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GHP Internships

Below is a listing of internships expected to be offered in the summer of 2014. All internships on this list are pre-approved to fulfill the GHP certificate program’s summer research requirement* when completed in the summer after junior year. Unless otherwise specified, positions are open to all Princeton undergraduates.

See individual internship listings for links to more information and/or details on how to apply.

*GHP students can also pursue opportunities that do not appear on this list or engage in an independent research project (preferably under the guidance of a faculty member). GHP students must obtain program approval in advance in order to receive credit for their projects.

See a map of where GHP students did their summer projects in 2012.


A*STAR Institute of Medical Biology (IMB)

Singapore

The Institute of Medical Biology (IMB) is in the biomedical sciences cluster of Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). It started operating in 2007 with a coalescence of research programs from the Centre for Molecular Medicine and the laboratories of the Singapore Stem Cell Consortium, and has since been joined by groups from the biotechnology industry and from top institutions in Singapore and the U.S. Interns work in a lab whose overarching goal is to develop efficient protocols that convert pluripotential HESCs into functional beta cells. If produced in bulk and in a clinically-compliant fashion, these cells could provide an inexhaustible supply of material for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. The lab focuses on three general questions: (1) how to produce bona fide DE from HESC; (2) how to assign pancreatic fate to this progenitor population; and lastly (3) how to specifically direct the progressive specification of early pancreatic cells toward the mature beta cell fate. Interns will be paired with a senior member of the lab to pursue one of these projects.

This position is offered through the International Internship Program (IIP).

American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN)

Philadelphia

American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN) conducts clinical trials of diagnostic imaging and image-guided treatment technologies to allay the fears of those who do not have cancer and lengthen and improve the quality of lives of cancer patients. Its principle activity is the development, implementation, analysis, and promulgation of the results of rigorous clinical trials. ACRIN accomplishes this goal through an all-electronic network (Web, email, telephone) of hundreds of physicians, scientists, and methodologists and approximately 120 hospitals and imaging centers. ACRIN currently is working on over 20 clinical trials of varying size and addressing a wide range of medical imaging research questions. The headquarters supports the conduct of imaging clinical trials by providing project management, protocol and regulatory assistance, data management and biostatistical services, and image capture, transfer and archiving capabilities. Internships are offered in neuro imaging (diffusion weighted imaging or dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI), quantitative PET image analysis and informatics.

This position is offered through Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS).

Asociación de Salud Integral (ASI)/Clínica Familiar Luis Angel Garcia (CFLAG)

Guatemala

Asociación de Salud Integral (ASI) is an NGO, founded in 1988, to assist people living with HIV, though medical care, education about the disease, and human rights issues. Clínica Familiar Luis Ángel García, a project of ASI, was the first AIDSClinic in Central America, and it brings medical assistance to more than 3000 patients and their families. The Clinic is organized by departments: Social Services, Adult Medical Care, Pediatrics, Adult Psychology, Pediatric Psychology, Pharmacy, Diagnostic Laboratory, Nutrition, Administration, and Research and Development. Through the Research and Development program, CFLAG encourages the different departments to conduct operational research to gather information that can be used to improve the Clinic and other clinics in the region. Three placements were established for the International Internship Program (IIP). The selected IIP interns will have the opportunity to create his or her own research project, which does not need to be strictly clinical, biomedical, or scientific nature. Also, the IIP intern will have access to patient interactions to include in his or her research. This project should be thought out carefully prior to the start of the internship. Students who apply should make an appointment with IIP Director Luisa Duarte-Silva to review medical prerequisites. In addition, applicants must submit an additional essay with their application that describes the research project they intend to carry out under the supervision of a Princeton faculty member. This IIP internship is ideal for pre-med students with Spanish skills. Students with an academic interest in the social sciences, psychology, and/or nutrition are also encouraged to apply. Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.

This position is offered through the International Internship Program (IIP).

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Washington, DC

The AAMC serves and leads the academic medicine community to improve the health of all. It is a not-for-profit association representing all 135 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 62 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and 93 academic and scientific societies. Through its many programs and services, the AAMC strengthens the world's most advanced medical care by supporting the entire spectrum of education, research, and patient care activities conducted by its member institutions. One intern will be assigned to the AAMC’s Health Care Affairs team, a group that works on regulatory health policy issues and serves the Association’s teaching hospital and academic clinician constituents. One intern will be assigned to work with and be mentored by a senior director in the AAMC Scientific Affairs cluster. One intern will work in the Diversity Policy and Programs unit on projects within one of the following three areas: human capital; organizational capacity building; or policy, research, and knowledge development.

This position is offered through Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS).

Boston Children's Hospital

Boston

Boston Children's Hospital is a 396-bed comprehensive center for pediatric health care. As one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States, Children's offers a complete range of health care services for children from birth through 21 years of age. It is also home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric hospital. The mission of Children’s Hospital Boston is: "research, care, teach, and community." The values are "excellence, sensitivity, leadership, and community." Internships are available in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement, and in the Department of Plastic and Oral Surgery.

This position is offered through Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS).

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

Boston

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) provides and assures access to the highest quality health care for Boston’s homeless men, women and children. BHCHP operates daily hospital-based primary care clinics for homeless patients on the campuses of Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Medical Center, and its multi-disciplinary teams deliver direct medical, dental and behavioral health services to homeless men, women, and children in over 80 unconventional locations. BHCHP also runs a unique medical respite program for homeless individuals who are too sick for shelters or the street but not in need of an inpatient hospital stay. Interns may assist with a study to evaluate the health status, services utilization, and quality of life of patients who have been housed after living on the streets. Responsibilities may include: conducting medical chart reviews and data analysis; contributing to research design, methods, and process; serving in clinics providing foot care; conducting activities for patients staying in the BHCHP respite facility; and shadowing staff and providers.

This position is offered through Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS).

Care Foundation

India

The Care Foundation seeks to build progressive self-reliant rural communities, with a holistic approach, by providing over 40 diverse services in the areas of health care, environment, sanitation, primary education, adult literacy, skills development, etc. The Foundation currently works in 199 villages in six districts of Andhra Pradesh—East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Ranga Reddy, and Visakhapatnam—positively transforming the lives of over a million people. Specific projects for IIP interns are customized to the interest of the IIP intern and the needs of the organization. IIP interns may work on one of the following two projects:

  • Health Service Design: Evaluate the services provided by healthcare workers and supervisors at the village level. Design a service that maps existing services to community, highlighting gaps in service delivery. Implement the new service design to meet the gaps evaluated in the study.
  • Mobile Health Application for Health Workers: Contribute to the design of an application for a health worker process flow for work in rural villages in primary and chronic care.

