Mehar Baba Charitable Trust (MBCT) is a community-based civil society organization that offers a variety of economic, health, and social services. they reach over 150 villages and are focused on bridging the urban-rural gap in opportunities for health, education, employment and women empowerment. Their projects can be of interest to students with a wide range of disciplines; law, social work, engineering, public health, health promotion, exercise, nutrition, sports, business and policy. 


Interns will assist in various projects such as conducting research through community health assessments, workshops, community development and ensuring that water is safe to drink. Interns can also get involved in their campaigns for child development and education, and for Prevention of Violence Against Women & Early Forced Marriage of Women.


There is no language requirement. 


MBCT has housing available for interns to rent


  • University of Utah tuition
  • Academic Fee: $300
  • Housing and Living Expenses
  • Travel 


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 Jean Oh to set up an interview. During the interview you will receive more information on program specifics.