Internship




The Global Politics course at ISSSP, NIAS offers internships for students and young scholars pursuing Masters’, MPhil and PhD. The course includes a set of carefully picked security (both traditional and non-traditional) centered topics. The aim is to encourage young scholars to identify, explore and work on a range of relevant and potential areas of research.

As a part of research activities, the Course offers internships under three categories: Short-term (8-12 weeks), Long-term (3 months) and a Summer course (May-Jun 2019).

Focus Areas

1. Great power politics: US, China and the New World Order

2. Contemporary South Asia: Politics, Economy and External Relations

3. Pakistan: Internal Politics, Security, Economy, CPEC and External Relations

4. Armed Conflicts and Peace Processes In South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East

5. Indo-Pacific: Ideas, Institutions and Interactions

6. Maritime: Political Economy and Security dynamics in the Indian Ocean; Emergence of the Arctic; and Blue Economy

7. Space: Outer Space and Unmanned aerial systems

8. Cyber Security and Artificial Intelligence

9. WMD: Theories, Strategies and Proliferation

What to expect?

During the internship, the students will be undertaking the following:

  • Interns will be a part of the Global Politics coursework. The course will include regular lectures and discussions.
  • As a part of the course, interns will be required to write regular short commentaries and an essay.
  • Interns will be associated with a project depending on their areas of interest and availability.
  • Interns will make presentations on contemporary global affairs on a daily basis.
  • Depending on the focus chosen, the interns will work with subject experts at NIAS.
  • Also, the interns may be assigned institutional, editorial, research, writing and other administrative tasks to support ISSSP.

How to apply?

To apply, please send an updated CV to globalpolitics.nias@gmail.com along with a cover letter and a reference letter.

Reference letter should be sent directly to Prof D. Suba Chandran (subachandran@gmail.com).
The cover letter should include the following four:

  • An outline of the purpose of undertaking internship at ISSSP (250-300 words)
  • Personal expectation from the internship (250-300 Words)
  • Duration of internship (Minimum 6-8 weeks; please mention the exact period with month and dates)
  • Area(s) of interest (300-500 words)

Accommodation and Stipend

NIAS has a limited facility for accommodation, which is currently full with regular PhD scholars. However, there are numerous Paying Guest accommodation facilities closer to the Institute.

Unfortunately, there is no stipend available. The internship is unpaid. Scholars are expected to take care of their travel and accommodation.

Course Alumni

Divyabharathi E

Divyabharathi E is currently pursuing Masters in the Department of International Studies in Stella Maris College, Chennai. She is a research scholar at the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. Her areas of interests are Defence and Strategic studies in South Asia, Maritime security, Indian Ocean Region Area studies, Conflict and security issues in South Asia. She is a graduate in Political Science from Justice Basheer Ahmed Sayeed College for Women, Chennai

Shalini.E

Shalini.E currently pursuing her masters in International Studies from Christ(Deemed to be University), Bengaluru and is a research scholar at the International Strategic and Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.H er areas of interests are Conflict and Security issues in South Asia, International Trade, Humanitarian crisis, Terrorism. She is a graduate in History, Economics, Political science from Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru

Apoorva Sudhakar

Apoorva Sudhakar is currently pursuing Masters in the department of International Studies in Stella Maris College, Chennai. She is a research scholar at the International Strategic and Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. Her areas of interests are Peace and Conflicts in South Asia, Governance and Human Rights issues in Afghanistan. She is a graduate in Economics from St. Albert’s college, Ernakulam.