This placement is ideal for IIP interns with interest in public health, health administration, and experience with analytical tools. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.

This position is offered through the International Internship Program (IIP).

Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), formerly Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI)

St. Lucia

CARPHA--at present in formation stage--is a single public health agency for the Caribbean that will integrate the functions and administration of the existing five Caribbean Regional Health Institutions, the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre, the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute, the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute, the Caribbean Regional Drug Testing Laboratory, and the Caribbean Health Research Council. The proposed agency will rationalize the functions of the current Regional Health Institutions and have a more comprehensive mandate in addressing the public health needs of the wider Caribbean Region. CARPHA has a mandate to identify cost effective solutions to environmental health problems in the 16 Member States. The Environmental Health/Environmental Management Unit in St. Lucia is equipped with a full service analytical laboratory providing capacity for a number of testing procedures. In addition, CARPHA is actively involved in a number of environmentally related issues, such as fresh water resources, biomedical waste and environmental surveillance capacity building. In 2014, CARPHA St. Lucia is looking for IIP candidatess with laboratory and website/communications experience to assist in field and laboratory analyses; and promoting and sharing the technical information generated by the organization. An appreciation of environmental issues through coursework and other experience would be useful. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.

This position is offered through the International Internship Program (IIP).

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) was founded in 1855 as the first hospital dedicated to the care of children in the United States. Today, it is a pediatric integrated delivery system that includes an urban quaternary care hospital with over 470 beds and a network that includes over 50 sites of care. The network sees over 1 million visits per year. The urban hospital includes a large emergency department (90,000 visits/year) and large neonatal, pediatric, and cardiac intensive care units, as well as a fetal surgery program and Special Delivery Unit. The internship will be an immersion into the academic practice of several pediatric physicians at CHOP on a rotational basis, including, but not limited to pediatric surgery specialties, pediatric cardiology, and pediatric hospital medicine. Research experience will be provided aligning with the current activities of the mentors and may include clinical research in cardiology or health services or policy research related to the delivery of pediatric care, quality, and safety. A sampling of projects in which the students may get involved would be patient outcomes in cardiology, healthcare workload and workforce optimization, healthcare economics at the level of clinical care delivery, and behavioral economics related to asthma care.

This position is offered through Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS).

Children’s National Medical Center - Clinical positions

Washington, DC

Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) is a Pediatric Level I Trauma Center providing pediatric emergent, urgent, and other health care services for the children and families of the Washington Metropolitan Area, Maryland and Virginia suburbs. Students can apply for nursing and surgery positions; placements are also available in CNMC's Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. The intern will have a research project to be completed during the 10 week internship period, complemented by conferences and clinics that offer a broad exposure to clinical practice. Interns may ‘shadow’ providers in their outpatient clinics and observe procedures in the operating room. The goal of the internship is to provide participants with an exposure to academic medicine that combines the clinical practice with scientific inquiry to improve patient care in the pediatric population.

This position is offered through Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS).

Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Boston

Dana Farber/Boston Children's is the regional quaternary center for pediatric neuro-oncology. It oversees New England's most active pediatric oncology clinical research program. The Pediatric Neuro-Oncology program is a program within the Department of Pediatric Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Boston Children’s Hospital. The internship will be a 10-week introduction and immersion into the program of pediatric neuro-oncology. The selected intern will be assigned to a clinical research project focused on children with central nervous system tumors, both brain and spine. The intern’s project may include conducting literature searches, development of a clinical research database, and collecting and analyzing data. The intern will present a summary of their research activities in the final week of the internship. The intern will also be introduced to the daily clinical and non-clinical activities of an academic pediatric oncologist who specializes in treating children with brain tumors. Weekly conferences will expose the intern to multidisciplinary nature of pediatric neuro-oncology (including neurosurgery, radiation oncology, neurology, palliative care services), pediatric experimental clinical trials, clinical meetings within the department of pediatric oncology and ongoing laboratory research within the larger cancer biology program. 

This position is offered through Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS).

Desmond Tutu TB Centre

South Africa

The Desmond Tutu TB Centre is a research centre of Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Health Sciences in Cape Town, South Africa. It combines clinical grassroots investigations in tuberculosis with sophisticated laboratory research involving various departments and disciplines within and beyond the university campus, providing a launching pad for research projects that attract myriad international students and researchers. Its multidisciplinary collaborative clinical work translates into application, most notably impacting on TB as well as HIV/AIDS in children and infants. Two interns will assist the Desmond Tutu TB Centre with its website, publicity efforts, social media presence and other duties as assigned.

This position is offered through the Health Grand Challenge.

Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation

South Africa

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation is based in Cape Town, South Africa and is run in association with the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the University of Cape Town's Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine. The Foundation operates community sites in greater Cape Town's Nyanga and Masiphumelele districts. Fusing a unique combination of academic expertise and social activism, the Foundation is involved in a number of initiatives including: provision of antiretroviral therapy; operating a free mobile HIV testing unit; research on adherence strategies, adherence monitoring, and HIV's interaction with tuberculosis; training and guidance of health care professionals; preparing communities for HIV vaccine clinical trials; providing adolescent HIV prevention; and improving women’s health. Internship responsibilities may include: enhancing the Foundation's website, maintaining and leveraging the Foundation's social media presence, updating newsletters and carrying out other marketing/publicity projects, data entry and cleaning, data analysis, literature review, and writing for reporting and fundraising purposes. Interns will have periodic opportunities to observe and assist with the Foundation’s community-based work.

This position is offered through the Health Grand Challenge.

Exploring the Global Seasonality of Meningitis and Pertussis

France

Students interested in pursuing research to investigate the global seasonality of infectious diseases can apply projects focusing on bacterial meningitis (a disease that exhibits strong seasonality in the African meningitis belt) or pertussis (a bacterial infection that has created a significant public health burden in many regions of the world despite many years of routine vaccination). To explore the seasonality of these diseases, the students will build a dataset of meningitis or pertussis time series data from as a many countries as possible, drawing upon published data, contacts in Ministries of Health, and online reports. The students will analyze the data sets they have developed to investigate seasonal trends and to assess the global dynamics of the disease specifically with respect to potential environmental drivers.

