Internships in the Millennium Villages

Internships in the Millennium Villages

The Millennium Villages Internship program provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain on-the-ground experience in sustainable development in a range of sectors -- public health, business development, agriculture, education, and infrastructure. The MVP is a unique project, where interventions are implemented through a multi-sectoral, community-based model. Students will be placed in one of the 14 MVP sites, which are located in 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Students provide assistance to the MVP teams managing and implementing interventions. Students will gain knowledge, tools, skills, and experiences that they can apply to their coursework as well as to their future professional pursuits.  Students will have a rewarding and challenging experience and make a genuine contribution toward achieving the MDGs in sub-Saharan Africa.

Note that only current Columbia University graduate students are eligible to apply. We welcome applicants who have an interest in sustainable development and demonstrate a commitment to working with underserved populations.


Internship placements are made based on the needs of each MVP site. Applicants should choose five projects from the attached list and rank them in terms of preference, with one being the most preferred project. We will work to match project availability, site capacity for interns, and student preference, but cannot guarantee that the first preference of accepted applicants can be met.

The Earth Institute offers a limited amount of funding for these internships. Students should also indicate if they have other sources of funding for the internship, including the amount of funding.

The MVP sites are located in Ethiopia (Koraro), Ghana (Bonsaaso), Kenya (Dertu & Sauri), Malawi (Gumulira & Mwandama), Mali (Tiby & Toya), Nigeria (Ikaram & Pampaida), Rwanda (Mayange), Senegal (Potou), Tanzania (Mbola) and Uganda (Ruhiira). For more information about the MVP and these sites, please visit


Summer Session: May – August 2011
Six-month Public Health Practicum: June – December 2011 (only for Masters Students in Global Health from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University)

General Application Deadline: March 7, 2011

Acceptance Date / Assignment Finalizations: March 31, 2011

Interns are expected to commit at least 2 months (8 weeks) to the MVP internship.


Please complete all sections of the application thoroughly.  Your application must include all of the following to be considered:

  • Internship Application Form
  • Résumé/CV
  • Letter from your academic adviser or dean of students at your school certifying that you are in good standing in the University

All applicants must send application and materials to:
Natalie Unwin-Kuruneri
Senior Program Manager, Earth Institute

Students from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons should also send their applications to:
Krystyna Cukrowski
P&S Office of Student Affairs