Student Engagement

Students are engaged in various ways based on the time they can commit to the projects. Students are expected to commit their full time during the period of their engagements.


Engagement Type

Number of days

Level of engagement

Short stint volunteers

2-6 days

  • Field work in coordination with those who have gone through vacation volunteering/ internship

  • Documentation work as required for the project

Vacation volunteers

7-21 days

  • Field work, research under the guidance of mentors

  • Working with short stint volunteers as and when required

  • Consumable outputs at the end of the project


Minimum 30 days full time

  • Deeper involvement with projects on hand

  • Field work, research under the guidance of mentors

  • Consumable outputs and outcomes at the end of the project

  • Blueprint of way forward to be defined

  • Possibility of being absorbed into long term paid internship (12 to 18 months) after completing studies


Why participate?

Depending on the level of engagement in projects, students will experience many of the following outcomes:

  • Understanding the very depth of the various issues our country faces by working directly on ground with the various stakeholders involved
  • Defining problem statements and devising feasible solutions
  • Interacting and engaging with experts in respective fields, who have worked on ground themselves and affected change at various levels
  • Understanding of Central and State level policies and their implementation
  • Extra-curricular value ad in the form of certificates for successful participants

Terms and conditions 

1. Students shall submit their updated CV
2. Face to face/telephonic interviews shall be held to screen students for selection into the program
3. No registration fee is required
4. No stipend will be given to the intern
5. Vacation volunteers and interns shall be reimbursed travel and food expenses on submission of bills. Reimbursement limits will be communicated once students are chosen for the program.
6. Students shall maintain a daily diary of their activities.
7. Students shall submit his/ her activity/project report with feedback (in the template provided) within the period. The report shall be in a specified format.
8. Completion of program means completing all the required activities, submitting the activity/project report and feedback form in the specified format.
9. Certificates will be provided to interns and vacation volunteers on successful completion of the program. Short stint volunteers will be given certificates after a total of 30 days of engagement.
10. The applicants are informed to check with Students for development website and over e-mail for any updates in rules and information of Campus 2 Community.
How to Apply
Submit your CV in the specified format to
SELECTION METHODOLOGY: Selection will be on the basis of the:
Details given in the Online Form
  • CV submitted to
  • Telephonic interaction with SFD student coordinator
  • Telephonic interview by a member of Interview panel


  • Urban Development
  • Urban Solid Waste Management
  • 24*7 Power for All
  • Women’s Empowerment (available for women only)
  • Lake Conservation
  • Digital India
  • Agricultural Production
  • Climate Justice
  • Right to Education
  • Urban Water Resource Management

