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Minimum GPA: 2.75

Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2023

Cornell Affiliations:

Agriculture and Life Sciences


Opportunity Description

The CALS Global Fellows program offers virtual opportunities with some of our partners. Please reference the placement listings for the number of available placements and the modality of participation. Please note, the CALS Global Fellows program may not fill all available spots for each opportunity. The CALS Global Fellows program has a limited number of total placements we can fill for each summer term.

The CALS Global Fellows Program supports CALS undergraduate students from any major in pursuit of challenging, professionally-focused summer internships and research placements that enhance and complement their career goals and academic progress, while enriching their undergraduate experience with diverse cultural and international immersion. Through key partnerships, the Global Fellows Program provides a platform for students to make positive and definable contributions to global organizations and communities.

Acceptance to the program is competitive and a limited number of students are selected each year. 

Funding for the CALS Global Fellows Program, Sehgal Foundation in India is fully funded. 

Students who are rewarded a CALS Global Fellows Grant will be required to complete 3 parts to the program: a pre-engagement portfolio (completed in Canvas), a continuous 7–8-week internship or research placement in an international setting, and a 1-credit post-engagement course in the first 7-weeks of the Fall 2023 semester (ALS/GDEV 3105).

Suggested majors and/or professional interests (varies accordingly to internship): IARD, Development Sociology, Communications, Information Science, Agricultural Science, Global Development, Applied Economics and Management, with interests in community, digital and mass media, journalism, rural development, adaptive technology, gender studies, water studies, research and development, and computer programming. 

Information Session:

There are no information sessions planned at this time. 

Placement Opportunities

Placements: 2-4 (in-person) and 2 (virtual)

S M Sehgal Foundation (“Sehgal Foundation”) is a public, charitable trust registered in India since 1999. Our mission is to strengthen community-led development initiatives to achieve positive social, economic and environmental change across rural India.

Based in Gurugram, Haryana, S M Sehgal Foundation is working in about 1000 villages across eleven states of India. With support from our donors and partners in the corporate, government and social sectors, the organization advances its mission by working with rural communities to increase agricultural productivity, manage water resources, strengthen grassroots democracy and facilitate citizen participation through good rural governance and community media, putting a strong emphasis on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Through research and dialogue, we design and deliver rural development interventions that create opportunities, build resilience and provide solutions for India’s poorest communities to overcome their most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges.

You can read about the founders of Sehgal Foundation in ‘Seeds for Change: The Lives and Work of Suri and Edda Sehgal by Marly Cornell (available at the Cornell Library).

The internship program at S M Sehgal Foundation is designed to provide a good experience to students of the real challenges faced in various facets of rural development. During the course of the internship, students put to use their academic learning for real-life contexts.  Interns obtain experience in their field of study and acquire skills which are helpful in their professional life.

An internship is offered for a specific project under the supervision of the Internship Coordinator and the guidance of one or more Project Supervisors. The duration of virtual internship will be two months.

An intern updates the Project Supervisor on her/his project progress through web-meetings and submits a brief report on the same to the Project Supervisor(s) fortnightly/monthly as requested by the Project Supervisor(s). Towards the end of the internship, an intern makes a final presentation virtually on her/his project work to the staff and submits a detailed report during her/his/their final evaluation. 

Virtual Internship Projects and the Virtual Internship Policy

Go to this the S M Sehgal Foundation website. In the extreme right corner choose the drop-down from 3 lines, choose the "Internships" micro page, and then choose "List of Projects for Virtual Internships" and/or "Policy for Interns from Abroad".

We encourage you to apply to your first choice program only. There is a space within the application to indicate if you have a second choice. If you are interested in two opportunities that are very different from one another and would prefer to write two statements of purpose, you may upload both to the same application in ONE document. Make sure they are clearly titled with the correct placement opportunity IF you are writing two statements. For reference, click here to review examples of statements from past participants.    

You may preview the application without starting an application by clicking on the “preview application” button next to the apply button. All applications contain the same questions and all information related to the program can be found within the experience page. There is no additional information within the application.