The Program

The Program

When you picture yourself at the beginning of your career, what comes to your mind? A cubicle. A 9-to-5 job. Building excel models to structure financial products. Hustling to launch a product in a new city. Pitching your business idea to potential investors. Being part of a larger software team working on a sub-set of a project. Researching various positions of law and advising clients.

We are confident that most likely you will end up doing these things as part of a reputed organisation, working with good people in a steady job. And there is nothing wrong with that. If you are satisfied with this picture, you can stop reading this now. We wish you all the best for a successful career.

However, if this is not enough for you, picture this. Sitting in a village understanding the local issues and political trends. Brainstorming with your team using such insights to design an election campaign. Discussing election campaign strategy with political stakeholders. Crafting the message that shapes public opinion. Getting involved in the grass-root implementation for taking the campaign to the masses. Coming up with policy suggestions for election manifestos. Crunching data real-time to predict electoral outcomes. Observing your work having real impact on real people by solving real problems. And doing all this while supporting Prime Minister Modi and his party in their vision to build a new India.

If any of this sounds appealing to you, we have a role for you. If creating real impact is your priority, then we welcome you to the Graduate Impact Leadership Program (GILP).

Are you a pre-final year student, looking to join GILP when you graduate in 2022?

Our Team's Background

Our team’s background

We are a diverse team of passionate, talented young individuals on a mission to make India better through our work. We are creating a platform for young professionals to create real impact by supporting senior political leaders on electioneering, and governance.

IIT Kanpur

IIT Kanpur

NLSIU Bangalore

NLSIU Bangalore

IIT Kharagpur

IIT Kharagpur

SRCC

SRCC

IIT Guwahati

IIT Guwahati

IIT Delhi

IIT Delhi

ISB Hyderabad

ISB Hyderabad

LSR

LSR

What does GILP offer ?

Every year, lakhs of bright minds graduate from top educational institutes in India but most of them join the corporate sector. The best minds in our country rarely get an opportunity to tackle the most critical problems facing our nation. GILP aims to bridge this gap.

For college graduates, GILP is a four year program where young idealistic graduates who are interested in nation building can collaborate with and contribute to the political ecosystem through direct interactions. GILP is the most ambitious talent development program in our space and is in line with the best programs globally in the corporate world.

For students in their pre-final year, pursuing 3,4, or 5 year integrated programs in their college, GILP offers a Summer Associate program. As part of this, students work as project team members on challenging problem statements during their summer internships. Select Summer Associates are offered Pre-Placement Offers(PPOs) based on their performance to join the four year GILP program in the following year.
unique experience
Unique Experience
You will get a once in a lifetime opportunity to build a fulfilling career in an upcoming space, a chance to work with political stakeholders at all levels to gain in-depth exposure about politics and a real chance to contribute towards solving interesting, unsolved problems at scale.
Accelerated learning & growth
Accelerated Learning & Growth
You will be part of a small handpicked team of diverse, passionate and talented individuals who will constantly challenge, support and work with you to achieve extraordinary outcomes. GILP will set you on the 9 year path to joining the organizational leadership.
Hands-on mentorship
Hands-on Mentorship
As part of this program, you will be mentored by a team of seasoned professionals who have pioneered the evolution of this space and undertaken various electoral campaigns across the country.
Competitive Remuneration
Competitive Remuneration
We understand the value of the talent we have in sustaining our success and we offer competitive remuneration as part of our commitment to our people.

Arguably the best graduate level role
In GILP, your work will include the best of startups, civil services and consulting worlds

Open positions

About the role

In this four year program, starting in 2021, Political consultants will be part of multiple project teams working on various aspects of the political consulting work. They will be a part of multiple election campaigns and will work on some of the most challenging policy and governance problems facing the country.
During campaigns, political consultants interact closely with political leaders and organizers at the constituency, district, state and national level. While this is an interesting proposition and comes with enormous exposure, it also raises expectations of maintenance of confidentiality, display of exemplary client management skills and most importantly, of performance.

Position requirements

The role requires intelligent, passionate, and self-driven professionals with a clear understanding of working in the consulting industry. The candidate should possess excellent problem solving, team leadership, client leadership, thought leadership and communications skills and should be able to thrive in a fast-paced, demanding work environment.

In addition to this, the candidate would also be required to:

  • Contribute ideas and strategies towards the roll-out of campaign initiatives
  • Possess the ability to project-manage campaign initiatives end-to-end
  • Undertake research and present findings towards formulating on-ground initiatives
  • Possess high-quality problem solving, analytical skills and the ability to propose practical solutions for issues
  • Have a strong bias for action and ability to deal with ambiguity
Desired qualifications and experience

In order to be eligible to apply for the Political Consultant position in GILP, you need to be from the top engineering, law, commerce, science or arts colleges in the country.
You should be currently in your final year of a graduate/undergraduate course (3, 4 or 5 year integrated programs) at such a college and graduating from your course in 2021. Post-graduates are not eligible for GILP.

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About the role

In this full-time two month program in the summer of 2021, Summer Associates will be part of a live project team working on unsolved electioneering, policy or governance problems. They will work like political consultants as part of their project teams and will get exposure to various aspects of our work.
At the end of this program, top performing Summer Associates will be extended offers to join our four year GILP batch of 2022 as full-time political consultants.

Position requirements

The role requires intelligent, passionate, and self-driven individuals with a strong drive for impact and in inclination to work in the consulting industry. The candidate should possess excellent problem solving, team leadership, client leadership, thought leadership and communications skills and should be able to thrive in a fast-paced, demanding work environment.

