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Minimum GPA: 2.75

Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2021


Jessica Hawkey

Cornell Affiliations:

Agriculture and Life Sciences


Opportunity Description

Note: CALS Global Fellows internship opportunities will be remote for the summer 2021 experience. This is our second year of connecting our students globally, remotely. Students can anticipate a remote opportunity that engages them with partners abroad, while adding a unique experience to their resume. GFP remains focused on its mission of global connectivity. If you are unsure if a remote internship is the right fit for you, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with the CALS Global Fellows advisor prior to submitting an application.

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. Selected Fellows receive a stipend to offset major expenses.

The program includes three required parts: a pre-engagement course the second half of Spring semester (ALS 2300 1 credit, S/U), a continuous 7-8 week internship or research placement in an international setting, and a post-engagement course in Fall semester (ALS 2301 1 credit, S/U).  

Suggested majors and/or professional interests (varies accordingly to internship): IARD, Development Sociology, Communications, Information Science, Agricultural Science, 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. 

S M Sehgal Foundation Information Session:

Were you unable to make the information session on Nov. 7th? We've recorded the audio and video files for you to review. You can access the files in the SM Seghal Foundation box folder. Questions? Email us at   

Placement Opportunities

Placements: 2-4

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 ten 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 In the top right corner choose "Get Involved", choose "Internships and Volunteer Projects" 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.  

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.