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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
  • PRIA works for educating voters and making them conscious of discharging their duties as responsible citizens

    Dr Sushil Trivedi, IAS (Retd.)
    Former State Election Commissioner
  • PRIA has been able to provide voice to the Dalits and has generated awareness among them to demand their rights

    Vidyanand Vikal, Chairperson
    Commission for Scheduled Castes
    Government of Bihar
  • We learnt multi-stakeholder dialogue as a tool for advocacy from PRIA…it is a wonderful tool for organising people

    Ashok Kadam
  • The partnership between University of Victoria, a Northern university, and PRIA, a Southern institution, enables us to make some real contributions to building capacities in the global South

    Prof. Budd Hall, Co-Chair
    UNESCO Chair for Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education
    University of Victoria, Canada
  • 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
  • A delegation of elected members and officials from the Northern Province of Sri Lanka was exposed to PRIAâ??s exemplary work in developing citizen participation in governance and service deliver

    Prof. R. Sudarshan
    Dean, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
    O.P. Jindal Global University

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