India shares borders with six different countries, has the second largest population in the world, and has a rich history. Not convinced? Here are just a few of examples of the diversity found in India. The northern border of India is bound by the snowy Himalayan mountains, but as you go further south, you can find both lush forests as well as vast deserts. A number of different religious holidays are celebrated in India, such as Holi, Diwali, Eid, Ramadan, Christmas, and more! There are 22 official languages in India, and another 400 alive.

Given all of this, it’s guaranteed that your internship experience in India will be unique and memorable. Could there be a better place to start your exploration into international work experience?!

The amount and diversity of internships in India is absolutely astounding. It’s definitely possible for every intern to find exactly what they’re looking for. Here are just a few examples of internship fields in India:

  • Medicine: The healthcare industry in India is interesting in the fact that there is both a universal health care system, as well as private medical institutions. Internships are available for both. Some of the biggest issues interns will become familiar with are malnutrition, infant mortality, hepatitis, tuberculosis, and poor sanitation. Many internship programs in India allow for interns to get involved through hands-on experience and shadowing medical professionals.
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs): In India, NGOs are highly active in working on societal issues including, but not limited to: health, poverty, and human trafficking. Interns who decide to work with NGOs in India will be able to make real impacts on the daily lives of many Indians. Because there are many NGOs focused on different issues, interns in India will be able to find one with a cause that interests them. It is definitely one of the most rewarding experiences in India.
  • Business: Due to globalization, India has become a buzzing place for business, entrepreneurship, innovation, and start-ups. Interns in India will be able to find internships in India with many different companies. Some of the largest companies in India are Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, State Bank of India, Tata Steel and Tata Motors (well-known for the Tata Nano), and NTPC.
When and Where to Look for an Internship:

Generally, internships can be found throughout the year. Just be aware that if you plan to be there from July to September, you may run into Monsoon season! Business internships can be found in larger cities such as New Delhi and Mumbai. Internships with NGOs can usually be found all over India.

Cost of Living in India:

Living in India is generally quite cheap, as long as you don’t fall into any tourist traps! A one-bedroom apartment is usually about 5000Rs to 8000Rs (1R = US$0.018287), depending on location. Remember that living in a smaller town is sure to be much cheaper than in a larger Indian city like New Delhi or Mumbai. Other than that, food and healthcare are also relatively cheap expenditures.

Work Culture in India:
  • Etiquette: Due to the remains of the caste system, Indians are very aware of social hierarchies and relationships. Social order and status can be very important; for example, sometimes it is customary to greet the eldest/most senior person in a business meeting first. Also, be aware of religious customs and culture. Another thing to remember is that Indians prefer doing business with people they know; building and establishing relationships is very important.
  • Language: Hindi is the most used language in India; so it may be helpful to have at least some understanding of common phrases and greetings. However, most Indians also speak some English. A good indicator of the use of English is whether the town is more rural or urban; urban cities are likely to have many English speakers.
  • Networking: As mentioned above, it is important to build and maintain relationships in Indian business settings.

Internship Programs in India

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Annakshetra Foundation Trust
Intern in Jaipur with Annakshetra International

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Arivu Peace Child India
Medical Internships with Peace Child India

Our work focusses on key areas of health and education. Our projects...

Academia English Kolkata
Global Cultural Internship at Academia Kolkata

Intern with Academia and discover Kolkata the cultural capital of...

Sagreen International Educational Trust
Volunteer Teaching Internship in India

India is the second largest English-speaking nation in the world just...

Clap Global
Clap Global - Travellers in Classrooms

Clap Global is a platform that enables a unique exchange of cultures...

Terra Conscious
Community Centric Conservation & Outreach Internship with Terra Conscious

Terra Conscious has designed a holistic internship program with the...

40K Globe
40K Globe: Social enterprise internship in rural India

40K Globe is a one month internship in rural India; working with local...

Summer Internship Program in India for International Students

The Integrated Learning and Study Abroad Programs is a leading...

Centre for Civil Society
Researching Reality

Researching Reality summer internship is a fulltime internship that...

Swasti Health Resource Center
Health Resource Center Internship in India

People are our most valuable asset and partners in the organization's...

World Fellow
World Fellow: Internships in India

An internship in India is one of the most valuable experience at the...

Learning Trails
Internship Opportunities in India

“The only source of knowledge is experience” ~Albert Einstein As the...

The Arshinagar Project
Art and Travel Management & Research

Based in India. This involves the management of art & travel programs...

Nerd Geek Lab
IT Consulting Internship at SAPSter

Responsible for the development and maintenance of iOS applications...

Aga Khan University
International Internship Program

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