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Internships Doctors Without Borders to Provide Research and Administrative Support 2016, US

Publish Date: Jul 15, 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.

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.

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.

About internship

Reports to: U.S. Manager of the MSF Access Campaign

Type of position: Intern, paid

Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week

Duration: 3 months–4 months (depending on term)

Location: New York City

Objective: Provide research and administrative support to the U.S. Manager of the MSF Access Campaign while providing practical learning experience to an applicant interested in global health and policy advocacy on access to medicines.

Overview: The MSF Access Campaign undertakes research, policy, and advocacy to raise the importance of the issue of access to essential medicines internationally, with a focus on developing countries where MSF works. 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 Access Intern will support the ongoing research, advocacy, and administrative activities of the Access Campaign in the USA. This includes tracking the current issues relevant to the Access Campaign, providing research and analytical support, supporting the overall management of data and files, and assisting in preparation of information for advocacy and policy strategies.

This internship is ideal for anyone with a particular focus on policy, advocacy, and the crisis of access to essential medicines, diagnostics, and vaccines in the developing world. Preferred knowledge and interest in US politics and funding for global health, congressional processes, intellectual property, international trade, and new innovation models. 

Duties: Access Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Conduct research on current access topics, advocacy policy targets, US government, and other relevant stake-holders (60%).
  • Attend meetings and conferences and track Access Campaign related information in the media, meetings, and calls (25%).
  • Provide general administrative support to the Campaign including database entry, mass mailings, filing, faxing, etc. (15%).

Skills applicants should have:

  • Master or graduate degree. Background in law, medicine, or global health preferred.
  • Preferable experience in advocacy/policy.
  • Excellent attention to detail, writing, and proofreading ability.
  • Commitment to the public interest, with an interest in medical humanitarian aid and the struggle for access to essential medicines in developing countries.
  • Initiative and confidence to work and ask questions in a fast-paced work environment.  

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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