Students will have the opportunity to spend the summer of 2014 at the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) Center in Montpellier, South of France, to develop the dataset before returning to Princeton to conduct the analysis during the 2014-2015 academic year in the EEB department. Interested students should have a strong background in statistics and, ideally, experience programming/ data management/ analysis in R, Stata, SAS, or another program, an ability to work independently and efficiently, and a desire to understand the ecology of infectious disease. Sophomores preferred, but freshmen and juniors are also welcome to apply.

This position is offered through the Health Grand Challenge.

Hôpital d’enfants de la Timone

France

A national and public university hospital, the children’s hospital of “la Timone” has 280 beds including all the facilities as well in medical pediatric specialties and surgical one (E&T, orthopedics, visceral and thoracic surgery, urology, neurology, plastic surgery, cardiac surgery);and a Maternity type III (means the best one for delicate pregnancy). The children's hospital is situated beside and shares some equipment with an adult hospital of 550 beds. Hôpital d’enfants de la Timone is the most important children’s hospital in France after “Necker Enfant Malade” in Paris. The intern will collect data in medical records and analyze the literature to support a study on strategy for interventional management of portal hypertension in children involved in a liver transplantation program. The intern will also observe the French health system, as well as the activities of the surgical department and medical residents. Basic French skills required.

This position is offered through Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS).

Hyacinth AIDS Foundation

New Jersey

Hyacinth AIDS Foundation is the first and largest AIDS service organization in New Jersey. Founded in 1985, its mission is to help people live with HIV, slow the epidemic, and serve as a critical voice in the public debate surrounding AIDS in New Jersey. Hyacinth’s six regional offices provide services including: hotline counseling for prevention, care and treatment; professional and community education workshops; service referrals; individual client advocacy; legal services; and public policy advocacy. This internship offers a unique opportunity to observe and work within a large, well-established health support services, education, and advocacy organization. Hyacinth is interested in the correlations between their program activities—particularly their Wellness Community—and participants' engagement and retention in care as well as their health outcomes. The intern's activities may also include: analyzing and identifying trends in current and historical data from a multi-site HIV/AIDS health prevention and education agency; assisting staff with developing strategies to improve ongoing data collection to be used in future analyses; shadowing program management staff; and conducting direct research for the agency to assess program components -- including identifying program elements that support retention in care.

This position is offered through the Community-Based Learning Initiative’s Derian Internship program.

Immunization Technical Support Unit (ITSU), Public Health Foundation of India

India

The Public Health Foundation of India and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have set up an Immunization Technical Support Unit (ITSU) to provide technical support to the Universal Immunization Program (UIP) for strengthening and revitalizing routine immunization in India. ITSU augments human resource capacity at the Union Ministry of Health in order to: carry out strategic human resource planning at all levels for immunization; document best practices of immunization programs from within and outside India; support development of policies, procedures and guidelines to improve program management and conduct policy analyses for effective implementation needed to cover how UIP plans for and manages short- and long-term needs; develop data-driven decision-support tools and research to provide baseline information for decision support; identify areas of research that strengthen capacity and generate evidence that informs policy and practice; support development of appropriate guidelines and tools for state-level technical assistance; conduct operations research to identify the role of affordable Information and Communications Technology tools for UIP strengthening; and incubate, develop and leverage the role of technology in strengthening immunization. Interns' responsibilities will include research, participation in meetings, writing and field travel. Interns with interests in Development Policy, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Sciences, Applied Sciences, or Natural Sciences are encouraged to apply. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.

This position is offered through the International Internship Program (IIP).

INSERM (l'Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale)

France

INSERM is the French national research institute in the hospital of Kremlin-Bicetre, one of the oldest hospitals in Paris. Its laboratory specializes in the field of hemostasis and thrombosis and its research focuses on haemorrhagic disorders such as hemophilia. State-of-the-art technologies are available. For IIP candidates interested in exploring a scientific or medical career, this is a perfect opportunity to get a hands-on experience in an internationally recognized research unit, as well as getting to know a different culture. IIP interns will learn the techniques used in the laboratory and then contribute to specific projects in the research areas mentioned above, by performing bibliographic searches on the project and experimental work, and by anaylzing the data and drawing conclusions about the subsequent experiments. IIP candidates with interests in cell or molecular biology, biochemistry, or medical studies are encouraged to apply. Basic French would be an asset. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.

This position is offered through the International Internship Program (IIP).

Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)

France

An opportunity is available for 1-2 students who are interested in pursuing research to investigate the global seasonality of infectious diseases working with Dr. Nicole Basta in the EEB Department. One project will focus on bacterial meningitis, a disease that exhibits strong seasonality in the African meningitis belt. The second project will focus on pertussis, a bacterial infection that has created a significant public health burden in many regions of the world despite many years of routine vaccination. To explore the seasonality of these diseases more fully, the students will build a dataset of meningitis or pertussis time series data from as a many countries as possible, drawing upon published data, contacts in Ministries of Health, and online reports. The students will analyze the data sets they have developed to investigate seasonal trends and to assess the global dynamics of the disease specifically with respect to potential environmental drivers.

Students will have the opportunity to spend the summer of 2014 working with Dr. Helene Broutin at the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) Center in Montpellier, South of France, to develop the dataset before returning to Princeton to conduct the analysis during the 2014-2015 academic year. Interested students should have a strong background in statistics and, ideally, experience programming/ data management/ analysis in R, Stata, SAS, or another program, an ability to work independently and efficiently, and a desire to understand the ecology of infectious disease. Sophomores preferred, but freshmen and juniors are also welcome to apply.

If interested in this opportunity, please send a CV and a paragraph indicating background and experience to nbasta@princeton.edu.

This position is offered through the Health Grand Challenge.

Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IERPE)

Benin

Interns will serve as research assistants (RAs) at the Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IERPE) in Cotonou, Benin, on the program "Measuring Medical and Mental Health Outcomes in Colonial and Contemporary Benin". They will assist in data cleaning and analysis for two projects seeking to analyze the impact of education and colonial institutions on health. The internship may enable students to develop research topics for their junior papers and senior theses. The first project will examine the health outcomes of a first cohort of students who were randomly selected to attend the first seven Catholic and regional primary schools in colonial Benin. It will also assess health outcomes of the students’ family members, and surrounding community members. The second project will investigate the effect social mobility on the mental health of the descendants of the first generation of students who attended these schools in colonial Benin. Ideal interns will be concentrators in Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Politics or WWS; however, students from any department may apply. Applicants must have a basic knowledge of French; a basic knowledge of statistical analysis is strongly preferred.

This position is offered through the Health Grand Challenge.

