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Social Impact Internship
Use your degree to intern for a project designed to support agricultural, economic empowerment, environmental sustainability or educational projects in Bhubaneswar, India that work towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. TEAN’s Social Impact Internship (available for four or eight weeks) offers you a unique opportunity to gain hands-on, on-the-ground experience in a rapidly developing region where lower socio-economic populations are often left behind. Each project is backed by extensive academic research and specially designed to help benefit the local community in a sustainable, long-term way. Throughout it all, you’ll gain firsthand entrepreneurial experience being part of an international team of both students and experts working to create impactful social enterprises.
Live and work in Bhubaneswar, one of India’s fastest-growing metropolises, exploring ways to integrate different technologies for positive social impact at the grassroots level
Collaborate with an international, multidisciplinary team to create a socially beneficial product or service that is tailored to solving issues in one of Bhubaneswar’s local communities
Apply your degree and skills to a real social cause, gaining business skills and hands-on experience guaranteed to enhance your employability as a graduate
Take advantage of in-country workshops to build business knowledge and soft skills, such as public speaking and building ethical businesses with targeted sustainability and long-term social impact outcomes
Immerse yourself in India’s myriad cultures, communities and destinations traveling in your free time and on weekends
Measure the skills you gain during your internship and compare yourself to entry-level job applicants with access to self-assessment tools and supervisor evaluations
Each project uses academic research as a base to effectively impact the communities they’re designed for. As an intern, you’ll be testing to see if the research is viable and feasible for the local community. If the project is found to be viable, then we will hand over the project to business experts so it can become commoditized and profitable for the local economy.
Our projects are experimental based and formatted so that projects are ongoing. You may be entering a brand new project or one that’s in its final stages where you’d be testing out proposed solutions. Project Fields may vary based on availability.
Economic Empowerment and Finance
As an economic empowerment intern, you’ll work to ensure that essential products and services are available to people within lower socio-economic status demographics. Many of these projects tend to focus on benefiting women, small businesses, or lowering financial barriers to essential products that will increase quality of life or individuals’ potential income. This involves anything from supporting local village banks or microfinance loans to women, financing solar or clean cookstove products, or conducting training in business practices.
These internships can involve anything from renewable energies to clean and sustainable cooking stoves/fuels and tend to be geared toward a mix of engineering/science students, business-oriented students and humanities students. Activities within these projects range from assessing general infrastructure for efficiency improvements to running pilot tests of solar, wind, biofuel or waste management.
Over 80% of the developing world’s population relies on agriculture as a livelihood and plays an integral role in supplying food to the rest of the world. Unfortunately, pests, diseases and poor agricultural practices cause up to 80% loss in yield, which affects income, quality of life and nutrition. Agricultural projects involve collecting agricultural data with technology-enabled sensors, providing nutrition and planting advice, or implementing pest management systems.
On an education project, interns work to ensure local communities have access to the knowledge, tools and means to make educated life and business decisions. These projects tend to focus on business knowledge, nutrition or health information, agricultural advice, vocational training through technology or comparison platforms for finance decisions.
Home University Credit
Participants may be able to arrange academic credit for the internship placement directly through their home university by speaking with their academic department and study abroad office. When applying to the program, students choosing this option will need to provide TEAN with the details of the credit and any special requirements as it relates to the internship placement. Students are responsible for paying their home university for any tuition or fees associated with the credit.
TEAN encourages participants to discuss the academic credit options with their home university early in the application process. Academic credit for internships must be approved and arranged before the internship begins, as credit typically cannot be arranged retroactively.
Formerly home to thousands of ancient temples earning it the nickname as India’s ‘Temple City,’ culture-rich Bhubaneswar is the capital city of the Indian state of Odisha, which was formerly known as Orissa. Designed in 1946, Bhubaneswar was one of the country’s first planned cities and is still at the forefront of India’s economy and commerce.
As one of the fastest growing cities in India, Bhubaneswar is an emerging commercial hub in eastern India and was ranked as the best place to do business in the country by the World Bank in 2014. With more than 100 educational institutions and a reputation for supporting manufacturing and Information technology advancements, the city is growing rapidly – which coincides with a boom in slum areas as well. As per the Bhubaneswar slum profile of 2008, there are 377 slums, including 99 authorized slums and 278 unauthorized slums with a population of 308,614.
