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King's Tata Social Internship - India

TSI17 BBABsem UCB MPayton1The King's Tata Social Internship offers students in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine the opportunity to undertake a two-month internship project within the Tata Group in India.

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About Tata Social Internship


Tata Social Internship is a unique two-month experiential internship open to international students from some of the world's leading universities in the sustainability projects of Tata companies and Tata entities in India.

The scheme provides international students with a grass-roots level exposure to the real India and its culture while bringing international perspectives to the company projects, thus helping promote international understanding.  Since its launch in 2008, over 160 students have participated in the scheme.

As of 2018, the programme is currently offered exclusively with the following universities:

  • University of California - Berkeley/Davis/Santa Cruz (USA)
  • University of Cambridge (UK)
  • King's College London (UK)
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science (UK)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)

In 2018, the King's Tata Social Internship will enable two students from King's to intern with Tata companies, Tata entities' sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

The primary objective of the scheme is to give students the opportunity to work on social entrepreneurship, environmental development and CSR community based projects. These initiatives are set up by the Tata Group of companies and give students a grass-roots level exposure to India.  In turn students will bring their international perspectives and research skills to the company projects, and in so doing promote international understanding.

Successful King's Tata Social Internship students will spend eight weeks in India starting on Sunday 24 June 2018 and ending on Friday 24 August 2018, working with Tata companies on various projects. Internship places will be offered on a competitive basis and successful applicants will be matched by the Tata Group to an appropriate project. 

Internship Projects

King's has currently been allocated up to two projects for 2018:

Project 1: Tata Medical Centre / Cost of Treatment of Acute Myeloid Luekemia (AML)
Broad Topic Health
Detailed Title Cost of treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
Company Tata Medical Centre
Location Kolkata

In India the majority of health care expenditure is bourne by patient or their relatives. Acute Myeloid leukemia is a serious hematological illness that can be expensive to treat. However there have been almost 100 patients treated by the Haemat team in TMC. We would like to have an assessment of how much.

Key Deliverables

 1. Analysis of cost data of this patients including total cost.

2. Conduct an upto date literature review on the topic and arrange references.

3. Preliminary write up of the project so that it could be submitted as an original article.

4. Preparation of other documents related to administration of the project related to IRB waiver.

Prior Research Recommendations Some idea on health economics. 
Other notes The paper could be published and will be hopefully in the public domain.
Project 2: Tata Trusts / Primary Care Needs

Broad Topic Healthcare
Detailed Title Evaluate and suggest the best Model of addressing the Primary care needs for the population of India amongst the three models being implemented by Tata Trusts in different states.
Company Tata Trusts
Location Mumbai, Maharashtra

Public Health Systems are grossly inadequate to cater to the health-care demands of the 1.34 billion population of India. Challenges faced are lack of skilled personnel /inadequate infrastructure and qualities of the health care services are not uniform.

Primary health care can be a very effective mechanism to control healthcare costs while improving health outcomes by primary care doctors making referral decisions on the basis of accurate diagnoses and managing most patients in the community according to evidence based guidelines using generic drugs.

To improve primary health care access Tata Trusts has launched three models for addressing the primary care needs in different states of India. The models are as follows :

  • Creating access for Primary care with the help of Ramakrishna Hospitals in the region of Vrindavan and Varanasi (U.P).
  • Upgradation (Infrastructure/Technology) of the existing Urban Primary Health Centres that are being run by Nagpur Municipal Corporation to provide good quality primary care services to the urban poor of Nagpur.
  • Managed care for the population in the region of rural Vijayawada and Machilipatnam town which includes looking after their primary needs and also providing insurance for tertiary care.      

Further details of the models can be sought from

Key Deliverables
  • Study and evaluate the 3 programs launched by Tata Trusts.
  • Share the key findings on the progress of the programs.
  • Suggest the model which could be adopted by State Governments/Private Sector/Philanthropic Charitable organisations to help improve access to Primary Care.
Prior Research Recommendations

Study the Public Healthcare model in India and how usage of technologies enabled solutions/tasks shifting can improve the service delivery of the primary health in India.

For students wishing to apply for this internship, please contact to request additional reference work relating to this project.

Other notes

A case study would be used by the Tata Company and might be also loaded onto the Tata Social Internship website. Video clips or photographs will be enabled, containing 10-15 slides or clips, lasting 5 minutes long.

Project 3: Tata Steel / Tribal Medicine
Broad Topic Health – Tribal Healthcare System 
Detailed Title Detailed Title: Making of a Pharmacopeia of one of the block of Jharkhand in order to understand the disease prevalence as well as the plants used in the form of medicine. 
Company Tata Steel Rural Development Society 
Location Jamshedpur, Jharkhand 

Tribal Communities have an age old tradition of healing people with herbs, in order to preserve and promote their culture affirmatively and in turn providing basic health care to the remote villages where no medical facilities reach. Today Tribal Communities are highly prone to diseases and do not have the required access to basic health facilities. Strengthening their own traditional healing practices will not only contribute to their health but will also save out of pocket expenditure on health and the vicious cycle of being diseased due to poverty and being in debt in order to treat deadly diseases.

