IIP Placements in India
These internships are offered as part of Princeton Summer in India, a partnership initiative of the International Internship Program and The Princeton Club of India.
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
Location: Bhubaneswar, India
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a network of 70 affiliated professors around the world who are united by their use of Randomized Evaluations (REs) to answer questions critical to poverty alleviation. J-PAL's mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is based on scientific evidence. J-PAL works to achieve this by conducting rigorous impact evaluations, building capacity and informing policy. J-PAL is providing an IIP placement with their Communal Sanitation Solutions for Urban Slums project. This program seeks to improve the physical infrastructure of community and public toilets, as well as to improve the associated management systems in order to ensure long-term maintenance. IIP candidates interests in development and economics are encouraged to apply. Experience and/or skills in STATA would be an asset. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Location: Banglalore, India
Ashoka is a global association of social entrepreneurs. Since 1981, Ashoka has elected over 2,500 social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in 70 countries. Ashoka’s vision is to create a world in which “Everyone is a Changemaker.” Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns in each one of two Ashoka programs: their Venture and Fellowship Program and their Nourishing Schools Initiative:
- Venture and Fellowship Program: a program that selects changemakers (men and women with fresh insight into and analysis of how to fix a social problem with a relentless pursuit to obtain their vision) and then invests in these individuals and their respective ideas at the launch stage. The program also provides its fellows with access to a network of global social entrepreneurs who open doors for opportunities and collaboration. The IIP intern for this program will research and map the field identifying social entrepreneurs and nominators, design processes to strengthen the search process, write and document their work, participate in interviews, map partnerships and visibility opportunities that would catalyze the work of the fellows.
- Nourishing Schools Initiative: The Ashoka India Nourishing Schools initiative is focused on leveraging schools as a hub to improve the nutrition of families and communities. The initiative will improve nutrition by focusing on various dimensions such as improving the quality of midday meals, communicating nutrition messages through the curriculum and school design, increasing access to clean water and sanitation etc. The objective is to create a holistic package of interventions that can be implemented across schools. These interventions will also build the changemaking abilities of children and develop their ability to improve their own nutrition and the nutrition of their communities. They are scheduled to launch a pilot in Mahrashtra in January. This IIP internship would include (but not be limited to) the following: documenting the lessons from the pilot for sharing with various stakeholders; identifying partners from various sectors who can help build the initiative and organizing an Ashoka Fellow gathering in June to share the progress and plan the way forward.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): First, I worked with multiple stakeholders from the profit and non-profit sectors, including Ashoka’s teams in Colombia and Brazil, as well as architectural firms, urban planners, and cement producers throughout India to gain an understanding of self-construction practices around the world and global barriers to entry in the market. Second, I conducted detailed analyses of five primary international cases and developed original models of market engagement within the Indian context. Third, I used this background to assess and segment the Indian self-construction market, valued at roughly 720 billion rupees, and presented my findings, as well as my stakeholder-based entry strategies, to the team. Lastly, I began to physically re-design and re-write marketing materials.
Location: New Delhi, India
Bioversity International undertakes, encourages, and supports research and other activities on the use and conservation of agricultural biodiversity, especially genetic resources, to create more productive, resilient, and sustainable harvests. Its aim is to promote the greater well-being of people, particularly poor people in developing countries, by helping them to achieve food security, improve their health and nutrition, boost their incomes, and conserve the natural resources on which they depend. One placement in India has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
- Compilation of short stories based on research output and assistance in the writing articles on and improving the website for the project on "on-farm and in-situ conservation of tropical fruit tree diversity" The Asian region is endowed with rich diversity in tropical fruits species with considerable (and often under-exploited) potential for socio-economic and environmental benefits. The project’s objective is to improve the on-farm and in situ conservation and use of tropical fruit genetic diversity (for mango, citrus, rambutan, and mangosteen) by strengthening the capacity of farmers, local communities, and institutions through the Community based Biodiversity Management (CBM) approach. The IIP intern for this placement will contribute to the work of this currently ongoing project entitled: "Conservation and Sustainable Use of Cultivated and Wild Tropical Fruit Diversity: Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods, Food Security and Ecosystem Services." The IIP intern will have the following responsibilities: produce and compile short reports/briefs that reflect the major outputs achieved for public awareness purposes; assist in writing project related articles; assist in improving the project website; assist in the impact assessment and market related research and activities, and present results to project stakeholders and team. IIP candidates with interests in agriculture, biodiversity, conservation and the socio-economics of rural development are encouraged to apply. Hindi language skills would be an asset but are not required.
