PRS Legislative Research is inviting applications for its offline research internship in Delhi in September 2022.
About PRS Legislative
PRS Legislative Research, commonly referred to as PRS, is an Indian non-profit organization established in September 2005 as an independent research institute to make the Indian legislative process better informed, more transparent, and participatory. PRS is based in New Delhi.
What do they do?
Each Member of Parliament (MP) in India represents over two million constituents. The Indian Parliament passes an average of 60 Bills every year. MPs make laws and address complex policy issues across various sectors. Given the diversity of issues and the technical nature of many of them, it is not possible for MPs to be well versed on all such issues.
In this context, PRS provides MPs analysis of legislation and policy to help them prepare for parliamentary debates. PRS was co-founded by C.V. Madhukar and M.R. Madhavan in 2005. M.R. Madhavan is currently the President of PRS. Mr S. Ramadorai heads the Board of Directors. The initiative was incubated in the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi, a leading Indian think tank.
Since 2013, the initiative has been institutionalized as the Institute for Policy Research Studies, a not-for-profit Section 8 Company. The work of PRS is entirely funded through philanthropic donations and grants by several Indian institutions and individuals.
About the Research Internship
PRS offers rolling internships throughout the year. The PRS staff consists of a team of dedicated professionals with different areas of expertise and is broadly divided into the research and outreach departments.
While the research team analyses legislative and policy issues of topical interest, the outreach team tracks the working of the legislatures and legislators, manages citizen engagement, and is PRS’s interface with the MPs and MLAs. A prospective intern can apply for an internship in either/both departments.
Please Note: PRS Legislative is currently only accepting applications for September 2022. This is an offline internship.
Structure of the Internship
The internship varies from session to non-session time. During a Parliament session, PRS’s work is guided by the issues taken up in Parliament, and interns are expected to work with the analysts on any projects.
During non-session periods, the interests of the individual intern are taken into consideration, and he/she is matched with an analyst(s) doing related work.
The successful completion of a PRS internship requires the intern to pursue and complete an internship project. The intern will be assisting analysts in their research and undertaking an internship project.
Duration of the Internship
- The internship duration is flexible but is normally between 4 and 8 weeks.
Mode of Internship
- Physical (In-office); Interns will have to report to the office.
Expectations from Interns
In addition to a deep interest in the working of Parliament and the legislative process in India, an intern should have:
- Strong writing skills
- Strong analytical skills
- Please note that no accommodation or remuneration is provided. This is strictly an unpaid internship.
Interested persons can fill in the application form for the PRS Legislative Research Internship. The form has to be filled out in one session, and there is no option of saving responses. PRS is only accepting applications for internships starting September 2022.
You are expected to:
- write a short statement of purpose (not more than 500 words).
- upload an up-to-date resume in PDF format.
- upload a writing sample on any policy issue (not more than 1000 words) in PDF format.
- Address of the office: PRS Legislative Research 3rd Floor, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, 212, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg, New Delhi – 110002