Summer Research Program Overview The Summer Research Program offered by the Rakshak Foundation provides a first-hand exposure and experience about governance, policies and society to selected candidates. Candidates chosen to work in this high paced eight-week program work under the guidance of mentors comprising of faculty members from premier institutions in India and senior civil services officials. Individual projects are assigned to interns that are related to common social or policy issues which directly or indirectly affect the quality of life of a common citizen. The program is very rigorous in nature and the interns are expected to quickly come on board and digest large amounts of reading and research material. Program includes regular field visits, weekly presentations, literature research in a classroom setting, documentation of meetings, documentary screening and guest lectures by dignitaries. These activities ensure that the student have a multidimensional view of the problem before suggesting its practical and implementable solution. Collocation, daily interactions and weekly updates and presentations to all the interns ensures that the interns have the necessary exposure and opportunity to discuss all other social issues being researched upon. This allows a healthy pollination of ideas and solutions while strengthening social bonding. Program Structure includes: • • • • • • •

Daily Research work – Perform literature search in a classroom setting (5-7 hrs/day) Weekly Presentations* – Formal presentation about weekly progress to all the interns Midterm Report – Formal midterm report and presentation 4 weeks into the program Final Report and Presentation – Formal Final report and presentation to all interns and mentors Guest Lectures* – Invited lectures by social personalities and bureaucrats Documentary Screenings* – Well known documentary on current social issues to widen exposure Field Visits – All interns are required to make project related field visits and document their findings * Applies to Internship program that run from May-July

This unique program grooms the students to become lot more informed, inquisitive, assertive and an aware citizen enabling them to play a major role in nation building by participating in the governance with much more confidence. Participants in the program embark on a comprehensive journey that prepares them to successfully navigate the diverse challenges facing the society in today’s dynamic world. Through the program interns immerse themselves in a well-structured curriculum that examines their commitment, dedication, time management, intelligence and other ethical demands of a top leader. While pursuing the projects with peer internees from across the nation, participants are inspired by the diverse cultures and new friendships that define the unique Rakshak experience.

Intern and Mentor Profile (Year 2015) Rakshak Foundation’s Internship program selects the students from the most elite institutes of India ensuring diversity of their backgrounds which is essential for all round learning. In 2015 we recruited students pursuing their graduation in Engineering, Management, Commerce, Economics and Law discipline. 37% of the interns were girls. In 2015 too we are very keen to maintain this variety in the profile of interns.

Intern Profile 2015 IIM, 29%


IIT, 39%


NIT, 20%

Humanities Law & Mass Communication Others

Humanities , 25%

IIT Others, 24%

Law & Mass Communication, 2%

There were total 114 (76%) Undergraduate and 36 (24%) Post Graduate Interns. 100+ best and highly motivated students across India attended the Internship Program and worked on projects based on persistent social problems. In most cases one mentor was assigned to one intern and that only one intern was assigned to one project. Some mentors guided more than one intern. They completed these projects under the able guidance of mentors from academic and civil services fraternity:Mentor Institution / Affiliation


Civil Services (IAS, IPS, IRS, IFS) Professors

96 4

Doctors, CEO, Entrepreneur, Judge, Army


Selected List of Internship Projects – 2015 •

Education at Government Schools – Reality Check and Recommendations - Infrastructure, Teaching Standards

Mid-Day-Meal Scheme in Primary Schools – Analysis, Effects and Suggestions

Child Sexual Abuse in Government Institutions

Disabled Registry for Haryana

Rationalization and Estimation of Social Security Pension beneficiaries

Revamping Ineffective-systems which are a root cause of corruption and poor governance – Insights from modern thinking and Indian wisdom

Commercialization of Education

GIS Framework for Governance with respect to Municipal Administration and land Records

Implementing PNDT Act through online F-Form

Civil Society to trap Solar Power

1.Interface between IPR and competition law

Compulsory licensing of patents - Implications for Pharma Sector.

Evaluation of the impact of scrapping of Govt of India's Central Sponsored Schemes on development priorities of the Centre and the states (Sector specific)

New Pension Scheme 2004 - Policy suggestions for improvement based on international practice

Mobile technology solutions for chronic care management of Diabetes and Hypertension

Alternative livelihood of Bidi workers - Economic analysis of opportunities and challenges

Is Kerala a Role Model in the area of Health?