Borosil Glassworks Ltd.
Location: Mumbai, India
Borosil is the largest and most well known brand in consumerware and glass tableware products in India. The company recently launched an e-commerce store. Borosil is looking for interns to help drive traffic to and increase conversions at the website by improving the user experience. Two placements have been created for IIP interns:
- The computer science intern will refine and improve technical aspects of Borosil's social marketing strategy (Facebook, Twitters, blogs, ads, etc). The intern will help work on SEO for the website and implement technical improvements to the back-end of the website, as well as increasing visibility, maximizing operational efficiency, and raising sales conversions on the website. IIP candidates with an interest in computer science, social media, Power Point, Word, or Photoshop are encouraged to apply.
- The other intern will help initiate and execute marketing ideas, concepts, and promotions that will help increase footfalls and conversions in the e-commerce store. The intern will also work with Borosil to refine social marketing strategies, create content for the e-commerce website’s social media mediums, and develop presentations for different departments. Additional responsibilities include studying the home décor sector by conducting a competitive analysis of consumer behavior and building models to analyze sales trends across products and regions over the last four years. IIP candidates with an interest in communication, writing, social media, and design are encouraged to apply.
Location: New Delhi, India
Breakthrough (BT) is a global human rights organization that uses the power of media, pop culture, and community mobilization to inspire people to take action for dignity, equality, and justice. BT seeks to empower individuals and communities to stand for universal human rights by using multimedia tools that transform hearts and minds. Breakthrough addresses critical global issues including violence against women, sexuality and HIV/AIDS, and immigrant rights and racial justice. IIP interns will be assigned to one of the following projects. The first project is on the Research and Development team. This IIP intern will support the team by conducting secondary research on the topics of: gender, human rights, sexuality, gender based selection and violence again women, and will work closely with the Communications and R&D Department in developing audience specific communication material. The second project is in the area of digital communications. This IIP intern will post blogs, manage and update Facebook, Twitter and other social media campaigns, and will produce social media reports that include metrics. IIP candidates for this placement should be interested in writing on social issues. Good Hindi speaking and reading skills are recommended. Three placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: New Delhi, India
CanSupport is a palliative care organization working since 1996 with cancer patients at different stages of cancer. Its home-based palliative care program is the pioneering model in North India for holistic care of people facing advanced cancer, run by multi-professional teams who have made death their life’s work, striving to add life to days whether or not days can be added to lives. CanSupport's focus is on the less privileged and underserved and all its services are provided free of charge. IIP candidates should be motivated, organized, creative students, eager to make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancers. IIP interns will work directly under the program director in the development, implementation, and maintenance of various patient care, marketing, fundraising, and outreach programs that benefit cancer patients and their families. There will also be the opportunity to carry out specific projects, such as program activities for children with cancer (arts and c raft, music, photography projects). This placement is appropriate for students interested in psychology, statistics, journalism, event management, and marketing. Four placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Location: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
The Care Foundation seeks to build progressive self-reliant rural communities, with a holistic approach, by providing over 40 diverse services in the areas of health care, environment, sanitation, primary education, adult literacy, skills development, etc. The Foundation currently works in 199 villages in six districts of Andhra Pradesh—East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Ranga Reddy, and Visakhapatnam—positively transforming the lives of more than a million people. Specific projects for IIP interns are customized to the interest of the IIP intern and the needs of the organization. IIP interns may work on one of the following two projects:
- Health Service Design: Evaluate the services provided by healthcare workers and supervisors at the village level. Design a service that maps existing services to community, highlighting gaps in service delivery. Implement the new service design to meet the gaps evaluated in the study.
