The Deshpande Sandbox serves as a home for NGOs in a variety of fields to experiment and develop programs that are then implemented in neighboring areas. Applying a 'bottom up' approach to building scalable solutions, the Sandbox works to create an effective ecosystem where resources are put to use through entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability. The Sandbox recently initiated a program to develop English skills amongst six- to nine-year-old students through remedial classes. Stanford students will undertake research on the program’s effectiveness, with a particular focus on the role of teachers and teacher training, but also on other issues.
Location: Hubli, Karnataka, India
Dates: The internship is for a period of 4-6 weeks, with the exact period to be determined (either the month of July or August).
The Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development will cover:
Round-trip, economy class airfare (based on fares to and from San Francisco)
A nominal stipend, sufficient to cover food and basic living costs including in-country transportation necessary for research
Students receiving financial aid will have supplementary money added to the stipend depending on the level of aid.
Students are financially responsible for:
travel medicine consultation
all other incidental expenses including personal travel
What you will do
Quantitative research on the impact of the Skill in Village program for improving English skills for 6th through 9th grade students, based on available data collected by the Deshpande Foundation
Qualitative research on its impact based on discussions with students and qualitative assessment of teacher skills and training based on discussions with teachers
Village visits to conduct this research (in the form of day trips)
Exposure to other programs being run, and involvement in other activities, by the Deshpande Foundation
Development of MIS for the Skill in Village program that can be the basis for future and on-going research
Eligibility and Requirements:
Stanford undergraduates and graduate students in good academic standing are eligible to apply.
All majors are welcome.
Students must be currently enrolled at Stanford, as well as academic year 2019-20.