Jabulani Rural Health Foundation / Zithulele Hospital

South Africa

The Jabulani Rural Health Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 by four doctors. Its focus is on healthcare, education, poverty relief, environmental issues, and care for those affected by HIV/AIDS. Jabulani serves a large Xhosa community of ~140,000, the majority of which lives in extreme poverty. Jabulani’s health care mission supports the development of Zithulele Hospital and its surrounding clinics; helps improve access to quality health care; supports specific health care projects, including care for those affected by HIV/AIDS; and improves nutrition through education and support. The IIP intern will assist Jabulani and the hospital with a variety of practical projects ranging from assistance with data capture and data analysis, to conducting basic, practical, clinically-oriented research that will help them better understand the community and its health needs. IIP interns will also be able to embark on research projects that may include but are not limited to community surveys establishing what access people have to water and sanitation, research investigating whether early childhood development and health are related in the community, health awareness in high school students, and follow up on twins born at Zithuele Hospital. This IIP internship is based in a remote, low-resource area of South Africa.

This position is offered through the International Internship Program (IIP).

The Lancet

England

The Lancet is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journals. First published in 1823, it continues to inform, enlighten, and entertain clinicians worldwide with a weekly journal and a range of monthly sister titles. This IIP placement internship is under the supervision of the Senior Editor, and the successful IIP candidate will become part of the editorial team. The IIP intern will participate in the peer review of papers and the commissioning, editing, and writing of comments. The IIP intern will also observe the whole range of activities at The Lancet, including journal production, media relations, podcast, and social media strategy and will be responsible for writing comments and news items, as well as reviewing submissions. The IIP intern will also be given the opportunity to contribute to editorial meetings and write short news items. Finally, the IIP intern will be given a detailed overview of how the journal is put together—including subediting, production, media relations, web activity, and podcasts. IIP candidates with interests in pre-med, writing, literature, research,and evidence-based medicine are encouraged to apply. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program intern.

This position is offered through the International Internship Program (IIP).

Mexican Institute of Family and Population Research (IMIFAP)

Mexico

IMIFAP is a NGO, founded by a small group of professors and students of the Faculty of Psychology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1985 as a center for teaching, research, and consulting in the fields of public health, population, and individual and community welfare. Its work is carried out in the following program areas: HIV/AIDS and development; children, parents, and teachers; sexuality and reproductive health; gender, health, violence, and rights; and capacity building and microenterprise. Its programs contribute to sustainable human development and allow individuals to take control of their own health, productivity and lives. Specific work responsibilities and suggested skills include: (1) Evaluation: IIP candidates must have strong statistical analysis and writing skills to collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data; and (2) Resource Development: IIP candidates must have excellent writing and communication skills. An interest in sociology, psychology, public health, development studies, reproductive health, community development, economics, or related disciplines would be an asset. Spanish language skills are required. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern

This position is offered through the International Internship Program (IIP).

Montefiore-Einstein Center for Bioethics

New York City

The Montefiore-Einstein Center for Bioethics is a multi-disciplinary resource for both Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and oversees the bioethics activities of these institutions, including clinical ethics consultation, bioethics policy development, bioethics research, and bioethics education for medical students, residents, attending physicians. It offers a Masters of Science in Bioethics and a year-long Certificate Program in Bioethics and the Medical Humanities. The intern will serve as research assistant, reporting directly to Center director. The intern's duties will include performing literature searches, and retrieving and reviewing articles on specific topics in bioethics for publication or for curriculum development. Other possible projects include working with the Center's database of bioethics consultations, and helping maintain and contribute to the Center website and promotional materials. Past interns have collaborated on peer reviewed bioethics publication, or have written brief articles on a topic of their choice for posting on our website. Future interns may participate in research projects such as the following: tools for teaching ethics consultation, the overlap between education in bioethics and professionalism, ethics issues related to healthcare in disasters, and additional bioethics policy issues relevant to the work of the Center. This is an 8 to 10 week internship in Bronx, NY (New York City).

This position is offered through Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS).

Montefiore-Einstein Center for Cancer Care

New York City

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine is one of the nation’s premier institutions for medical education, basic research and clinical investigation. The Montefiore-Einstein Center for Cancer Care (MECCC) provides state-of-the-art treatments and therapies to our patients through innovation and collaboration among some of the nation’s most skilled and accomplished physicians. The primary project for this internship would be the Patient Research Intake, Support and Management (PRISM) program, which aims to provide education and navigation to support enrollment of Montefiore breast cancer patients on clinical trials and other research. Internship responsibilities will include: involvement in developing research intake and follow-up measures, participation in tailoring educational curriculum for patients, supporting the PRISM patient educator/navigator with patient recruitment and interviewing, and assisting with additional aspects of data analysis and presentation as needed. This position offers exposure to clinical practice and research methods, and it offers the unique experience of being part of a project’s development and implementation from inception.

This position is offered through Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS).

Montefiore Medical Center

New York City

Montefiore Medical Center (MMC) is a fully-accredited, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system in the Bronx, New York. It serves a culturally diverse and socioeconomically disadvantaged population of 1.4 million residents, 29% of whom live in poverty. MMC is a major academic and clinical center, providing the full spectrum of health care services to residents of the Bronx and surrounding areas. Its mission is to provide the highest quality health care, promote medical research, train new generations of medical providers and serve the needs of the Bronx community. An intern in MMC’s Network Performance Group (NPG) at Montefiore will work on a performance improvement initiative in patient safety, effectiveness or patient-centeredness. Project responsibilities may include: background literature review, creation of data collection instruments, direct observation of patient care delivered by staff, data collection, basic data analysis, report creation, participation in interdisciplinary team meetings, and result communication. An intern in MMC's Office of Governmental and Community Relations will have an opportunity to view federal, state, and local policy-making through the lens of a major, integrated care delivery system and academic medical center. Project responsibilities may include: background research and public policy analysis on key issues; research on grant or other research/funding opportunities for the institution; development of advocacy materials; participation in meetings and briefings; assistance with the planning and execution of at least one community event or activity; and a final presentation detailing a single public policy issue and advocacy plan for addressing the issue, from the perspective of Montefiore.

This position is offered through Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS).

