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PRIA has been running internship programmes for overseas students and practitioners since 2004. The Internship programmes offered by PRIA aims to provide students from across the world an opportunity to learn about development realities of India. Development concepts and approaches, within the Indian context, are matched with the interests and learning needs of the internship group, in different field settings to experience grass roots realities. Interns are of the view that the programme is of tremendous value to them in helping students expand their professional and personal horizons, while making a difference to the lives of people and communities. The interns are provided with valuable, real-world experience with practical insights and perspectives needed to become effective change agents.

All internship programmes have a specific set of objectives around which it is designed to provide a bridge between the academic preparation of a professional and the practical challenges faced in field-based interventions.


The overall objectives around which the internship programmes are designed are:

  • Strengthen understanding on concepts of participatory development and democratic governance, with specific reference to the Indian context
  • Providing exposure to grassroots realities, in the rural and urban settings, with a focus on participation by citizens and communities in development and governance interventions
  • Strengthening insights and develop skills on participatory methodologies and tools, which include participatory research, participatory training, participatory monitoring.
  • Understanding and appreciating broader contexts of other stakeholders, like government agencies, donors and local self-governance institutions, while participating in existing field projects
  • Facilitating cross-cultural learning on development issues as well as other areas of inter-personal growth and learning

Unique Features

  • A meticulously designed and closely supervised field engagement
  • A systematic review process
  • Valuable, real-world experience that accelerates preparation for a professional career
  • Building competencies required for field interventions
  • Acts as a bridge between the academic preparation of a professional and the practical challenges faced in field-based interventions
  • An opportunity to launch careers with practical insights and perspectives needed to become effective change agents


  • I am an example of the Kishori Panchayat Programme which gave young girls the desire to do something, a reason to embrace life

    Kishori Panchayat Member
  • We learnt multi-stakeholder dialogue as a tool for advocacy from PRIA…it is a wonderful tool for organising people

    Ashok Kadam
  • PRIA has helped to build a large movement for citizens to use Panchayati Raj Institutions at the local level, to use their leadership, their voice, to bring about democracy from below

    Dr John Gaventa, Director of Research
    Institute of Development Studies
    Sussex, UK
  • I have thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of being able to enroll myself in the course…this program has opened my eyes to possibilities for my life which were previously unconsidered

    Tripti Vinita Pal, Alumnus
    Appreciation course
  • Participatory Approaches for Social Inclusion course was undoubtedly beneficial for my research work, providing a deep understanding of theoretical aspects and the applied side of participation

    Pallavi Mishra
    PhD Research Scholar
    Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • I am a third party facilitator for three large institutions but I did not know half the things we have discussed in the Third Party Facilitator Training I attended organized by PRIA

    Joint Secretary of Lakshmi, an NGO
  • Thank you PRIA -- for helping me gain the confidence to speak up. Today, I do not hesitate to speak with the sarpanch.

    Renu Joshi
    ASHA worker
    Hinglaz gali Anganwadi Centre, Siwana Block, Barmer, Rajasthan
  • Elected members & officials from Northern Province, Sri Lanka visited PRIA to learn about their exemplary work in developing citizen participation in governance and service delivery. JGU thanks PRIA.

    Prof. R. Sudarshan
    Dean, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
    O.P. Jindal Global University
  • Undeniably good work done by PRIA. My visits to the communities they work with let me hear grassroots voices and stories...deeply rewarding for my personal growth, work and future research

    Loreen Regnander
    Intern, University of Victoria, Canada
  • PRIA facilitators listen, engage and explain at the level where participants understand and learn through many practical exercises. The best workshop on gender that our employees have attended

    Tsering Youdon
    Program Officer, Swedish Organisation for Individual Relief
    SOIR-IM, Dehradun, Uttarakhand

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