International Internships

Spend your summer tackling social issues abroad

Work with a nongovernmental organization (NGO) or social enterprise and address a social issue you are passionate about.

The Kelley Institute for Social Impact (KISI) offers summer internships that provide students with the opportunity to use their business skills to create social change. KISI internships are unpaid and co-curricular, and two interns will be selected for each internship opportunity.

Summer 2023 internship locations include:

  • Global Mamas: Cape Coast, Ghana
  • Niños de Guatemala: Antigua, Guatemala
  • Puente Desarrollo Internacional: Constanza, Dominican Republic
  • Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care Raj Uphaar: Dharampur, India

For questions about the KISI International Internships, contact Stacie Ballard at staballa@iu.edu.

In my internship, I developed a reusable packaging price model to compete with traditional cardboard packaging that could save the client thousands of dollars per year. Considering this was my first professional experience, my opportunities have been greatly expanded.

Clay Keiser, BA'23, international studies and Liberal Arts Management Program (LAMP) certificate

  • There is one application for all KISI International Internships. Within the application, you may choose the internships for which you want to be considered.
  • You can preview the essay questions here.
  • Once you have completed your application, email a PDF of your resume to kisi@indiana.edu. Your application will not be considered complete without your resume.
  • The application deadline for summer 2023 is 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 17, 2023.
  • Selected applicants will be offered the opportunity to interview.

All internships are open to admitted Kelley undergraduate students and Liberal Arts Management Program (LAMP) students at IU Bloomington who are in their fourth full-time semester of college.

Year in school: You must have completed four semesters of coursework on a college campus.

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Language requirement (Dominican Republic only): Have taken or currently enrolled in HISP-S250.

All interns will receive a comprehensive Welcome Pack or go through a comprehensive Webinar that covers everything from cultural norms to housing details, safety suggestions, emergency contact information, and other information that participants need in order to feel adequately prepared for the cultural context they are entering. Upon arrival, interns will also have an in-country orientation. This information will cover both navigating the culture and internship.

All interns will also participate in a KISI orientation prior to the end of the spring semester. Interns will be required to write four blog posts throughout the duration of their internship. This culminates with a re-entry workshop at the beginning of the fall semester that will provide a space to both reflect on the internship and learn how to use new skills to market yourself to employers.

  • The cost varies for each internship. Please follow the link at the end of each internship description to learn more about costs and what is included in that.
  • The cost will vary based on whether the internships are in-country or virtual.
  • Some funding support is available through KISI.

Global Mamas

Global Mamas is a fair trade network of more than 600 women who produce handmade products using traditional methods and sell their goods locally and overseas, with the mission of creating prosperity for African women and their families.

This internship in Cape Coast, Ghana could include projects focused on:

  • Marketing and content development
  • Accounting and financial management
  • Supply chain management
  • Trend research and new product development
  • One-on-one business training

Summer 2023 Information

Interns from summer 2022 with Global Mamas Office Manager and her children on the Cape Coast beach

Intern on the canopy walk in Ghana’s Kakum National Park

Cape Coast Design Mama Abigail holding most popular prints

Three interns from summer 2022 with Global Mamas Office Manager in front of Global Mamas sign in Cape Coast, Ghana

NiƱos de Guatemala

Niños de Guatemala (NDG) is a Dutch-Guatemalan NGO whose aim is to assist in breaking the cycle of poverty and fostering empowerment in Ciudad Vieja, Guatemala by providing education and social services to children from low-income families. NDG operates three schools that provide high quality education to 385 children (and growing every year). Speaking Spanish is not required, however, having some knowledge of the language will be helpful.

This internship in Antigua, Guatemala has possibilities of projects within:

  • Marketing
  • Business development

Summer 2023 Information

Intern from summer 2022 holding up Niños de Guatemala T-shirt on her homestay balcony

Lake Atitlán, a volcanic lake surrounded by volcanos and Mayan villages

Intern eating fresh watermelon at a restaurant in Antigua

A traditional Mayan worry doll handmade by an intern

Puente Desarrollo Internacional

Puente Desarrollo Internacional is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization who uses data collection and analysis technology to address and prioritize community need. Communities are surveyed, needs are established, and solutions are designed. Speaking Spanish is required, and students must have taken or plan to complete HISP-S250 before the internship begins.

This internship in Constanza, Dominican Republic could include projects focused on:

  • Case study creation
  • Social media marketing
  • Custom data analytics
  • Business development

Summer 2023 Information

 

Two Puente staff during weekly internal meeting at the office

Community residents pose during a stakeholders meeting, where Puente’s water engineer discussed alternative sources

View of Constanza from Puente office window

Group of Puente staff, Dominican doctors, and people from Health Outreach Foundation from Kansas City and Boston gather for a photo post medical mission

Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care: Raj Uphaar

Raj Uphaar is an initiative of Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care (SRLC), which empowers women by providing them employment opportunities leading to social acceptance and financial independence. SRLC was established in 2003 and is an NGO that offers services and brings joy to the lives of the underserved of society. SRLC endeavors to deliver high quality, charitable and sustainable initiatives for the welfare of mankind, animals, and the environment. This internship will be working with Raj Uphaar, assisting their growth and expansion.

This internship in Dharampur, India could include projects focused on:

  • Market studies
  • Brand identity and analysis
  • Supply chain
  • Sustainability
  • Data analysis

Summer 2023 Information

Women at Raj Uphaar making khakra (thin Indian cracker)

Bird's-eye view of personal residences and Community Garden at the Ashram

Women sewing various products at Raj Uphaar

Amphitheater and Dining Hall at Shrimad Rajchandra Ashram

Raj Uphaar employees standing outside main facility