With India & China (two emerging super powers) having less than friendly relations, and Pakistan (a nuclear nation) in midst of internal and external turmoil, the stability of South Asia region is just little more delicate than a house of cards. This internship with IPCS is a golden opportunity for you to get an insider’s perspective on track II diplomacy to keep the peace process on track and find grounds of common understanding. A dream opportunity for those wanting to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of International Relations and what it takes to bring peace back to a troubled region.
About IPCS: – Institute of Peace & Conflict Studies (http://www.ipcs.org/about-us/) works to develop an alternative and independent framework for peace and security studies in South Asia. It is the premier South Asian think tank which conducts independent research on and provides an in depth analysis of conventional and non-conventional issues related to national and South Asian security including nuclear issues, disarmament, non-proliferation, weapons of mass destruction, the war on terrorism, counter terrorism , strategies security sector reforms, and armed conflict and peace processes in the region. Its Executive Committee reflects a mix of experience and expertise and is currently headed by Mr. Eric Gonsalves, former Indian Foreign Secretary to the Government.
About Internship: – The internship caters primarily to students, interested in gaining knowledge about the South Asian region and the security issues that confront it today. The program will not only help the candidate gain work experience, but also equip them with research, writing and other organizational skills which will become invaluable assets in their future area of research work. Interns are expected to contribute Short Articles (800 words) / Special Reports (3000 Words) to the IPCS website. They are also expected to assist in other related, academic, research and administrative activities of the Institute.
The Institute encourages Interns and Visiting Fellows to undertake field trips that will assist them in their research. The Institute will also help them meet policy makers and members of the strategic community in India.
Who can apply: – Applicants should have finished their graduate or post graduate degree in International Relations, Security Studies, Political Science or any other related subject.
Location: – Delhi, India
Duration: – 3 months
Start Date: – ASAP. This is a rolling internship program where opportunities are available throughout the year depending on the candidate profile and ongoing projects.
Stipend: – Rs. 10,000/month
How to apply: – You may want to look at How not to write a CV before submitting your application. Interested candidates may please visit IPCS page to download application form and for complete details.
Editor’s note: – The above information is basis my interpretation of IPCS Internship page & a telephonic enquiry with IPCS office. If you have any more specific information on this internship or have interned in this program before and would like to share your experience, please leave a comment. Personally, I feel this is a great opportunity for those who are seriously considering a career in policy making, journalism, management, IAS or even politics.