MRC/ Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transition Research

South Africa

The MRC/Wits Agincourt Unit is based in the rural north east of South Africa and, together with Wits Rural Facility, is fast becoming a rural research knowledge hub. The Unit has enjoyed the support of its host communities for over 20 years. The LINC Office (community engagement office) of the site has coined the phrase "building a research savvy community" to describe its work. An IIP intern will work together with the LINC office to support the community engagement officers at the site to independently run village level community engagement activities and to write reports on these activities. Specific responsibilities will include: assisting with preparation for a community engagement campaign at a village level; providing training in basic computer and filing skills, and analysis of simple Excel data; assisting with completion of reports; developing a paper on community engagement at the site; assisting with evaluation of activities and development of a five-year plan. This placement provides exposure to a health and socio-demographic surveillance site and to the site's ongoing projects. IIP interns with a particular interest in one of the other projects may also assist with that particular project. IIP candidates with interests in community engagement research, global health, and epidemiology are encouraged to apply. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.

This position is offered through the International Internship Program (IIP).

National Children's Research Center

Ireland

The National Children’s Research Centre (NCRC) at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital has been at the heart of paediatric research in Ireland since 1965. It offers a full infrastructure to enable translational research into childhood diseases, and has both laboratory and clinical research facilities. NCRC is recognized nationally and internationally for the quality of research, its contribution to advances in paediatric medicine and the driver of the research agenda in paediatrics. The intern will work on a research project entitled “Structure and Molecular Basis of Pulmonary Hypertension in Experimental Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)”, conducting laboratory-based research in one aspect of the project. This may lead to a paper for presentation at a scientific meeting. The intern will also be able to participate in clinical conferences; attend the outpatient clinic, ward rounds and operation theatre; and spend a week at the Children’s Medical & Research Foundation.

This position is offered through Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS).

National Institutes of Health

Maryland

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) are the arm of the federal government devoted to improving the national and international health through scientific discovery. Internships are available for the following projects:

  • Pathogenesis and Development of Novel Therapies for Primary Immunodeficiency Disease
    We have developed a cohort of patients with a rare Primary Immunodeficiency Disorder known as WHIM syndrome. The disease gene is inherited as a Mendelian condition caused by heterozygous hyperfunctional mutations in the leukocyte chemoattractant and bone marrow release factor CXCR4. The student will investigate how loss of one copy of CXCR4 provides a selective advantage over the normal homozygous state. We envision that this may be used as a combined gene therapy strategy in WHIM syndrome and any other inherited hematopoietic disorder. The project entails development of a mouse model of WHIM syndrome and genetic tools to block CXCR4 in vivo. The student will also participate in our Phase 3 clinical protocol to develop a CXCR4 small molecule antagonist as mechanism-based treatment in patients with WHIM syndrome. The student will attend and contribute to weekly conferences in the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology and attend clinic to see patients with WHIM syndrome and other immunodeficiency diseases. The student is also encouraged to attend other conferences of interest across NIH.
  • Pathogenesis of West Nile Virus Infection
    We are interested in understanding how West Nile virus (WNV) causes disease and in particular in defining factors that determine why most individuals remain asymptomatic and other do not. To this end we study an excellent mouse model of the disease. The student will use genetically modified mice to define immunoregulatory factors required for control of the virus in the brain and the interaction of the virus with the immune system in the lymph node. The student will use this as a platform to learn basic immunology. The bench process to elaborate the mechanism of WNV pathogenesis may inform new strategies for developing safe and effective vaccines and antivirals for worldwide control of this pathogen. The student will translate mouse findings to humans by gene association studies using DNA from WNV disease cohorts the lab has collected. The student will attend and participate in all research conferences in the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology, and is encouraged to attend other conferences of interest across NIH.
This position is offered through Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS).

Newcastle University, Institute of Neuroscience

England

The Institute of Neuroscience at the University of Newcastle works in the novel field of connectomics and authored the first review in this area (Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2004). IIP Interns will be involved in pilot studies or ongoing studies in the field of neuroinformatics. The Institute is interested in using computational tools to understand mechanisms leading to brain diseases, diagnose brain diseases, and predict what intervention would be most beneficial for an individual patient. Topics include the analysis of neuroimaging or electrophysiology data, developing tools for network analysis, and simulating brain activity and development. IIP Interns will be involved in ongoing research and might become co-authors on journal manuscripts. Even though programming and statistics skills are highly beneficial for such projects, a keen interest in understanding how the brain works as a network is the key component of a successful IIP intern. Projects are available in the following areas for IIP interns: (1) Simulation of dynamics and development of large-scale human neural networks involving high-performance computing, cloud computing, and grid computing; (2) Analysis of structural and functional brain connectivity in human subjects; in particular of patients with developmental disorders leading to schizophrenia and (childhood-onset) epilepsy; and (3) Development of novel tools for neuroimaging and connectome analysis. Visit http://www.biological-networks.org/ to learn more about the School of Computing Science’s research. IIP candidates with interests in physics, mathematics, computing, engineering, or medicine are encouraged to apply. Analytical, mathematical or programming skills would be an asset. 

This position is offered through the International Internship Program (IIP).

Oxford University Clinical Research Unit

Vietnam

The Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) aims to have a positive and significant impact on global health and, in particular, the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. OUCRU's key areas of research are: Dengue fever; malaria; tuberculosis; influenza; enterics; HIV and HIV coinfection; central nervous system infections; animal health and zoonoses; pharmacology; and statistics, bioinformatics, modeling, and mapping. Projects carried out through this internship will address multidisciplinary aspects of infectious disease in clinical and/or field research settings. Past interns have conducted research on Japanese Encephalitis Virus, wastewater treatment systems, and the cost of illness associated with Typhoid fever. Specific responsibilities will be based on each intern’s skills and on project needs at the time of the internship. Typical tasks may include: data collection, data analysis, literature review, policy research, and writing for reporting purposes.

This position is offered through the Health Grand Challenge.

Pasteur Institute, Department of Cell Biology and Infection

France

Since its creation in 1887, the Institut Pasteur has become famous throughout the world as a symbol of science and French culture. For 120 years, its foundation has contributed to the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases through research, teaching, and public health initiatives. The Institute has research laboratories, technological platforms, teaching center, and medical center all located on one campus in the heart of Paris. The laboratory in which the IIP intern will be placed is interested in deciphering the molecular and cellular mechanisms of bacterial invasion of host cells. The host laboratory has developed several novel approaches to investigate the intimate interactions between the host and invading pathogens in single cells in space and in real time developing novel microscopic techniques. They employ their innovative, single-cell based, microscopic approaches to elucidate the apparent contradictory effects of multiple secreted effector proteins processes. The IIP intern will participate full-time in this ongoing research project in molecular genetics. IIP candidates with interests in cell biology, biochemistry, biophysics, microbiology, and immunology are encouraged to apply. Basic molecular biology and/or cell biology skills would be helpful. French is not required but would be an asset. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.

