Intern with us!

The Banyan Internship Programme 

Our internship opportunities are available throughout the year, and applications from different spheres of training and education are encouraged.

The Banyan’s internship and fieldwork program is available through April to June, July to September and December to February. We welcome applications from interested students/ persons.

Summer Internships (April to June)

Applications open – 20th February
Applications close – 15th March
International Applications must be submitted by – 10th March
Responses to applications will be finalised by 20th March

Fall Internships (July to September)

Applications open – 25th May
Applications close – 15th June
International Applications must be submitted by – 10th June

Responses to applications will be finalised by 20th June

Winter Internships (December to February)

Applications open – 20th October
Applications close – 15th November 
International Applications must be submitted by – 10th November
Responses to applications will be finalised by 20th November

How to apply:

If you are interested in interning with us, please fill out the online application form at the bottom of this page.
The Banyan charges a processing fee of Rs. 2000/- for interns from India and $100 for international interns.
The amount is to be paid by cash, cheque, or direct deposit in the name of ‘THE BANYAN’.
International volunteers will be sent The Banyan’s bank details upon request.

 Acceptance and Orientation

You will be placed in the following projects based on interest and suitability:
-Emergency Care and Recovery Centre (Mogappair/Kovalam)
-Shelter for Homeless Men with Psychosocial Needs (Santhome)
-Community Mental Health Program (Thiruporur Block/Santhome/KK Nagar/RK Salai)
-Clustered Group Homes (Thiruvidandhai)
-Home Again (Mogappair/Nemmeli/Trichy/Malappuram)
-Department of Rehabilitation (Thrissur/Trivandrum/Calicut Mental    Hospitals)
-Kerala Community Mental Health Clinics (Attapadi/Ottapalam)
-Maharashtra Community Mental Health Clinic (Aghai)
-Skills Development, Employment facilitation and Social Cooperatives (Across all Projects)
-Department of reintegration and aftercare (Mogappair)
-Administration and Finance Work (Across all projects)
-Department of Fundraising and Communications
-Homelessness and mental illness – bidirectionality, phenomenology, ethnographic observations and personal narratives
-Banyan services – Audit by clients and caregivers, participatory action research, third party observations
-Policy research – Mental illness, disability, poverty and sustainable development

All interns will be oriented to different projects on the first week of their internship, as per the following schedule:

You will receive the following documents for mandatory reading as soon as your internships are confirmed:


Assigned Tasks

Application denial:
The Banyan reserves the right to refuse internship applications, when the number of internship requests exceeds the available seats, or when internship expectations cannot be met by the organisation. Undergraduate students are not permitted to engage in independent case work with clients. They may however, observe and assist their supervisor or case manager.

Safety Precautions:
Your safety during hours of the internship at the worksite will be guaranteed by The Banyan, but management will not take responsibility for incidents that take place outside work hours.

We invite and encourage you to apply for an internship at The Banyan! Interns are an integral part of our day-to-day operations and this partnership has been a mutually enriching one.

Current Internship Opportunities
Research Intern (Unpaid)

Time Commitment: 8 hours, 6 days a week

Location: Clustered Group Homes, Kovalam; Travel to other sites necessary

Requirements: The applicant must know Tamil and have experience working with individuals with severe mental illness. Multilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. 

Key Responsibilities: Collect data on a research project that aims to understand the relation between trauma and psychosis.  Opportunity to collect data, interact with individuals experiencing psychosis and develop their interviewing skills, which is crucial for researchers.

Time Commitment: 8 hours, 6 days a week

Location: Clustered Group Homes, Kovalam/Work From Home (1 day of onsite work)

Requirements: The applicant must have a good grasp over English and work independently with limited supervision.

Key Responsibilities: Data entry and Data analysis. Working on Literature reviews relevant to the research topic

Please fill the form below

And email with any supporting documents, including you CV and a passport sized photograph!

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