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Oxfam India Summer 2022 Virtual Internships

Man and cot in India

Application Deadline: March 9, 2022

Oxfam India is currently initiating two projects to address the rights, entitlements, and dignity of informal sector workers in India. Students will work with Oxfam India’s private sector program and advocacy team, conducting research, entailing virtual interactions with stakeholders, and presentation of learnings and assignments.

Responsible Sugar Supply Chain

Oxfam India is implementing a responsible sugar supply chain project in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Maharashtra, which are the highest in sugar production and uptake by private companies. Through this work, Oxfam India is directly engaging with 6,000 smallholder farmers in UP and addressing the issues of untimely payments, sustainable sugarcane production, women farmers, and child labor issues. In Maharashtra, Oxfam India is addressing issues of 12,000 migrant sugarcane cutters and working on their wages and social protection issues. The supply chain work of Oxfam India is within the framework of business and human rights in an attempt to have dialogues and advocacy with both the private sector and government for addressing human rights issues and working towards the welfare of smallholder farmers and migrant workers.

Food Hive—Nourish the Cities

Oxfam India is implementing the Food Hive—Nourish the Cities project in Bangalore urban slum areas, reaching out to over 5,000 people among over 1,000 families. The project aims to build capacities of women and girls on low-cost nutritious food practices and awareness on water, sanitation, and hygiene. The area is inhabited by informal sector workers and part of the project is to link the families with social protection schemes mainly on food and nutrition and livelihood. As a part of the endeavor, in the coming days, there is a plan to set up an urban woman lead enterprise promoting low-cost nutritious food.

Internship Eligibility

  • Must be a rising sophomore, a rising junior, or a rising senior at Cornell University.
  • Must be in good standing academically and have no unresolved disciplinary charges or sanctions.
  • Must have completed at least a year of coursework with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at the time of the internship.

General Internship Requirements

  • Students must commit six weeks and 30–35 hours per week over the summer (6–7 hours per day, five days per week).
  • Students are expected to be sensitive to differences in time zones and be available for virtual meetings during office hours in the country of the internship.
  • Students must complete a mid-internship survey and a concluding reflection and evaluation survey.
  • Applicants shortlisted for interviews will be asked about competing commitments over the summer.


  • Students will receive a stipend for participating in the internship.
  • The stipend will be disbursed in two installments at the start and end of the internship. The second installment of the stipend will be contingent upon a positive mid-internship review and successful completion of the internship.

Additional Information

Funding Type

  • Scholarship


  • Student