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SIT India: Public Health and Human Development Internship (Summer)
New Delhi, India (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Please see application instructions for this program below.
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
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Areas of Study:
Health and Human Services, Internship, Public Health
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Housing Options:
Homestay, Hotel/Hostel
Class Eligibility:
2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
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Program Description:

India: Public Health and Human Development Internship 

Explore the link between public health and human development through a seminar and five-week internship with a local community or research organization, public health-related business, or international NGO.

Program Highlights

  • Gain professional experience in a supportive environment.
  • Build cross-cultural skills and gain valuable experience in an international work environment.
  • Enjoy access to SIT’s wide network of experts and organizations.
  • Focus on public health issues experienced by women, children, and other vulnerable groups.
  • Reflect on your internship experience through journaling and weekly discussions with your group.
  • Go on excursions to under-resourced communities and neighborhoods in Delhi to understand the nuances and public health and human development.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.


The internship will introduce you to public health in India. Internship placements will mainly be at organizations in New Delhi but also in other approved locations.

Throughout the five-week internship, you will keep a daily journal about your experiences and will have regular sessions with SIT faculty to reflect on your experiences.

In addition, you will submit a paper in which you describe, assess, and analyze what you learned during your internship. The paper will outline the tasks you completed throughout the internship, professional relationships you developed, and challenges you encountered and how you overcame them.

Internship fields: Public health, primary healthcare, reproductive and child healthcare, nutrition and food security, traditional healthcare practices, environmental health, public policy, and education  

Sample internships:

  • Gaining an understanding of issues related to marginalization and access to healthcare for women, children, and tribal communities at DEHAT
  • Assisting with a wide range of healthcare issues, including maternal and child healthcare, at a district hospital
  • Learning about issues related to disability and the medical and social rehabilitative model of the KIRAN Centre with KIRAN Society
  • Using traditional healthcare practices and holistic and traditional philosophy in Ayurveda and yoga at Kayakalp

Key Topics of Study

  • Traditional and holistic approaches to the healthcare practices of Ayurveda and yoga
  • Social, cultural, political, and economic factors affecting public health and available services
  • Rights-based advocacy within India’s public health program planning
  • Health system delivery in a variety of socio-cultural contexts
  • Roles of stakeholders and institutions in delivering healthcare services
  • Social complexities and cultural diversity that affect public healthcare
  • Healthcare in urban and rural environments
  • Theories of the right to health

Money Matters

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:

  • All educational costs, including educational excursions
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance


  • SIT awards nearly $1.3 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. 
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

Contact SIT Study Abroad

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/01/2018
Rolling Admission 06/01/2018 07/20/2018

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