IIHS Internship Programme

The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is a national educational 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 endeavour 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 subfields 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 Bengaluru, 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:


Sustainable Energy Lab (SEL)

The Sustainable Energy Lab at IIHS focuses on the integration of design approaches, technologies, and operation techniques towards the net-zero-energy performance of buildings and communities. We investigate and implement integrated low-energy approaches for IIHS’ new near-carbon-neutral campus. We combine passive design approaches with IoT-based monitoring of performance and control of systems.


The intern will have the opportunity to work as part of the SEL on the new IIHS campus at Kengeri, near Bangalore. The work will involve a mix of activities related to monitoring, analyzing, detailing, and documenting buildings on the campus, such as: Monitoring and analysis of performance data and post-occupancy evaluation of the Experimental Building; Modeling the next set of buildings coming up on the campus such as the Library, Academic block, Maker Centre, etc; Thermal comfort and visual comfort assessments; Assisting with developing controls for thermal comfort or lighting; Embodied carbon analysis and development of low carbon building system options; Documentation of building design, construction details, and performance; Renewable energy system design; Conducting building energy audits and measurement of energy consumption; Developing and reviewing learning content/resources offered to Solar Decathlon India participants.


Eligible candidates may be enrolled in (the final year) or have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Architecture, Engineering (civil, mechanical, electrical), Building Science, Building Services, or Data Analytics. A strong foundation in at least some of the areas of building science, building construction detailing, and data analysis is required. Knowledge of energy and thermal simulation of buildings will be considered a plus. Good documentation skills for graphics and writing are a must.


Candidates are required to have experience with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Other desirable skills include: Design Builder/ Energy Plus/ Open Studio/ eQuest; Python; SketchUp / Rhino 3D / 3DS MAX.



Communications – TNUSSP (Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme)

This internship will involve supporting project communications on the TNUSSP and City Wide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS) projects. It includes, but is not limited to assisting in the development of a communications calendar and execution of the project communication plan, content development, and editing assistance across all communication material. It also includes providing support to all media related activities including building and maintaining all such relationships, documenting and archiving all project communication output. The intern is also expected to proactively support the updating and monitoring of social media and other academic profiles.


Candidates must have a Bachelor’s / Master’s in journalism, media, development studies, public policy, or any related disciplines. The internship will be based in Chennai.



Information Technology – Mobile Application Development

The intern will be developing a mobile application in collaboration with our internal mobile application development team. The intern will be: designing, developing, testing, and deploying a high-quality native mobile application; writing clean, efficient, and sustainable code and assisting in debugging and troubleshooting to optimize application performance; documenting code and development processes and contributing to creating a technical document; creating and executing comprehensive test plans ensuring application functionality, usability, and performance.


Applicants should have a graduate degree in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A strong understanding of mobile application development principles is a must with proficiency in Android (Java/Kotlin), React Native, and iOS (Swift/Objective-C). Experience with version control systems like Git will be an added advantage. Strong analytical and problem-solving ability is crucial for this role. Passion for mobile application development through personal projects, academic work, or other experiences is desirable with excellent verbal and written communications skills. This internship will be based in Bengaluru.



Administration – Environment and Sustainability Measurements

The internship will involve: reviewing the current outputs provided by various measuring devices (sensors, gauges, etc.) and confirming their accuracy; working with the Energy Lab and the IoT team to regularly obtain data from air and water sensors and convert it into meaningful information and visuals; collaborating with the IIHS F&B team to collect data on food inputs, processing, and outputs, and converting it into meaningful information; collaborating with the software development team to work on Life Cycle Assessment and other software to measure sustainability.


Applicants should have a graduate degree in science, engineering, or architecture. Knowledge of software skills such as SQL queries, ERP/Open LCA/Dashboard, etc will be preferred. Applicants must have skills in data collection, synthesis, and presentation using Excel and PowerPoint, with an inclination towards sustainable design and green supply chain management.



This internship will involve assisting Library operations, mainly user and research services, instruction and outreach, acquisition, and technical processing of the learning resources being acquired for the IIHS Library. Coordinating with the Library team at the IIHS Bengaluru City Campus, this position requires a working knowledge of Machine-Readable Cataloging (MARC) standard, Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC), and exposure to open source or proprietary integrated library systems (preferably Koha and Digital Library Solutions, though not mandatory).


A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Library and Information Science is mandatory. Some work experience (1-2 years) will be preferred. This position will be based in Bangalore.



School of Systems and Infrastructure (SSI)

The intern will be expected to support School-building activities and research at the SSI. S/he will assist with: the development of the SSI strategy document; building a comprehensive data repository of projects aligned to SSI; a market landscape research study on various SSI theme-aligned offerings (courses, capacity-building offerings, blended learning programs); various other SSI-centric research activities; initiating a dialogue with other Schools at IIHS, identifying key synergies and supporting the development of a strategic engagement and coordination plan.


