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.


  • 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

Courses:  This 6-credit term is comprised of an India-focused sociology course and an internship or directed research project.

  • 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 155 contact hours and entail a final paper or project with accompanying presentation.


Civil / Environmental Engineering

Water / Waste

  • Urban Pune’s water usage and the impact of water recycling on the rising water shortage
  • Impact of urban pollution on plant diversity of Mutha River in Pune
  • Potential for a Water Deficit and its Effect on Water Management in Pune City
  • How state policies on climate change adaptation are reflected in investment on water and agriculture
  • A study of process of converting the garbage and other kitchen waste in to a rich manure by using vermi-composting technology
  • Thermax Bio-energen (biogas production unit) and potential for increased scale-up for biogas production from in Pune


  • Sustainable Urban Transportation in Pune:  An Evaluation of the PMPML Bus System
  • From the Ground Up:  Examining the Role of Awareness when Implementing Sustainable Transportation in Pune, India
  • A study of the efforts being made by a few NGOS and local groups to promote biking in Pune city and analysis of its impact on the city planners
  • The insufficiency of cycle lanes in Pune and cyclist’s response

Agriculture / Food

  • The Work and Processes of the Appropriate Rural Technologies Institute (ARTI)
  • The availability of information on organic agriculture and the influence of information dissemination on farmer practices and yields
  • Is sustainable farming feasible in India?  A few success stories from Pune
  • The Contemporary Scenario of Organic Food Production in India:  The Consumer Connection
  • An analysis of the issue of food politics and food security in India in the wake of Globalization and its impact on the government policy


  • Sikkim as a Model for Environmental Sustainability
  • Biomass Fuel Briquettes and Sustainable Options in India
  • Awareness about and involvement in Environmental Issues of the Political Community in Pune
  • Preserving Peri-Urban Areas through Environmental Education in Secondary Schools

Computer / Electrical Engineering

  • Developing and testing software and other technologies with Indian IT companies
  • Testing and evaluation of mechanical systems at a pre-packaged Indian food manufacturing facility
  • Faculty teaching and research assistant in college department of mathematics focused on graph theory

The application deadline for this program is March 1, 2018.  For more information and instructions on how to apply, click here!

By Samantha Horton
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