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An internship is an integral part of the South Asia Concentration. Internships are available both abroad and within United States.

India

Good Earth

Mumbai, India
Language: English
Duration: Four to six weeks

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Good Earth is an upscale chain of stores with locations in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Singapore. Pavitra Rajaram, Smith College '90, is head designer for Good Earth. The design internship, offered in January and based in Mumbai, is for students to work directly with Ms. Rajaram. Students of any major may apply, as long as they have a keen interest to learn about design in a hands-on way. There may also be internships at Good Earth during the summer in retailing. Suggested housing during the internships is at the International YWCA, which is centrally located in South Mumbai, safe, and reasonably priced.

Contact info: E-mail Pavitra Rajaram or contact her via Good Earth's Facebook page

International Summer School

New Delhi, India
Language: English
Duration: Six weeks

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Begun in 2013, the International Summer School is held for six weeks as part of the Jamia Millia Islamia, one of India's leading Central Universities, under the banner of the Ministry of Tourism's Incredible India! campaign. The program offers intensive undergraduate level course modules and experiences that focus on the wide-ranging issues and developments shaping contemporary India.

The six week program is divided into two components:

1. A four week academic session on campus as the Jamia
2. A two week fieldwork experience with excursions to Agra, Jaipur and other locations with the opportunity to volunteer for social causes.

Contact info: info@issnewdelhi.in

Seva Mandir

Southern Rajasthan, India
Language: English
Duration: Eight weeks to over six months

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Seva Mandir is one of India’s leading development nonprofit organizations. It currently works with 360,000 people across 700 villages of southern Rajasthan, where over 90% of the population relies on subsistence agriculture and most people live on less than Rs. 20 ($0.35) a day. The organization works in partnership with these people, not only to improve their material well-being, but to build stronger and more ethical communities. Through its programs on governance, health, education, sustainable use of natural resources, women’s empowerment, youth development, child care and social enterprise, Seva Mandir aims to make a tangible and transformative impact.

A description of a specific internship opportunity with Seva Mandir of "Youth Program Researcher, Evaluator and Designer" can be found in E-Access (search by "Seva Mandir" or the position title "Mapping Aspirations of Youths: Youth Program Researcher, Evaluator and Designer").

Contact info: On campus, Professor Pinky Hota. At Seva Mandir: email volunteer coordinator Ms. Preeti Shaktawat and/or Ms. Aditi Mehta, Smith College class of 1975, who is married to Mr. Ajay Mehta, President of the Seva Mandir Board of Trustees

Siddhartha School

Ladakh, India
Language: English, Hindi, other languages helpful
Duration: Varies

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The Siddhartha School gives the children of Ladakh access to the highest-quality, thoroughly modern education in the region, while also honoring their life-ways and traditions in the curriculum and school activities. Children at the Siddhartha School learn four languages (English, Hindi, Tibetan and Ladakhi), computer skills, sciences, math, creative arts and social studies.

If you are interested in getting involved locally, there are many ways to help the Siddhartha School. Whether by volunteering your time or talent, in large or small amounts, your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Contact info: ssp@siddhathaschool.org

Smith students who have participated: Caroline Sluyter '08

Neerja Modi School

Jaipur, India
Language: English
Duration: Three weeks to one year

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Requirements: Interested candidates are asked to e-mail or send their résumé, cover letter and a list of subjects/grades they are qualified to teach.

Our school has students from grade K–12. Interested candidates have the choice of selecting the grade level he/she would like to teach. Our Web site provides curriculum details for each of the above-listed subjects and grade levels.

Every week the visiting teacher is expected to devote six hours per working day to our school (Monday–Saturday). During the stay, the visiting teachers shall provide lessons/teaching sessions to the students of NMS and in this they shall have full freedom of choice of methods, techniques and manner of teaching and instructions. During the stay of the visiting teachers, our school shall provide proper working space/room to perform their work and the school shall cater to all the miscellaneous needs of the teachers.

NMS expects the visiting teachers to have commitment towards the job. Visiting teachers shall not collaborate or coordinate with any other school of Jaipur during their stay with NMS, without prior permission.

The written intimation of the visit of the teachers and their schedule has to be sent to NMS well in advance so that we can adequately arrange for all the requirements of the visiting teachers.

Contact Info: neha@nmsindia.org

Smith students who have participated: Erica Tso '10

Foundation for Sustainable Development

Jodhpur and Udaipur, India
Language: English, Hindi
Duration: 9 to 52 weeks

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Internships are offered year-round for 9 to 52 weeks, depending on your schedule and the breadth of experience you wish to attain. Our structured program consists of several components that provide you with the support and guidance needed to facilitate successful projects in a sustainable manner, thus ensuring that the work makes a lasting impact on you and the community you serve. Throughout the internship, FSD supports you with a series of tools to maximize your project work and your understanding of sustainable development principles. Initially, you will learn the most pressing issues and initiatives in the region. Regular group sessions and a midterm retreat will offer you the chance to process the internship and share insight to cross-cultural issues.

South Asian Human Rights Documentation

New Delhi, India
Language: English
Duration: Varies

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The SAHRDC has a long-standing internship program. It accepts interns from all over the world, who have a serious human rights commitment. Intending interns should be prepared and capable of hard and diligent research work. SAHRDC welcomes students, mid-term career professionals and lawyers looking for a sabbatical with good analytical and research aptitude. At any given point, SAHRDC has a number of ongoing projects. We welcome interns willing to help in these projects. Most of these projects entail copious research work. Some of them require travel within Asia. Interns are able to assume a significant amount of responsibility.

Contact info: rnairsahrdc@gmail.com

Buddha Smiles School for Destitute Children

Sarnath, India
Language: English
Duration: Varies

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Requirements: Vary

At Buddha s Smile School (BSS), untouchable children are not just educated they are taught to dream. Here, in a structured and caring learning environment, children not only learn, but discover that they are not condemned to walk in their parent's footsteps, that the shackles can be broken.

