Short-term internship

Operation ASHA (OpASHA) is an NGO that uses an innovative technology-based community model to deliver healthcare to the disadvantaged. Specifically,OpASHA works with local people to treat tuberculosis in India and Cambodia, by using fingerprint technology to track treatment (DOTS, Directly Observed Therapy, Short-course). This ensures adherence and accountability for the patients and providers.

OpASHA’s model functions within the communities themselves, as healthcare is brought to the footsteps of the poor. Our treatment centers are conveniently located, camouflaged to avoid the effects of stigma on the patients, and locally employed.This model has been replicated in Kenya, Dominican Republic and Uganda.

OpASHA offers a unique internship opportunity that includes classroom study and field work. Interns will support OpASHA staff across the Communications and Operations departments, gaining useful, practical experience by working with the team.

The classroom portion consists of 8 lectures of 1 hour 20 minutes each. They cover the following topics:

• Lecture 1: Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Global Health Issues
• Lecture 2: Introduction to Tuberculosis
• Lecture 3:Tuberculosis: International and Indian scenario
• Lecture 4: Models of TB treatment used by Governments and NGOs across the world
• Lecture 5: Operation ASHA’s model
• Lecture 6: Use of ICT in TB control across the world and by OpASHA
• Lecture 7: The entrepreneurial spirit and funding guidelines for donors
• Lecture 8: Impact evaluation across the world and in OpASHA

The lectures on disease will be delivered by physicians, including Dr. Shelly Batra, MD, President of OpASHA and Dr. Smita Agarwal, MD who has over 3 decades of clinical experience. Lectures on various models and entrepreneurship will be taken by senior leadership of OpASHA including the CEO Sandeep Ahuja. ICT will be taken up by the technology experts within working in OpASHA and outside. The lecture on impact evaluation will be taken by OpASHA’s collaborators like Poverty Action Lab and John Hopkins University.

Lectures will be interspersed with field work. This will include field visits to OpASHA’s centers as well as a few other NGOs working in the area of healthcare. Interns will be able to interact with field staff and patients.

Throughout the internship, an internship supervisor will take care of interns. He will organize all logistics and also work as a translator for conversations with staff and patients, many of whom may not know English. The logistics arrangements will include airport transfers and transport for all field visits.

Field Work

1. Understanding Operation ASHA’s healthcare delivery model
2. Meeting community health workers, shadowing them, understanding their work and working as the community health worker for a few days.
3. Shadowing and learning the work of program manager. Helping program manager preparing all reports during the last 6 weeks of internship.
4. Learning about retrieval and analysis of data from the electronic medical record system and use of it to find health workers and program managers who are not performing well. Sharing analyses with concerned senior program manager to ensure improvements.
5. Attending meetings, along with program managers and senior officers, with Government officers and understanding how Operation ASHA builds and sustains relationships with Government officers.
6. Visiting Government laboratories and understanding how Operation ASHA maintains an ongoing relationship and gets free services from the Government.
7. Meeting people and patients from disadvantaged communities

The internship will last 10 weeks. All theoretical work will be completed in the first 4 weeks. The Winter Program begins on January 13, 2015, and the Summer Program begins on June 2, 2015.

Size of Batch
There will be a maximum of 6 interns in each batch.

Interns will be based out of OpASHA’s Headquarters in New Delhi, India.

The financial structure of this internship opportunity will ensure that Operation ASHA does not divert its resources from the core mission of serving the disadvantaged, while simultaneously sharing valuable lessons with youngsters who are keen to learn from its experience. To pay for the expenses of lecturers/speakers, supervisor and transport mentioned above, each intern will be required to pay $1,500 USD. The fee, once paid, will not be refunded.

Boarding, lodging and flights to/ from India
The intern will be responsible for organizing his/her visa and flights to and from New Delhi. Lodging will also be on intern’s expense. The usual cost for a single room with air conditioning in a shared apartment is about $400 per month. Operation ASHA’s staff can help find a suitable accommodation before intern’s arrival. Interns in the past have spent around $285 on food and transport every month. The above figures are representatives only and vary from intern to intern.


• Strong interest in health innovations to serve the poor
• Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree, or recently graduated
• Willing and able to adjust to a new country and culture
• Knowledge about Tuberculosis and its role in India
• Desire to learn from and contribute to OpASHA’s mission and model

If Interested, Please Send the Following Materials to

• Resume/CV
• Cover Letter
• Two References

Winter Program applications are due by November 25, 2014
Summer Program applications are due by April 20, 2015