- Mobile Health Application for Health Workers: Contribute to the design of an application for a health worker process flow for work in rural villages in primary and chronic care.
This placement is ideal for IIP interns with interest in public health, health administration, and experience with analytical tools. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.This internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): I was responsible for the MIS System Design. Essentially, I had to design an electronic database and map out the flow of patient data. Then I had to consolidate all of this in a final report to be given to an IT programmer to convert to code and ultimately implement.
Centre for Internet & Society
Location: Bangalore, India
The Centre for Internet & Society is seeking interns with a strong background in policy research and advocacy in Access to Knowledge (IP Reforms), Openness (Open Access, Open Content, Open Video, Open Standards, Openness, Free and Open Source Software and Open Data), Internet Governance (Free Speech and Expression, Privacy, Information Technology Act and Rules), and Telecom (Broadband Policies and Spectrum). The Centre for Internet & Society is devoted to policy research and gives feedback to various state departments on programs dealing with Access to Knowledge, Openness, Internet Governance, and Telecom. Interns are expected to have sound knowledge (or a willingness to learn) Indian and international laws, public speaking skills (including interaction with the media), a willingness to travel (nationally and internationally), the ability to conduct research on the topics listed above and to draft documents that can be submitted to various ministries such as the Department of Telecommunications, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Human Resource Development, etc., and also to write blog entries of their experience from participating in workshops and other events. Two placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Published original articles to Centre website; Hosted meetings and events; Represented the Centre at various distant conferences; Research papers
Crafts Museum/National Handicrafts & Handlooms Museum
Location: New Delhi, India
India is a country immensely rich in craft traditions, many of which continue to survive and flourish. The Crafts Museum in Delhi is the national museum of crafts, and a repository of some of the finest examples of India’s craft (including textile) heritage. In 2010, the museum embarked on a major renovation program, including the revamping of its several galleries, planned in the next two years. For those interested in museums and museology, this is an exciting time as we reflect on the significance of the handmade in the 21st century, and decide how best to communicate the value of these incredibly rich traditions, which continue to be a source of livelihood for millions of talented and skilled people. Craft continues to be a significant source of livelihood for millions of people, especially in rural India, and the Crafts Museum attempts, through its various programs, to support their activities. Thus, in addition to the usual educational function of a museum, the Crafts Museum plays an important role in advocacy of the craft sector. This year, they are in the midst of a major renovation project at the museum and IIP interns will be involved in various projects relating to the conceptualization of the galleries, the design of the display, the communication of information about the objects on display etc. IIP candidates with interests in anthropology, architecture, art history, film, and/or museology are encouraged to apply. Some facility in Hindi or other Indian language could be very helpful in some projects. Four placements were created for the International Internship Program.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Intern 1: I worked 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every weekday. In the time I worked there, I edited a manuscript about Indian embroidery among the Kharak people specifically. I helped design an exhibit on games for the museum, which included writing a curatorial note for the exhibit, drawing up basic floor plans for the exhibit, and finding and organizing the games that would be used. Towards the end of my internship, I began working on a collaboration with the Google Art Project, so I photographed perhaps 50 items in the museum and began to locate background information on each piece. Intern 2: Edited two-hundred page published Government of India study of the crafts of the Gujarat region, proposed a multimedia contemporary art exhibition on traditional and modern games in India, contributed photographs to the Google Art Project, and contributed to an exhibition. Intern 3: Edited a manuscript for publication by the museum press. Wrote the content of the new Crafts Museum website and consulted on the design for the website. Wrote the curatorial note for an upcoming exhibition in collaboration with a contemporary arts crafts organization.
