Newcastle University Business School

Internship - Tata Medical Center

Tata Medical Center

Suitable for Stage 2 students of all degree disciplines, who have an interest in healthcare and corporate social responsibility.

Internship info


Gain an insight into one of India’s biggest brands, the Tata Group, with an internship at the Tata Medical Center Kolkata, alongside students from Groningen University.

The Tata Group is India’s best known global brand. Tata operates in more than 80 countries across six continents and encompasses seven business sectors -communications and information technology, engineering, materials, services, energy, consumer products and chemicals. In 2000 Tata purchased Tetley and British car brands Jaguar and Land Rover also became part of the Tata group in 2008. It has a long history of philanthropic activities and is primarily owned by various charitable trusts.


Tata has a state of the art medical centre in Kolkata for cancer research, diagnosis and treatment, which is where you will be based during the internship. Tata Medical Center is a philanthropic initiative aimed specifically at helping cancer patients from the east and northeast of India. Its mission is to promote the prevention and cure of cancer patients and provide rehabilitation and palliative care to them.


You will be based in Kolkata, India and will stay in Tata approved accommodation in Newtown.


The Tata internship will commence in early July and will last for 6 weeks. Exact timings will be revealed in due course.


You will work in a team with a student from Groningen University on a primary research project involving quantitative and/or qualitative analysis.

Tata Medical Center, Kolkata is a state of the art cancer center in eastern India and has been hosting interns from Newcastle University and University of Groningen for the past few years. The interns and the psycho-oncology department has completed several projects on diverse topics such as; stress and wellbeing of professionals; decision making in oncology and smoking initiation in young adults in the community. All the above projects have been accepted for publication or original research article.


Proposed project for 2019

Title: Adult Attachment style influencing heath related help seeking in young adults.

Two students will work together to complete a two-part project.

Tata are looking for students who are passionate about social science research, you should be comfortable interviewing young people and able to explore their views systematically.

The first project will involve interviewing young adult students from a local university. You will explore ‘how do adult attachment related behaviors impact health related help-seeking’ using mixed methods research design. In simple words, the idea behind the project is how adults relate to other adults and the influence this has on how they think about their place in the society and in turn how they ask for help.

The second project will be mainly based on data analysis from secondary data already recorded in the hospital and will require you to work on Excel or SPSS.


You will develop excellent awareness of social responsibility working with a recognised ethical business, as well as gain a unique first-hand insight into the Indian health care system.

Get the chance to conduct primary research and present this research to the Board of the Medical Center!

How many places are available?

1 place for Newcastle University Business School students

1 places for Groningen University FEB students

What are the costs?         

Flights: Approximately £500-£700 return

Accommodation & meals: Approx. £700 (accommodation and meals approx. £17 per day).

Students applying to the Tata Medical Centre internship can apply for a bursary to cover some of these costs.

What did previous students say?              

“After I have completed my bachelor’s degree, I hope to go on to complete a master’s degree in development economics and this opportunity gave me invaluable experience of working in a developing country. I improved my qualitative interview skills and my communication skills with people who have limited English. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in India and all of these experiences will be vital in postgraduate applications and study.”

Additional Information

Last year’s interns travelled extensively to New Delhi, Agra and even the Sundarbans National Park.

Tata Medical Center website