The Tata International Social Entrepreneurship Scheme (ISES) scheme is a unique partnership between Tata and three leading universities, the LSE, the University of Cambridge and UC Berkeley. It is managed and administered by LSE Careers and India Observatory.
The ISES 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 from 1 July to 31 August 2013 inclusive.
Applications for the 2013 Tata ISES open on 7 January and close on 1 March 2013. For full application information and eligibility criteria see How to apply.
The primary objective of the Tata ISES 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 ISES students will spend eight weeks in India starting on 1 July 2013 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 2013
Projects for 2013 cover a range of areas including climate change, enterprise/self-help for a women’s handicraft group, water conservation, CSR in the coffee and jewellery industries and sustainability and value recovery from waste streams.
To find out more about what a project might involve and people’s experience in India, have a look at some of the previous project reports and read the LSE Tata ISES intern profiles.
Costs & Arrangements
Tata will arrange and provide in India:
all local boarding and lodging
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 ISES Interns
Before leaving India, interns make presentations on their findings and recommendations to the Tata Corporate Sustainability Services management team. Take a look at their final reports and read about the experiences of students from LSE degree programmes including Mathematics and Economics, the MPA programme, Social Anthropology, Environmental Policy, International Management and Culture and Society - LSE Tata ISES intern profiles.