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Internships Doctors Without Borders HIV and Tuberculosis Policy 2016, US

Publish Date: Jul 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

Reports to: HIV & TB Policy Advisor for Access Campaign

Type of position: Intern, paid
Duration: 3 months–4 months (depending on term)
Location: New York City

Objective: Provide administrative, communications, research support to the HIV & TB Policy advisor of the Access Campaign while providing practical learning experience to an applicant interested in HIV/AIDS and TB and drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) policy advocacy.

Overview: The Access Campaign undertakes research and advocacy to raise the importance of the issue of access to essential medicines internationally. The Campaign hopes to achieve sustainable solutions to reduce the price of essential medicines and stimulate medical research and development for diseases that primarily affect low income populations. The Campaign operates within the Program Department at MSF-USA.

The HIV and TB Access Policy Intern will support the activities of the Access Campaign as necessary to scale up efforts to improve the quality and accessibility of HIV/AIDS and TB/DR-TB services, including proper and effective diagnosis and treatment. This includes tracking the current issues relevant to the Access Campaign, providing research and analytical support to the HIV & TB Policy Advisor of the Access Campaign, providing administrative support for Access Campaign initiatives, drafting communications and advocacy materials, and coordinating and preparing material for advocacy meetings and working groups.

Candidates should have knowledge and interest in global health, including HIV and TB. This internship is ideal for anyone with a particular focus on HIV/AIDS and TB/DR-TB policy advocacy and the crisis of access to essential medicines in the developing world.


HIV & TB Access Policy Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Convene conference calls of internal networks' working groups and assist with preparation, note taking, and dissemination of key documents.
  • Draft letters to policymakers and global health actors.
  • Assist the HIV Policy Advisor with collecting information and maintaining a database on essential information and relevant HIV and TB national policies.
  • Conduct research on current access topics, conferences, advocacy targets and related NGOs. 
  • Disseminate MSF advocacy related information through our network of contacts.
  • Track HIV and TB Access Campaign related information in the media and listserves.
  • Maintains a database of key literature/annotated bibliography.
  • Assist the HIV & TB Policy Advisor in convening internal and external meetings.
  • Assist with writing basic memos.
  • Maintain and update calendars of key global health meetings and conferences.
  • Provide general administrative support.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Skills applicants should have:

  • Experience in HIV/AIDS or TB/DRTB advocacy and/or Masters Degree preferable.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • A working knowledge of MS Word and Excel.
  • Excellent attention to detail, fastidious commitment to correct referencing, outstanding organizational skills, and proofreading ability.
  • An interest in medical humanitarian aid and the fight for access to essential medicines.
  • Background knowledge/familiarity with global health actors, US legislative processes, pharmaceutical research and development, and intellectual property/trade barriers to affordable and accessible drugs helpful.
  • A commitment to health and social justice.
  • Initiative and confidence to work independently and ask questions in a fast-paced work environment.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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