The Monk® Prayogshala® Research Internship-Externship Programme in the Social Sciences is an academic endeavour to provide quality training and assistance to students in the domain of social science research. It is an opportunity to intern with the researchers at Monk® Prayogshala® and conduct independent research with guidance from trained Monk® Prayogshala® Research Personnel. All applicants must show a great degree of interest and enthusiasm to learn and work which should be reflected in their resume and Statement of Interest.


The disciplines currently included in the programme are psychology, economics, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, and gender studies; these domains are inclusive of all their sub-disciplines, ranging from cognitive psychology to environmental economics. We encourage students to undertake inter- and cross-disciplinary research within these social science domains and support them via quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Internship-Externship Programme Synopsis

Monk® Prayogshala® encourages students to forge their own learning curve at their own pace, and will provide assistance via electronic means and weekly meetings. The selected interns will learn the fundamental aspects of social science research in India, and have access to few digital workshops and course Notes, on Fundamentals of Research, Research Proposal and Grant Proposal Writing, Research Methodology and Statistical Reasoning, and Literature Review. Students will also gain access to open source software used by Monk® Prayogshala® personnel.

Application and Selection Process

Applications are welcome throughout the year. The application process will entail submitting a statement of purpose along with an updated CV to A statement of purpose should indicate the specific area you want to work within, your research idea and the rationale for the same. Furthermore, please mention relevant experiences, skills, and reasons for applying to the program. Applicants can incorporate why they think they are a good fit for the Internship/Externship Programme and their short- and long-term goals after the end of the internship. The word limit for statement of purpose is 750 words. Selected applicants will then be invited for an interview.

Fee Structure

The applicant will have to pay a fee before the beginning of the internship. The fee structure will depend on the applicant's research experience and research skills based on the Statement of Interest, CV and the interview. The fees will be disclosed only after the application is processed, post interview.


“Monk Prayogshala's internship program was extremely interesting, unique, challenging and a breathe of fresh air from regular 9-5 jobs. Although I was based outside of Mumbai, MP managed to always keep me on my toes with work, be it for their extensive DRMS course or my research study. All in all, the program opened my doors to a career in research, and after all, getting a foot in the door is always the first step.”

- Mihir Parkeh, Christ University Bangalore

“My favourite part of this internship was getting hands-on experience of collecting data. Very few organisations allow undergraduate students to take part in the data-collection process. The team was extremely experienced and friendly.”

  • Pratishta Natrajan, University of California, LA