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Cornell University

Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition

Summer Internship

TCI’s summer internship program places Cornell University master’s and professional degree candidates with research projects across India. Interns work to propel TCI research in any of the Institute’s main research areas. Specific opportunities depend on what projects are in need of support.

This is a competitive, merit-based internship that requires interns to engage in an applied, development-related research project over the course of 6-8 weeks in India. TCI internships typically occur between June-August.

Please note, due to the uncertainty posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, offering an internship experience in India may not be possible. In that event, TCI will offer internships remotely or based in Ithaca, New York.

Multidisciplinary, Hands-On Learning

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TCI interns may be selected to perform a range of functions: from participating in data-collection efforts to working on monitoring and evaluation of specific initiatives, working with a specific partner organization, or providing direct support for TCI staff in the Mumbai office.

Accepted interns often demonstrate a background, proficiency, or interest in the following:

  • Conducting applied research or work within a developing country.
  • Career interest in agricultural development, rural development, or global nutrition.
  • Coursework in economics, statistics, anthropology/rural development, agricultural extension, adult/childhood education, nutrition, health, communication, engineering, or agronomy.
  • Interest/background in primary data collection.
  • Willingness to live or work outside the United States, openness to new cultures and new experiences, ability to learn from a diverse group of people, partners, and/or experiences.


This internship is only available for first-year graduate students enrolled in a professional or master’s degree program at Cornell University.

Application Timeline

The application period for 2022 internships is now open. Please send your completed application (PDF) and resume to Dan Verderosa at by Friday, January 28, 2022.

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The application window typically opens in November. Invitations to interview are made in February and selected applicants are notified of their placement in late February or early March.