SaveLIFE Foundation (SLF) is an independent, non-profit organization committed to improving road safety and access to emergency medical care across India and the developing world.
SLF connects research, advocacy, communication and execution (RACE) to operate at the intersection of policy making and grassroots implementation for crash prevention as well as post-crash response. Over the past few years, SLF has facilitated the enactment of key legislations in India such as the Good
Samaritan Law adopted one of India’s deadliest highways to transform it into a Zero fatality corridor, trained thousands of Police officers and volunteers in life-saving techniques and built award-winning technology to connect and assist stakeholders including bereaved families from extremely poor backgrounds.
Vision Zero Project: Vision Zero is an initiative to build a replicable and scalable model of road safety to save lives on Indian roads. It is currently being implemented on the Mumbai Pune expressway, 112Km stretch on NH48 and an urban road in National Capital Region. The project follows a data driven framework to implement the Safe Systems approach on roads as recommended by WHO. The study of global best practices and adapting them for Indian road conditions in a scientific manner is integral to the project with an overall objective to have zero preventable deaths on adopted roads by 2021.
We would like the intern to create a handbook about the different components of the ZFC project. This will be refined and tailored throughout the internship. The objective of creating such a handbook is to ensure
- increased “use of evidence”, that is, greater understanding and awareness of evidence among public servants working on improving road safety in India and
- increased “embedded use of evidence”, that is, the increased use of robust evidence in processes, systems, and the working culture in government decision making structures within selected government agencies working on improving road safety in India.
The Intern would be associated with various SLF projects and would be expected to apply their classroom knowledge they have accumulated into implementable solutions across the 5 E’s of road safety – Engineering, Emergency care, Enforcement, Engagement and Enactment with primary focus on assisting in development of a framework for Emergency Care. The intern would also get involved and will contribute to research assignments linked with Vision zero project besides the ones focused on emergency care. Their daily activities would broadly include:
- To create a handbook that gives a comprehensive overview of the Zero Fatality Corridor Project and describes the policies, practices and procedures for external audience
- Cost- benefit analysis of the various practices
- Creation of a questionnaire for collecting information for the Handbook.
- Secondary data collation
- Establishing methods to gauge impact of various practices during the project
- Assistance in documenting various facets of the project
- The intern should preferably have interest in areas of public health, emergency care and road safety.
- Data collection and analysis process would require iterative processing, non-linear thinking and ability to critically reason outcomes.
- Multi modal communication skills including report writing, statistical modeling (plots and visualizations), and skillful listening & speaking would be desired.
- Ability to adapt to a culturally diverse environment, a curious and hardworking attitude and steadfastness in face of adversity and frustrations are a must.
SaveLIFE Foundation aims that all its employees adhere to its core values of:
- Dedication to Public service
- Mutual Respect
The office working is 9:30 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday. Our work environment is based on cooperation, high energy along with transparent and open communication. We regularly work with interns from different fields and we would likely be hosting other interns as well. Since this might be a virtual internship in a different time zone, we expect the intern to have high degree of initiative, solid workethic as well as ability to work independently.
The interns are expected to showcase leadership skills and ability to react effectively to dynamic situations. They would thus be provided with considerable autonomy, along with necessary support and supervision to ensure accountability. On a scale of 0 to 5, level of supervision would be a 3.
10 weeks between mid-May and mid-August 2019
In your personal statement, please try to address the following questions. You are allowed to exceed the 500 word limit if needed.
- Why do you wish to be part of this experience?
- What are your expectations from the program and how can you contribute to the same?
- What are your motivation to apply for this internship?
- How comfortable are you working with a team in a different time-zone? Was your last internship experience also virtual and in a different time zone? If yes, what strategies did you adopt for ensuring your deliverables during your virtual internship?
- Have you worked on creating a toolkit which helps in embedding and institutionalizing evidence? If yes, please share an example.
Students will be responsible for fulfilling visa requirements for an internship laid out by the Government of India if travel is feasible. The Interns would be part of an onboarding process where they would learn about the issue of road safety and emergency care and about the organization.
Quotes from Previous Fellows
"I'm working for the SaveLIFE Foundation in New Delhi. SaveLIFE is a nonprofit advancing road safety in India, as 147,000 die yearly in road accidents in India. We do so with a multifaceted public health perspective, utilizing approaches in policy, research, education, emergency care, public awareness, engineering, enforcement, and healthcare. I've had the chance to work on an understudied, but inequitable and deadly, public health issue from a spectrum of perspectives and strategies. On a day-to-day basis, I work in an incredibly hospitable office space and work on literature reviews, white papers, policy recommendations, and other projects. I'm really loving SaveLIFE and I highly recommend working here - feel free to ask me for more details!" Maxwell Ho, Summer 2019
Other key terms: Road safety, Emergency Care, Trauma Care