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IIP-Can Support
New Delhi, India (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Partner Institution/Organization Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: IIP, International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Program Features: Community Service, Field Work
Degree Level: 2 First year Ugrad, 3 Sophomore, 4 Junior Time Away: Summer
Housing options: Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization Program Group: International Internship Program
Program Description:
About: CanSupport is a palliative care organization that has been working with cancer patients since 1996. Its home-based palliative care program is the pioneering model in North India for holistic care of people facing advanced cancer, run by multi-professional teams who have made death their life’s work, striving to add life to days whether or not days can be added to lives. CanSupport's focus is on the less privileged and under-served and all its services are provided free of charge.  In addition to palliative services, they also provide a range of supportive services which include an outpatient clinic for pain and symptom management for mobile cancer patients, a confidential helpline, peer support groups, and a day care center for children and adults undergoing treatment.

Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will work directly under the program director and assist with the development, implementation, and maintenance of patient care. Interns will also participate in marketing, fundraising, and outreach programs that benefit cancer patients and their families. There will also be the opportunity to carry out one or more of the following projects:
  • Stories and Publications -  This IIP intern will document 25-30 descriptive palliative care stories of cancer patients and their families; develop an illustrated publication with photos or illustrations; meet patients, caregivers, professional teams of doctors-nurses-counselors; draft the stories; outline illustrations and design the layout of the booklet; and then work with a team of a professional editor, illustrator/graphic designer and printer (provided by CanSupport) to publish the booklet. This IIP intern may also be asked to make creative PowerPoint presentations about cancer and palliative care awareness.
  • Finance/Accounting - Create standard operating procedures for the CanSupport finance and accounting policies. The aim of the project is to take an accounting process, break it down step by step, and document it in a manner of a flow chart. It must be standardized and easy to understand.
  • Marketing and Resource Mobilization - The resource mobilization department focuses on raising charitable donations from individuals and institutions.This IIP intern would help start serious marketing and advocacy initiatives. They would directly assist the Chief Marketing and Advocacy Officer in developing a marketing and advocacy strategy for CanSupport. This strategy will garner both financial and non-financial support from the public, companies, and trusts.
If these projects are completed, the students may be requested to take on additional small projects (e.g. writing patients’ stories, organizing art & craft session(s) with children with cancer, creating a library of audio-visuals/ videos on palliative care training, etc.).

Qualifications: IIP candidates should be motivated, organized, creative students, eager to make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer. IIP candidates with interests in psychology, statistics, journalism, event management, and marketing are encouraged to apply. Skills in storyboard, graphic design, illustration, cartooning, film-making and/or video editing would be an asset.

Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1:  I taught English to nurses and counselors, helped with activities at the daycare, assembled educational resources for the staff, assisted with other small tasks, such as editing a grant proposal and creating a brochure for one of the organization's programs. Intern #2: 1.Used computer skills and global health knowledge 2. Children’s day care observation and participation 3. Adult Day care observation and participation 4. Joined teams to observe home visits. Intern #3: I have several projects that I worked on. My first task was to help CanSupport digitize its patient files, which were currently kept in paper form. In order to do this, I worked with one of their engineers to develop an online catalog using forms and spreadsheets. On the side, I also to created presentations to raise cancer awareness, as well as instructive slideshows for the CanSupport teams.  I completed a research paper on volunteerism with CanSupport, with some additional information provided by the researcher herself. I also finished working on an online database of patient files, which currently operates a very basic format. The other intern and I also finished a rough draft of a CanSupport case study, which outlined the detailed history of the organization and its executive plans for the future. I learned a lot about the way patient care is handled in India, which offered very different circumstances for cancer patients.  Having gone into the field and interacted with patients, of many backgrounds, I also began to view palliative treatment in a new light.  I initially did not fully understand the nature of palliative therapy, nor did I have much knowledge of its medical implications; however, I can now see how much of an impact this type of treatment has on terminally ill patients and their families.  Furthermore, my supervisors provided me with a lot of information about cancer in India, and it was definitely been eye-opening to learn about the types of carcinogens, as well as other statistics, in this region. Intern #4: I wrote reports and helped create literature to be used in Cancer education workshops.

View a Powerpoint presentation from past IIP interns:

Lieberman_Alexandra_Laseter_Joseph, CanSupport, India.pdf
CanSupport India Kavanaugh Katie.pdf

Dates / Deadlines:
This program is not currently accepting applications. Please consult the sponsoring department's website for application open dates.
This program is currently not accepting applications.