Applicants should have a master’s or a bachelor’s degree in urban planning/ development/ architecture or allied disciplines. An Ideal candidate will have some knowledge of urban systems and the ability to engage with policy-facing questions. Interest in Institution-building in the urban domain will be an added advantage. They must be proficient in MS Office; have experience in secondary research and analytical writing; and have strong verbal and written communication skills. The internship will be based in Bengaluru.



Research Office 

Internship #1 

Research Communications – The intern will provide research communications support to the IIHS Research Office. The intern will assist with: developing and producing engaging content for channels such as social media, newsletters, the IIHS research Twitter handle, and the IIHS website, from IIHS academic/research publications; developing and implementing project-related communication strategies; other duties, including day-to-day operations, internal coordination, secondary research, data mining, etc.


Applicants should preferably have a graduate or a post-graduate degree in Mass Communication/Literature. Good content writing skills and familiarity with the use of digital media are a priority. This position is based in Bengaluru, for a minimum of three months.


Internship #2

Data Analyst (Funding Pattern Analysis) – The intern will help the IIHS Research Office in automating the process of discovering and collating research grant calls and other funding opportunities. The primary task is to create an easy-to-use application or script that collects up-to-date information of research grants from various sources on the internet and matches them with the internal research teams and expertise. Proficiency in coding in Python, JavaScript, or a similar programming language and a good understanding of web technologies like HTML, CSS and JavaScript are necessary.


Applicants should have a graduate degree in any discipline. Prior knowledge of text mining / natural language processing methods and an ability to pick up relevant tools and techniques in this space will be required. A keen interest in understanding funding patterns in the social sciences is an added preference. This position is based in Bengaluru, for a minimum of three months.



School of Environment and Sustainability (SES) – Bioinformatic Analysis of Soil

This internship will focus on the characterization of fungal community structures in regenerative versus conventional agriculture and barren soil, through analysis of fungal metagenomics data. The work will involve: bioinformatic analysis of soil fungal metagenomics datasets to identify the fungal communities found in regenerative agriculture plots versus those in conventional agriculture plots; determining the species of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) populations present in the tomato/ bean and ragi regenerative agriculture plots; statistical comparisons of obtained datasets to assess their significance. This work may lead to a peer-reviewed publication, with the applicant as a significant author.


Applicants should have a Master’s/ Ph.D. degree in a relevant discipline such as Life Sciences, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Genetics, etc. The applicant should have an aptitude for bioinformatics, soil microbiome, and literature survey. They must be proficient in MS Office; have strong analytical skills; be well-organized and detail-oriented; and possess the ability to take initiative and work in a team. The internship will be based in Bengaluru.



Practice (Public/Municipal Finance) 

The intern will assist in the ongoing research on municipal finance at IIHS. This includes contributing to annual publications on municipal finance as well as working on state budgets. Key responsibilities include supporting data collection, analysis, presentation, and reporting. The role will build a strong foundation for engaging with public finance data and understanding municipal finances.


Minimum eligibility will be a bachelor’s degree in economics/finance/management. Those from other academic backgrounds with a keen interest in public/ municipal finance will also be considered. The internship requires sound knowledge of MS Office, particularly Excel, Powerpoint, and Word, good data mining and analytical skills, and proficiency in English and any other Indian language. The internship will be based in Bengaluru and will not be remote.



Media Lab

Internship #1 

Filming, Editing and Archiving – The intern will work with the Media Lab team on assorted film projects as needed,  and will be involved in a range of activities including filming, editing, and archiving. The intern will: understand the brief provided by the client; plan and schedule filming based on the brief; set up the studio/location for filming; assist with production-related tasks including setting up lighting, cameras and teleprompters, microphones, etc.; edit content using Adobe Suite; and archive data (video, photos, etc.) at the Media Lab.


The internship will provide on-the-job training, mentorship and networking opportunities. The ideal intern should have at least a three-year degree in film and media studies or a related field, and should be adept at video shooting, editing, and working with different formats such as FCP / Adobe Suite. They should be a strong team player, able to work effectively in a dynamic environment with diverse teams across IIHS and have good interpersonal skills.  Effective communication skills, both verbal and written, are essential; and the candidate should be proactive and self-motivated, with the ability to take initiative when needed.