This position is offered through the International Internship Program (IIP).

Philani Child Health & Nutrition Project

South Africa

Interns at Philani Maternal, Child Health, and Nutrition Project will work in Khayelitsha, an African township, 25 km from Cape Town city center. Interns will be part of a team committed to the work of improving the health and welfare of women and children in destitute communities on the outskirts of Cape Town. Philani has an integrated comprehensive health program with home and clinic based maternal and child health interventions, preschools, skills and income generating programs alongside scholarship, orphans, and building programs. Intern responsibilities may include editing and managing the Philani website, writing newsletters and life stories for reports and funding proposals, helping to manage monitoring, evaluation and research programs, working with women in the skills training and development programs to design and develop new products for income generation, assisting the manager of the preschool and child development programs, and/or assisting the manager of the health and wellness programs. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns

This position is offered through the International Internship Program (IIP).

Population Services International (PSI)

Benin

Population Services International (PSI) is an international NGO that works to improve the health of vulnerable populations through social marketing of family planning and health products thus engaging private sector resources and techniques. This position requires strong communication and research skills. Responsibilities may include: writing reports, conducting background research, and entering and/or analyzing data. Interns at other PSI offices have done projects such as: analyzing data from a pricing survey for a new oral contraceptive pill, and writing a qualitative report on health-seeking behaviors of mothers with children under the age of five who had diarrhea or pneumonia. Applicants must have French language skills.

This position is offered through the Health Grand Challenge.

Population Services International (PSI)

Cambodia/Laos/Thailand

Population Services International (PSI) is an international NGO that works to improve the health of vulnerable populations through social marketing of family planning and health products thus engaging private sector resources and techniques. This position requires the combined skills of a solid researcher and someone with a very strong communications background. Responsibilities will include data analysis, research and survey work. Past projects have included: creation and analysis of data from a pricing survey for a new oral contraceptive pill, and writing a qualitative report on health-seeking behaviors of mothers with children under the age of five who had diarrhea or pneumonia. Possible internship locations include PSI offices in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.

This position is offered through Princeton-in-Asia.

Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

Washington, DC

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission) is an advisory panel of the nation’s leaders in medicine, science, ethics, religion, law, and engineering. The Bioethics Commission advises the President on bioethical issues arising from advances in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology. The Bioethics Commission seeks to identify and promote policies and practices that ensure scientific research, health care delivery, and technological innovation are conducted in a socially and ethically responsible manner. The bulk of the internship will be divided among three main tasks: research tasks, assisting in the development of educational materials, and preparation for the Bioethics Commission’s public meetings.  In addition, the internship includes a research project in alignment with current topics the Bioethics Commission will address; the intern will prepare a brief memorandum and a final presentation to present the work to Bioethics Commission staff.

This position is offered through Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS).

PRICELESS-SA (Priority Cost-Effective Lessons for Systems Strengthening-South Africa)

South Africa

PRICELESS-SA is a country-based initiative based at the Wits School of Public Health. Its work is largely in the area of health economics, with a focus on economic evaluation as it is focused on the impact of fiscal and legislative policy on nutrition in South Africa. Its main goals are to ensure that priority setting for health care systems is based on good evidence; to support the development of specific evidence-based information and tools to help determine how best to use existing/scarce resources so that health systems work more effectively and efficiently--in other words provide good value for money; and to develop local capacity to perform and interpret cost effectiveness analysis and related work. The IIP interns will work with a dynamic research team on topics that include maternal and child health interventions and chronic diseases (including vascular disease, diabetes, HIV) with a specific focus on strengthening the delivery of interventions at the primary health care level and the impact of fiscal and legislative policy on nutrition in South Africa. The focus of the work is on the role/use of cost effectiveness and related evidence-based approaches in setting priorities for health interventions and maximizing their impact. IIP intern responsibilities would include undertaking systematic reviews of the literature to find data for use in burden of disease and cost-effectiveness studies; contributing to burden of disease analysis (using GBD methodology) for chronic diseases; finding and extracting data for costing of health care programs and interventions in South Africa;  grant-writing; and assisting with cost-effectiveness analysis. IIP candidates with interests in global health in low/middle income countries and particularly in the area of non-communicable diseases are encouraged to apply. Strong numerical skills and journalism experience would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.

This position is offered through the International Internship Program (IIP).

Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School’s HIV/AIDS Program

Newark, NJ

The Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School’s HIV/AIDS Program consists of three areas of concentration: 1) a busy HIV testing program, 2) a research program that focuses on clinical studies among HIV-infected persons a well as HIV prevention trials in uninfected individuals, and 3) a high-quality, high-volume comprehensive HIV practice housed within the Division of Infectious Diseases. The program integrates cutting-edge activities across these three areas. The program conducts a range of innovative and collaborative community and clinical interventions across a broad spectrum of topic areas, with research partners based throughout the U.S. An intern with the HIV/AIDS program will assist with clinical and public health research projects, participate in community outreach, and document program activities and progress. Task areas may include retrospective chart reviews, data cleaning and analysis, literature reviews, and assistance with surveys and questionnaires. There may also be the opportunity for independent research.

This position is offered through the Health Grand Challenge.

Santa Monica Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group

California

SMOG (Santa Monica Orthopaedic Group) is a private orthopaedic clinic composed of 11 orthopedic surgeons and a physiatrist. The faculty is composed of four fellowship trained sports orthopaedic surgeons, one fellowship trained hand surgeon, one non-fellowship trained surgeon with nearly 30 years of sports experience, and a physical therapist. Interns in the program will spend 10 weeks working directly with senior medical teaching staff as well as the research team. The intern will be required to generate one original research project. In addition, monthly research conferences are held with a multidisciplinary team to address research issues of IRB, design, method and implementation. Interns also have an opportunity to do the following: independently analyze articles and systematic reviews submitted for publication and discuss the design, methods, results and final analysis with the Program Director; observe relevant surgical procedures to understand the mechanics of the orthopedic derangement, to participate in the rehabilitation process and to experience the needs of patients during aftercare of surgery; shadow sports medicine fellows in several areas of sports coverage to better understand sports injury. Oral and written presentation of research results to the faculty occurs at the end of the fellowship.

This position is offered through Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS).

