Carnegie South Asia Program, Washington D.C.

This internship is offered in conjunction with the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.

FSI Faculty Mentor:


About Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, India, and the United States. Our mission, dating back more than a century, is to advance peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decisionmakers in government, business, and civil society. Working together, our centers bring the inestimable benefit of multiple national viewpoints to bilateral, regional, and global issues.
In 2006, Carnegie launched a revolutionary plan to build the first global think tank. Since then it has transformed a hundred-year-old American institution into one well-equipped for the challenges of a globalized world. Today, Carnegie has research centers in Beijing, Beirut, Brussels, Moscow, New Delhi, and Washington. The network is supervised by an international board of trustees, and its research activities are overseen by a global management group.


The student will be working with the South Asia Program, primarily on projects related to India’s domestic political economy. These include analysis of India’s 2019 general elections, the formation of a new government, and a large, empirical survey project on the role of women in India’s labor force.

The intern will be expected to:

  • Assemble, clean, and manage datasets on Indian politics, economics, and development (using Stata or R)
  • Scrape publicly available data off websites and/or PDFs and transform this information into accessible datasets for analysis
  • Assist with statistical analysis of data, including regression analysis
  • Assist in writing up analyses intended for scholarly journals and publications
  • Participate in staff meetings, seminars, and other Carnegie-wide events


The intern will work closely with Dr. Milan Vaishnav, Senior Fellow and Director of the South Asia Program.

Eligibility and Skills Required:

The internship is open to continuing undergraduate students. Students from any department are welcome to apply. Applicants must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.3 or higher.  Applicants should have a keen interest in research and analysis, writing, basic computer skills, teamwork, and multi-tasking.


The ideal candidate will have strong quantitative skills and an interest in public policy analysis and research. The most important skill requirement is a familiarity with either Stata or R. An ideal candidate would also have some experience using web-scraping techniques. Basic familiarity with the domestic politics and economics of India is preferred, though not mandatory.

Language Requirement:



The internship is located in Washington D.C.

Visa Requirements:



FSI is committed to providing its opportunities to students regardless of financial constraints. FSI's Global Policy interns are provided with a stipend to cover travel and living expenses during the summer. These stipends do not exceed $6,400 per student. Students must submit a budget with their estimated costs along with their application. If you have additional financial constraints that you think may prevent you from participating in this program, please contact Academic Program Manager Patrick Laboon directly.


 Applicants will be asked to submit:
  • Application Form
  • Name of faculty reference (letter of recommendation not required)
  • CV/Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Budget

Frequently Asked Questions

Please note: You may only apply to one FSI Global Policy Internship.

Apply on SOLO