214. Sangath, Goa, India

Sangath is a non-governmental, not-for-profit research organisation committed to improving health across the lifespan by empowering existing community resources to provide appropriate physical, psychological and social therapies. Its primary focus areas include child development, adolescent and youth health, and mental health and chronic disease. A key element of Sangath’s philosophy is to strengthen state and private sector services by integrating and scaling up affordable and effective interventions through sustainable health systems. Sangath develops and tests contextually appropriate task-sharing interventions that empower low-cost human resources with knowledge and supervision to improve access to mental healthcare.

Website: www.sangath.in

Summer Project:

There are several possible projects that an intern may work on. The work plan is generally negotiated and agreed upon by the supervisor and the intern well before the start of the internship

Responsibilities:

These will vary depending on the requirements of the project that accepts the intern. Broadly we anticipate that the activities could include conducting literature reviews, drafting research documents (e.g. consent forms, interview guides), data entry, data analysis and writing up of research findings.

Qualifications:             

Previous training research methods or work experience in research/clinical activities is preferred, but not mandatory

Independence:

On a scale from 0 (very independent) to 10 (very supervised), this internship will be about a 6.5.

Work Environment:

The intern will be placed with the project team. A desk space would be provided for the intern. Other interns may or may not be present during the internship period. This depends on the stage of the project and the need for interns. Sangath, in general provide safe working environment to all their staff

Additional Requirements:

The interns have to apply for an Internship Visa to intern at Sangath, and the required documents will be provided by Sangath.

Brief description from the Summer 2017 Fellows:

“I am working a project which is implementing remedial education in Indian schools to help low-preforming students to cope in the classroom. I am working on the monitoring and evaluation for the project. So far, my work has consisted of creating spreadsheets to record the data that we collect. I will also be interviewing the heads of the schools in which we are working. I have loved the work and look forward to the rest of the summer!” – McKenna Roberts

“I am interning at Sangath, a research nonprofit in Goa, India that works to expand access to mental healthcare. One innovative strategy that Sangath uses is training lay people to deliver specific mental health interventions. I am working on a qualitative project called Lay Health Workers Experience in Task-Sharing, which focuses on the experiences of lay health mental health counselors across India. I am also doing quantitative work for a previously completed project which studied interventions for alcohol dependence. I am really grateful for the opportunity to be here -- I am learning so much and loving the experience.” – Emma Seevak

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