Dhruv Ashok

Dhruv Ashok currently pursuing his masters in International Studies from Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru and is a research scholar at the International Strategic and Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. His areas of interest are Conflict and Security issues, Intelligence and Terrorism. He is a graduate in History, Economics and Political science from Christ (Deemed to be University)

Jamyang Dolma

Jamyang Dolma is currently pursuing her Masters in International Studies from Christ (Deemed to be university) Bengaluru and she is a research scholar at the International Strategic and Security Studies,  National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. Her areas of interests South Asian studies, conflict and security especially “How China look upon minorities”. She is a graduate in Economics, political science and geography from The Dalai Lama Institute for higher education (affiliated under Mysore University), Mysore

Samreen Wani

Samreen Wani is currently pursuing Masters in the Department of International Studies in Stella Maris College, Chennai. She is a research scholar at the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. Her areas of interests are Politics in South Asia, India’s foreign policy and Conflict studies. She is a graduate in History and Tourism Studies from Stella Maris College, Chennai

Ann Maria Shibu

Ann Maria is a research scholar at the School of International Strategic and Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. She is currently pursuing her masters in International Studies at Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru.  Her areas of interest are conflict studies, terrorism, South Asian studies.  She is a Bachelor of Science graduate in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from Christ (Deemed to be University)

Siddhatti Mehta

Siddhatti Mehta is an International Relations and Political Science student from Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University(PDPU). Currently, she's interning with The National Institute of Advanced Studies(NIAS). Her primary interests include India's relations with Pakistan and itsneighbours, Middle East, Blue Economy and Cyber & Space Security

Manushi Kapadia

Manushi Kapadia is a masters student of International Relations and Political Science at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) and currently interning at National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS). Her area of interests are conflict resolution and resolving border disputes, terrorism studies, and gender studies

Hely Desai

Hely Desai is an International Relations student from Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU). Her primary focus areas are defense and nuclear strategies. She was a former intern with The Hindu, The Indian Economist and Centre For Air Power Studies

Miti Shah

Miti Shah is a student of International Relations at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University. She is also a former exchange student at United States Department of States. Her interest areas are humanism, culture, diplomacy and soft power

Druta Bhatt

Druta Bhatt is pursuing her B.A. in International relations with psychology from Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar. She has interned at Indian Express and is currently Interning at NIAS, Bangalore. Her interest areas are diplomatic relations, soft power and confluence of psychology and international relations

Oishee Majumdar

Oishee Majumdar is currently working as a Research Assistant, at the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP), School of Conflict and Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. She is working on a project on Pakistan Research and Climate Change. Her areas of interest and research include Violence and Conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Human Rights, Violence and Gender Studies in the Middle East and conflict in North-East India. 

She is currently working on the 2018 Pakistan Elections data and analysis.

Oishee has graduated with a triple major in English, Political Science and History from the School of Business Studies and Social Sciences, Christ, Bangalore. During the course of her degree, she worked on a dissertation titled, “Human Rights and Conflict Transformation in Nagaland: A study of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act”.

She can read and write French, and loves reading and cooking.

She can be contacted at oisheemajumdar@gmail.com

Gayan Gowramma KC

Gayan is currently a Project Associate, at the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP), School of Conflict and Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. She is working a project on Pakistan Research. 

She is also currently working on an essay on “Peace Processes in Afghanistan” to be published in an edited volume.

She has a post-graduate degree from the Department of International Studies,  Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru

Ryan Mitra

Ryan Mitra is a Research Scholar at the Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU). He has completed a certification course on ‘Understanding Research Methodologies’ by SOAS, University of London.

Earlier, he was a Research Intern on India’s Maritime Policy, under Major-General Arun Roye and Professor Surendra Munshi at Research Centre for Eastern and North Eastern Regional Studies in Kolkata, West Bengal in 2018. He delegated at the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, New York in August 2017. He is also Content Writer at TEDxPDPU.

He can be contacted at ryanmitra17@gmail.com.

Komal Tiwary

Komal Tiwary is currently an intern at the International Strategic and Security Studies program, school of conflict and security studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies. She is a 4th-year International law honors student at National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi. Her interest areas are space law and maritime law and she's currently researching on the blue economy and intergovernmental disputes at the Arctic region. She is also an artist, with a diploma in fine arts

Kriti

Kriti is a fourth-year law student. She is currently pursuing her B.A.LLB honours from National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi. She is interning with The National Institute of Advanced Studies(NIAS). She has a keen interest in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. Earlier she has done some research work under various lawyers and also worked with an NGO. Currently, she is working on the Water Sharing Dispute between India and Pakistan and Blue Economy. 

