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CASI Summer Internship Program in India

Program Overview

The Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) offers fully-funded summer internship opportunities to Penn students eager to explore modern India. CASI partners with nonprofit organizations and companies who work on a range of challenging contemporary issues, including public health, rural development, environmental sustainability, education, gender, and social enterprise.

Since 2007, CASI has funded more than 200 Penn students to work with 17 organizations across India. This program is funded through a combination of generous support from CASI donors and Penn Abroad’s Global Research and Internships Program (GRIP).

The CASI Summer Internship Program is approximately 8 – 10 weeks long and will take place between late May and early August, 2022.

2022 CASI Summer Internship partners:

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, we will be running our program in a reduced capacity. We are currently accepting applications for:

Aravind Eye Care System (Madurai, Tamil Nadu) - Affordable Health Care

Public Health Foundation of India (Gurgaon, Haryana) - Public Health Research


No language skills, international travel, or previous work experience required. Undergraduate and graduate students both encouraged to apply. Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be a full-time, degree-seeking Penn student in good academic standing
  • Applicant must return to a full-time, degree-seeking program in the semester following the internship
    • Penn students graduating in May 2022 are ineligible to apply
    • Students studying abroad in the fall of 2022 are eligible to apply
  • Student must have the ability to spend 8 – 10 consecutive weeks in India between May and August, 2022
  • Due to extended visa processing times, students cannot travel internationally between February, 2022 and the beginning of the CASI Summer Internship. This includes personal travel, Penn Global Seminars, and other Penn-sponsored travel.

Program Requirements

  • Attend pre-departure orientation sessions in March, April, and/or May
  • Complete required paperwork to apply for an Indian Student Internship Visa
  • Contribute to the CASI Student Programs Blog throughout the summer months
  • Participate in the CASI Summer Internship Symposium after returning to campus


Internship expenses range from $4,200 to $4,600 depending on the internship location and housing availability. Full funding will be provided for each student awarded a CASI Summer Internship, which will cover the cost of roundtrip, international airfare and in-country living expenses.*

Funds for the CASI Summer Internship Program are available through a combination of generous support from CASI donors and Penn Abroad’s Global Research and Internships Program (GRIP).


Students can apply for up to two CASI Summer Internships. Before applying, it is recommended that students read through the CASI Student Programs Blog, which can provide valuable insight into what it's like to be a CASI Summer Intern.

India is a vast country with diverse cultures, languages, and traditions. Please take some time to research each internship and its geographic location.

Applicants are required to submit an online application. The application requires personal information, the name and contact information for one academic or professional reference, an unofficial transcript, resume, and cover letter. The application can be accessed by clicking the following link:

Applications for Summer 2023 will be open soon!


Learn More:

CASI Student Programs Blog: Read about past student experiences in India

CASI Student Programs Video: Hear from our former interns

The award will be treated as taxable income, which the recipient will be responsible to report for the tax year in which it was received.