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:


Academics & Research

The intern will map the research market for the IIHS Research Programme. He/she will assist in data mining, collation for analysis and in identifying opportunities in the research market. The intern should be well versed in secondary research.




This internship will involve assisting Library operations and services, mainly user and research services, instruction and outreach, acquisition and technical processing of learning resources being acquired for the Library. Coordinating with the Library team, this position requires a working knowledge of Machine Readable Cataloging (MARC) standard, Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) and exposure to open source or proprietary Library automation systems, preferably Koha Library Management System, though not mandatory. We are looking for 2 interns – one in Delhi and one in Bengaluru.



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.



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 internship will primarily involve editing interviews, public lectures and other videos that will go up on the IIHS YouTube Channel among other projects that the Media Lab is involved in. A working knowledge of cameras (video cameras/ DSLR) and editing on Final Cut Pro / Adobe Premiere Pro is essential. Working knowledge of Adobe After Effects is optional but encouraged. The intern should have a graduate or post-graduate degree in the area of mass communication / film making. The duration of the internship will be a minimum of one month to a maximum of six months.



Word Lab
The Word Lab anchors the editorial function at IIHS. It produces the Urbanisation journal, manages the Knowledge Gateway, conducts writing workshops, and hosts an annual urban writings festival City Scripts. The intern will be expected to help across all of these diverse activities. The role will enable them to learn how to copy edit content, compile learning and development (L&D) material, engage with the IIHS community to understand ongoing research work, and learn how to manage the programming of City Scripts.



Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP)

  1. The intern is expected to assist in content creation and course coordination for capacity building work on urban development
  2. The intern is expected to assist in research related to urban reforms, urban service delivery, capacity building etc.



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:

Jessica George

Hannah Smith

Kaustav Saha