Operation ASHA (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 and 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
- 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 Shelly Batra, MD, President of OpASHA, 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.
The field work includes the following.
- Understanding Operation ASHA’s model.
- Meeting community health workers, shadowing them, understanding their work and working as the community health worker for a few days.
- Shadowing and learning the work of program manager. Helping program manager preparing all reports during the last 6 weeks of internship.
- 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.
- Attending meetings, along with program managers and senor officers, with Government officers and understanding how Operation ASHA builds and sustains relationships with Government officers.
- Visiting Government laboratories and understanding how Operation ASHA maintains an ongoing relationship and gets free services from the Government.
The internship will last 10 weeks. All theoretical work will be completed in the first 4 weeks. The Summer Program begins on the first Tuesday of June. The Winter Program begins on the second Tuesday of January.
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 for $1,500 USD. The fee, once paid, will not be refunded.
Boarding, lodging and flights to/ from India
Intern will be responsible to organize visa and flights to and from New Delhi.
Board, 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 nearly $250 on food every month.
The above figures are representatives only and vary from intern to intern.