Since its inception, ISPaD (The Indian Subcontinent Partition Documentation Project) has been a place for college juniors and seniors to

  • begin the application process,
  • then to successfully be accepted for,
  • and to sign up to begin being an “ISPaD Intern”.
Those who have been accepted and do sign up for an internship for real world employment experience and perhaps even for college course credit. Interns have often been majoring in Politics Economics and Law at the State University of New York at Old Westbury – where The Partition Studies Center Office was located for some time. Students of other majors also participated with ISPaD, the different majors has turned out to be mutually beneficial as interns and ISPaD  gained insight into not being narrow minded: anything can offer much insight into relevant matters – if it is not erroneously thought about narrow-mindedly. All must be seen from various perspectives to offer a collection of views that can be collected and ~combined to present a mindset that would otherwise be invisible. ISPaD’s interns are always engaged in a multitude of diverse projects, including assisting in and learning much about taking testimony of refugees and survivors of Partition. Interns are supervised by a Professor at the College or University where they are enrolled, as well as by a mentor at The ISPaD Project. A regular schedule of time to be spent working at ISPaD’s office and perhaps even working through the internet, is established by the Professor and Mentor after requirements for course credit is deciding upon by the Professor and Department. There have already been students who sought to be an intern at ISPaD, exclusively to be afforded the opportunity to “work in a legitimate position”, and got the work experience they sought irrespective that they had completed their internship without any course credit.


For for their work at, for, & with The ISPaD Project (which culminated with a project and its formal presentation to a host of individuals from supervisory positions), those Interns who worked for course credit have received four credits at their educational institution. It should be written that there is no definitive number of course credits an internship will be obtained as course credit is, understandably, peculiar to each internship. This feature of an ISPaD internship should be understood to be dependent upon the specifics of each internship for an Intern: what the internship shall entail, what the



Here are a few of the individuals who have interned with Partition Project;

Mr. Gerardo Espinal (interned with Probini Foundation)

Mr. Joseph Forestano

Mr. Imtiaz, 2nd from right, with the cake on the table.

Ms. Rajvir Kaur Kak

Mr. John Light

Mr. Jim Moran

Ms. Anissia Perry

Ms Chandni Roy

Mr. Nick Saava

Mr. Manpreet Singh

Mr. Shadeed Stephen

Ms. Sunainya Yadav

Mr. Kevin Yen

……………. And many more.

Future Internship Openings: Students wanting to intern at Partition Center must first clarify with their department and academic advisor that, given a student’s course load and prospective internship requirements, earning a position as an Intern could be a means to fulfilling the requirements to gain course credit.

Then they should write to us at to establish the development of an internship program.


Volunteering: There were/are others – students and non-student citizens – who have volunteered with ISPaD for hours to days and weeks. They have volunteered for our Partition Studies Conferences, and persistently for organizing forums, distributing newsletters, interviewing refugees, preparing food for meetings and conferences to hosting out-of-town guests.