Urban Development

Description of the issue:
With rapid urbanization taking place in India, it is critical that our cities get smart about their governance. Internet of Things is one of the essential tools that can be used to bring in this smartness.
Students will work with Bengaluru as the focus and determine use cases for IoT in various segments of public delivery of services.
Urban Solid Waste Management
Description of the issue:
Inefficient, poorly planned solid waste management (SWM) systems affects the aesthetics of cities, the health of its citizens, human rights of waste workers and our environment. Scientifically designed, efficient SWM systems are one of the most pressing urbanization issues in the country. SWM is one of the functions that come under the urban local body (ULB). Most cities/towns have failed on this front because of many factors like their lack of understanding the issue in it’s entirety, their lack to understanding of the technical aspects of waste processing and lack of proper guidelines to plan any aspect of solid waste management. The Government’s most popular mission, the Swachh Bharat Mission will be taking up solid waste management as their focus in the coming year. The Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules, 2015 are set to be in place very soon.
This project will focus on getting students to work with certain urban local bodies to assess their current SWM systems, gather all the relevant data to plan and propose systems and solutions for waste collection, transfer and processing. Further, they will work on a blueprint for future engagement of students with ULBs across India.
24*7 Power for All Alternative-Energy Solutions for Bengaluru
Description of the issue:
One of the approaches to tackle Bengaluru Urban’s power issues is BESCOM’s solar rooftop systems program. The program incentivizes residential and commercial entities to install roof top solar PV systems, thus creating additional, decentralized renewable power sources. While the program design and its associated incentives look good on paper, there have been issues in speedy implementation.
Students will be engaged to understand the policies in place, interact with stakeholders involved and figure out issues with ground realities of the implementation of this scheme. They will then go on to propose alternative approaches to solve the issue.
Women’s Empowerment (internship available for women only)-Bol Mythri
Description of the Issue:
Any issue focussing on empowerment and development of rural women needs to begin with a thorough assessment of the ground realities, cultural contexts and choices of local women and communities. A deeper understanding of women’s issues takes us to the basics of how a woman feels about herself, and consequently her treatment of herself, be it in terms of better food habits, allowing oneself medical treatment and feeling of worthiness to prevent occurrence of violence on oneself. This understanding takes us to the fundamental aspect of studying menstrual health, reproductive health and violence against women, especially in rural India. The population covered will include adolescent girls and women in the age group of 10-49 years. This project will focus on undertaking comprehensive intervention on the following 3 aspects:
  • Menstrual Health - Ground level assessment of factors that influence menstrual health will be studied. Focus on prevalence and treatment of menstrual disorders will also be a feature.
  • Reproductive Health - The project will study overall reproductive health with focus on safety of women who prefer home based deliveries.
  • Violence against women - An assessment of the prevalence of crimes against women and the local factors which influence it.
Lake Conservation
Description of the Issue:
Lakes are the lifelines for South Karnataka and years of neglect has made them completely defunct. The bigger issue is one of Rajakaluves that have been encroached killing in supply to the lakes. Lake revival includes forming teams and working with the system to get to the recovery process. 
Students will gain an understanding of legal systems, survey methodologies, land use related laws, hydrology and limnology. They will proceed with action learning activities post which they will have to come up with the blueprint for future students to work on the issue.
Digital India
Description of the Issue:
With a big thrust being given to the concept of Digital India, India is gearing up for a digital revolution. One of the major components of digitization is its use for planning and policy making. Large amounts of data (Big Data) linked with geo spatial maps needs to be collected, stored, processed and presented so that planning and policy making by Government bodies at various levels is more precise and in tune with realities on ground.
Students in this project will work on understanding the Digital India program in depth and then work out strategies for putting together data for different public services in a city and a set of gram panchayats. This exercise will form the backbone for working with data for all future student engagements that SFD carries out.
Agricultural Production
Description of the Issue:
Organic farming is safe, sustainable and healthy. While many farmers have realized the benefits of switching to organic farming, the challenge in creating sustained market demand for their produce still remains.
Students will work on creating the required databases of organic farmers, their produce and supply chain management systems from production to market.
Climate Justice-Climate Trends
Description of the Issue:
Climate change is a reality and various strategies are being worked on to reduce and mitigate its impacts. It’s impact on the poorest of the poor, whose livelihoods are directly linked with climatic conditions, is the most severe.
Students of this project will study India’s commitments to the INDC and then conduct a detailed study on the various agro-climatic conditions of Karnataka and the trends in its changes over the last millennium. Such a study will serve as the first step to begin work on correlating these trends with regional trends in livelihood practices like agriculture, fishing, forest produce etc.
Urban Water Resource Management
Water is a precious resource that is used for various purpose ranging from individual consumption to industrial production to public spaces. With growing populations and increase in per capita income levels, the strain on our water resources and distribution systems are only increasing.
Students will study and detail out water demand from various types of consumers, data requirements for waste water treatment plants and zone wise rainwater harvesting mapping in Bengaluru.
Right to Education
Description of the Issue:
Right to education The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act or Right to Education Act (RTE), is an Act of the Parliament of India enacted on 4 August 2009, which describes the modalities of the importance of free and compulsory education for children between 6 and 14.
As part of this internship program, students will research & analyse the Success and Challenges RTE act faces. They will:
  • Connecting with various stake holders (schools, parents, kids, lawmakers, teachers) to understand different perspectives.
  • Study success stories of other nations which have constitutional provisions for free and non-discriminatory education for all.
  • Come up with recommendations & plan of action to make best use of RTE act to ensure education reaches to every child in our nation.