Location: Mumbai, India
Forbes India is the India office of Forbes business magazine. The magazine features original articles on finance, industry, investing, and marketing topics. This IIP internship provides interns with an excellent opportunity to gain a good sense of what it is like to be a journalist in India, especially in the business sector. IIP interns work in the office and in the field. IIP intern responsibilities include: researching topics and content for articles, writing and editing articles for the magazine and blog, attending press conferences and launches, and interviewing people for stories. IIP candidates with experience or interests in journalism and business are encouraged to apply. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Conducting interviews. Writing for the magazine. Doing research. Learning graphic design. Traveling Mumbai. Wearing the shoes of a journalist.
Forefront Capital (FFC)
Location: Mumbai, India
Forefront Capital Management is a technology-driven financial services firm and India’s first boutique firm to focus on fundamental-based quantitative investing and electronic trading. The firm was founded in 2009 and is registered with SEBI as a portfolio manager. Forefront currently manages assets for high net worth individuals, family offices, and corporations across long-only equity, market-neutral, and other absolute return strategies. Forefront Capital is neither a traditional fundamental manager that picks a concentrated portfolio of stocks in a subjective way, nor a technical/statistical arbitrage kind of manager that invests based on black box ideas. Rather, it uses common fundamental factors (e.g. P/E, P/B ratios) that good investors look at, but invests on them in an entirely system-driven way. While traditional fundamental managers can study one sector or a few stocks based on their fundamentals, FFC uses data and systems, to study hundreds of stocks in the same way. This is a unique approach that has been traded successfully in 20+ countries across equities, debt, currencies, and commodities, and FFC is the first to do this in India in a specialized way. IIP interns will be involved in two kinds of projects:
- Quantitative analysis of fundamental, macro-economic and financial data: Typical tasks would include reading academic and broker literature to formulate investment hypotheses, gathering and cleaning data into a usable format, running statistical tests on the data and coming up with investment models based on the research results. Example: Analyzing 200 years worth of district level rainfall data to predict the performance of agriculture stocks. Technologies used: Python, Matlab, SQL Server, Excel, Bloomberg and various market data services.
- Technology infrastructure: Forefront places a great emphasis on technology to automate manual tasks and build scalable systems. Technology infrastructure work would include mapping user requirements, coming up with an object oriented system design, writing test cases, programming and debugging. Example: Building a tool to do performance attribution for client portfolios. Technologies used: Python, SQL Server, C#, Visual Basic, ASP .NET.
IIP interns will also have the opportunity to participate in a weekly lecture series that covers advanced concepts in asset pricing, portfolio management, investing and trading, and an overview of financial markets, regulations and business strategy. Four placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Location: Haryana, India
Genesis Foundation (GF) is a private charitable foundation that facilitates critical medical care for abandoned and less privileged children with the intent and hope that such children may have the opportunity to lead a normal life and manage themselves in the future. Genesis provides assistance for the treatment of critical illnesses such as cancer, cardiac disorder, organ failure, thalassemia and extreme deformities. They work with several homes and institutions in cities all over India. The interns will work on two of the most common areas of critical illnesses in children who are below the poverty line and suffer from cardiac disorders and cancer. The IIP interns will work on either fundraising or outreach that will include an introduction to the orphanages, hospitals, and institutions that GF works with, presentations at 50 identified organizations, and participating in fundraising events. IIP interns should be prepared to embrace learning how to manage these types of serious disorders. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Immunization Technical Support Unit (ITSU), Public Health Foundation of India
Location: New Delhi, India
Routine immunization coverage remains a challenge in many parts of India. The country continues to face a significant burden of morbidity and mortality due to vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs). In order to support the national goal of improving the quality and coverage of routine immunization, the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have set up an Immunization Technical Support Unit (ITSU) to provide technical support to the Universal Immunization Program (UIP) for strengthening and revitalizing routine immunization in India.
