Join the research cohorts of one of the most reputable social science research organizations in the Philippines.
The Ateneo Institute of Philippine Culture offers internships for undergraduates and fresh graduates nationwide with a key focus on developing young social science professionals aiming to develop careers in research, social development, and social policy.
About the Programs
The Mary Racelis Internship Program for Undergraduates (MRIPU) is an eight-week program for incoming third- and fourth-year Social Science undergraduate students aiming to acquire valuable research experience in research, social development, and public health.
The Mary Racelis Internship Program provides opportunities for students to conduct fieldwork on institutional and/or externally funded research projects of the Institute of Philippine Culture. Topics of interest that may be tackled during the internships include the urban poor, community health, cultural heritage, indigenous peoples of the Philippines, women, children, and youth, among others.
Students under the Mary Racelis Internship Program can look forward to intensive learning and project activities on the core competencies and technologies of the IPC, learning on-the-job through the Project Activity Series, and opportunities to interact with fellow interns via kumustahan and colloquium sessions.
On the other hand, The Frank Lynch SJ Graduate Internship Program is a four-month long program for graduates of the social sciences offering opportunities to advance in research, social development, and social policy. Select graduate interns are provided with opportunities to facilitate dialogues on sociology, anthropology, economics, political science, public communication, and development studies informed by the voices of non-governmental organizations and the urban poor.
Graduate interns under the Frank Lynch SJ Graduate Internship Program can look forward to performing project documentation, data analysis, archival research, website development and management, as well as on-site administration and operations as part of their tasks. Graduate interns shall act as primary technical editors for books and journals published by the IPC during the internship term. Accepted interns will receive a modest monthly honorarium.
Both internships were launched in 2019, with learning frameworks designed to evolve based on feedback and insights from past cohorts, allowing the programs to revolve around timely themes.
Expected Learning Outcomes
Students of the IPC Internship Programs would be working primarily under the tutelage of IPC Research Scientists Dr. Dennis Batangan, Dr. Enrique Nino Leviste, and Dr. Mary Racelis. Projects are also supervised by IPC volunteers and distinguished professors of the Ateneo de Manila University’s Social Science department.
At the end of the internship period, students of the IPC Internship Programs are expected to:
(a) have a better understanding of and capacity to conduct social science;
(b) be able to conduct off-site/remote social science research;
(c) develop the communication skills needed to conduct knowledge dissemination and dialogue through both face-to-face and remote platforms; and
(d) contribute meaningful developmental work towards host projects of the IPC, ultimately leading to the improvement of local government units, national public health infrastructure, and overall cultural dialogue.
Become an Intern for the Institute of Philippine Culture
The Mary Racelis Internship Program for Undergraduates (MRIPU) and Frank Lynch SJ Graduate Internship Program both accept interns on an annual basis.
Calls for applications occur at least one (1) month prior to the beginning of the internship programs. Applications to the IPC Internship Programs must submit the following before the specified due date:
- Cover letter addressed to the Director of the Institute of Philippine Culture;
- Letter of recommendation from their research methods course instructor or the department chair or unit head (the letter must be submitted directly to the IPC administrative staff by the recommending person);
- Updated curriculum vitae (CV) with recent 1×1 picture; and
- Accomplished IPC Research Internship Form, duly signed by the applicant
Applicants of the Frank Lynch SJ Graduate Internship Program must also submit the following: (a) a copy of their official transcript of records; and (b) a sample of research output (e.g. research report, journal article).
Applicants of the Mary Racelis Internship Program for Undergraduates (MRIPU) must be incoming third- or fourth-year students of any social science degree (e.g. Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Political Science, Economics, Geography, Behavioral Sciences), while applicants of the Frank Lynch SJ Graduate Internship Program must have accomplished their degree programs in the last three years prior to the application period.
Students with or without practicum requirements are encouraged to apply. Applicants with practicum requirements may inform the IPC beforehand and submit supporting documents to supplement their application.
With the full conduct of the internship in both onsite and remote settings, students are also expected to have access to a computer or laptop as well as a stable Internet connection. Other project-specific needs will be discussed as necessary.
The IPC welcomes applicants nationwide.
Keep In Touch with the IPC
For updates on calls to application, follow the Institute of Philippine Culture on Facebook or email the Institute of Philippine Culture at firstname.lastname@example.org. Current students of the Ateneo de Manila University can also look forward to news on the IPC calls to application via the Ateneo Email Blueboard.