Seattle Children's Hospital

Seattle

Seattle Children’s is the pediatric and adolescent referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Founded in 1907, it delivers superior patient care and advance new treatments through pediatric research. It is also the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. This internship involves the acquisition of basic laboratory skills and participation in studies of liver regeneration and specific subtypes of liver cancer. The intern will focus on one or two specific laboratory techniques, with the goal of mastering these techniques by the end of the 10 week period. The intern will also have the opportunity to design experiments, including selection of appropriate controls, and to write up and present their data. The internship will offer exposure to the broad range of investigators who comprise the UW Liver Research Center. Additionally, the intern will attend and participate in weekly Pediatric Surgical teaching conferences at SCH, and will have the opportunity to observe in the operating room, surgical clinics, and on ward and ICU rounds.

This position is offered through Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS).

Semmelweis University Medical School

Hungary

Founded in 1769 as the Medical Faculty of what was then the University of Nagyszombat, Semmelweis University is the oldest medical school in Hungary. The Faculty became an independent medical school after World War II and has developed into a university that teaches medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, health sciences, health management, as well as physical education and sport sciences.  This University is widely recognized as one of Europe’s leading centers of medicine and health sciences, combining innovation and a time-tested tradition in three main areas: education, research, and health care. It is also one of the largest health care institutions in Hungary, covering approximately six percent of the nation’s health care needs.  IIP internships with Semmelweis University Medical School provide access to different laboratories at the university to learn about ongoing research, help in the experiments and carry out mini-projects, such as data collection and/or analysis, literature search, help in drafting scientific papers. IIP interns will be matched with professors and researchers (mentors), based on their interest and availability of mentors. It is anticipated that the IIP interns can spend time in at least four different labs, if this is their preference, or they spend more time at one place. Research areas available for this IIP internship include, but not limited to biology, biophysics, chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, pathophysiology, anatomy, nanomedicine. IIP candidates with interests in biology and/or basic medical sciences are encouraged to apply.  After successful completion of the program, students will be awarded a dedicated certificate of achievement. Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.

This position is offered through the International Internship Program (IIP).

Strengthening and Accessing Livelihood Opportunities for Household Incomes (SALOHI) Program

Madagascar

SALOHI is a food security program that is administered by USAID, Catholic Relief Services, Care International, and Land O’Lakes international; it was designed to respond to severe chronic and transitory food insecurity in vulnerable communities in Madagascar. The program addresses the basic needs of 98,500 vulnerable households in 120 rural communes in 21 districts and three urban centers in eastern and southern parts of the country. The two principal activities are: health and nutrition (includes nutrition actions, child growth monitoring and promotion, rehabilitation of malnourished children, support to pregnant women, integrated management of childhood illness and information, education and communication behavior change projects); and livelihoods (includes farmer training, promotion of crop diversification, animal husbandry, crop processing and marketing, cooperative development, agribusiness and market studies and village savings and loan projects). IIP intern responsibilities may include: operational research on specific topics; data quality management, assessment, monitoring tools; field trips to identify best practices, lessons learned, success stories; and developing communication tools. SALOHI seeks innovative, creative, compassionate interns to help program staff improve program performance, ensure program quality, and communicate program results. This placement is ideal for IIP candidates interested in sustainable development and food security issues. French speaking skills and IT skills would be an asset. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.

This position is offered through the International Internship Program (IIP).

UNESCO Bangkok/HIV Prevention and Health Promotion (HP2)

Thailand

UNESCO Bangkok is the Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education and home to the Health Promotion and HIV Prevention Unit. The Unit provides technical, resource mobilization, and advocacy support to ten UNESCO offices in the Asia-Pacific region as they aim to engage and mobilize action on HIV and AIDS. UNESCO works closely with UNICEF, UNFPA, and UNAIDS to empower young people to prevent HIV infection and has a close focus on reaching those most affected by the epidemic (young men who have sex with men, young transgender people, young people selling sex, young people injecting drugs, and young people living with HIV). UNESCO currently co-chairs the Asia-Pacific Task Team on Young People from Key Affected Populations and is engaged in a number of other thematic task teams in the region. The  IIP intern would be part of a dynamic and committed team that is committed to reducing new HIV infections, scaling up access to HIV treatment, and addressing and averting stigma, discrimination, and human rights violations of those affected by the AIDS epidemic. The IIP intern’s responsibilities will include capacity development activities (support to preparations for the International AIDS Conference, and possibly regional courses/meetings on adolescents, HIV, legal issues, and/or youth leadership; engagement in meetings that may include the Joint UN Team on AIDS, inter-agency task teams on young people, as well as internal UNESCO meetings; and advocacy, public relations and media outreach, including communication efforts on different initiatives and/or development of communications materials. IIP candidates with interests in social sciences, public health (reproductive health and HIV), education, and communications are encouraged to apply. Skills in any Asian language are not required but would be an asset. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.

This position is offered through the International Internship Program (IIP).

Uniformed Services University, Military Tropical Medicine

Maryland / Peru

Addressing transnational challenges such as global public health security requires cooperative action between countries and between sectors. The US government contributes substantially to global health and increasingly the interagency is cooperating so as to synergize and leverage their efforts in this era of cost-containment. The US military has a long and significant history of engagement in global health and tropical medicine. This summer fellowship in global health is based within the Military Tropical Medicine Program at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. It will expose students to several aspects of global health, from interagency coordination efforts to policy experts from a variety of the key stakeholders in global health, to didactics relating to global health and tropical medicine and culminating with a field experience in Peru where global health efforts can be viewed first-hand. In addition, the students will have the opportunity to participate in a public health field evaluation project that potentially can lead to an academic abstract and/or manuscript.

This position is offered through the Health Grand Challenge.

University of Oxford, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine

England

The MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) at the University of Oxford is one of the world’s premier institutes where basic research in cell and molecular biology is applied to the improvement of human health. Located next to the John Radcliffe Hospital, clinician/scientists and basic researchers work hand in hand with clinicians in the hospital to tackle both rare and common diseases. The WIMM incorporates programs on blood diseases and stem cell disorders (leukemia, lymphoma, and thalassaemia); immunological disorders (HIV AIDS, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, and eczema); cancer (bowel and breast); infectious disease (malaria); and a wide range of genetic diseases, including abnormalities of facial development and disorders of the neuromuscular junction. IIP interns will join in the basic and medical research being undertaken at the WIMM providing an introduction to the new revolution in molecular medicine. Three placements have been created for the International Internship Program.

This position is offered through the International Internship Program (IIP).

