Education for Development (E4D) is a non-profit social startup based in southern India. We provide free-of-charge higher education (>10th standard) and livelihood-enhancing training to previously neglected demographics, facilitating access to online course modules, basic lab facilities, and creative capacity-building workshops addressing the locally relevant challenges.
We’re working to revolutionize secondary and tertiary education in India and the developing world. It’s a huge task, and we need bright, ambitious, socially minded people (like you!) in order to achieve and extend our vision. We are looking for highly motivated students, recent grads, and any else with a passion for alternative education and the dedication to make the world a better place for all.
COME WORK WITH E4D!
We need enthusiastic interns to join our team in India and contribute to the development and operations of E4D. Ideal candidates would work with us on-site for a minimum of two months, and would be interested in a continuing collaboration with E4D after returning home.
We’ll provide local housing accommodations, at no cost, to any intern or visiting staff. For those who can commit to extended internship (> 3 months), E4D will consider requests to directly cover travel expenses. (For MIT students and recent alumni who are interested in shorter-term internships, we will work with you secure funding for travel/stipend through the MIT Public Service and India initiatives.)
If you’re interested, please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a resume/CV, and describe your interests and background as they relate to E4D’s work.
More About E4D…
Our Strategy: Here in India, we are acutely aware of the EdX and D-Lab initiatives, and their potential to completely upend conventional practices in higher education and mainstream technology development. Our educational model aims to bring the two philosophies together — we are creating community centres, where academic counsellors guide students in the selection and completion of computer-based coursework (e.g., MOOCs, tutorials) and specialized staff coordinate community Innovation Workshops. E4D provides students with access to the required facilities (computer/internet and labs/workshops), in conjunction with routine, individualized academic assessment and career counseling. Our flagship centre is located in Vellore (Tamil Nadu), and we are preparing to open two additional E4D centres in Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) and Tirupattur (Tamil Nadu) in the next few months.
Our Motivation: Based on extensive personal experience in one of India’s top-ranking, ever-expanding, private universities, we know that the present educational system does not hold the way forward for India — quite the contrary. The current system has tens of millions of Indian students vying for precious few spots in India’s top universities. The most prestigious national universities accept roughly 1% of applicants. Students who take up positions in private universities spend their last few formative years subjected to whims and biases of profit-seeking and publicity-minded administrators, with minimal regulatory oversight from the government. Transferring between Indian universities is not generally an option, and so, from day 1 of freshman year, undergraduate students at many private universities are trapped, with virtually no leverage, and everything to lose. Female students in particular bear the brunt of every bias and “cultural norm” held sacred by faculty, staff, and administrators, and must learn to accept the social status of cattle.
Meanwhile, roughly 80% of college-aged Indian youth have no prospects for higher education. Close to 100 million Indians can do little but wait for the current system to expand to accommodate them.
Our Mission: E4D offers a different way forward. Beginning with a handful of Centres in southern India, we are building a higher educational model focused on reaching the masses, rather than building universities. We seek to minimize infrastructure and costs, while taking full advantage of freely available online educational resources. Our goal in the next few years is to demonstrate an effective, rapidly scalable strategy, which can then be implemented on a broad scale, funded predominantly by national, state, and local governments, along with private and corporate benefactors.