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






Jan 18 – Apr 11

Online Component

Jan 18 – Apr 11

Program Countries


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.

You will be expected to devote approximately 12-15 hours a week both on synchronous and asynchronous course activities. Synchronous activities may include orientation sessions, seminar country and theme specific lectures, initial meetings with your internship advisor, group reflection sessions, and project presentations. Frequency, duration, and scheduling of synchronous activities will be determined the first week of the course in conversation with participants to find mutually convenient times. In the event that a student cannot attend a live session, every effort will be made to provide a recording, transcript, or summary for off-line viewing.

Asynchronous activities may include seat time at your internship, break-out groups, check-ins with your Academic Director, internship coordinator and your internship mentor, writing progress reports, discussion boards, completing assignments and a final paper, and using audio or video to record reflections on the internship experience. Students are required to demonstrate a strong online presence by participating in group discussions, answering questions, and interacting with course participants and staff.


  • 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.  


Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Describe how dominant economic thinking and economic processes are central in shaping environmental change.
  • Articulate the specific context and challenges in which various typologies of civil society organizations operate in India to tackle various environment and development issues.
  • Analyze the complexity and various forms and dimensions of development and environmental challenges in India.
  • Distinguish various dimensions of sustainability and the linkages between them.
  • Reflect on one’s own internship experience, and the learning about the environment and development issues in India.

Read more about Program Learning Outcomes.


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.

The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.

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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

Virtual Internship & Seminar

Virtual 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
Academic Director

Discover the Possibilities

  • Cost & Scholarships

    The tuition for this program is $1,950. You may be able to use financial aid from your home school, if applicable. Contact your study abroad, advising or financial aid office for more information. SIT Admissions is also available for questions.