals and leading newspapers. CCS does not require internship papers to be in line with any political philosophy, we require research papers to be scientific in spirit and content. The program is also an opportunity to interact with fellow interns, young thinkers from diverse fields representing various colleges within and outside India.

Interns will be expected to commit full-time during weekdays during the course of the internship and whatever time is needed to complete their field visits and other assignments.  

Application Process:

Eligibility: Application is open for all researchers, college going students, graduate and post graduate, recent graduates, and IB students in 11th and 12th standard. International as well as domestic applications are welcome.

Registration Fee: There is no fee for participating in the Researching Reality Internship, however, interns must make their own living arrangements and must cover their own travel and living expenses. 

Application Form: Applications closed!

Dates to watch:

  • Application Deadline: 27 April 2014
  • First list announcement: Wednesday, 30 April 2014
  • Interviews: Saturday-Sunday, 3-4 May 2014
  • Final list announcement: Wednesday, 7 May 2014
  • Internship dates: 4 June - 18 July 2014

For more info contact Sadaf Hussain | | +91 99531 33868.

Non-summer Internships

The non-summer internship is a part-time or fulltime internship that spans a course of two-months between October and March. The non-summer internship is open to about ten interns. The program has much in common with the summer program with the additional advantage of time related flexibility. This flexibility, however, comes at a cost.  Non-summer intern do not participate in workshops and talks to the same extent as summer interns. Though non-summer interns are encouraged to participate in talks and events that may be happening during the time of their internship.  They will also have access to our in-house expertise on public policy.

Non-summer interns are expected to commit to two full-time weekends near the beginning and another two weekends at the end of the internship as well as whatever time is needed during the week to complete their field visits and other assignments.

Application Process:

Eligibility: Application is open for all researchers, college going students, graduate and post graduate, recent graduates, and IB students in 11th and 12th standard. International as well as domestic applications are welcome.

Registration Fee: There is no fee for participating in the Researching Reality Internship, however, interns must make their own living arrangements and must cover their own travel and living expenses. 

Testimonials from previous Interns, Click here.

Application Form:


What is the difference between the summer and non-summer internship?
The research done in the two internship programs are essentially the same. However, there are some differences in the internship experience.  Summer interns participate with a batch of about 25 peer interns and participate in special workshops and lectures designed to develop their knowledge and skills in research, writing, and policy analysis.  We offer summer internships during a specified period between May and July, whereas non-summer interns participate in fewer workshops and are expected to commit weekend time to the internship.  The non-summer occurs some time between October and March.

What is the application process?
Candidates for internship are selected through two tier evaluation process. First, the students are asked to fill out the application form online. (A link to the application form can be found on the Internship main page.) The applications are graded by a team that shortlists possible candidates. Second, shortlisted candidates are called for personal interview in CCS office (over the phone in rare cases) and then the final candidates are selected.

How is the application evaluated?
Each application is graded on the basis of their answers by a team. Each answer receives points and the applicants who get the maximum points are asked for personal interview. The team shortlist the possible candidates according to several criteria including 1) quality of writing, 2) evidence that the applicant will be self-motivated and capable of performing the expected research and writing assignments, 3) a demonstrated interest in the internship and our three areas of research.  Care should be given to prepare the application with good grammar and punctuation. 

Is it fulltime or part time?
The summer internship is a fulltime research project. The interns would be working 8 and ½ hours Monday to Friday.  Non-summer internship is not necessarily fulltime, but interns are expected to give sufficient time to complete their project over the course of their internship as well as participate in two weekend orientations near the beginning and two weekend workshops near the end of the internship.

What is the nature of the internship?
Interns work on their research through both secondary and primary methods, employing the internet, texts from the CCS library, studies, and by conducting field visits. Interns also participate in workshops and make paper presentations. Much of the time is spent working in the CCS office for 8 and ½ hours, Monday to Friday.

Who is eligible to apply?
Application is open for all researchers, college going students, graduate and post graduate, recent graduates, and IB students in 11th and 12th standard. International as well as domestic applications are welcome.

Can high school students apply?
IB Students in 11th and 12th standard by the internship are welcome to apply.

Can those who have finished their studies apply?
Yes, those who have recently finished their studies but who are currently not enrolled in any course can also apply. An ideal candidate should be mainly interested in research and issues of public concern.

Is the Internship open for international students?
Yes, international applicants are welcome. We can assist with visa process for international students.

Will we be given a stipend?
No, we do not provide any stipend for the internship program. Interns must make their own living arrangements and must cover their own travel and living expenses. 

What facilities will be available to me?
You will receive access to our extensive library, basic facilities to work in the office including office space to work on your project.  If you are unable to provide your own computer, CCS can provide you with one upon request. 

Do you offer travel assistance to students?
No, we do not offer any travel assistance to national or international students. All the interns must manage their own travel expenditure. We can assist with visa process for international students.

How would I be benefited by the internship program?
Interns benefit from:

  • Training in research, analysis, documenting and coming out with your own research paper.
  • Interaction with academia, media experts and eminent scholars.
  • Learning in communication through field based research.
  • Chance for publication in newspapers, magazines and CCS books.
  • Certificate on successful completion of internship.

What are the possible research topics?
CCS works mainly in the areas of education, livelihood, and governance. The research topics will be related to public policy issues in these areas. Research topic will be decided on during a personal interview with each intern. You can look at the research done by our interns of previous years on our website which would give you fair picture of the kind of project you would be working on.

Can I work on the subject of my interest?
Yes provided that the subject of your interest matches our areas of work and competence and that the subject is also of interest to CCS. We call the shortlisted candidates for personal interview and discuss the topic. There we explore the subject of your interest and our area of work and competence.

Can I do internship from my own city?
There is a possibility of interning from your own city. We have a few "externs" each year working from outside Delhi. The possibility of being an "extern" depends on the subject you are researching on, availability of research guide in the city, and ability of externs to demonstrate ability to work with little supervision. Externs are required to visit to our office at the beginning of the internship for orientation period and are encourage to return to Delhi to make their final presentation, if possible. Externs are also expected to work fulltime, 8 and ½ office hours from Monday to Friday.

Will CCS provide Research guide?
Yes, we do provide research guides to each intern to help and supervise intern's research.

Who are Research Guides?
Research Guides are the people with competence of supervision and experience in the domain of the research. They are the ones who have already worked on the issue and have sufficient knowledge research. People like academicians and scholars are appointed as Research Guides.

Will I be working in a group or individually?
In summer internship all interns work on individual projects. However, the entire idea of research to be done by whether individual or group depends on the subject of the study. In past we had people working together on one project and also one intern working on two projects. We are open and flexible.

Is CCS flexible with timeline of the Internship?
The summer internship is a very structured program with around 25 candidates interning at the same time. It will not be possible to change the timeline for any of the participants. We suggest applying for non-summer internship to those who can’t come to summer internship. The timing more flexible for non-summer internship. You can do this anytime for two months between October and March.

Can I send my application form by email or post?
All applications should be submitted through the online process by following the application link on the internship main page. If you have special circumstance, you can also call 011-26537456/26521882.

Why is the Summer Internship taking place in June instead of May?
The Delhi University has postponed its final exams to the month of May. Thus the Internship has been shifted to give Delhi University students an opportunity to apply for the Internship Program.