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University students may apply for an experiential learning internship in one of our three main programs: Livelihood, Health or Girls’ Education. Interns collaborate with IPHD’s adopted village to plan, design and implement a sustainable project that advances the objectives of their program.

Through an internship with IPHD, students receive educational workshops and training in community development, learn valuable nonprofit work skills, enjoy an immersive experience in India’s unique and vibrant culture and contribute to sustainable development in a meaningful way.

Most students receive university credit, funding and scholarships for their IPHD internships. Because of our strong relationships with many universities, an IPHD internship qualifies as field education, experiential education and co-op.

Past intern projects have included: planting the Community Kitchen Garden, delivering the Menstrual Hygiene Project workshop, developing a financial literacy training program with the Microenterprise Project, training the health outreach team for the Health Literacy Project, setting up the Saheli Health Clinic, starting the Saheli Community Center Library, training education advocates and school teachers for the Girls’ Education Program and running workshops for the Youth Feminism Project and the Human Rights Project

In addition to working in the village, students live with host families in Jodhpur, Rajasthan’s second biggest city. IPHD staff members are available 24/7 to support interns as they plan their projects, navigate Indian culture and work toward achieving their personal and professional goals for their time at IPHD. 

Who should apply?

The ideal intern is a university student (undergraduate or graduate) who is passionate about community development, creative and highly skilled. Interns must also practice cultural sensitivity and bring an open mind and a positive attitude.

Interns have come from a range of countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Germany. They study at prestigious universities such as Northeastern University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford University, UNC at Chapel Hill and Yale University.

Internship applications are accepted on a rolling, year-round basis. Interns must be at least 18 years old and willing to commit to  a position for at least six weeks. IPHD welcomes internship applications from students of all genders, races, religions, sexual orientations and socioeconomic backgrounds.

All internship positions are unpaid and interns are responsible for paying a program fee