Abhishrut Singh

Singh is a 4th-year student of National University of Study and Research in law, Ranchi with specialisation in international law. He shares a keen interest in space law, international relations among states with a special limb for security issues and human rights law. In the same line among many, he has also written one paper on “The Scenario of Conjugal Visitation Rights for Prisoners in India” which got published in an international journal -South Asian Journal of Law and Human Rights, Vol. 6 (ISSN : 2518-6159)

As for skills, he is good at editing, copy editing, researching and creating content. He sees himself working as a policy maker and educator in his future, adept in research with a rich academic profile.
 

Abishek RL

Abishek is currently pursuing his Masters in International Studies from Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru. His areas of interest are Defense and Strategic Studies, India’s foreign policy and Nuclear Order and Disarmament. He is a graduate in History, Economics and Political Science from Christ (Deemed to be University)

Alka Yadav

Alka Yadav is currently pursuing Masters in International Studies from Christ (Deemed to be University), Bangalore. She is a research scholar at the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Her areas of interests are India’s foreign policy, Science and Technology, Defense and Strategic Studies, Middle East and Indian Ocean Region.She is a graduate in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum, Karnataka.

Jerin George

Jerin George is part of Global Politics course at International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP), National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore.

He is currently pursuing BBA LLB (Hons) at Government Law College, Thrissur. His areas of interests include Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Challenges brought by Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Warfare. He is currently working on an essay on ‘AI weapon systems: controlling the insecurity of technological warfare’.  He is also part of the BRI database project as part of the Global Politics course.

He wishes to pursue a career in International Law. He can be contacted at jerringeorg@gmail.com 

Kritika Shukla

Kritika is currently pursuing her Masters in International Studies and History from Christ (Deemed to be university) Bengaluru. Her areas of interests are Central Asian and North African crisis, Terrorism, humanitarian crisis, Conflict, maritime issue, security issues. She is a graduate in Medieval History, Political Science, and Geography from the Ewing Christian College, Allahabad (autonomous college, affiliated to Allahabad University), Allahabad. 

Vallari Parashar

Vallari is currently pursuing her masters in International Studies from Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru. Her areas of interest are Conflict and Security issues, Intelligence and Terrorism. She is a graduate in History, Journalism and Travel& Tourism from Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru. Apart from academics, she likes to read, listen to music, travel and is a sportswoman who has played various sports at the national level. She actively supports Child Rights and has been a child rights leader for Child Rights and You (CRY).

Wangchuk Thinley

Wangchuk is currently pursuing Masters in International studies from Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru and is a research scholar at the international strategic and security studies, National Institute of Advanced studies, Bengaluru. His area of interests includes Contemporary South Asia, politics, Economy and External Relations. He is graduate in Political Science, Economics and Sociology from St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore. He is a member of Student for Free Tibet regional chapter of Bangalore and interested to do further studies on China foreign policy and politics of Himalaya region.

Sanjali Mitra

Sanjali is currently pursuing her Masters in International Studies from Christ (Deemed to be university) Bengaluru. Her areas of interests cover maritime security issues in the Indian Ocean region with a special orientation towards the issue of “piracy and security threats in the Horn of Africa region and its effect on Indo- Africa relations”, the growing influence of China and also contemporary US-China relations. She is a graduate in Political Science from St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata. She has worked in St. Joseph’s Old age home, Kolkata, and likes to serve the aged in the society by building a close relationship with them as she feels they have been ignored by their own blood relations

Ninaad Ghoshal

Ninaad is currently pursuing his Masters in International Studies from Christ (Deemed to be
University), Bengaluru. His areas of interest are Space and South American studies. He is a graduate
in International relations from School of Liberal Studies Gandhinagar. He likes to keep himself updated on
world matters and like to discuss matters of international affairs with anyone and enhance his world
knowledge affairs around the world. He likes to read novels, watch movies and try on new food around his locality.

