Internship Programme

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Internship Programme

  • Uday Khanapurkar

  • Navreet Kaur Kullar

  • Jagrat Buragohain

    Research Intern

Thank you for your interest in the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi!

Why intern with ICS?

The Institute of Chinese Studies is a premier research institute in India pursuing high-quality scholarship on China and the East Asian region on the whole. Within the broad area studies framework, its faculty is engaged in diverse research areas including foreign policy, economy, labour, borderlands, public health, minorities, politics, history, society, leadership and so on.

The internship programme will not only help in gaining professional experience, but also equip one with research, data analysis, writing, editing, communication and organizational skills that are integral to the Institute’s work profile.

One of the objectives of the programme is to provide exposure and nurture interest in China and East Asia, which we hope can sustain a research intern’s interest enough to enable him/her to take up higher studies on East Asia.

Minimum Eligibility

- Preferably, applicants must have completed their Masters. However, we are open to accomodating students pursuing their Masters as well.
- Applicants must possess a keen interest in China and/or the East Asian region.
- Language proficiency in any of the related areas in the East Asian region would be an added advantage. Language students in their BA final year are       encouraged to apply.
- Applicants must  be interested in and demonstrate ability to take up research as well as organisational tasks.
- Social media and website management related skills would be of additional advantage.

Programme Duration and More Details

ICS accepts applications throughout the year. The internship duration ranges from 2 to 3 months.
Most research interns are paid a modest honorarium during the internship period.
ICS is committed to diversity and equal opportunities for all.

Application requirements

- Send in a detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- A writing sample of not more than 2000 words if available
- A one page (500 words) research statement/proposal
- Two letters of recommendation (of which one must be from a faculty member)

How to Apply

Mail your application with a short cover letter with the above documents to Specify email subject as ‘Application for Internship’.

The cover letter (in the main text of the email) must provide a brief introduction to the applicant’s area(s) of interest, relevant experience and skills and also indicate the period of availability.

Before submitting your application, we would urge you to go through our website and browse through our various programmes and publications to not only familiarize yourselves with our mission and work but also to be sure that ICS is where you want to spend an important part of your academic and professional life.

Shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview (in person or telephonic).

Note: Following is a list of things ICS cannot provide:

- Support with travel or visa-related issues.
- Information on possible external sources of funding.


Uday Khanapurkar

Uday Khanapurkar is a Research Intern at the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS). He has completed his B.Sc in Economics (Hons.) from the Symbiosis School of Economics situated in Pune. While his academic endeavor has been in the field of economics, he aims to segue into the fields of International Relations and establish a career in academia therein. His areas of interest are geoeconomics, the nexus between economic interdependence and conflict and great power competition in the maritime domain. He authored an undergraduate dissertation entitled Peace in a Globalised Asia: 'The Relation Between China’s Conflictual Behaviour and Levels of Intra-Industry Trade, 2002-2010'. He is also the author of a book entitled 'The Pursuit of Prosperity: Exploring China’s Economic Dependence on India as a Deterrent to Conflict', written for the Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S) and published by KW Publishers, New Delhi. 

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Navreet Kaur Kullar

Navreet Kaur Kullar is a Research Intern at Institute of Chinese Studies. She has completed her MA in International Relations (2016-2018) from Amity University, Noida and has done her BA (honors) in English Literature from the same university. She has received a silver medal during her graduation from the university and has also been provided with a scholarship for academic excellence. During her post-graduation she participated in multiple extra-curricular events. She also participated and presented a paper in UPTAKE programme “Dividing lines in wider Europe: political and security challenges three decades after the fall of the Iron Curtain” held at Brussels School of International Studies in 2018. She holds a diploma in Human Security from Sciences Po University, Paris,France. She has formerly interned with Ministry of External Affairs in WANA division from July-September, 2017. Her MA thesis was on the Geopolitics of the Rohingya Issue. Her research interests lie in the area of International Relations and Political Science; International Security/Rise of Emerging Nations, particularly India and China in global politics.

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Jagrat Buragohain
Research Intern

Jagrat Buragohain is a Research Intern at Institute of Chinese Studies. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Amity University, Noida (2016-2018) and BA in Tourism Administration (2010-2013) from the same university. During graduation his dissertation topic-‘History of Tea from China to India and Tea Tourism’ was given the best award and after completing graduation he has taken up many volunteer Eco-Tourism programmes in Assam. During Masters his dissertation topic was on ‘Illegal Migrants and its Consequences’ under the regional political party-Asom Gana Parishad. His main areas of interest are Sino-India Relations, Northeast India and Regionalism; and Border and Security Issues.

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