Rising Star Outreach helps leprosy colonies in India become thriving, self-sufficient communities. We accomplish this through a holistic approach using three major initiatives: economic rehabilitation, medical care, and education.  Leprosy is curable, yet people who have contracted leprosy must often spend their lives completely isolated from society, even after they have been cured. An estimated 100 million people worldwide are victims of this discrimination. In India there are over 700 leprosy colonies where the stigma of leprosy is inevitably perpetuated. If caught early enough, leprosy can be stopped before it ravages a body and ruins a life. 


Responsibilities and assignments generally relate to the three core initiatives at Rising Star Outreach: economic rehabilitation, medical care, and elementary education with emphasis on English language development.  Interns reside on the safe and secure Rising Star Outreach campus and will usually be asked to manage volunteer programs that support one of the three core initiatives. The internship experience involves leadership, fulfilling administrative functions as assigned, supporting local organizational management, possible execution of special projects, assessing strengths and weaknesses of specific programs, and when applicable, preparing and/or conducting impact analyses. 

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There is no language requirement. 


Housing, food, training, and program support are all included.


Costs include:
        Positions over 3 months have no program fee
        Academic Fee - $300


International interns are eligible to apply for the Hinckley Global Scholarship offered through the Hinckley Institute. Information can be found here. The Hinckley Institute also offers a low-interest loan program found here. In addition to funding through the Hinckley Institute, scholarships are available through the Center for Learning Abroad.


Internship dates may vary depending upon location but are based around the academic calendar:

  • Fall Semester: September-December
  • Spring Semester: January-April
  • Summer Semester: May-August


Students are required to register for a minimum of 3 HNKLY credit hours and a maximum of 12. International interns are required to submit 4 reflections and 10 weekly updates throughout the semester, as well as write a final policy paper, which is due 4 weeks after the end of the semester.


Students are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which provides cultural and safety training and explanation of academic requirements. Students also meet with the program manager upon returning from the internship.


Please submit the Hinckley online application before the deadline and then email Global Internship Manager Courtney McBeth to set up an interview. During the interview you will receive more information on program specifics.