We have been working in this field since last year, and have organized some health camps of traditional healers, training sessions, a survey on community perception on tribal medicine and authentic healers search in a block Chaibasa of Jharkhand. We are also working on medicinal herbs plantations.

We are looking forward to expanding this project in the Jharkhand and Odisha tribal belt in order to build a model of peoples's health where 70% of the health care should be taken care at village level.

The pharmacopeia is one step in the project where according to the disease prevalence we will have the list of medicinal plants with all the necessary details that can further be used for training of healers. 
Key Deliverables

 1. Documentation of Healers knowledge (in the form of information booklet - this may be disease wise or body part wise).

2. Formation of training module of healers.

3. Firmation of pharmacopoeia.

Prior Research Recommendations
  1. Health care systems in the Tribal belt, India.
  2. Healthcare Infrastructure in Jharkhand and Odisha and its functionality.
  3. Traditional Healing Practices.
Other notes If the student is interested they can document the case studies of some peculiar Tribal Healers doing great work in respective geographical areas.


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In order to be eligible to apply for the Tata Social Internship, you must be an undergraduate student from the department of Global Health & Social Medicine.

  • Previous work or volunteer experience with NGOs/community groups, demonstrated leadership capacity and team working skills, excellent communication and organizational skills and a strong interest in India are all desirable.
  • Prior internships or jobs with Tata companies are not desirable.
  • As this is a cultural exchange, preference will be given to students who have not previously spent more than 1 month in India.
  • Successful candidates will be expected to take part in an orientation workshop with successful Tata Social Interns with LSE and Cambridge on Wednesday 13 June 2018. Your acceptance of a Tata Social internship is conditional on your commitment to attend this workshop. In addition, Tata Social interns are expected to learn some basic Hindi.
  • Tata Social Interns must also share their knowledge, learning and experiences from their internship with the sponsors, faculty, and students. Your acceptance of a Tata Social Internship depends on your commitment to participate in this review process.
Key Application Dates & Process

 Application Closing Date  Sunday 4 March 2018
 Interviews  w/c Monday 12 March 2018
 Project Dates  Sunday 24 June - Friday 24 August 2018

To be considered you will need to submit the following documents via the Tata Social Internship website by the deadline, stating clearly in your application which project or projects you are applying to. 

If successful in the written application round, you will be invited to an interview with the King's Internships Manager and a senior representative from the Global Health & Social Medicine department. Interviews are scheduled to take place w/c 12 March. 


Training & Support

2017TTrustsAngelicaLSE onsite 1Successful applicants will be expected to attend a half-day orientation workshop held in London on Wednesday 13 June 2018.  This will be held at LSE and will over topics including:

Living and working in India

An introduction to development (if appropriate)

The opportunity to hear from Tata directly

Meet with other Tata Social interns from KCL, LSE and the University of Cambridge

In addition, Tata Social Interns are expected to learn some basic Hindi and do some initial research on their project topic prior to arrival in India.

During their stay in India, interns will have the support of a Tata project representative and other necessary support. All company personnel will speak English and be able to help with the local languages. Local languages could be required for field research and domestic travel.

King's College London will undertake a mid-internship review with each intern.

King's Tata Social Interns will be expected to share their knowledge, learning and experiences from their internship with the sponsors, faculty, and students interested in participating in the next round of internship placements. Feedback on the experience will be in the form of a web based profile but could also include participation in a seminar.

If you have any further questions please contact Katie Black, King's Internships Manager - / 020 7848 1376. 

Costs & Arrangements

Tata will arrange and provide in India:

  • jaunt (17)All local boarding and lodging
  • Medical facilities
  • Meals
  • Official domestic travel costs
  • A daily allowance for incidental costs
  • Up to one third of the return cost of economy air travel to India
  • Other eligible costs incurred during the internship in India

All other costs - including personal costs and visas - are the responsibility of the internship holder.

Students may wish to apply to the Broadening Horizons Fund, the Student Opportunity Fund or other streams of funding available through King's, to support them financially throughout their internship experience.

Previous Tata Social Interns

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It is the first time King's has participated in this scheme, so there are no case studies from previous King's students, but there are plenty of reports from other students from LSE, Cambridge, MIT & UC, Berkeley. Visit to read about the experiences of previous Tata Social Interns. 

More Questions?

If you still have questions relating to the King's Tata Social Internship you can get in touch with us:

  • Katie Black, King's Internships Manager
  • +44 (0)20 7848 1376


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