Internship for an Industrial Pollution project

Duration of Internship: 15thMarch to 15thJune, 2021 (Three months) 

Background of project 

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has been studying the coal-based thermal power sector in India since 2011. The work started as an off shoot of the UNDP’s The Green Rating Project (GRP), one of the millennium development goal projects. The GRP rating of Coal-based thermal power sector ‘Heat on Power’, released in 2015, revealed the poor environmental performance of the sector, and the inadequacy of pollution standards put in place by MoEFCC. The report spurred wide debate among policy makers, and later in that year, at the time when COP was happening, the Ministry released stricter pollution control norms for the thermal power sector with a deadline of two years for implementation. 

Since then, CSE has focused its interventions to address the concerns associated with the technology, timeline, investments etc. that could have potentially derailed the implementation of the norms through dedicated research and continued advocacy. Currently, the programme focuses pushing implementation through on-ground engagement especially at state-level to track the status of implementation of the norms in the survey plants, and build technical capacity of the industry and regulators, among others. 

Role and Responsibility: 

Industrial Pollution Programme is seeking an intern, to assist the team in its research and advocacy interventions. The intern will be responsible for : 

  1. Collecting the data of emissions through RTI’s from various state pollution control boards and other stakeholders.
  2. Collating the data in the format and updating the website regularly. 
  3. Assisting the team in preparing the thermal plant profiles for states and other research work as and when required.
  4. Researching on concepts like energy efficiency rating of industrial machinery like boiler etc.
  5. Helping the team in organizing meetings with relevant stakeholders experts and officials for furthering advocacy interventions. 


We would prefer interns fulfilling the following criteria: 

  • Pursuing final year or completed a Professional Bachelor’s/Master’s programme in energy/environmental management, engineering, planning.
  • Basic knowledge of coal-based thermal power stations, pollution impact and its control.
  • Good communication skill as candidate needs to co-ordinate with various stakeholders
  • Good knowledge (reading, speaking and writing) of English.
  • Knowledge on general computer software particularly MS Office.
  • Willing to work from Delhi. Interns are required to visit the office at-least three days a week to strengthen interaction with the team.  


CSE will pay a stipend of Rs. 18,000/- per month for the selected candidates. 

Procedure to apply 

Applications should include a cover letter and CV addressed to Ms. Priyanka Basu at Deadline for submission of application: 06.03.2021

For further details of project contact

Ms. Soundaram Ramanathan

P.S - The shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further interaction.