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.
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. Details of some current projects are available at the ‘What we do’ link on the Sangath website.
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.
Previous training research methods or work experience in research/clinical activities is preferred, but not mandatory. What is critical is the willingness to learn and to embed oneself into a new cultural setting.
The intern will be placed with the project team. A desk space would be provided for the intern. Other facilities such as access to a library and internet access will be provided. 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, provides a safe working environment to all their staff.
On a scale of 0 to 5, the level of internship supervision from very little (0) to a great deal (5) will be a 3.5. However, there will be variations based on the project that accepts the intern and the level of competence of the intern.
The interns have to apply for an internship visa to intern at Sangath, and the required documents will be provided by Sangath.
Quotes from Previous Fellows
“I am interning at Sangath, an NGO which researches mental health in Goa, India. I work within the Addictions Research Group (ARG) and have been analysing data from an alcoholism study and a domestic violence sub-study. Additionally, I have been training in qualitative research methods, such as the coding of interview transcripts. I am currently working on the qualitative analysis of previously collected data for the domestic violence study and have been collaborating with my fellow interns to conduct a systematic review! I'm really grateful to have been able to spend this summer interning at Sangath!” Aarushi Shah, Summer 2018
“For the past three weeks, I have been working on two different research projects at Sangath. I am first conducting a systematic review that evaluates the efficacy of interventions for domestic violence in low and middle income countries. I am also cleaning and analyzing quantitative data on an alcoholism intervention in Goa. I have loved the work so far, and look forward to continuing to learn about research, mental health, and addiction this summer at Sangath.” Alison Garber, Summer 2018
“This summer I'm interning with the NGO Sangath, a research-based organization that runs mental health studies to build the evidence base for sustainable, cost-effective interventions that can be scaled up by the local government. I am involved with a capacity-building arm of the ESSENCE project, in which we're putting together a course on mental health reporting for media professionals. We know that poor mental health reporting contributes to stigma, and that rates of suicide or self-harm, for example, increase following high-profile news involving these mental health issues. This course teaches journalists and media professionals the socio-biological context of mental health conditions and trains them to become mental health advocates on their platforms. I am grateful to be working with this brilliant team!” Aish Lovett, Summer 2018
“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, Summer 2017
“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, Summer 2017