Internship #2

Media Asset Management (MAM) – The intern will assist in implementing and improving the data management process at the institution. Specifically, the intern will be responsible for ensuring that data assets are properly tagged according to protocols set by the institution. The role will involve learning how to assess, tag, administer, and maintain data assets for the Media Lab and other IIHS partners. The intern will learn about and contribute to the Media Lab’s knowledge management infrastructure. They will also learn how to operate the MAM software, understand the taxonomy, tagging framework, rules and guidelines, compliance requirements, and how to deal with different user groups. Key responsibilities will include: tagging media holdings and documents in various formats; indexing, searching, data and intellectual property protection, process compliance, and similar functions as required for an educational institution; contributing to the delivery of all aspects of the Media Lab’s MAM infrastructure and services, including archiving, indexing, searching, and maintaining digital assets, both old and new, in accordance with MAM operating guidelines; actively participating in the Media Lab and KM teams, providing feedback on day-to-day activities and offering recommendations for improvement.


The internship will provide on-the-job training, mentorship and networking opportunities. The ideal intern should have at least a three-year degree in film and media studies or a related field. They should have knowledge or hands-on experience with operating, managing, and supporting media asset management, digital asset management, and similar solutions. In addition, the candidate should be familiar with current tagging trends and taxonomy. Candidates should be excellent at process compliance and have a keen eye for detail. Strong verbal and written communication skills are a must, as the role requires effective communication at all levels of the institution, including with senior leadership. In addition, the candidate should be an effective team player with good interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a dynamic environment involving diverse teams across IIHS.



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 various kinds of legal work, including IPR and relevant matters.


An ideal candidate will be someone who is committed, willing to learn, and able to work both independently and as part of a team. They will possess outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, and demonstrate a willingness to learn while carrying out a variety of activities as needed.



Practice (Land and Real estate)

This internship will cover various aspects of urban and peri-urban land registration systems, real estate, and real estate regulation. The intern will participate in data collection and analysis on the: status of the real estate sector in various states, including the functioning of real estate regulatory authorities, based on primary and secondary data sources; participate in documenting best practices in real estate regulation at the state level; evaluate RERA websites in terms of accessibility and availability of information; gain an understanding of urban and peri-urban land record systems in various Indian states, and assess best practices adopted by different states.


A Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (such as Planning, Law, Public Policy, Architecture, Geography, or Economics), with advanced-level proficiency in MS Excel, is essential for this position. Applicants need to have strong analytical skills; and must be well organized, detail-oriented and possess the ability to take initiative and work in a team. The internship is based in Delhi or Bengaluru.



Communications & Design

Design Intern: The Intern will help with daily graphic design tasks, formatting, page layouts and typesetting. Minimum eligibility will be a bachelor’s degree. The Intern must have a good eye for design, be current in their understanding of design trends and tools, and proactive.


Social Media Intern: The Intern will be involved in monitoring IIHS’ social media handles on an everyday basis. The Intern will also help with social media postings, both from an ideation perspective as well as execution. A proactive attitude to look at other, similar organisations and institutions will be appreciated. Minimum eligibility will be a bachelor’s degree. Content writing skills and familiarity with the use of social media tools are a must. Design experience or a desire to learn design tools will be an added advantage.


 Intern for Content Writing: The Intern will help with collating information for institutional newsletters and assist with other content writing requirements including writing for social media posts. The Intern must have an eye for detail and the ability to coordinate with multiple teams. Minimum eligibility will be a bachelor’s degree. Previous experience with writing in any form, across any platform is a must.


Intern for Website/Wordpress: The Intern will help with updating the existing digital assets including the IIHS website and other microsites. Previous experience with working on WordPress is a must. Understanding of and/or experience with back-end development is an added plus.



Practice – TNUSSP (Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme)

This internship is with the Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme (TNUSSP). The candidate will primarily work with the governance team on a range of themes including implementation of governance mechanisms, sanitation planning, water-sanitation policy analysis, etc. The intern is also expected to support other work areas of the Programme as required.


The internship will involve undertaking secondary research (may need to be supported with field visits and/or telephonic interviews) and providing support in data collection and interpretation (including map generation) and developing and updating reports (including writing excerpts and coordinating with team members to collate information from government officers). Additionally, they may need to accompany TNUSSP team members on select field visits to collect and collate information. To know more about TNUSSP, visit: https://muzhusugadharam.co.in/


The ideal candidate will have a background in research, data analysis and be related to the planning/ development sector through either education or experience.  They must be familiar with MS-Office and be fairly proficient in English writing and presentation skills. Knowledge of Arc-GIS/ Q-GIS and Tamil language will be an advantage.


Candidates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree (including final year students) in public policy, governance, development studies, urban/ environmental planning and other related fields may apply. The position is available at the earliest. The intern will need to be physically present in Chennai during the internship period.



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 Master’s 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.


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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.


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