In addition to this, the candidate would also be required to:

  • Contribute ideas and strategies towards the roll-out of campaign initiatives
  • Possess the ability to project-manage campaign initiatives end-to-end
  • Undertake research and present findings towards formulating on-ground initiatives
  • Possess high-quality problem solving, analytical skills and the ability to propose practical solutions for issues
  • Have a strong bias for action and ability to deal with ambiguity
Desired qualifications and experience

In order to be eligible to apply for the Summer Associate position in GILP, you need to be from the top engineering, law, commerce, science or arts colleges in the country.
You should be currently in your pre-final year of a graduate/undergraduate course (3, 4 or 5 year integrated programs) at such a college and graduating from your course in 2022. Post-graduates are not eligible for GILP.

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What are we looking for?

As part of GILP, we are looking for team members at the associate level who demonstrate the following traits:

#1
Academic Excellence
Combine an impressive academic record with strong technical skills
#2
Prioritise Impact
Optimise for impact above everything else
#3
Structured Problem Solving
Tackle complex situations through effective and structured problem solving and out-of-the-box thinking
#4
Effective Communication
Possess strong written and verbal communication skills - both individually and in a group setting
#5
Initiative
Adapt to dynamic and ambiguous situations with a clear bias for action
#6
Teamwork
Contribute to the strong team ethic and work towards the success of the entire team
#7
Leadership Skills
Display the requisite leadership qualities to take ideas forward
#8
Strong Ethics
Possess uncompromising ethical principles

Application deadlines

The selection process for the Political Consultant and the Summer Associate positions in GILP will be conducted across three rounds. Your completed application, including your latest resume is due at 12:00 pm IST on the deadline date for the round in which you apply.

Application deadlines for both the positions in the three rounds are the same.
2020-2021 Deadlines

Rounds
Applications open
Deadline for application
Shortlist announcement
Interview process
Offer notifications
Status
Round 1
1st Sep’2020
Tuesday
30th Sep’2020
Wednesday
7th Oct’2020
Wednesday
Start Date : 7th Oct’2020
Wednesday
End Date : 31st Oct’2020
Saturday
31 Oct’2020
Saturday
Deadline for Round 1 of applications is over.
Round 2
15th Oct’2020
Thursday
15th Nov’2020
Sunday
22nd Nov’2020
Sunday
Start Date : 22nd Nov’2020
Sunday
End Date : 15th Dec’2020
Tuesday
15th Dec’2020
Tuesday
Deadline for Round 2 of applications is over.
Round 3
1st Dec’2020
Tuesday
31st Dec’2020
Thursday
15th Jan’2021
Friday
Start Date : 15th Jan’2021
Friday
End Date : 31st Jan’2021
Sunday
31st Jan’2021
Sunday
Yet to start
Round 1
Applications open
1st Sep’2020
Tuesday
Deadline For Application
30th Sep’2020
Wednesday
Shortlist Announcement
7th Oct’2020
Wednesday
Interview Process
Start Date : 7th Oct’2020
Wednesday
End Date : 31st Oct’2020
Saturday
Offer Notifications
31 Oct’2020
Saturday
Status
Deadline for Round 1 of applications is over.
Round 2
Applications open
15th Oct’2020
Thursday
Deadline For Application
15th Nov’2020
Sunday
Shortlist Announcement
22nd Nov’2020
Sunday
Interview Process
Start Date : 22nd Nov’2020
Sunday
End Date : 15th Dec’2020
Tuesday
Offer Notifications
15th Dec’2020
Tuesday
Status
Deadline for Round 2 of applications is over.
Round 3
Applications open
1st Dec’2020
Tuesday
Deadline For Application
31st Dec’2020
Thursday
Shortlist Announcement
15th Jan’2021
Friday
Interview Process
Start Date : 15th Jan’2021
Friday
End Date : 31st Jan’2021
Sunday
Offer Notifications
31st Jan’2021
Sunday
Status
Yet to start

Selecting an Application Round

You may apply in any one of the three application rounds. You may apply only once per application. Do not rush your application, but there are some advantages to applying in either Round 1 or Round 2 including

  • There are limited openings available for the GILP batch of 2021. There openings will be filled across three rounds on a first come, first served basis
  • Interview process for Round 1 and Round 2, will also be conducted along with official placements in selected colleges. Students in these colleges are expected to apply to the program as part of their formal college placement process
  • Earlier selection will give you ample time to prepare for joining the political consulting world

Frequently asked questions

We will be visiting selected colleges as part of their placement process. If you are a student of these colleges, you will receive official communication from your placement office in GILP. Students applying through college placement offices are also expected to complete their application on this website. If you wish to include your college in the list of colleges we will be visiting this year, write to us on
After resumes are shortlisted, there are usually 3-5 rounds of interviews. GILP interviews involve rigorous case study, guesstimation and personal interview sessions. We expect candidates to be prepared for the consulting interview process and guide them in their interview preparation through workshops, in-person interactions and feedback.
Yes, for students in their pre-final year, GILP offers the Summer Associate program. As part of this program, you get to work on live political consulting projects in your summer internships and learn more about the political consulting space. Top performing summer associates will be given Pre-placement offers (PPOs) to join as political consultants in the next year’s GILP program. You can know more about the Summer Associate program in the openings section above.
We offer competitive remuneration in line with the best companies visiting your college campuses for placements. Offer details and other terms will be shared with you after you submit your application.
We will continue to work-from-home remotely if the COVID situation continues till the time of joining of the GILP-2021 batch.