India Summer Internships Program

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Program Overview

Spend your summer in Bangalore, India gaining practical experience through an internship with a local NGO. Internship organizations have a variety of program areas, including social mobility, financial services, urban infrastructure, rural development, human rights, public health, and private-public partnerships.

The India Summer Internships program is directed by Professor Anirudh Krishna and managed by the Sanford School of Public Policy. The program is designed to give Duke University 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, and prepares and coordinates the students’ internship applications to these organizations. Additionally, the program provides students with visa and immunization support, housing advice, and pre-departure resources and orientations.

There is limited funding for PPS students! Please see the funding page for more information.

Program Location – Bangalore, India

Bangalore, officially known as Bengaluru, is located in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. As India’s third most populous city, Bangalore has a population of over 8.4 million people. Bangalore, often referred to the “Silicon Valley of India”, leads the nation in information technology firms and social entrepreneurship organizations.

Like other major cities, Bangalore’s rapid economic development and globalization has not benefited all residents. A significant portion of the population remains in slums without sufficient access to clean water, infrastructure, education, and other means of upward mobility.

The official language of Bangalore is Kannada, but most residents also speak English. Students living in Bangalore enjoy exploring the city’s diverse neighborhoods, beautiful public parks, and growing restaurant and café culture. Bangalore is one of the most modern cities in India and provides easy connections via plane, train, or bus to other regions throughout the country.

Program Dates

Summer 2019 dates to be announced in December, 2018.

Typical Internship Projects

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.

Internship Organizations

Visit the following page to learn more about our organizational partnerships in Bangalore.

Application Procedure

What qualities do we look for in applicants?

  • Previous experience living, studying, or working outside of the United States
  • Ability to tolerate ambiguity
  • Strong capacity to self direct and take initiative
  • A demonstrated interest in social justice and inclusion
  • Quantitative and qualitative research skills
  • Experience with web management, social media, and web coding are a plus, but not required

Internships are open to any Duke undergraduate student. An internship is not guaranteed, but the program manager will work closely with students to help facilitate a great internship. Participants must have medical insurance that will cover them in India throughout the duration of the program.  Visit our Application Process page for more information.

Questions? Contact the Program Manager Sarah Burrichter at

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

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