About the Tata social internships scheme

The Tata social internship scheme is a unique partnership between Tata and four leading universities, the LSE, the University of Cambridge, UC Berkeley and UC Davis. It is managed and administered by LSE Careers and India Observatory.

Maddie Smith


Maddie Smith

Careers Consultant and Tata Internships Coordinator

The social internship scheme offers LSE students the opportunity to undertake 8 week projects at the Tata Group in India. These projects have either a development, social enterprise, environmental, sustainable or CSR focus and involve a significant research element. Projects run over July and August. Projects for 2019 run from Monday 24 June to Friday 23 August inclusive.

Applications for the 2019 Tata social internship scheme open on Monday 4 February and close on Sunday 24 February 2019. 
For full application information and eligibility criteria see how to apply.

The scheme

The primary objective of the Tata social internship scheme is to give students the opportunity to work on social entrepreneurship, environmental development and corporate social responsibility community based projects. These initiatives are set up by the Tata Group of companies and give students a grass-roots level exposure to India.  In turn students will bring their international perspectives and research skills to the company projects, and in so doing promote international understanding.

Successful LSE Tata social internship students will spend eight weeks in India starting on Monday 24 June 2019 working with Tata companies on various projects. Internship places will be offered on a competitive basis and successful applicants will be matched by the Tata Group to an appropriate project.

Internship projects 2019

The LSE will be allocated between 5-8 projects for 2019. These cover topics including sustainability, renewable energy, social entrepreneurship, education, and vocational training for women. 

Costs and arrangements

Tata will arrange and provide in India:

  • all local boarding and lodging
  • medical facilities
  • meals
  • domestic travel costs
  • a daily allowance for incidental costs
  • up to one third of the return cost of economy air travel to India
  • other eligible costs incurred during the internship in India

All other costs - including personal costs and visas - are the responsibility of the internship holder.

Previous LSE TATA interns

Before leaving India, interns make presentations on their findings and recommendations to the Tata Corporate Sustainability Services management team. 

Read about the experiences of students who were Tata social interns last year.


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Maddie Smith 0207 955 6254

Careers enquiries 020 7955 7135


Maddie Smith m.l.smith@lse.ac.uk

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