Through the long-standing research collaborations of program faculty and local NGOs, the program has developed robust relationships with NGOs throughout the region. These NGOs have agreed to take-on a team of students from our program each summer who act as consultants to their organization.
The students work with a mentor from their NGO, village leaders and stakeholders, government officials, and program faculty to create their project proposal. The program places a heavy influence on community-driven project proposals with sustainable scopes. Each student team presents their project proposal to their NGO at the end of the program, and the NGO chooses if they will move forward with the plan. You can learn more about the program's field research component here.
After students are admitted to the program, they work with program staff to preference their top NGOs for the internship component of the program. The program will then match students with an NGO and student team.
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A Sample Local Project
Adi Pradana worked closely with the NGO Gandhi Manav Kalyan Society during his time in the program in India. For example, he met with residents of a local village for a project related to new techniques and equipment used in hydroponics farming. Adi received his Master of Public Policy in 2016 from the Sanford School.
[Photo credit: Adi Pradana]
Past NGO placements include*:
- Action Research and Training for Health (ARTH)
- Aajeevika Bureau
- BAIF Development Research Foundation
- Foundation for Ecological Security
- Gandhi Manav Kalyan Society (GMKS)
- Jagran Jan Vikas Samiti
- Jatan Sansthan
- Mahan Sansthan
- Manjaree Foundation
- Seva Mandir
- Society for Promotion of Wastelands Development (SPDW)
- Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR)
*NGO internship partner organizations will be confirmed with participants before the start of the program.
Optional Internship Extension
Students looking to complete a longer internship experience can partake in a 3-week internship extension at a local NGO in Udaipur. The extended internship placement is facilitated by IIMU after students arrive in India, but all logistical arrangements are the responsibility of the student, including housing, meals, coordination with NGO on internship content.
Duke University Masters of Public Policy Internship Credit
Sanford School of Public Policy MPP students are required to complete an internship during their degree program. Completion of the India Summer School Program counts towards this credit requirement, but will also require students to complete one of the following:
- Extended Internship with Host NGO: Add an additional 3-week internship on to your summer program and continue working with your assigned NGO. Your extended internship may involve conducting research, synthesizing data, writing reports, and more. During the extension, all logistical arrangements are the responsibility of the student, including housing, meals, coordination with NGO on internship content.
- Domestic Internship Placement from Mid-May through Mid-June: Work with Sanford's Career Services Office to identify a short-term internship placement with a U.S. based organization, business, or agency.
Please contact the program manager, Sarah Burrichter, for more information on each option.