ITSU augments human resource capacity at the Union Ministry of Health in order to: carry out strategic human resource planning at all levels for immunization; document best practices of immunization programs from within and outside India; support development of policies, procedures and guidelines to improve program management and conduct policy analyses for effective implementation needed to cover how UIP plans for and manages short- and long-term needs (current program strengthening, new vaccine introduction preparedness, future adoption and delivery of new vaccines); develop data-driven decision-support tools and research to provide baseline information for decision support; and identify areas of research that strengthen capacity and generate evidence that informs policy and practice; support development of appropriate guidelines and tools for state-level technical assistance; conduct operations research to identify the role of affordable Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tools for UIP strengthening in the areas of Social Mobilization, Supply Chain management, operations, and Vaccine-Preventable Disease (VPD) & Adverse Events, and Immunization (AEFI) Surveillance; and incubate, develop and leverage the role of technology in strengthening immunization. Interns with interests in Development Policy, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Sciences, Applied Sciences, or Natural Sciences are encouraged to apply. Statistical skills would be an asset but are not required. IIP Interns will aid in work related to ITSU’s programmatic and research roles as follows:
- Research – Interns will be expected to review grey and formal academic literature, synthesize findings, and present findings to the team. Areas of research will be determined according to the needs of the organization determined at the relevant time.
- Participate in meetings – Interns will be expected to participate in relevant meetings, take note of proceedings, and contribute as much as possible to discussions.
- Writing – Interns will be expected to produce written material for the organization which can range from research articles to publicity material.
- Field Travel – Where relevant, interns will be included in field visits. It is important to note that most of an intern’s time will be spent in the ITSU office in Delhi.
Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Indian Chamber of Commerce
Location: Kolkata, India
The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), is looking for a suitable Intern who would be responsible for carrying out economic & social research activities and developing good quality reports focusing on enhancing the competitiveness of the Indian economy/eastern and northeastern parts of India. The interns should have a fair understanding of the global, Asian and Indian socio-economic scenarios and should be able to contribute significantly towards the framing of future forecasts and trends. They would be required to interact and network with relevant stakeholders in government, industry, media, social entrepreneurs, and civil society groups to understand issues of key importance and act as a catalyst in the process of change. Sound domain knowledge in areas such as agriculture and food processing, environment and climate change, IT and ITeS, banking, finance & capital markets, etc. would be an asset. Examples of possible projects would be: Study on FDI in Retail in India: Issues and Prospects; Study on SEZs in India: Issues with Land Acquisition, Best Practices, Recommendations; Sector-specific Reports primarily focusing on services sectors like IT & ITeS, tourism, banking & financial Services, environment, agriculture etc. Two placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Indian Institute for Cerebral Palsy
Location: Kolkata, India
Internships at the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IICP) will provide a practical experience in disability related issues, particularly in persons who have cerebral palsy and other neuromotor conditions that lead to lifelong disability. IICP offers services across the life cycle from babies aged under a month to adults over 50 years of age. It works within the context of an institution and in the community--in urban slums and rural areas of the state of West Bengal. IICP has a multi-disciplinary professional team of therapists, teachers, and social workers who work in close partnership with persons with disability and their families. Through its different services and training programs, IICP seeks to facilitate awareness among persons with disability and their families of equal rights and opportunities and to assist them in gaining access to all aspects of life in the community. IICP’s assistive technology center demonstrates the close collaboration between developers of technology and users. Possible projects for IIP interns will be: Teaching children and adults with disability; Physiotherapy/occupational therapy--assessment and management of CP; collaboration with the National Resource Centre for Augmentative and Alternative communication; Collaboration with the Ankur Advocacy and Empowerment Group; Vocational Training; Adult day and short stay respite services; Family Services ;Social Work; Projects in Jugnu, a playschool for economically disadvantaged children aged 2-6 years. Interns can choose one or more services in which they will be placed. Three placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Location: New Delhi, India
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a nonprofit organization that creates and evaluates solutions to social and development problems and works to scale up successful ideas through implementation and dissemination to policymakers, practitioners, investors, and donors. IIP intern tasks may include participating in an on-going field experiment, conducting exploratory qualitative work, helping with the IPA dissemination strategy, and providing research and/or administrative assistance at IPA's headquarters. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Location: Hyderabad or New Delhi, India
IWMI is an international scientific non-profit organization that undertakes world class research to help improve water management in developing countries. IWMI’s major outputs are the results of the scientific research. How this science is communicated is critical to overcome the looming global water crisis. IWMI must continually be evaluating the effectiveness of its science communications. The interns will be place in pairs. Each intern pair will conduct research that will include: defining the main products/activities, target audiences and aims of the different products/activities; setting up the methodology, based on face-to-face interviews, for assessing these; undertaking this analysis (travel in the allocated country may be required), analyzing the results, and participating in a workshop, presenting these results and making recommendations for future marketing and communications. IIP candidates with interests in communications, science, agriculture, environmental studies, or development are encouraged to apply. Experience conducting surveys, interviews, and data analysis would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Bangalore, India
Parinaam was conceived to care for the education and healthcare needs of urban and semi-urban economically underprivileged women. They provide services in the areas of healthcare, education, livelihood and community development initiatives. From the Parinaam perspective, making a difference in one person’s life is worth more than unsustainable mass scale interventions. IIP interns must have the heart and soul to work with underserved communities and accept the conditions of the slums in which Parinaam’s programs take place. Experience is not necessary.