Included in the program fee is a two-day weekend training held in Chicago. Pre-departure training is run approximately one month prior to the commencement of the project, acting as the first half of student training before beginning the internship. It is compulsory for all students. The training walks students through core methodologies surrounding business and startups, crisis management and project development.
The focus is on the personal development of the student while balancing the information necessary to communicate to ensure their safety, security, and success in their country of placement.
Typical topics covered include:
- Social enterprise
- Exponential technology
- Project processes
- Crisis management
- Team building activities
- Personal and professional development
- Presentation skills
- Learning about the country and project
Arrival and Orientation
You will arrive in Bhubaneswar two days prior to the first day of your internship and your onsite project leaders will meet you at the airport to help transfer you to your accommodation. You’ll stay in temporary accommodation for two nights before transferring to your project site. Onsite staff will also provide you with a local SIM card so you can have phone access. (Do not expect easily accessible WiFi here, however!) You’ll have these two days to recover from jet lag and acclimate to your new environment.
In addition to your Pre-Departure Training, you’ll also complete an orientation on the first day of your internship to further prepare you for the task at hand. Led by your onsite program managers and local partners, the orientation is typically held on the project site to further introduce you to where you’ll be working. Throughout the day, you’ll learn more about India, your new host city and local culture, various business models, showing empathy for others, expectations for the project ahead and more.
Accommodation is basic and clean. You will have access to clean drinking water, a bunk bed, mattress, pillow, sheet and blanket. Our accommodation has running water, electricity, showers and Western bathrooms but keep in mind that you’ll be in a developing country, so the infrastructure and facilities are less reliable than what you’ll be used to! We are lucky enough to have air conditioning in the bedrooms to keep you cool and to ward off mosquitoes. The bathrooms are cold water only and some of them are bucket based showers, which you’ll come to find are actually more refreshing than normal showers in India’s heat and humidity.
- All Social Impact Internship Program applicants are expected to have an appropriate academic background related to the internship placement duties. Students with experience in business, social work, community development, entrepreneurship, environmental science, international studies and engineering are a good fit for this program.
- Students who have completed at least one year of university work and have grade point averages above 2.5 are eligible for most internships.
- High proficiency of English language
- Applicants must be eligible to apply for an India Business Visa
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application for the Summer program anytime starting from November. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Application Deadline||April 1|
|Arrival Day||May 29|
|Project Starts||May 31|
|Project Ends||June 25|
|Program Ends||June 25|
|Application Deadline||April 15|
|Arrival Day||June 26|
|Project Starts||June 28|
|Project Ends||July 23|
|Program Ends||July 23|
*These dates are tentative. Final dates will be released closer to departure.
Fees & Inclusions
Program fee and accommodation (4 weeks): $3,890
Program fee and accommodation (8 weeks): $6,330
- Internship Placement
- Guaranteed, pre-arranged project housing for the duration of program
- Meals – breakfast and dinner provided on weekdays only
- 2-Day Pre-Departure and Social Development Training in Chicago including accommodation, meals and $200 flight stipend
- Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
- Services of local support staff
- SIM card
- Pre-departure training, advising and information packets
- Onsite training in social impact, business knowledge and soft skills
- Airport pickup and reception upon arrival
- Any transport required for project
- Team polo shirt
- Farewell Dinner at the conclusion of program
- Access to self-assessment tools and supervisor evaluations that provide a roadmap for your development
What’s Not Included
- International airfare ($1,200-1,800)
- Business visa
- Wireless internet
- Weekend meals or personal travel costs
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experiences and budgets. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.
Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!
How it Works
How it works
Take a look through the above information including career fields, program fees and dates. If you have any questions contact us. The TEAN Internships Team will guide you through the entire process – from application to after you return home.
Apply online when you are ready. Make sure to meet the application deadline. See Program dates above.
2. Video Interview
Once TEAN receives your application, we’ll be in contact to schedule a video interview with you.
3. Confirm Your Place with a Deposit
After your interview, you will be notified if your application has been successful. If so, you’ll be requested to pay your program deposit. Once your deposit is paid, TEAN will begin the process of securing your internship project placement. This deposit is fully refundable if you are not placed in an internship. Please read the full internship refund policy.
4. Internship Placement
Our placement team will collaborate with you to ensure we secure a suitable role for your project placement. Upon securing a placement, you will be provided with an Internship Placement Profile that describes your project and duties.
You will confirm your place by submitting your signed Internship Profile Placement by the given deadline. At this point, TEAN will work with you to provide pre-departure information including flight booking information, visa guidance and housing details.