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Study Abroad Programs Recommended for the IARD Program

Episcopal Relief and Development - Tanzania internship (Also starting work in Zimbabwe)

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 is from mid-December to early February. Click the link for details.

Episcopal Relief & Development works with Church partners and other local organizations to save lives and transform communities worldwide. They rebuild after disasters and empower people to create lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease. Working in close collaboration with farmers in 40 countries, our programs impact the lives of approximately 3 million people around the world.  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: https://www.episcopalrelief.org/what-we-do/our-programs

In many countries, agriculture is the cornerstone of the local economy.  The vast majority of people living in rural communities own or work for small family farms, and rely on food production to feed their families and generate income. Episcopal Relief & Development and its partners work with small-scale farmers to ensure that food is available, accessible and affordable.  Along with Church partners and local organizations, they empower communities to improve food production by providing training, tools and resources.  Using the value-chain model, their programs help farmers gain access to credit, learn about improved agricultural techniques and inputs, grow more food, and find creative ways to access local markets and increase their income. 

Women play a major role in smallholder agriculture production in Africa and are vital to ensuring their children have enough food.  Yet they are less likely to have access to oxen and ploughs, modern technology, or credit -- and are consigned to long hours of labor and low productivity as a result of having to work with hand tools.  To empower women farmers to reach their full potential Episcopal Relief & Development and their partners promote their participation in training and access to credit and improved inputs. Their programs also improve household nutrition and protect the environment by increasing the quality, quantity and diversity of crops.  Sustainable farming practices empower families to be self-sufficient and maintain a consistent supply of healthy and nutritious food. Regular nutrient-rich meals improve health, enable students to concentrate in school, and boost a community’s productive power and well-being.

WebEpiscopal Relief & Development's website
Location of Internship: Mackay House, Dodoma, Tanzania
Timeframe: Flexible timing
Contact: Terry Tucker

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


TATA-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition

TCI funds and operates a summer internship program that places Cornell University masters and professional degree candidates with research internship opportunities across India. Interns work to propel TCI research in any of our main research areas, and specific internships/project opportunities depend on what projects are in need of support.

They have a separate and unique opportunity for you if you are an undergrad who is interested in professional development and research opportunities abroad, they encourage you to apply to the CALS Global Fellows Program.  TCI is partnering with the Global Fellows Program to host undergraduate internships in India.  This application and recruitment process is different from the Tata-Cornell Summer Internship Program, as it is managed through the CALS Global Fellows office.  Undergrads interested in interning with TCI should apply here and select the Tata Global Fellows option in your list of preferences.  This application is due by early February. This is a great opportunity for IARD students to get valuable experience.

This is a competitive, merit-based internship that requires interns to engage (full-time) over the course of 6-8 weeks in an applied, development-related research project in India. TCI internships typically occur in between June-August. Funding will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Web: Tata-Cornell Institute
Location: India
Timeframe: Summer
Contact: Terry Tucker


AGROECOLOGY HUB—Kitale, Kenya

Location: Manor House Agricultural Centre in the western part of the country.
Timeframe: variable duration (8+ weeks) beginning in summer 2019
Contact: Beth Medvecky (bam44@cornell.edu) and/or Terry Tucker (twt2@cornell.edu).

The Manor House Agroecology hub (AE Hub) exists to serve a community of practice made up of various stakeholder groups involved in agroecological outreach, research and advocacy. It aims to bring together agroecological science, movement and practice for the benefit of smallholder farmers. Specifically, the Hub’s functions include:

  1. Socialize key agroecology and Farmer Research Network concepts and practices at our CoP workshops and convenings.
  2. Facilitate sharing experience and knowledge about useful AE and Farmer Research Network practices
  3. Support CoP members to make evidence-based decisions about effectiveness of AE practices in their own context
  4. Develop and support creative ways to share information and communicate CoP findings about effective and ineffective practices

Rolling applications: We encourage students from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds to apply. Accepted students will be paired with local Kenyan students, and work in teams for the duration of their attachment. The assignments will vary depending on the Hub’s ongoing activities and the interests and expertise of participating students. The scoping study described below example of a particular activity that students accepted for the summer of 2019 could engage in. The scoping study is focused on learning about practices related to 5 key areas that are challenging smallholder farmers. They include: climate related risks, soil health, emergent pests and diseases, income generation and food security. The scoping study involves research to look into practices actually used by farmers in response to these challenges, in addition to practices promoted by AE development and research organization, and government policies which relate to these areas.

Attachments typically last for at least 8 weeks. But, a student’s stay can also be extended for 3 months and longer, if the student and Hub representatives see this as mutually beneficial. Agroecology hub description


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) situated a few miles down the road. The son of the owner of this Estate graduated from Cornell's IARD program in 2010 and is now learning the ropes so he can eventually take over from his Father. If interested, students should contact Terry Tucker or Peter Hobbs for information. Three IARD students have interned there with two of them going twice. Their experiences can be found on the "Student Experiences" section of this web page. One MPS student also spent time there looking at soils and soil health.

Web: Aquiares Estate Coffee
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 Foundation, an NGO working in the Western Ghats of Southern India. It is listed under the Office of Global Learning program where students can apply for internships. Three IARD students, Samsuda, Bridget and Shaaalini have done internships with this program and their experiences can be found under the "Student Experiences" for India on this web page.

Since 1993, the Keystone Foundation has been working in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (NBR) with indigenous communities on improving their lives, livelihoods, and maintaining their unique cultures. Keystone’s approach is defined by “eco-development:” the principle that development can happen in harmony with both the needs of people and the land they live on in mind. Through a holistic approach towards livelihoods, conservation, and enterprise, Keystone maintains the principles of eco-development as we aim to support and empower indigenous groups to realize a better future, for many generations to come. We group our work into various thematic areas, which can be explored above.

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


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. Some students have done internships this way and are listed under the countries below. This is a good way to learning how FAO operates in developing countries. In order to get internships with them students should discuss with Terry where they would like to work and visit the FAO web site so a dialogue can be developed with representatives from the countries of interest. The FAO website has more information about their internships.

Location: Several countries including: Gabon, Sri Lanka, Cuba, and  Equitorial Guinea (Spanish speakers)
Timeframe: Summer or other timings.
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. IARD students have done internships in this program in Tanzania and India. Note that applications for this program start in early November.

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


Princeton in Africa and Latin America

Princeton in Africa, Asia and Latin America matches talented and passionate college graduates with our partners working across Africa for year long 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 with interviews in January. This is also a good opportunity for graduates whom want to gain some international experience. We had one IARD student do a year internship here after graduating from the IARD major

WebPrinceton in Africa | Princeton in Asia | Princeton in Latin America
Location: Africa, Asia and Latin America
Contacthttp://www.princetoninafrica.org/applicants/how-to-apply/ (Africa) | https://piaweb.princeton.edu/for-applicants (Asia) | https://pila-princeton.org/how-apply (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. Peter Trutmann used to teach at Cornell and is now involved with this program.

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


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. Thai language training is part of the program. Two IARD students did internships in this program in 2018. Read their experiences on the "Student Experiences" part of this web site. You apply for this internship through Cornell's Global Learning site for this program

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


SIT Study Abroad Program

Another excellent program that many students have traveled and studied with. Some funding possibilities - available by application. These are administered through the Office of Global Learning

Web: SIT Study Abroad
SIT Agricultural Programs [PDF]
Location: Several locations including: Africa, Asia, Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Middle East
Timeframe: Semester, summer and yearly programs
Contact: Kristin Grace 300 Caldwell Hall,  Monday to Friday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. while semester classes are in session. 255-6224