IIHS Internship Programme


The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is a national education institution committed to the equitable, sustainable and efficient transformation of Indian settlements.

The IIHS Internship Programme provides young scholars a uniquely interdisciplinary environment for learning and participating in ongoing research and practice projects. IIHS Internships will enable you to develop further in your chosen field and broaden your horizons in related fields. It is an immersive endeavor where theory meets practice and learning is largely experiential.

The work that we do involves various facets of sustainable development ranging across climate change, economic development, environment and sustainability, law, governance and public policy, human development, urban systems and infrastructure. Apart from this, we are also involved in content development, filmmaking, editing and design.

Located in a rather verdant corner of Sadashivanagar, the IIHS campus is equipped with state of the art facilities and a niche library which is open to the public. The library houses books and journals specific to different sub fields of sustainable development; apart from this we have a rich repertoire of literary fiction and nonfiction works from authors both local and global.

The campus is also home to many literary and cultural events such as the City Scripts literary festival and the Urban Lens film festival. We also have weekly talks and events featuring prominent scholars, development professionals and practitioners.

The work environment fosters interest not just in one’s own field but offers opportunities to broaden one’s interests in other relevant creative spaces.

The internships will be paid positions. They will be located primarily in Bangalore, while some will be in Delhi and Chennai.


Below is a list of all current opportunities. Those interested in other areas IIHS is engaged with are also encouraged to apply. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis:

Urban Informatics Lab (UIL)
The intern will assist the team with ongoing work at the Urban Informatics Lab. The intern will be required to work with secondary data and should be comfortable with quantitative and spatial data analysis. The candidate should have a Bachelor’s/ Master’s in Planning or Architecture or related fields. The candidate should have working knowledge of data analysis software like MS Excel, spatial analysis software like Q-GIS/ ArcGIS and design software like Illustrator/ Corel/ Photoshop/AutoCAD.

Database Developer for Library
The intern is expected to design and deploy databases like MYSQL to track IIHS faculty publications, and work with Urban Informatics Lab to support with programming languages. Candidate should possess basic knowledge on C, C++ and Java. Download detailed Internship description.

Academics and Research

  1. The intern will help with administrative aspects of the Research programme at IIHS. These include: helping with outreach efforts including messaging across channels like newsletters and social media platforms, helping with the Research Ethics programme at IIHS, building and maintaining relevant databases, and coordinating with other functions within IIHS. Candidates with experience and/or interest in research management and/or communication will be preferred. This is a 3-6 month role based out of Bangalore.
  2. The intern will primarily be placed within the Hungry Cities project and will be required to run analyses on survey data collected for the project and produce a report based on the findings. The intern will also be required to work on other parts of the project as and when required.Another component of the internship will be to work for the Urban Informatics Laboratory (UIL). The intern will be required to help with UIL work as and when required and will be paired with other team members to develop op-eds for the Lab.
  3. The intern will work on content related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly in the context of sustainable cities (Goal 11).   The intern will be required to conduct comparative research on key cities across the world , develop a City Reader comprising of seminal literature and reports on the urban across various geographies and develop analytical content from the key readings. Experience with international urban challenges will be preferred. This is a 3-6 month role based out of Bangalore.

Geospatial Lab
The intern will contribute to the ongoing projects and data management tasks at the Geospatial Lab. The ideal candidate will have working knowledge of relevant tools and software’s like QGIS, ARCGIS, R, Python etc.


Intern – Social Media & Outreach
The Intern – Social Media & Outreach will play an integral role in supporting the Communications and Outreach teams for the launch of the Urban Fellows Programme (UFP) 2017-18. This is a two month, full-time, paid internship, located in Bangalore.

  1. The position will be entrusted with extending support for Social Media activities, research, data mining, content for newsletters and other promotional activities. The role will be assisting in the outreach process and provide other communications support as needed.
  2. The candidate should be a graduate in Marketing/Communications/Business or in their final year of graduation and proficient in Microsoft Excel. Candidates with up to 1 year relevant experience can also apply. Candidates with a flair for social media are preferred.