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Virginia

This intern will join the Bariatric Surgery Team at the University of Virginia. The internship will include participation in chart review, data analysis of outcomes, clinic visits and operative observations of various weight reduction procedures. University of Virginia has a database for bariatric surgery which allows evaluation of the various types, dates, and outcomes for the various weight reduction procedures. Additionally, the University of Virginia has access to the National Safety Quality Improvement Program generated by the American College of Surgeons. The intern will have access to NSQIP data in evaluating the outcomes of procedures. Data will evaluate short term complications as well as long term outcomes. In addition, one of the responsibilities will be to assist in putting together a prospective analysis of patients undergoing weight reduction. In this area certain types of weight reduction procedures (Roux-en Y versus sleeve resections) may have different metabolic alterations. The intern will be involved with the organization and creation of a prospective study which will follow this for a designated period of time and may stay involved with the results and ultimate publication of this prospective study.

This position is offered through Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS).

Viva Rio

Brazil

Established in 1993, Viva Rio aims to foster a culture of peace and social inclusion through a commitment to research, field work, and the formulation of public policies. Four placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns:

  • Data Analysis on Preventive (Family) Health Strategy project: Through Viva Rio’s Family Health Strategy program, community health agents provide preventive care and orientation for medical assistance to patients at health units or at their homes. Each team serves 4000 people, or about 1000 families. The Family Health Strategy's defining elements are its multidisciplinary teams, teamwork, and an integrated virtual information system that generates indicators on various health issues. The IIP intern will have the opportunity to participate in specific research and help investigate and analyze data on health issues to better understand their reality. The IIP intern will also be expected to deliver a paper/article/report on a specific topic by the conclusion of their experience. IIP candidates with interests in statistics, operations research, computer science, anthropology, sociology, global health, preventive health strategy, public health systems, data analysis, and information systems are encouraged to apply. Quantitative and qualitative analytical skills and good writing skills would be an asset. Any level of Portuguese would be an asset; intermediate Spanish in reading, speaking and writing is required. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns for this project.
     
  • Drugs Policy project: In 2009, Viva Rio founded the Brazilian Commission on Drugs and Democracy (CBDD), whose main purpose is to forge new paths toward a drug policy that is more efficient and fair. An IIP intern will help CBDD monitor drus policy issues worldwide and write some analytical papers on a comparative politics basis. The IIP intern must be interested in drug policy in general, with a special focus on Latin America dynamics. The IIP intern will also be expected to deliver a paper/article/report on a specific topic at the conclusion of his/her experience. IIP candidates with interests in anthropology, sociology, global health and health policy, drugs policy, and Latin America are encouraged to apply. Quantitative and qualitative analytical skills and good writing skills would be an asset. Any level of Portuguese would be an asset; intermediate Spanish in reading, speaking and writing is required. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern for this project.
     
  • Project Management project: The Project Management Office of Viva Rio works as an integrating office to create synergy among all projects. Their duties are elaborating, planning, monitoring, evaluation and also all the accountability for the projects. They deal with more than 30 projects on a daily basis, and they seek to improve their strategy for monitoring and evaluation of the large number of projects and programs. The IIP intern will assist in developing new and better indicators, as well as new models for collecting better data from field actions. The IIP intern may also have as a task working on this collected data to generate reports, graphics, articles, papers and similar. The projects are on diverse areas, such as education, health, sports, environment and others. IIP candidates with interests in Public Affairs; Anthropology, Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Sociology, Management, Monitoring and Evaluation are encouraged to apply. Skills in Quantitative/ Qualitative Analysis would be an asset. Any level of Portuguese is a plus. An intermediary level of Spanish on reading/speaking/writing is required. One placement has been created for an IIP intern on this project.

This position is offered through the International Internship Program (IIP).

Washington University School of Medicine

St. Louis

Washington University School of Medicine is a leader in improving human health throughout the world. It is one of seven schools of Washington University in St. Louis. Washington University Physicians is the clinical practice of the School of Medicine and provides care for more than 430,000 children and adults at 49 clinical sites each year. The School of Medicine is a robust research enterprise, and its clinical faculty experts oversee a wide array of clinical trials, offering patients the opportunity to participate in the evaluation of innovative treatments and prevention strategies. Faculty members' efforts to improve human health at local, regional and global community levels range from studying and remedying disparities in health care, to educating local populations on disease risk, to affecting change in public health policy. The internships are in the Department of Neurology. 

This position is offered through Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS).

Wellbody / Global Action Foundation

Sierra Leone

Wellbody (formerly known as Global Action Foundation) is a non-profit organization modeling community-based health programs from its primary care clinic in rural Sierra Leone. Based six hours east of Freetown in Kono District, Wellbody’s comprehensive community-based programs evolved from serving amputated civilians and children under 5 to include people living with HIV and adolescents. This position combines clinical, administrative, and epidemiological responsibilities. Interns will conduct research projects in the Kono District, which involves a combination of field work, data collection, and analysis. Multiple positions are available and are suitable for students in different concentrations including but not limited to anthropology, epidemiology, science, social science, economics, and other quantitative backgrounds. Project topics include: HIV adherence and stigma-related research, mental health interventions in the amputee population, economic analysis of the wealth distribution in the local community, reproductive adolescent health education, advocacy in schools, or other subjects proposed by the interns. As research coordinators, interns will assist in the design, implementation, and evaluation of field research and first-level analysis. In addition, interns will spend time in the clinic shadowing doctors and nurses, and assisting in the pharmacy, laboratory, health outreach program, or scanning room. This is an 8-12 week internship (12 weeks preferred).

This position is offered through the International Internship Program (IIP).
 

Worldwide Orphans Foundation

Haiti

Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO) is a not-for-profit organization based in New Jersey that develops and funds projects to transform the lives of orphaned children all over the world. WWO provides medical care for HIV-infected orphans and trains/mentors healthcare professionals in developing countries in HIV/AIDS pediatric treatment. WWO also provides early intervention, education, arts, sports, and camp programs for orphans and vulnerable children. In Haiti, WWO provides psycho-social support, enrichment, and education to orphaned and at-risk children, youth, and mothers at risk of abandoning their kids. Their camps, after-school programs and early intervention programs help children build friendships, self-esteem and trust through play and one-to-one interaction. The IIP intern will look at the medical, social, psychological, and cultural aspects of orphanage life, barriers to health care and education. Project areas may include global health, monitoring and evaluation and service-oriented projects. A project will be agreed upon prior to traveling. IIP candidates with interests in global health are encouraged to apply, and candidates should have some experience working with children. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern. French language skills are required.

This position is offered through the International Internship Program (IIP).