Several projects are available for IIP interns:
- Diksha Financial Literacy program: an interactive five module program to teach mostly illiterate women basic numerical skill, debt management, how to budget income/expense, cash flow and saving options
- Jalmitra Program: This livelihood development and safe water education initiative trains community women on how to teach their fellow members about safe water and help them to buy safe water devices through a soft loan provided by the MFI
- Healthcare and Medical Interventions: A program that hopes to deliver hospital care to poor families and an add-on facility that will provide financial help for critical care. The program is currently under development;
- Academic Adoption Program: This program looks for sponsors to enroll underserved children in quality schools through the 12th grade
- The Urban Ultra Poor Program: This program aims to help the forgotten residents of India. The program has four broad holistic initiatives to change the lives of destitute families: 1) livelihood development; 2) childcare and education; 3) healthcare; 4) financial literacy and social services. The ultimate goal is to ensure sustainable income for the family and to move them away from usurious debt by introducing them to microfinance.
All the programs require considerable field work and interns should expect to spend at least 60% of their time in the field. Three placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Managed stock through Excel worksheets, various office tasks, curriculum review and development, occasional field visits. WORK RESPONSIBILITIES ARE HIGHLY VARIABLE so make sure that you have a clear idea of what you'll be working on.
Pratham Education Foundation
Location: Mumbai or Delhi, India
Pratham is the largest non-governmental organization working to provide quality education to the underprivileged children of India. Pratham was established in 1994 to provide education to the children in the slums of Mumbai city. Since then, the organization has grown both in scope and geographical coverage. Today they reach out to millions of children living both in rural and urban areas through a range of interventions. The Pratham team comprises of educationists, development professionals, media personnel, corporates, workers, activists, PhDs, MBAs, CAs, civil servants, bankers, corporate professionals, consultants, who all bring their experiences and perspectives to the organization and are unified by the common vision of improving the future of our children. IIP interns will be assigned to specific projects that Pratham is implementing in education and social services. Five placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): My main focus was to create and pilot a system to evaluate the quality and understand the specific strengths and challenges of Pratham Institute’s vocational skilling programs. In order to this, I created surveys and administered them at local centers during my site visits. In addition to this pilot system, I also did quantitative analysis of the center, looking at cost utilization, capacity utilization, and enrollment numbers. These numbers helped inform ways of improving efficiency in the programs. Lastly, I wrote case studies on successful students and helped update their website.
