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Yuva for Sewa


Yuva for Sewa is an unpaid summer internship and offers opportunity to young adults to contribute their time to a larger movement of serving humanity. The program is designed to actualize the message of Sewa International, which believes that service to humanity is service to Divinity

What is Yuva for Sewa?

Yuva for Sewa (YFS) is a program for youth (age: 18 to 30) from all over the world as well as for youth in India. YFS partners with local service organizations (or NGOs) to develop 10-week Sewa internship projects. These projects are based on the needs of NGOs that can be helped with by a volunteer from YFS. The volunteer is expected to focus on a single issue or target to be completed in phased manner within his/her internship period.

Since its inception in 2006, YFS has provided 73 youth with the opportunity to volunteer their time for different service projects, based on their interests and expertise. Projects are available in health care, education, environmental awareness, women's empowerment, rural development and micro-finance. Interns spend the duration of their internship working with NGOs in the community. They seek to serve and engage in a transformative experience that empowers them, as they strive to make an impact in their chosen field.

Timeline and Locations

In 2018 Yuva for Sewa internship projects are located in two different cities in India:

  1. Bangalore, Karnataka
  2. Pune, Maharashtra

The summer internship will
Start Date: Monday June 11th, 2018*
End Date: Friday August 10th 2018*

*Flexible for students whose finals are conflicting with our start date.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit an online application form by March 31st, 2018. Selected applicants will be invited to a phone interview followed by an in-person interview. Successfull applicants will be notified by email or phone.

Cost of Internship

Upon accepting the internship offer, applicants will be required to submit a $695 administration and application fee. The fee covers a 5-day cultural orientation, 10-week boarding, lodging and a 4-day cultural trip to medieval temples and UNESCO World Heritage Center. A great bargain! (candidates are responsible for their international air tickets and local transport).

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Selection Criteria

Interns must:

  • Have graduated high school or be at least 18 years old at the start of the internship
  • Be able to participate in the full ten-week internship program
  • Be currently residing in US or Canada and
  • Possess strong enthusiasm to make a difference and willingness to serve.


All interns will be required to arrive in Bangalore by Sunday June 3rd, 2018 where the one week orientation program will be conducted. Orientation will include general training about projects and basic cultural information for interns. All the interns will join their respective teams and leave for their assigned location after the orientation.


After orientation, interns will focus on specific projects and spend the duration of their internship with other volunteers working on the same project. For detailed project descriptions, please visit: 2018 YFS International Internship Projects.

Housing, Travel and Safety

Our partner NGO will assist fellows and interns secure suitable housing near their placement. As fellows and interns arrive in Bangalore, our partner NGO member will meet them at the airport and help them adjust to a new culture. Sewa encourages applicants to be cognizant of the inherent risks of traveling and living in a different country. Click here for similar FAQ.

Yuva for Sewa Projects

Emergency Relief




Community Development

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