Placements in Public Health and Pre-Med
Asociación de Salud Integral (ASI)/Clinica Familiar Luis Angel Garcia (CFLAG)
Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala
ASI (Asociación de Salud Integral, Association for Comprehensive Health) is a non-governmental organization with 25 years of experience managing a variety of health programs. ASI originated as the parent organization for the Clínica Familiar “Luis Angel García,” an HIV specialty clinic within Guatemala City’s General Hospital. Its initial mission was to provide medical care to people living with HIV and to increase HIV awareness through prevention and the defense of the human rights of those living with HIV. Some of their past accomplishments are: 1) HIV clinic. The Clínica Familiar has cared for 4,215 HIV infected adults since 1988. Currently they provide anti-retroviral therapy to 2,250 men, women, and children. Last year alone, the clinic had 35,000 multidisciplinary consultations including medical care, nutritional evaluation, and psychological services. The clinic has been a model for comprehensive care in Guatemala and throughout Central America. In 2012 over 23,500 HIV tests were performed; 17,000 of these were done as part of the prenatal screening program at General Hospital. Thanks to their mother-to-child HIV transmission prevention program, there have been no children born with HIV infection at the General Hospital in the past two years; 2) Diagnostic Center. Their microbiology and molecular biology laboratory has been recognized as a reference laboratory for fungal and mycobacterial infections in Guatemala. They receive specimens from public hospitals, HIV clinics outside the city, and private laboratories. Last year 14,500 specimens were processed in their lab, representing patients from their clinic, rural HIV clinics and private laboratories; 3) National HIV hotline. The national AIDS Hotline (1540) emerged early in the epidemic in response to the public’s need for HIV related information. Operating since 1992, it is the only HIV hotline in Guatemala. In 2012 and 2013 they received 507,376 calls of which 6,794 were received by their operators; 4) Continuous Education for Health Care Professionals. They have developed an e-learning HIV/AIDS course; this has allowed them to train and certify 92 health care professionals who are now providing care to HIV patients in rural clinics and; 5) Research and Development. Their R&D unit focuses on quality improvement in the care provided by CFLAG. Their research department has been responsible for multiple conference presentations and publications in the international medical literature.The selected IIP interns will have the opportunity to create their own research project, which does not need to be strictly clinical, biomedical, or scientific in 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 medicine, anthropology, psychology, and/or nutrition are also encouraged to apply. Four placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. Fluency in Spanish is required. This internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application). View a Powerpoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Observed clinical rotations; headed own research project
Location: Singapore, Singapore
IMB is an institute 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. It has been joined by groups from top institutions in Singapore and the U.S. and from the biotechnology industry. The overarching goal of the lab in which IIP interns would be placed 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 (3) how to specifically direct the progressive specification of early pancreatic cells toward the mature beta cell fate. Manpower is apportioned equally among these aims, and successful IIP interns will be paired with a senior member of the lab to pursue one of these fast-moving projects. Applicants should have competency in basic molecular biology and a keen interest in biomedical research. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern. This internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).
Additional background information on the project: A renewable supply of pancreatic beta cells would be invaluable for treating type 1 diabetes. However, despite considerable effort, it is not yet possible to generate functional beta cells from human Embryonic Stem Cells (hESC) in vitro. Interestingly, experiments conducted in mice demonstrate that interactions with the surrounding mesenchyme and endothelium orchestrate pancreatic development. The proposed project seeks to identify signals secreted by these tissues and determine how they affect beta cell development. Specifically, microtissues will be generated from different cell types and used to study the interactions between them. The first component of the project involves culturing and differentiating different cell types for inclusion in 3D microtissues. Microtissues will then be treated with inhibitors of signal transduction to determine the dynamics of cell-cell signaling during lineage commitment. The identity and behavior of different cell types will be determined by a combination of gene expression and immunofluorescence analysis and live cell imaging. The IIP intern will have the opportunity to learn a broad range of techniques selected from the following, depending on the placement duration and their interests: hESC differentiation, 3D microtissue generation, gene expression analysis, immunofluorescence, confocal microscopy/live cell imaging and R/Python programming for quantitative data analysis.
