The internship programme is an initiative of PHESA designed for undergraduates, postgraduates, and doctoral students of diverse backgrounds for the duration of 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year who are interested in working on public health issues of South Asia.

Under this programme, students get involved in ongoing projects of PHESA and get an exposure to public health research. They are educated on health disparities, health issues, professional development and community health promotion activities. Students receive certificate on successful completion of internship.


Interns are involved in various activities of the ongoing projects;

  • Developing protocol for systematic review under Cochrane methodology.
  • Trained on search strategies to conduct a systematic review.
  • Secondary data extraction from the literatures.
  • Involved in writing review articles on public health issues of South Asia.

If you are interested in internship with PHESA, please send an email with your details to:

INTERNS-2014 to 2020


July 2014

Dr. Ashrita Saran

Worked on the topic ‘Policy Prescription from Systematic Review Evidence on Conditional Cash transfer for improving uptake of health interventions in LMICs’. The manuscript is published in Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health.

Ms. Ashwiniy Shenoy
M.Sc. Biostatistics

Dr. Kumar Sumit

Dr. Megha Thakur

Ms.Miti Judith

Dr. Richa Jaswal

Dr. Tanvi Bansal

Mr. UN Yadav

August 2014

Dr. Mannat Sigh

Dr.Shradha Parsekar

  • Worked on the topic ‘An epidemiological overview of child sexual abuse’. The manuscript is published in Journal of family medicine and primary care.
  • Worked on the topic ‘Road safety in India: A public health concern’. The manuscript is published in Indian Journal of Community Health.

Aleksandra Krawczyk
B.Sc in Nutrition

Worked on the topic ‘Effect of Exclusive Breastfeeding on Rotavirus Infection among Children’. The manuscript is published in Indian Journal of Pediatrics

Dr.Arun Simon

Worked on the topic ‘Does atraumatic restorative treatment reduce dental anxiety in children? A systematic review and meta-analysis’. The manuscript is published in The European Journal of Dentistry.


Ms.Hanna Nelson

Ms.Dayeshwari Devi

Ms.Maria Mathews


  • Number of students completed internship: 13

  • Completed systematic reviews: 2

  • Papers submitted: 4

  • Accepted papers: 4


Dr. Sirjana Dahal, Dr. Santosh Agrawal & Ms. Valeria Bevilacqua (left to right)

  • Ms. Valeria Bevilacqua worked on the topic “Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) and current Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) strategies in South Asia: A review paper”. The manuscript is published in Clinical Epidemiology and Global Health.
  • Dr. Sirjana Dahal and Dr. Santosh Agrawal worked on the topic “Evaluating sanitization of toothbrush using various Decontamination methods” The manuscript is published in Journal of Nepal Health Research Council.

Mr. Kiran Bhandary

Mr. Kiran Bhandary worked on the topic “Application of Bayesian Meta-analysis in Public Health Systematic Reviews”.

Nachiket Gudi

Nachiket Gudi worked on the topic “Completeness of reporting in Indian qualitative Public Health Research: A systematic review of 20 years of literature”. The manuscript is published in Journal of Public Health.

This year we had ten interns who worked at PHESA on Secondary data analysis

Intern Details Worked on the Topic

Ms. Amy John, M.Sc. Statistics,
MAHE, Manipal.

 “Factors influencing institutional deliveries in India using district level household survey 4”.

Ms. Devaki B. Kotian, M.Sc. Statistics,
MAHE, Manipal

 “Determinants of “feeling worthless” among elderly, using data from Building knowledge base on Population Ageing in India (BKPAI) Data”.

Ms. Merisin Joseph, M.Sc. Statistics,
MAHE, Manipal.

“Factors Influencing Exclusive breast feeding in Uttar Pradesh”.

Ms. Shradha Shetty, M.Sc. Statistics,
MAHE, Manipal

“Environmental factors associated with tuberculosis in India using NFHS 3 data”.

Ms. Vrindha Pari, MPH
MAHE, Manipal.

worked on the DFID funded project –“Gender Responsive Policing”

Ms.Anna Baby, MPH MG University, Kottayam, Kerala

“Environmental and house hold risk factors affecting tuberculosis”.

Mr.Joyel Jofred, MPH
MG University, Kottayam, Kerala

“Association between intimate partner violence and contraceptive utilization”.

Mr. Syam Sekhar, MPH
MG University, Kottayam, Kerala

“Factors associated with exclusive breast feeding among 0-6 month’s infants in Uttar Pradesh”.

Mr. Sarath T.S, MPH
MG University, Kottayam, Kerala

“Factors influencing institutional delivery in India using district house hold survey -4”.

Ms. Aishwarya Ambat, Dr. Sabah Sharafs, Dr. Neha Prasad and Dr. Praveen Mangad, second year MPH students from Prassana School Of Public Health, MAHE were in PHESA as part of their research internship and conducted a review on the topic " Nipah virus: A review on epidemiological characteristics andoutbreaks to inform public health decision making”. The manuscript is published in Journal of Infection and Public Health. During the training period they also learned the basics of systematic review.

Ms Zinnia Sharma, MPH

Ms. Zinnia Sharma worked with PHESA as an intern for more than a year. She is a team member in the review ‘Effect of food fortification and supplementation on nutritional status of women: an evidence summary’. She was involved in various other PHESA activities.

Ms Zinnia Sharma, MPH

Ms. Zinnia Sharma worked with PHESA as an intern for more than a year. She is a team member in the review ‘Effect of food fortification and supplementation on nutritional status of women: an evidence summary’. She was involved in various other PHESA activities.

Dr. Priyanka Prasad

Dr. Priyanka Prasad, BDS, joined as an intern in December 2019 and will be working with PHESA for a period of six months. She is working on a systematic review on ‘Oral-health related quality of life in people living with HIV/AIDS: A systematic review protocol’

Ms. Ashima Rao

Ms. Ashima Rao joined as an intern in May 2020, for a period of six months, and is working on a systematic review titled “Interventions for women with psychological morbidity due to breast cancer or its treatment: An evidence summary of systematic reviews."



Working at PHESA provided me with the opportunity to develop better understanding of the importance of research and evidence based practice in the field of public health. As an intern, I enjoyed a large degree of independence with a great deal of supervision at the same time.

Maja Milkowska-Shibata

It was a good learning experience interning at PHESA. I could strengthen my understanding on Systematic Reviews and using evidence to inform policy making.
I would like to thank my mentors and colleagues for their support.

Nachiket Gudi

Internship with PHESA was one of the best opportunities I got to explore the researcher in me. PHESA's excellent team has always guided and motivated me, which has helped me be a responsible researcher today.

Prachi Prakash Kerkar

The internship with PHESA has made me explore and shape my research skills which helped me build my career in the research field. The research team I worked with was encouraging, thoughtful and knowledgeable. I learned a lot in a short period of time. The work ambience in PHESA is excellent which makes ones work go systematically.

Dr. Sabah M. Zubair

It gives me pride to say that I have learned a lot from PHESA and it has provided me moral boost to excel my career in Public Health.

Dr. Neha Prasad

I’m glad I decided to work with PHESA. I learned about systematic reviews and overviews as a team member. In addition, it was helpful to learn about designing and communication tasks.

Zinnia Sharma

Internship with PHESA helped me in building a deep knowledge in the field of research. The guidance provided was really helpful and the best part is that, tailored feedback was given to me throughout my internship.

Aishwarya S Ambat
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