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Study Abroad Programs Recommended & Unique to the IARD Program


Episcopal Relief and Development - Tanzania internship

This internship is available through the CALS Global Fellows Summer Internship Program and also through the IARD program for the summer and other times. Note the deadline for applications for the GF program this summer is February 6th, 2017. Click the link for details.

Episcopal Relief & Development works with Church partners and other local organizations to save lives and transform communities worldwide. We rebuild after disasters and empower people to create lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease. Working in close to 40 countries, our programs impact the lives of approximately 3 million people around the world.  Our mandate is taken from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25. All of Episcopal Relief & Development’s international development programs seek to mobilize local resources and expertise toward sustainable, community-led programs that address poverty, hunger and disease. In our disaster response and recovery work, we seek to build resilience and reduce risk at every stage. - See more at:

WebEpiscopal Relief & Development's website
Location of Internship: Mackay House, Dodoma, Tanzania
Timeframe: Flexible timing
Contact: Sara Delaney | Terry Tucker
Sara Delaney, Senior Program Officer at Episcopal Relief & Development, New York.  1-646-623-0095
Lister Nyanganyi Supervisor of the program in Tanzania
During the internship, the student will be directly supported on a daily basis by DCT staff, with regular check-in by Episcopal Relief & Development. Office hours in Tanzania are approximately 9am-5pm, but the work schedule is flexible depending on the activities of the day. Student may spend part or all of their day in Dodoma at the office. In addition, the student will want to spend some time out working with the program participants in rural communities, and hours on these days are variable, and may include travel time. Hands-on experience working with an international development NGO, and with a local community development agency. Housing is available at DCT’s guesthouses in both Dodoma, and also at a center close to the project areas. The internship can be from 2 to 12 months. Start and end dates are flexible based on the student’s availability, however the focus topics will vary depending on the time of year, for example, if the student is in Tanzania during the dry (harvest) or rainy (planting) season.

In Tanzania, Episcopal Relief & Development works with The Development Services Company (DSC) of the Diocese of Central Tanganyika, located in Dodoma. DCT-DSC focuses on improving food supply, promoting health and fighting disease. The majority of the people in Central Tanganyika are engaged in smallholder, subsistence agriculture and livestock production.  An ongoing degradation of the environment is due to water shortage and drought, poor soil management, uncontrolled livestock grazing and deforestation.

DCT-DSC promotes Conservation Agriculture and the formation of Village Savings & Loans Associations (VSLAs). The long-term goal is to help the people living in the region to achieve food security in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. Objectives are to achieve self-sufficiency in food grain production through use of minimum tillage, improved seeds, retention of crop residue, crop rotation, and proper storage techniques. Both men and women directly or indirectly benefit from the project in 6-8 villages. The VSLAs also allow members, mostly women, to acquire funds for small business activities. Small commerce allows women to set aside much-needed money for children's school supplies and food.

Students would be able to contribute to DCT-DSC’s work in Conservation Agriculture promotion and to the overall objective of sustainably improving food security in the region, through targeted operations research. A student can also support the Tanzania program to be able to better capture the impact of their work by working with staff to conduct baseline and follow-up surveys with their program participants. This will allow them to fine-tune their program approach and see where and how they are making a difference. An IARD student Julian Garcia successfully completed his internship with this program in the summer of 2016 and would be available to talk to about his experiences that are also on the "Student Experiences" page.

A brief description of the program there can be found at the following Tanzania Program Link

Aquiares Coffee Estate

This is an excellent opportunity to work on a coffee farm and learn various aspects of coffee production, processing and marketing. This estate covers 2,265 cares that is planted with coffee mixed with native shade trees. They have their own coffee processing and cupping facility and have strong links with CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center). Applications for this internship will start again in May 2017.

Web: Aquiares Estate Coffee
Estate History [PDF]
Location: Costa Rica
Timeframe: Flexible timing
Contact: Terry Tucker and Peter Hobbs

Nilgiri's Field Learning Center -- Keystone Project

This is another excellent Spring semester program. The Nilgiris Field Learning Center (NFLC) is a unique partnership that aligns Cornell faculty and students with experts and community members in the Nilgiris, the “blue hills” of southern India. The NFLC learning community explores nutrition and health, land use, and livelihoods in a region recognized for its biodiversity. Students develop research skills in a collaborative, field-based environment. It is associated with the Keystone Project, an NGO working in the Western Ghats of Southern India.

Web: Cornell in India: Nilgiris Field Learning Center (NFLC)
Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu District in Southern India -- in the Western Ghats
Timeframe: Spring semester
Contact: Kristen Grace in CU Abroad and Neema Kudva, Cornell Coordinator for NFLC

Qimei summer internship

Students will work with Hebei Qimei Agricultural Science and Technology Co., Ltd., an organic food company located in Hebei Province, 400 km south of Beijing.  Qimei is a fast growing company in China’s organic food sector, supplying domestic and international markets (South East Asia, Europe, and the US) with a wide range of organic foods. Several students have done this internship in the past and their reflections can be found at the "Student Experiences" part of this web site under China.