BSS serves children from local slums and villages in north India, delivering primary education with love, care, and motivation since 2003.

We understand that education goes beyond classroom learning, requiring play and discovery. We teach music, crafts, and drawing and offer short summer courses in dance for the students to discover and develop their talents.

Contact info: +91 9335418653

Sakyadita Project in Spiti

Spiti, India
Duration: Summer

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Interns teach English language to nuns in remote Himalayan nunneries and monasteries. Offers an opportunity to participate in the daily life of traditional Spiti communities and to explore the most remote parts of India.

Smith students who have participated: Vivian Baid-Zors '10

Students Partnership Worldwide: India

Vellore District or Kanchipuram District of India
Duration: Varies

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Students Partnership Worldwide (SPW) India peer educators work with in- and out-of-school youth they tackle the root causes of the epidemic, addressing issues such as personal sanitation, caste discrimination, retention of girls in school, nutrition and school learning environments as part of their broader HIV prevention efforts.

India Study Abroad Center

India
Language: English
Duration: 4 weeks

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Requirements: 20 years old or more; currently a student

India Study Abroad Center (ISAC) is an organization based out of Mumbai, India which offers a variety of experiential learning programs. The programs are short or medium term in nature and students come either to intern, study or volunteer. Some of the students come to study Indian films, or explore our ancient systems of medicine. Others volunteer in villages and slums in the areas of health, grassroots development and education. We host an eclectic mix of students from around the world with varied backgrounds and cultures. Participants must be 20 years of age or older, and there is a cost for the program.

Whether you are thinking about travelling to India for a study abroad program or to volunteer your skills or simply to travel and learn about the culture and history of the Indian sub-continent, ISAC is your ideal mentor and guide. Our wide-ranging activities allow all our students to get a comprehensive view of India in all its forms. We have successfully hosted students from USA, Canada, UK, Australia, South-East Asia and parts of Europe. We design and execute specialized programs for several international organizations.

Contact info: info@indiastudyabroad.org

Smith students who have participated: Nina Mazel '11

Centre for Environment Education (CEE) India

India (locations vary)
Language: English, others
Duration: Varies

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Requirements: Application

Internships are of one of the key capacity building opportunities provided to the individual youth by the SAYEN Secretariat. Young graduates while starting their career or higher education or for whom it is an academic requirement, join us as interns. There are both structured internships which take place at a fixed time of the year and unstructured internships which take place at any time of the year. During internship, youth are involved in particular tasks such as research project, action project, development of communication media and materials and/or documentation activities of an on-going project. Interns who work for two or more months receive a small stipend to help with living expenses.

Contact info: sayen@ceeindia.org

Bangladesh

BRAC

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Duration: 5 to 12 weeks

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Requirements: Undergraduate students having completed at least 60 credits or finished two years of university. This is applicable for all interns. Interns who are still doing their undergraduate or graduate degree must have a minimum CGPA of 3 out of 4. All interns must have excellent communication skills in English. Local interns must prove high competence in both Bangla and English.

The objective of BRAC's internship and volunteering programme is to offer a chance to gain exposure to the operations of various BRAC programmes to local and international people. The programme is only available with the BRAC Bangladesh operations and has not yet been expanded to BRAC s international ventures in Africa or Asia. All internships in BRAC are unpaid and interns must bear all related costs, such as food, accommodation, transportation and translation. Students should be willing to travel to various field locations within the country and spend a considerable amount of time in the field out of the capital city Dhaka. Field visits means observing the field and Head Office operations of BRAC s programmes (relevant to the student s area of interest / academic studies), reading literature and reports on the programme, talking to programme personnel and to the beneficiaries to understand the impact, and finally, producing a report and doing a presentation based on their observations. Their findings and final output could also be used for BRAC communications and be edited to use in different publications. All interns are involved in research, administrative support, occasional to frequent field visits, event management, preparation of communication materials (such as: brochures, reports, documentaries, news letters, photography to use in publications etc).

Centre for Health and Population Research

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Language: English
Duration: Varies

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Requirements: Application

Centre for Health and Population Research (ICDDRB) is one of the most important and influential public health research institutions in the world and the work here is often cited as the authority for important health and population-related decisions taken by multilateral governments and development agencies throughout the world. Interestingly, our mission continues in our Strategic Plan for 2010 where we aim to develop and promote realistic solutions to the major public health, population and nutrition problems facing poor people of Bangladesh. By hosting students we also expect to promote our reputation as an Internationally reputed Centre for research and development. Our aim is to attract students with diverse interests who can seize and build upon the opportunities provided at ICDDRB. One of our greatest strengths is based on the interactive and collaborative nature of many of our programmes, where scientists and students learn and discover. Here, our students are given real opportunities in settings they have never experienced before.

Contact info: info@icddrb.org

Smith students who have participated: Syeda Qadri

Nepal

Volunteer Nepal
Nepal (locations vary)
Language: English, others
Duration: Varies

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Placements to volunteer in Nepal are chosen by determining many factors such as a community's need, its location, host family interviews, the availability of basic infrastructure, and an analysis of what impact the volunteer will have on the placement as well as what impact it will have on the volunteer. Volunteers have contributed in every corner of Nepal ranging from the mountains to the jungle, the very remote where several days' hike is the only way in, as well as many urban placements. Special placements may be arranged to tailor a volunteer experience, for instance living with and studying under Shamans or attending cultural festivals that are unique among all other Nepalese festivals. Anthropological, sociological, and medical placements in remote areas are within this organization's network.

Contact info: Info@volunteernepal.com

Smith students who have participated: Hannah Saltzman '16