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India Summer School for Future International Development Leaders

“If you want to help those in poverty, you need to experience the hardships firsthand.”—Prof. Anirudh Krishna

About the Program

The Summer School for Future International Development Leaders is a 6-week summer research, internship, and educational program that gives graduate students from inside and outside the Duke University community the opportunity to work with students and development professionals from universities and organizations throughout India.

The Details

Location: The program is strategically located in Udaipur, India – a hub for NGO activity in India. Students live and take courses at the Indian Institute of Management – Udaipur. Learn more about the program location, partner university, and housing here.

Program Dates: The 6-week long program takes place from mid-June through late-July. The 2019 program dates will be announced by the end of September.

Coursework: Students will earn 3.0 academic credits from the Duke University Graduate School while learning from leading scholars from Duke University and the Indian Institute of Management - Udaipur. The course modules focus on Development Theory and Analysis, and Management for Development. Course modules are sequenced with students’ field visits, giving participants the opportunity to regularly apply theory to practice. Follow this link to review more course information, including program syllabi.

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  • The City Palace of Udaipur

    City Palace

    The City Palace of Udaipur began construction in the 1500’s and serves as a beautiful, well-preserved example of Rajasthani architecture.

Consulting-style Internship with Local NGO: Selected students will be part of a three-person team that includes a student from an Indian university and a young professional from an NGO. Teams will develop a detailed project proposal for a local NGO. Learn more about the consulting-style internship and NGO partners here.

Field Research: Students will spend a considerable amount of time with their NGO team living and working in rural villages in the Udaipur district – 14 days to be exact. Guided by a mentor from their assigned NGO, the study visits provide students with practical field research experience that will guide their final project proposal. Click here for more information on field work.

Faculty: The India Summer School for Future International Development Leaders Program draws on expertise from a variety of faculty members from Duke University and the Indian Institute of Management – Udaipur. Learn more about the program’s lead faculty here.

Group of girls, American and Indian“I recommend the India Summer School program for anyone looking to gain field work experience using a bottom-up approach to development. The program is designed in a way to guide the teams to go through the stages of developing a proposal based on the needs of a village all while keeping their organization’s mission, objectives, and capacity in mind. The program is an amazing opportunity to gain hard skills that many potential employers in the international development sector may be looking for." - Lindsey Battles, Duke University, MPP '18

Inside the Program

Phil Hah completed the India Summer School program after he graduated from Duke University with his MPP degree. Watch: