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Extended Application Deadline: Sunday, December 11th, 2016

There is funding for 5 PPS students at $4,000 each! Please see the funding page for more information.

Spend your summer delving into topics such as India’s employment trends, financial services for under-served urban populations, urban infrastructure, rural development, human rights, health of marginalized communities, economic development, and others. You will have the opportunity to work with NGOs and businesses in India.

The Summer Internships in India program is directed by Professor Anirudh Krishna and managed by the Sanford School of Public Policy. The program is designed to give Duke University graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to intern with NGOs, government departments, and socially focused businesses in India, providing them with a meaningful and professional opportunity to practice and gain new skills and responsibility in a developing country. Past participants have spent the summer monitoring and evaluating programs, conducting qualitative and quantitative analysis, creating and conducting surveys, using computer engineering skills to develop applications, creating and managing databases, assisting in all aspects of non-profit management (fundraising, donor relations, communications, PR, business strategy, etc.), conduct research, among other things.

The program matches student and host organization interests, prepares and coordinates the students’ internship applications to these organizations, provides them with visa and immunization information, provides housing advice, provides an orientation and organizes on-site events.

Internship Dates: June 5 – August 11, 2017 (10 weeks)

Past Participants

Students have had remarkable experiences, receiving a great deal of independence and responsibility in their work. Some examples include:

  • An undergraduate engineering student developed a new checklist to assess hospitals and developed an Android application so the checklist could be used on a smart phone.
  • An undergraduate public policy student used spatial analytics to identify very low income and new migrant settlements in Bangalore and led a team to create an extensive database of such settlements.
  • A graduate public policy student designed and conducted a survey related to women in the engineering field in India, conducted qualitative research, analyzed the data collected and wrote a policy report.

Read testimonials from students.

Host Organizations

Descriptions of the current host organizations are posted at the top of this page and further opportunities continue to develop.

How to Apply

Internships are open to any Duke students: Undergraduate, Graduate, or Ph.D. An internship is not guaranteed, but the program coordinator will work closely with students to help facilitate a great internship.  The program IS OPEN to graduating seniors and second year graduate students.  Participants must have medical insurance that will cover them in India throughout the duration of the program.

You will be provided with guidance on your visa application and overall logistics, but participants must be highly self directive and independent.

Students will first apply to be in the program through a formalized application process.  The extended application deadline is Sunday, December 11, 2016.  Capacity is limited and applicants will be considered based on their skills, interest, recommendations, and academic strengths. Internships are unpaid but there is funding available for a limited number of students.

Graduate students may also be interested in the India Summer School for Future International Development Leaders.

For further information about the Internships in India program, please contact the Sr. Program Coordinator Sarah Burrichter at

Please check back regularly as this information may be modified or updated any time.