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SEAP Inya Institute Summer Virtual Internship

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Application Deadline: March 9, 2022

This internship was offered during Summer 2022. It is not currently being offered.

The Inya Institute is offering a six-week internship, which will center on a research project about the challenging journeys that Myanmar undergraduate students face when pursuing undergraduate studies in the U.S. in the aftermath of the February 1, 2021 coup.

Developed collaboratively with a Myanmar intern working remotely from Yangon, the internship will address the following questions: (1) what obstacles/challenges do Myanmar undergrad students face in Myanmar when preparing for their college admission in the U.S.; (2) what obstacles/challenges do Myanmar undergrad students face when enrolled at U.S. community colleges; (3) what are the prospects for Myanmar undergrads to complete their community college studies? The intern will develop this small-scale research project based on a brief provided by the institute at the beginning of the internship in June 2022. The internship will be mostly self-paced with regular online meetings with a Myanmar intern based in Yangon. The main responsibilities of the intern will be to identify and conduct interviews with community college's international recruiters and Myanmar undergrad students and then analyze data collected from these interviews together with data collected by the Yangon-based intern.

The internship will run from approximately June 6 to July 15, 2022. Interested students should contact us at

Student Requirements

Ability to conduct in-depth interviews; interpersonal skills; communication skills; investigative mindset; great sense of adaptability in a context where collaborative work with a Yangon-based team is constrained by difficulties in working conditions (internet restrictions, power cuts, etc....). Knowledge of Myanmar, Myanmar-American communities, and immigrant experiences/migrations a plus.

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).
  • Part-time jobs may be possible, but must be outside the 30-35 hours per week committed towards the internship.
  • 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.
  • Students participating in the summer internship program are not permitted to hold full-time jobs during the internship.
  • 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.

See all Global Summer Internships.

Additional Information

Funding Type

  • Scholarship


  • Student