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India: AIDS prevention education internship

June 3–July 25, 2018 


The International Alliance for the Prevention of AIDS (IAPA) and the ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change are excited to continue their partnership to provide this unique Global Health Volunteer Internship in Chennai, Tamil Nadu-India. The ASU faculty mentor for this program is Alissa Ruth.

Over 8 weeks, students will work with IAPA to develop and deliver AIDS education in a variety of teaching sites, including government and private secondary schools, as well as universities. Students who participate in this internship (and receive credit through the School of Human Evolution and Social Change) can count this for the global health study abroad requirement.

Information about the program

One of the goals of IAPA is to provide a rewarding and life-changing experience for both the volunteers who come from the United States, as well as those who are from India. This is accomplished in several ways, including:

  • Basic Tamil instruction to facilitate basic communication with those in Chennai, allowing for volunteers to completely immerse themselves in South Indian culture.
  • An Orientation for the volunteers from both the United States and Indian to prepare them for working together.
  • Free time in the evenings and weekends to go out to experience local culture while exploring Chennai, including its surrounding towns, beaches and cultural sites.
  • Select long weekends off from teaching to travel near and far and visit beautiful places all across India.

In addition to curbing the spread of HIV, a major focus of this organization is to show the volunteers the beauty of India and encourage them to invest their hearts in Indian culture while continuing to fight against HIV. We believe that by doing this the volunteers are motivated to an even greater degree to have a lasting impact in Chennai.


Students will receive 6 credits of SSH 403: Cross-Cultural Studies in Global Health (fulfills CLAS Science & Society; and/or fulfills General Studies L/SB & G).

Application Process

(Deadline for 2018 program has passed.)

  1. Students must download the application from the IAPA webpage and apply directly to them. Click here to download the application.

    Questions about the IAPA application should be directed to
  2. If chosen by IAPA, in order to receive credit for this experience, students will be asked to complete an application in the ASU Study Abroad Office's system for the School of Human Evolution and Social Change's India Internship. Once your study abroad application is confirmed, you will be able to sign up for the 6 credits of SSH 403: Cross-Cultural Studies in Global Health. (Note: Receiving credit for this experience is optional. However, for Global Health Students who wish to receive credit toward their study abroad requirement, you MUST sign up for 6 credits of coursework. Please see costs listed below.)  

Questions about the Global Internship Program should be directed to

Students from other universities and colleges are welcome to participate in this program but, for course registration and risk management purposes, must first be admitted to ASU for the summer only as nondegree seeking students before starting their summer program application. Please see the Apply section of our website for more information.

2018 Program Fee: $3,970 

Note: Previous program participants have received funding through Gilman Scholarships; learn more.

Helpful links

Learn more about the IAPA AIDS Education curriculum.

Learn more about extra projects for students.

Find out about travel in India.

What can participants expect?

Read the blog by Annie Richards, ASU biochemistry and global health major, summer 2014 intern.

Watch a video of IAPA's AIDS Education work.