Web: Hebei Qimei Agriculture Science and Technology Co, Ltd but also the Cornell SMART program link
Location: Hebei Province, China
Timeframe: July 22 to August 16
Contact: Jane Pleasant (Horticulture) and Toni DiTomasso (Soils and Crop Sciences) for application form

Villages in Partnership - Malawi - Africa

Villages In Partnership develops partnerships between “villages” in the developed world and villages in rural southern Malawi to address the lack of the six essential interdependent resources necessary to survive and thrive: water, food security, health, education, economic development and infrastructure. Through relationships with chiefs, religious leaders, grassroots leaders, government agents, other local NGOs in Malawi, and in partnership with “villages” in the USA, VIP promotes the sharing of challenges, solutions and resources with a focus on empowering the poor, marginalized and most vulnerable living in the 26 villages of VIP’s catchment area. VIP operates from Naming’azi Farm Training Center where village farmers are invited to learn best practices in farming, livestock care, beekeeping, and reforestation. VIP provides partnership opportunities for students/interns, offering experiences on the farm and in the villages, tailoring the experience to the needs of the farm/villagers and interests of the students. For more information on the 2016 program click here

Location: Zomba District, Malawi, Africa
Timeframe: Flexible (Dec.-March not recommended as this is the rainy season)
Contact: Liz Heinzel-Nelson, 609-468-6029
Cost: 8-12 weeks - $2960 minimum (dependent on project consideration/ length of stay)

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Students work closely with FAO in-country staff and national programs. Applications are sent out in late January and students read the job descriptions and apply to the ones they like. Students are selected by videoconference interview with FAO staff. These are excellent internships for students wishing to get valuable experience working with FAO. They provide a per diem in country for any field trips during the assignment. Travel costs are not included.

Location: Several countries including: Gabon, Sri Lanka, and Cuba. New programs are possible in Malawi and Equatorial Guinea (Spanish speakers)
Timeframe: Summer
Cornell Contact: Terry Tucker

Cornell Global Health Program

This is an excellent 8-week summer program. There are home stays. Half the time is spent working with students on a project and the rest with a hands on experience with a local NGO. We still need to develop some programs in agriculture. The Global Health Program offers four summer programs in Dominican Republic, India, Tanzania, and Zambia. As participants of a Global Health Summer Program, students enroll in a 1-credit Pre-departure Seminar and meet weekly to prepare for their upcoming summer experiential learning opportunity. Students in the Dominican Republic, Tanzania, and Zambia Programs enroll in NS 4620 and students in the India Program enroll in ILR 4260.

WebCornell Global Health Program plus more information at the Nutritional Sciences Global Health Program
Location: Dominican Republic, India, Tanzania, and Zambia
Timeframe: Summer
Contact: Jeanne Moseley

Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD)

Founded in 1995, Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) enhances the capacity of community organizations around the world to address local health, social, environmental, and economic issues. Their model incorporates four programs that support underserved communities in a collaborative and sustainable manner.

WebFoundation for Sustainable Development
Location: Argentina, India, Bolivia, Kenya, Uganda & Nicaragua
Timeframe: Flexible timing


AIESEC (Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales) is a student-run program. It has a pre-departure program and there are programs around the world.

WebAIESEC Cornell
Location: Several countries including: China, Brazil, Colombia, Hungary & Egypt

Princeton in Africa and Latin America

Princeton in Africa and Latin America matches talented and passionate college graduates with our partners working across Africa for yearlong service projects. Since this opportunity is for one full year, students need to take a leave of absence to participate. See your advisor for more information on this opportunity and taking a leave of absence. Application deadline is in November for the following service year. This is also a good opportunity for graduates whom want to gain some international experience.

WebPrinceton in Africa | Princeton in Latin America
Location: Africa and Latin America (Africa) | (Latin America)

Earth University Internships

Earth accepts interns throughout the year and can be tailored to student needs and timings. Students with specific field research projects or specialized areas of interest are welcome to conduct their research and expand their knowledge here at Earth, under the supervision of a faculty member in their chosen field. Programs on tropical crops, organic agriculture, integrated livestock farming and peri-urban agriculture.

Web: Study at Earth
Location: Costa Rica
Timeframe: Flexible
Contact: Terry Tucker

Global Mountain Action

This is a group of scientists and professionals concerned about the neglect to support sustainable use & well being of mountains, their people, their ecosystems, their cultures, their health, their diversity and their spirit. They are against promotion of evermore destructive, extractive use of mountain resources with few or negative benefits for mountain inhabitants, conducted without concern for to the environment, which they believe is detrimental ultimately also to national and international stability and security. This program is willing to take a few Cornell students to intern in Peru (possibly Nepal) for a very hands-on experience. They are very interested in conserving biodiversity. Spanish is needed.

Web: Global Mountain Action
Location: Peru
Timeframe: Flexible (Best in Spring semester)
Contact: Terry Tucker

International Sustainable Development Studies Institute

Academically challenging and intensely experiential, ISDSI courses are expeditions into the cultures and ecology of Thailand. Each course is focused on understanding sustainable development and is designed in collaboration with local communities. Host family and independent living experiences in Chiangmai, Thailand. Social science and natural science programs. Thailanguage training is part of the program.

WebInternational Sustainable Development Studies Institute
Location: Chiangmai, Thailand
Timeframe: Summer and semester programs

Para La Tierra

This is a not-for-profit conservation organization that protects habitats and species in Paraguay through scientific research and community outreach. They also promote a responsible approach to reserve management where tourists contribute to social, scientific and conservation projects that are designed to have a positive impact on Paraguay. Cost is $850 per month. The main goal of the internship is to expose students to new cultures and ways things are done. To see first hand what the issues and problems are directly rather than in a classroom. In a way it doesn't matter what the students do for the hands-on experience. Will work with student to design a program to fit the student needs and interests. Spanish required.

Web: Para La Tierra
Location: Paraguay
Timeframe: Summer and semester programs