Analysis of Trends in CSR activities, Outcome and Way Forward

Expectations from an Ideal Intern Rakshak Foundation’s Summer Research is a unique research program aimed at providing first-hand exposure to exceptional and motivated students in areas of policy, governance and society. We have very high expectations from our interns and they must be extremely passionate and committed to deliver the best not only during the internship but they should also remain engaged in social causes and social media after completion of the internship. Their conduct and work must meet international standards. As part of the program, interns may be required to represent Rakshak Foundation during their interaction with senior professors from top universities, civil services officers (IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS etc),it is important that interns exhibit highest level of professionalism in all aspects of their conduct during such interactions. Typically interns in the Program set ambitious goals for themselves and overcome a number of unanticipated challenges to keep the pace. This makes the program very demanding. An ideal intern would have qualities listed below. •

Accepts the position if and only if he/she is determined to complete the project

Exceptional, Genuine, Innovative and Involved

Excellent academic record with a fusion of extra-curricular and social activities

Excellent Communication skills (Verbal, written and presentation skills)

Highly energetic, self-aware, out of the box thinker, self-starter, go getter and team player

Has high moral and ethical values, is punctual, keeps commitments and meets deadlines

Excels in an orderly work environment while adhering to rules and procedures

Ability to work on a social issue leading to long term improvements with a positive impact

Ready to work on an open ended problem not related to one’s undergraduate discipline

Propose feasible and innovative solutions as opposed to overzealous theoretical reports

Passionate to take on the project beyond the report into real world implementation

Research work must be of same standard as published at international forums and journals

Humble, polite and prompt with the mentors, management team and peers

Must not be engaged in any other activity (coaching etc. ) during the Rakshak internship period

Expected to be available 7 days a week for the internship work (field trips, sessions, lectures etc.)

Observes all the rules and regulations of the internship as mentioned by the management

Intern Selection Criteria Rakshak Foundation considers all the aspects of your potential while making the recruitment decision.We use the personal interview, combined with your resume and essays, to assess some of the following qualitative aspects of your application

Communication, leadership and long term association with the foundation The Rakshak Foundation values well developed communication skills for all internship applicants. Intern should be able to express his / her view very well in front of their mentors and peer interns. Rakshak looks beyond the internship program to associate with the intern in long term meaningful way.

Diverse Experience The selectors at Rakshak Foundation seek candidates committed to academic excellence. We value the sincerity, humbleness and promptness of the candidate. In addition to this, students who are engaged in different activities and have gained wide experience will have an edge over others.In and all, we look for an all-round personality who has an excellent fusion of academics with experience.

Innovative thinker, Self Starter and prompt learner Interns during the two months of Internship Program work on a project based on real life social issue and finally come up with many innovative, implementable and practical and feasible solutions. To execute this role, we want the students who have or would like to have a thorough knowledge of different social issues to attain 360 degree perspective. He should possess the attribute of learning from the experience and guidance of eminent mentors and peers from diverse backgrounds.

Motivation, belief and honesty We want to select those students who are self-motivated to work on an open ended problem or policy matters not necessarily related to one’s area of study and are passionate to take on the project beyond the report submission into a real world conclusion. Interns represent the Rakshak Foundation in front of the mentors, bureaucrats and other NGOs during its internship program which makes it essential for them to have a congruence belief in the vision of Foundation. It is important that the intern understand and respects the commitments made to the organization, mentors and is honest in all communication and dealings with the organization

Application and Selection Process

2. On-Line Application

1. Campus Recruitment Rakshak Foundation coordinates with the Placement officers of select few colleges and institutes to shortlist students interested in Rakshak's Summer internship program. Based on the resumes received , shortlisted candidates are invited to fill the online application form.

Online Application will include statement of purpose, sample social project and details of a faculty member (reference). Application is filled by all eligible* and interested candidates by the given deadline

The multi tier selection process aims at selecting the most exceptional, innovative and motivated candidates for this program

4. Final Offer Final offers are made (after reference checks) on the basis of overall performance of the candidate (interview and application material). Offers once accepted cannot be declined except under unaviodable and unforeseen circumstances.

3. Personal Interview After carefully assessing the potential, aptitude and motivateion of the students a handful of them will be selected for the final interview round (live or video).

*A candidate is eligible for Rakshak Foundation Internship Program only if he/she meets the following minimum criteria: • Intern must be a full time student in a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD program of a recognized university or college in any discipline • Internship should not conflict with the intern’s academic program • Intern may have full/part time work-experience between the UG, PG and/or Doctoral studies but should currently be a full-time student • Intern must not have any active or past backlogs in academic courses • Intern must be totally available 7 days a week for the whole internship duration

Summer Research Program Overview -

professors from top universities, civil services officers (IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS etc),it is important that interns exhibit highest level of professionalism in all aspects of their conduct during such interactions. Typically interns in the Program set ambitious goals for themselves and overcome a number of unanticipated challenges to.

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