The Internship Program at the Gandhi Center offers unique and diverse opportunities for undergraduate students who are interested in the center's work. The program has special appeal for those who wish to combine academic study with practical application and experience. The program began in 2006.
Internships are normally offered throughout the academic year to undergraduates in their third and fourth years of study who have demonstrated superior academic ability as shown by a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and who have course work, professional or personal experience, and career interests related to the Gandhi Center’s work. Rare exceptions to these requirements include consideration of applications from second year students and students whose GPA is below 3.0 if the applicant can show exceptional experience compatible to the Gandhi Center’s work.
Interns are required to commit a minimum of 10 hours per week for at least 12 weeks. Preference is given to applicants who can intern for at least two consecutive semesters. This provides a richer experience for both the intern and the program. Supervisors work with interns to establish projects and long-term assignments. Interns are typically given a broad range of duties, but may also include office administration. No more than 10 percent of time will include clerical work. The Gandhi Center does not provide stipends.
Many students receive academic credit for their internships through their major. Those who wish to receive academic credit should indicate so on the application and provide the internship supervisor's name and email address within their major. The necessary forms from the major must be submitted upon acceptance to the program.
Applicants are expected to assume responsibility for assuring that their application materials are submitted by the deadline. The deadlines are: for fall (September - December): April 9; spring (January - May): October 30. Incomplete or late applications may not be considered.
Once the deadline for a semester has passed, Gandhi Center staff will contact a short list of applicants for interviews within a few weeks. When final selections have been made, all applicants will be notified. Recognizing the need of some applicants to make alternative plans, Center staff strive to complete the process within a month.
The Gandhi Center is dedicated to ensuring a relationship of mutual benefit with its interns. To that end we welcome your application and any further questions you may have. Click here to download an internship application (pdf format).
Please direct your correspondence concerning the Internship Program to Ms. Sharon Kniss, Program Coordinator.