Location: Bishanpur village, Kishanganj District
SEEKHO is an Indian NGO that is committed to helping communities build the traditional and life skills they need to thrive. They focus on building an ecosystem, rather than on individual programs, so that the entire community can support one another in common goals. As such, they have programs for all students from preschool to high school, including dropouts. They also train government teachers in best practices for increasing well-being and engage the community through a variety of programs. SEEKHO uses well-being as a means and an end; well-being is an end, as it is an intrinsically valuable goal, and it is a means, as research indicates that well-being supports many other goals that people value, such as academic achievement, good health, and higher future earnings. IIP interns will receive training in SEEKHO's methodology, including Positive Psychology and Education, Design Thinking and Innovation, and Storytelling. IIP intern responsibilities will include teaching (for students with Hindi, this could be lessons on a variety of subjects; for students without Hindi, teaching subjects would include English, computer, sports and arts); creating and implementing a project designed according to organizational needs and IIP intern strengths and interests. Topics may include but are not limited to: impact measurement; storytelling and documentary creation; curriculum design, implementation, and testing. Previous interns helped with strategic planning, developed a framework for engaging the local community, and taught English. Interns will also learn how to navigate a new cultural context, how to engage the community to increase educational outcomes, and how running an NGO at the grassroots level actually works. IIP candidates with skills in Stata and statistical analysis are encouraged to apply. Hindi language skills would be an asset. Three placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Sesame Workshop India
Location: New Delhi, India
Sesame Workshop India, the educational organization and wholly owned subsidy of Sesame Workshop, is looking for an intern to assist the Education team with their content and digital initiatives in India. The intern will be expected to work on specific projects for the entire period of the internship and present a report of the findings. The work will be carried out under the guidance of the Vice President-Education & Research. On successful completion of the internship, Sesame Workshop India will give a letter of recommendation based on the performance and initiative. IIP candidates should have: the ability to think out of the box, commitment to work and making a meaningful difference in the lives of children, and sensitivity to different cultures, and excellent writing skills. IIP candidates with interests in media, anthropology, English, psychology, sociology, the humanities, and international education are encouraged to apply. Four placements have been created for International Internship Program.
Street Survivors India
Location: West Bengal, India
Street Survivors India is a non-profit organization that established the Jagriti Public School in Katna village in West Bengal, India. This school aims to create learning opportunities for disadvantaged children in slum areas. IIP interns will work on projects in any of the following areas: craft design and small business, child livelihood and justice issues, and education programing integrated with technology. IIP candidates should have knowledge about Indian culture and education and teaching experience. Five placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Mumbai, India
The Swades Foundation is a non-profit organization that operates with the single-minded focus of empowering rural India. Their organization aims to create a permanent, irreversible change in the lives of 1 million people in rural India in the next 5 years. They work in following verticals: Water and Sanitation; Health and Nutrition; Agriculture and Livelihood; Education; and Community Mobilization.
They seek motivated, empowered IIP interns to undertake meaningful projects in the above areas. IIP interns will work on one or more of the following projects: Teaching functional computer skills to principals, leadership, and teachers (a computer science background is required for this IIP position); English teaching (IIP candidates should be English concentrators and will be teaching conversational English to strengthen the employment potential of rural youth through English language literacy); Kids Panchyat & Parents Teacher Group, which will include the IIP intern establishing, monitoring, and enhancing the program to facilitate awareness on civic rights and responsibilities amongst children and to facilitate community participation and ownership amongst parents and teachers in the schools; and the Support My School Project in seven private aided schools, which will include responsibilities to assess the impact of school infrastructure on learning especially water storage and filtration toilets, libraries, computer labs, sports facilities, landscaping and greenery, to monitor the efficacy of the program, and facilitate the appropriate utilization of the facilities provided. Hindi is not required but would be an asset. IIP candidates with interests in social service, education and community development are encouraged to apply. Four placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Ujjivan Financial Services
Location: Banglaore, India
Ujjivan Financial Services Pvt. Ltd. is a micro-finance organization that provides financial services to urban and semi-urban economically underserved women across India. IIP interns will be involved on a project based on their area of interest and/or expertise. This IIP internship will give the IIP intern an opportunity to be involved in work on developing, planning, organizing projects on a grassroots level to improve the livelihoods of women in underserved communities. IIP candidates with interests in the social sector are encouraged to apply and must be willing to work with the urban and semi urban population that the organization serves. Three placements have been created for IIP (International Internship Program) interns.