Institute for Social and Economic Change

Established in 1972 by Professor V K R V Rao, ISEC is an All-India Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and Training in the Social Sciences



Internship in Social Sciences


Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) is one of the premier inter-disciplinary research institutions undertaking social science research in India. Established in 1972, ISEC has been instrumental in carrying out robust and competent research studies on various issues in social sciences. It has also been providing valuable policy feedback to bring about integrated social, economic and political transformation, with an emphasis on equity and justice. Through both macro and micro-level studies, with inter-disciplinary approaches, the Institute’s mandate is to generate knowledge and provide information to improve the quality of policy-making and serve as a centre for excellence in research and training in social sciences. The Institute has been accredited with a team of renowned economists, sociologists, political scientists and educationists who are well known for their scholarship. Capacity building among young researchers is one of the main thrust areas of the Institute.


The core objective of the internship programme of ISEC is to make young students (post-graduate level) undergo internship in various social science disciplines to understand nuances of, and participate in the inter-disciplinary, social science research.

This is achieved through:

  • Providing a platform for understanding the rigour in the research on social science disciplines and enhancing the understanding towards analyzing and addressing the social problems through hands-on training.
  • Facilitate, instruct and orient the students in developing the research questions either for further studies or for independent research activity.
  • Interaction with faculty, researchers and PhD scholars of nine different academic centres of ISEC.

First hand exposure in the arena of research and policy interplay and understand how research and policy complement and/or contradict with each other.


We have decided to have internship opportunities only in offline mode this year. Internship demands a full-time commitment for two months between May to August 2024. There will, however, be sufficient flexibility regarding the timing of the programme within these four month’s period. The students will be required to assist and discuss with the concerned faculty.


The selected interns will be paid a stipend of Rs. 5000/- per month for two months, based on diligence and deliverables. Free accommodation will be provided at ISEC hostels/Guest houses/Quarters only to the selected interns coming from outside Bangalore city. Travel reimbursement (Train 3rd AC) will also be provided to the selected interns coming from outside Bengaluru city.

Essential qualifications:

Students of social sciences in the middle of their post-graduation are eligible to apply. In exceptional cases, those who have completed post-graduation recently or those pursuing M.Phil may also be considered.

Areas for Research:

Issues related to development economics, energy economics, economics of health, education, labour and public policy, socio-ecology/ biodiversity, urban studies and infrastructure, waste management, sanitation, public health, urban governance, urban poverty, environment, health and well-being, medical sociology, agricultural economics, agribusiness and rural development, population and health, e-governance, political science/ Indian politics/ political theory, gender and health/ ageing/ adolescence and youth/ maternal and child health, labour studies, regional economic development, migration, social gradients of health, trade, industry, special economic zones, environmental economics, environmental valuation, green accounting and climate change, education and labour, gender studies, tribal related issues, decentralization & development or rural development/infrastructure, service delivery, women leadership, municipal finances.

How to apply:

Application form can be downloaded from our website The filled-in application accompanied by two recommendation letters issued by the Head of the Department and a senior faculty member from the Department should be sent by post in an envelope with the superscription/subject as “Application for Internship at ISEC” to:

The Registrar, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Dr VKRV Rao Road, Nagarabhavi PO, Bangalore 560 072.

Last date:

Filled-in applications will be received until April 25, 2024.

ISEC will not be responsible for any postal delays. Applications will go through a close scrutiny before selection. The decision of the selection committee will be final.

                                            Application Form (.pdf) 

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