Tata internship eligibility and how to apply

Maddie Smith


Maddie Smith

Careers Consultant and Tata Internships Coordinator

Key dates

key tata application dates
 Application closing date  Sunday 24 February 2019
 Interviews  Monday 11 March 2019
 Orientation/Project meetings  10 June 2019
 Project dates  24 June to 23 August 2019 inclusive

Full Tata application and internships timeline

full tata timeline
Tata social internship scheme opens Monday 4 February
Information talk Thursday 31 January
Applications close Sunday 24 February
Interviews W/C 4 March
Confirmation of interview outcome W/C 11 March
Interns allocated to projects W/C 18 March onwards
Interns research and book flights April - May
Interns research and apply for visa May - June
LSE pre-orientation training event and curry night Tuesday 11 June
Interns arrive in Mumbai Sunday 23 June
Intern orientation in Mumbai and introductory sessions Monday 24 June
Interns travel to project location Tuesday 25 June
Mid-term project review with LSE staff W/C 22 July
Closing session and presentations in Mumbai Friday 23 August
Departure from Tata social internship Friday 23 August from 11:50pm onwards


The scheme is open to all LSE students from all degree disciplines, except for first year undergraduates.

Successful candidates take part in an orientation workshop in the summer term preceding the internship. Your acceptance of a Tata social internship is conditional on your commitment to attend this workshop.

Tata social interns are also expected to learn some basic Hindi.

Tata social interns also share their knowledge, learning and experiences from their internship with the sponsors, faculty, and students. Your acceptance of a Tata social internship depends on your commitment to participate in this review process.

Application process

To be considered for an internship with Tata social internship you will need to submit the following documents via the Tata social internship website:

  • a transcript of your recent academic performance (if you are a master's student then a copy of your undergraduate degree result)
  • a copy of your CV/resume
  • a short statement (up to 700 words) outlining your interest in the Tata social internship programme and what you see yourself as contributing, as well as explaining how it would benefit you and those you would work with.

Apply on the Tata website

What we look for in applicants

  • previous work or volunteer experience with NGOs/community groups
  • demonstrated leadership capacity and team working skills
  • excellent communication and organizational skills
  • a strong interest in India

Preference will be given to students who have not previously spent more than one month in India, as this is a cultural exchange programme.

Prior internships or jobs with Tata companies are not desirable.

Training and support

Successful applicants will be expected to attend a half-day orientation workshop held in London in June. The training will cover topics including living and working in India and an introduction to development (if appropriate). In addition,Tata social interns are expected to learn some basic Hindi, interns are also expected to do some initial research on their project topic prior to arrival in India and to have a pre-departure project meeting.

During their stay in India, interns will have the support of a Tata project representative as well as a translator and other necessary support. LSE faculty will also undertake a mid-internship review with each intern.

LSE participants on the Tata social internship programme will be expected to share their knowledge, learning and experiences from their internship with the sponsors, faculty, and students interested in participating in the next round of internship placements. Feedback on the experience will be in the form of a web based profile but could also include participation in a seminar.


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Maddie Smith 0207 955 6254

Careers enquiries 020 7955 7135


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

Careers enquiries careers@lse.ac.uk

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