A joint initiative of the M.S. Chadha Center for Global India and the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education


Princeton University’s M.S. Chadha Center for Global India (CGI) and the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education are partnering to launch and expand Princeton’s Startup Immersion Program in Bengaluru, India (PSIP-Bengaluru). PSIP-Bengaluru is an immersive summer program for talented Princeton students seeking real-world experience at emergent startups in Bengaluru, often referred to as the Silicon Valley of India.

Since 2016, the Keller Center has offered PSIP programs in locations including New York City, Tel Aviv, Israel and Shanghai, China. More than 330 undergraduate and graduate Princeton students of all academic majors have experienced impactful internships with 85 startup companies in these entrepreneurship hubs.

The PSIP-Bengaluru program was initiated in 2022 by CGI Faculty Director Anu Ramaswami with input from CGI’s advisory boards, as well as Princeton alumni in India. It builds upon the Keller Center’s prior successes in other global cities. The program is made possible through the generous support of Sumir Chadha ’93, co-founder of CGI and WestBridge Capital, and a former trustee of Princeton University.

Bengaluru insights from Princeton '96 Prof. Julian Marshall, Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of Washington

Why PSIP-Bengaluru?

India is now the most populous nation and the fifth largest economy in the world. Several Indian startups are advancing lean innovation in a rapidly urbanizing and growing economy, aiming for net-zero emissions by 2070.

Apply to PSIP-Bengaluru to work at early-stage startups focused on environmental sustainability; digital art, media and AI; and social equity and public good.

Companies which recruited interns in 2024:

  • Axio - financial inclusion (social equity)
  • Indiqube - green/shared office spaces (sustainability)
  • LEADGroup - digital learning solutions for schools
  • Rapido - motorbike sharing in Indian cities (sustainability)
  • Sentra.World - AI and analytics for industrial decarbonization (sustainability)
  • WestBridge - late-stage venture capital financing


Applications for 2024 are now closed. Check back in November for future opportunities in Bengaluru for Summer 2025.