Virtual Internship in Environment, Development & Sustainability

Gain professional, intercultural experience interning with a community organization, NGO, or private enterprise focused on environment, development, and sustainability.

At a Glance






Aug 31 ‎– Nov 20

Program Base


Critical Global Issue of Study

Climate & Environment

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Development & Inequality

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India’s vibrant civil society and dynamic democracy provide varied and unique internship opportunities with organizations working to address issues related to the environment, development, and sustainability. This virtual online internship and seminar will focus on sustainable development in the Indian context and the role private, community-based, and nongovernmental entities play in responding to the challenges related to India’s rapid economic growth. In order to address urgent issues of poverty and environmental degradation, India is finding ways to rethink its approach to development to create sustainable local, regional and global futures.  

Before your internship begins, you will receive an introduction to the broader cultural, social, and political context of India, NGOs and civil society space, India’s development and environmental concerns, workplace norms, and the ethics of virtually interning with an Indian organization. Potential internship focus areas include climate change, environmental conservation, watershed restorations, community development, education, disaster prevention, sustainable mountain development, water and sanitation, urban air and water pollution, coastal erosion and action, indigenous rights, agroecology, or another field related to your interests and career goals. Your internship will be academically rigorous and you will be expected to devote 180 hours to this program, including 10–12 hours a week “on” the internship site, 24 hours in synchronous discussions led by the academic director, and up to 25 hours writing six progress reports and a final paper. Virtual attendance is required for all discussions and oral presentations. 


  • Develop a strong foundation on issues related to the environment and sustainability in the context of India.
  • Understand the role, approaches, and impact of local community organizations, NGOs, or private enterprises in issues of environment, development, and sustainability.
  • Gain international work experience through an internship with a local community organization, NGO, or private enterprise based in India.
  • Develop your professional, intercultural communication skills.


None, but an academic background related to Indian society, environment, and development is helpful.  



The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

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Program Components

  • Orientation to India, workplace norms, and internship ethics
  • 12-week internship with a local or nongovernmental organization or private enterprise working on development and sustainability
  • Weekly seminar discussions with your cohort and Academic Director and meetings with your internship supervisor
  • A final paper and presentation describing analyzing, and synthesizing your internship experience

Internship & Seminar

Internship & Seminar – syllabus
(ITRN 3000 Online Course / 4 Credits)

Career Paths

  • Graduate student on environment, development, and regional studies

  • Manager of urban waste management firm

  • Fulbright fellows, Clinton Fellowship awardee

  • Urban agriculture farm manager

  • Community leader for sustainable urban development

Faculty & Staff

India: Virtual Internship in Environment, Development & Sustainability

Trilochan Pandey, MS

Discover the Possibilities


    The tuition for this online internship program is $1,950. Financial aid may apply. Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.