Intern – Communications
The intern is expected to:

  • Scan for relevant news, based on our sector specific key words from online Indian publications, on a daily basis;
  • Collate the identified news articles into the IIHS media monitor template;
  • Send the approved media monitor to IIHS members;
  • Select relevant news items from the media monitor to compose tweets

The intern is expected to support the Operations team in increasing the process efficiencies and implementing the resulting projects.  This role will also involve working with the various teams within the Operations team. Masters graduates specializing in Business Studies or Operations are preferred.

Resource Development
The intern is expected to primarily assist the team in building up of databases for outreach purposes and be responsible for research, validation and analysis of previously generated documents. The intern will also be responsible for scanning for sector specific news/articles and provide daily reports.  This internship is for a duration of two months in Bangalore and open for graduates of any stream.

Legal & Regulation
The intern will assist the Legal & Regulation team at IIHS on tasks such as research and drafting in relation to institutional contracts, legal opinions and compliance matters. The intern will also be responsible for providing legal support and assistance on work related to the land records project in carrying out collection and analysis of relevant laws, policies, regulations and databases/records pertaining to land and its governance and management in study states and locations.

Media Lab
The intern is expected work on the production and post-production of Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Sustainable Cities and involved in other Media Lab projects.  A graduate or post graduate degree in the area of mass communication / filmmaking, with working knowledge of cameras (video cameras/DSLR) and editing on Final Cut Pro is essential for this role.  The duration of the internship will be between four to eight weeks.

The intern will be required to assist with document design (using in-design) and web-based outputs for the Reducing Relocation Risks in Urban Areas project. Experience with relevant tools will be preferred. This is preferably a 6-9 month long position based in Bangalore.

Word Lab
The intern is expected to copyedit content, collate and compile planned learning and development (L&D) courses and engage with the IIHS community to understand research work being done and assist with translating that into Op-ed pieces.

Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP)
The intern is expected to assist in content creation and facilitation of Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) workshops.

Climate Change Research and Practice
CARIAA/ Research: The intern will be required to archive paleoclimate data collected from a variety of sources that could include, but is not limited to, national archives, peer reviewed journals, government reports etc.

ASSAR/ Research: The intern will be associated in the research phase of the project, wherein field-based research is being implemented across rural and urban areas of Karnataka at the intersection of climate change, differential vulnerability and adaptation responses.

Information Technology
The intern is expected to provide technical support to the IT team on issues related to hardware and software installation, log keeping and organising events.

Urban Fellows Programme
The intern will be expected to help organise the Urban Fellows Programme, an initiative by IIHS. They will be required to keep track of multiple processes related to organising the fellowship programme.

These are paid internships located in Bangalore. Some internships may be available in Delhi.


We are looking for candidates who are committed, willing to learn, and able to work both independently and as part of a team. Previous professional work experience and academic coursework in the chosen field is desired but is not a requirement to participate in the IIHS Internship Programme. Ideal candidates will possess outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, and demonstrate willingness to learn while carrying out a variety of activities as needed.

Candidates must be pursuing or be recent graduates of Masters or PhD degrees in any discipline relevant to the themes outlined above.

Candidates applying for internships in the Legal and Regulation area should be pursuing an undergraduate or Master’s degree in Law or be recent graduates of the same.

The application process consists of a written submission and interview.


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How long is the internship programme?

The IIHS internship programme is usually between 1 and 6 months depending on projects. This may be extended depending on specific project needs.

Due to University requirements, I can undertake an internship only between specific dates. Is it possible to do so?

Yes, as long as it meets our project requirements.

Will I receive a certificate at the end of my internship?


Will IIHS provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation?

Yes. All possible support shall be extended by IIHS

When can I expect to hear about the outcome of my internship application?

You can expect a response between 2- 3 weeks.

My school/sponsor requires me to obtain a signed agreement with IIHS, will this be possible?

Yes, a contract will be given during the onboarding process.

Is there any stipend associated with it?


How is the application evaluated?

The application is evaluated based on the project requirement in relation to the applicant’s education, skill sets, interest, availability and experience (if any).


IIHS is lauded by its current intern pool and its former interns for the incredibly enriching experience it provides. Interns say/feel/believe that the most attractive feature of IIHS is its interdisciplinary focus on development issues. The range of interns we currently have and have had in the past make up the institute’s rich repertoire of young practitioners in various fields. They are matched by prolific mentors who are experts in their fields.

Here are some intern experiences in their own words:

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