Development in Action promotes sustainable and responsible overseas development experience through our India Internship Programme. We offer placements with community-based organisations who we have worked with for many years and provide young people with the chance to work on grassroots development projects, whilst experiencing everyday life in India. Through the scheme, interns are encouraged to engage in wider issues of global citizenship and sustainable development, whilst gaining new skills and experience. DiA placements offer the chance for participants to live and work independently, while also providing a strong support network and cultural orientation programme.
Our placements are challenging and unique.
Over the last 20 years, we have worked closely with a number of small community-based organisations in various locations across India. We work hard to match intern skills with the needs of our partner organisations. Further details of all our partner organisations can be found here.
DiA is a small, volunteer-run not-for-profit organisation. The placement fee covers the costs of the India programme. We support interns to fundraise to cover these costs and raise awareness of what we do.
We support interns before, during and after their placement.
The UK selection day and training will introduce interns to DiA, our view on global citizenship, and help interns fully prepare for their India placements. The India Intern Coordinator (IIC) provides in-country support to our interns, running the Orientation Week in Pune and visiting interns and partners during their placements. On return to the UK, the committee will deliver a debriefing and post- placement support workshop, allowing interns to carry forward their experiences both in their professional life and through further involvement with DiA.
Interns can continue their involvement with DiA after they return from India.
Interns are encouraged to join the Management Committee and contribute to running the organisation or to draw on their experiences as a global citizenship workshop leader. Other short-term opportunities include contributing to the DiA Blog and getting involved with our fundraising activities.
To apply for a place on our India Programme click here.
Download our India flyer here.