- Summer: April 1
About Summer in Pune
This seven-week program offers research and internship opportunities in development organizations spanning global health, microfinance, environmental studies, and gender studies. Whether surveying micro-finance entrepreneurs or evaluating local HIV awareness campaigns, you will spend your summer interacting with and learning from the citizens of Pune.
Summer in Pune Benefits
- Don’t just study contemporary India – live it! Immerse yourself in the cultural capital of Maharashtra, with a thriving university scene and active development community leading the next generation of Indian innovation
- Take advantage of our centrally-located program center at the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics for easy access to nearby shops, restaurants, entertainment and transportation throughout the city
- Gain valuable field-work experience in a wide variety of academic areas and boost your resume by participating in a summer internship or directed research project
- Make lasting connections in your host community by living with Indian families and learning Indian customs that might be difficult to experience in any other way
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Academics at Summer in Pune
- Contemporary India (3 U.S. semester credit hours) A political, historical, and social survey of post-Independence India as a complex yet unified multi-cultural, multi-linguistic, religiously pluralistic democracy and rising major global power, this core course gives students the ability to understand current events they see around them, contextualized within a historical framework. Topics include: colonialism, nationalism, and independence; Gandhi, social activism and the 1960s; gender and caste; 20th century literary, religious and philosophical movements; and recent history from 1990 to the present.
- Internship or Directed Research (3 U.S. semester credit hours) Students are matched with internship and research placements based upon academic interests articulated in the application and pre-departure process. Internships require students to thoughtfully and critically integrate the academic, experiential, and professional within an organizational context, whereas directed research involves a formal research project carried out within an organization, a library, or the field. Conducted under close academic supervision, all field components involve a minimum of 150 contact hours and entail a final paper or project with accompanying presentation.
In Pune, students have the opportunity to participate in a full-time, four-week internship to fulfill their field component requirement. Interns are placed in Indian, joint-venture, or foreign-owned non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and companies working in the fields of microfinance, business, women's rights, education, environmental protection, public health and civic engagement. The placement process begins with the submission of the Field Component Intent Form upon acceptance into the program. Please consider your internship interests carefully while filling out this form, as it is not possible for changes in placement to be made in Pune. Placements are typically finalized after students arrive in India.
IFSA makes every effort to place student interns at companies or organizations that match the organization's needs with what each student brings to the table in their stated area of academic and professional interest. Applicants are encouraged to be flexible. Internships may include opportunities to:
- Examine trends and knowledge of pesticide use and organic food among Pune residents and farmers to assess awareness of organic methods
- Conduct interviews and write human interest pieces that support online outreach initiatives
- Coordinate needs assessment at weekly health clinic, document prevalence of HIV/AIDs in sex workers and facilitate activities for support groups
- Assist with web design, e-mailers, newsletters and blogs to help local small businesses grow
- Analyze effectiveness of special needs education initiatives in public vs. parochial primary schools in Maharashtra
- Perform testing and evaluation of mechanical systems at a pre-packaged food manufacturing facility
Students who choose to pursue directed research as their field component are paired with a faculty member appropriate to their academic area of interest, such as performing arts, journalism, tribal, environmental or women's issues, public health, or text-based historical research, and are expected to produce a formal research paper. Research students have regular meetings with faculty guides in their subject area to discuss the formation and execution of their research plans. All directed research projects are subject to the interest and availability of faculty and may require prior relevant coursework.
Prof. Ashish Kulkarni (Contemporary India)
Dr. Veena Joshi (Internship; Directed Research)
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The IFSA Team
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