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Gain professional, intercultural experience interning with a community organization, NGO, or private enterprise focused on environment, development, and sustainability.
India’s vibrant civil society and dynamic democracy provide varied and unique internship opportunities with organizations working to address issues related to the environment, development, and sustainability. This virtual online internship and seminar will focus on sustainable development in the Indian context and the role private, community-based, and nongovernmental entities play in responding to the challenges related to India’s rapid economic growth. In order to address urgent issues of poverty and environmental degradation, India is finding ways to rethink its approach to development to create sustainable local, regional and global futures.
Before your internship begins, you will receive an introduction to the broader cultural, social, and political context of India, NGOs and civil society space, India’s development and environmental concerns, workplace norms, and the ethics of virtually interning with an Indian organization. Potential internship focus areas include climate change, environmental conservation, watershed restorations, community development, education, disaster prevention, sustainable mountain development, water and sanitation, urban air and water pollution, coastal erosion and action, indigenous rights, agroecology, or another field related to your interests and career goals. Your internship will be academically rigorous and you will be expected to devote 180 hours to this program, including 10–12 hours a week “on” the internship site, 24 hours in synchronous discussions led by the academic director, and up to 25 hours writing six progress reports and a final paper. Virtual attendance is required for all discussions and oral presentations.
- Develop a strong foundation on issues related to the environment and sustainability in the context of India.
- Understand the role, approaches, and impact of local community organizations, NGOs, or private enterprises in issues of environment, development, and sustainability.
- Gain international work experience through an internship with a local community organization, NGO, or private enterprise based in India.
- Develop your professional, intercultural communication skills.
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