Mahath Mangal

Mahath is currently a part of the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme(ISSSP) at National Institute of Advanced Studies(NIAS), Bangalore. He is pursuing masters in Political Science at Madras Christian College in Chennai.

His areas of interests include climate change and climate refugees with a focus on South Asia, human rights violations, artificial intelligence in warfare and defence systems, space, and maritime security. He wishes to pursue a career in research and policy making. Outside the academics, he is a singer-guitarist and a blogger.

He is currently assisting Dr. D Suba Chandran on developing a database on the Indo-Pacific with specific focus on BIMSTEC. 

He can be reached at: mahathandmangal@gmail.com

Raakhavee Ramesh

Raakhavee is currently pursuing Masters in the Department of Political Science at Madras Christian College, Chennai. She is also a part of the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.

Her areas of interests are Climate Refugee issues in Bangladesh, South China Sea Territorial Disputes and Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen. She is currently with ISSSP under Prof D.Suba Chandran in preparing a database on the Indo-pacific in specific to BIMSTEC. She sees herself as a future Policymaker. 

Outside research, she is also interested in Photography and Questioning Philosophies. She can be reached at raakhaveeramesh@gmail.com 

Titsala Sangtam

Titsala Sangtam is currently pursuing Masters in the Department of Political Science at Madras Christian College, Chennai.

She intends to work on 'Pakistan economic crisis under the new Prime Minister Imran Khan'. She is currently working in Global Politics course under Prof D Suba Chandran in preparing a database on the Indo-Pacific in specific to BIMSTEC.

She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Baptist College, Kohima, Nagaland. She also has one year experience in teaching as an Assistant Teacher, Oxaliss International School, CBSE, Thatchur, Tamil Nadu. She also has a passion for Painting and making Collage arts and she wishes to be a successful academician.

She can be reached at: titsala.anar@gmail.com 

 

“I got a chance to interact with luminaries from various bureaucracies and various research scientists. The work environment was super warm and Dr Suba along with his team was extremely forthcoming in making sure that I make the most of my stay at NIAS. I had the opportunity to do research in extremely interesting areas such as the "conflicts in the Arctic". I learned the internetting of law and politics. I understood how international relations and international law are interdisciplinary."

 Komal Tiwary
National University of Study and Research in law, Ranchi



"Internship at NIAS has turned out to be more exhilarating one so far, I got to interact with many national and international dignitaries. Which really helped me shaping my ideas in a better cohesive way and opened many opportunity windows for me. The people and work at NIAS will always keep you on your toes, but you'll always be helped if you find yourself in any strading position"

 Abhishruth Singh
National University of Study and Research in law, Ranchi



"I interned at NIAS during summers in 2018 for about 6 weeks. I had absolutely no idea about my role there but once I started out it was a new experience everyday. I got to know more about contemporary politics along with history from a different point of view. And writing commentaries only helped me gain more from the subject."

 Siddathi Mehta
Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University(PDPU)



"The internship was a unique opportunity in exploring, learning and networking. Engaging in constructive debate on issues of international significance helped us gain fresh insight into and explore differing perspectives of political opinion. We were always encouraged to go beyond the day's headlines, question and develop our own political standpoint."

 Samreen Wani
Stella Maris College



"My internship at NIAS started in the month of January and was for a period of one month. I was mostly given the task of research work on the current events as well as future projects. The best part was the fact that I was exposed to so many recent events and that helped me given me a path to work on"

 Kriti
National University of Study and Research in law, Ranchi



"The six weeks internship gave me a clearer idea about my areas of interest and contemporary politics. The weekly discussions and presentations gave a completely new perspective about so many things. On the whole, with an atmosphere open to new ideas, it was a really good experience for me and helped craft a new edge in the way I look at things."

 Apoorva Sudhakar
MA International Studies, Stella Maris College