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Doctors Without Borders Campaign Comms Internship 2016, US

Publish Date: Jun 05, 2016

Deadline: Aug 08, 2016

About program

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is pleased to announce its paid Internship Program. Interns gain practical work experience and support the work of our Communications, Development, Program, Human Resources (both for the field and the office), and Executive departments. Interns also gain a basic introduction to the field of international medical humanitarian aid and advocacy. All internships will take place in our New York office and will be paid at the rate of $10.00 per hour.

Important Information

  • This is a competitive program. Candidates will be selected on a merit basis.
  • Due to high volume of applications, only successful candidates will be contacted after the application deadline.
  • Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Candidates may apply for more than one term, but will only be contacted regarding the most current term.
  • International candidates are responsible for securing their U.S. work permit. If your CV indicates that you are not based in New York, please make sure to explicitly note in your cover letter that you will be available to move to New York City for the duration of the internship, if applicable.
  • All candidates are responsible for their own accommodation (and relocation, if applicable) in New York City. If your CV indicates that you are not based in New York, please make sure to explicitly note in your cover letter that you will be available to move to New York City for the duration of the internship, if applicable.
  • No calls or e-mails please regarding application status.

In addition to paid internships, Doctors Without Borders participates in work/study programs for those who qualify.

Application Instructions

If applying to more than one internship position, please send a separate application for each position. You can find application form by clicking the original link.

About internship

Type of position: Intern, paid

Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week

Duration: 3 months

Location: New York City

Objective: Provide administrative, writing, editing, research, graphic design, and production support to the Communications team of the MSF Access Campaign, while providing practical learning experience to an applicant interested in communications and campaigning on global health and the access to medicines movement.

Overview: Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a leading international, independent, medical humanitarian organization, dedicated to providing medical humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations in times of conflict or disaster.

In 1999 MSF created the MSF Access Campaign, whose mission is to increase access to—and push for the development of—affordable, practical, and effective drugs, vaccines, and diagnostic tests needed for our patients and others in the contexts where MSF works. We are a multi-disciplinary team that includes doctors, pharmacists, scientists, lawyers, as well as advocacy and communications experts. We also work with patient groups and other civil society organizations in response to their concerns over access to treatment. Information on the Access Campaign’s work can be found at, and

The MSF Access Campaign is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, but the team is spread out across many offices and functions as a “virtual” organization. Members of the communications team sit in New York, London, Geneva, and New Delhi. The head of communications is based in the New York office. The Access Comms Intern will work closely with the Head of Communications and other team members, offering day-to-day research, communications and administrative support, and meeting project-based needs as they arise.

This internship is ideal for anyone with a strong interest in communications and campaigning the crisis of access to essential medicines, diagnostics, and vaccines in the developing world.


  • Contribute to the writing, editing, proofreading, production, and updating of electronic and printed materials on Campaign-related topics, including coordination with external vendors (printer, distribution house, design firm, etc) and internal stakeholders (35%).
  • Produce weekly media coverage reviews for Access Campaign staff and assist Press Officer with updating media lists and database and other media/press research (20%).
  • Assist with design, editing, and production of graphic materials to support online and offline communications (15%).
  • Support communications projects as they arise in response to internal and external developments, including conducting research and summarizing relevant information (15%).
  • Provide general administrative support including taking meeting minutes, setting up meetings and conference calls, assisting with budget tracking, coordinating projects, organizing files, etc. (15%).

Skills applicants should have:

  • Bachelor’s degree. Relevant experience in communications and a technical field such as medicine, science, and/or global health.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills, and experience in developing different types of content for different audiences and mediums.
  • Strong graphic design and layout skills, including familiarity with Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop.
  • Ability to work independently on a number of separate, simultaneous tasks in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Excellent attention to detail, organization, and coordination skills.
  • Strong research skills and proficiency in drawing relevant information from highly technical content.
  • Full command of Microsoft Office suite of products, and fluency in some or all Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
  • Commitment to the public interest, with an interest in medical humanitarian aid and the struggle for access to essential medicines in developing countries.
  • Plugged into the social media landscape.

Please note: International candidates are responsible for securing their US work permits and should detail work status in their cover letter.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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