Location: New Delhi, India
CanSupport is a palliative care organization working since 1996 with cancer patients at different stages of cancer. Its home-based palliative care program is the pioneering model in North India for holistic care of people facing advanced cancer, run by multi-professional teams who have made death their life’s work, striving to add life to days whether or not days can be added to lives. CanSupport's focus is on the less privileged and underserved and all its services are provided free of charge. IIP candidates should be motivated, organized, creative students, eager to make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancers. IIP interns will work directly under the program director in the development, implementation, and maintenance of various patient care, marketing, fundraising, and outreach programs that benefit cancer patients and their families. There will also be the opportunity to carry out specific projects, such as program activities for children with cancer (arts and c raft, music, photography projects). This placement is appropriate for students interested in psychology, statistics, journalism, event management, and marketing. Four placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
Child Family Health International (CFHI)
Location: La Paz and Tarija, Bolivia; Oaxaca, Mexico
CFHI provides service learning in international health for medical and pre-medical students. Students wishing to learn about health care systems in other countries, especially among underserved communities, will find the clinical rotation programs of particular interest. Interns work alongside local physicians and explore primary care, rural health, and traditional medicine. Four placements were established for the International Internship Program (IIP)--two in Mexico, part of the Cultural Crossroads in Health theme, and two in Bolivia, focused on pediatric health. Rotation schedules will be sent to the selected IIP interns prior to arrival. Good knowledge of Spanish is highly recommended. Note: The CFHI program fee, which covers accommodations, meals, orientation, etc., will be covered by the IIP in its entirety. IIP interns are responsible for their airfare. Extensive program details are available in the Office of International Programs. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Intern 1: Shadowed doctors in various hospitals and clinics; Performed basic check-ups and assessments of patients; Assisted in a surgery and a birth. Intern 2: In my first month in La Paz, I worked alongside a doctor every morning until lunch time. Due to our clinical rotations schedule, I was able to work with a different specializing doctor every week, so while I was in La Paz I worked with a general surgeon, general care doctor, oncologist, and nephrologist. In the afternoons, I took medical Spanish classes. During my second month in Tarija, a city in southern Bolivia, I also worked in a weekly clinical rotations schedule. Here, I explored primary care and Chagas disease research. I had a similar work schedule here in that I worked in the clinic only until lunch time, and then after lunch I volunteered at a children's care center until it was time for dinner. Intern 3: Shadowing doctors in hospitals and clinics; Disseminating health information at a health fair; Attending weekly lectures about a topic in healthcare; Volunteering at a children's home in the afternoons. Intern 4: La Paz (July—4 weeks): Hospital rotations 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday-Friday; Weekly presentations from doctors ; Rotatations at various pediatric clinics and hospitals. Tarija (August—4 weeks): Hospital rotations 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday-Friday; Clinical rotations at primary and secondary level clinics (rural and community health); Volunteer 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Fundación Salud por Derecho – Right to Health Foundation
Location: Madrid, Spain
Fundacion Salud por Derecho is a non-profit, independent foundation that uses a proactive approach to propose solutions and influence the design and implementation of public policies as they pertain to the right to public health and health care. The mission of Salud por Derecho is to encourage states to exercise their responsibility with people’s health in impoverished countries; to demand fulfillment of commitments undertaken by political representatives; to generate and promote solutions and influence and participate in the design and implementation of public policies to make them effective and to contribute to citizens’ being informed, involved and committed to making the right to health universal. IIP interns will be involved in the monitoring of the current global health situation through reading reports, writing briefings and translating any key documents and assist in the organization, logistical elements of events and working meetings. IIP candidates with interests in international relations, public health, human rights, politics, and advocacy are encouraged to apply. Spanish fluency in reading and writing as well as Spanish speaking skills would be an asset. Two placements have been established for IIP (International Internship Program) interns.
Location: Haryana, India
Genesis Foundation (GF) is a private charitable foundation that facilitates critical medical care for abandoned and less privileged children with the intent and hope that such children may have the opportunity to lead a normal life and manage themselves in the future. Genesis provides assistance for the treatment of critical illnesses such as cancer, cardiac disorder, organ failure, thalassemia and extreme deformities. They work with several homes and institutions in cities all over India. The interns will work on two of the most common areas of critical illnesses in children who are below the poverty line and suffer from cardiac disorders and cancer. The IIP interns will work on either fundraising or outreach that will include an introduction to the orphanages, hospitals, and institutions that GF works with, presentations at 50 identified organizations, and participating in fundraising events. IIP interns should be prepared to embrace learning how to manage these types of serious disorders. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Immunization Technical Support Unit (ITSU), Public Health Foundation of India
Location: New Delhi, India
Routine immunization coverage remains a challenge in many parts of India. The country continues to face a significant burden of morbidity and mortality due to vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs). In order to support the national goal of improving the quality and coverage of routine immunization, the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), 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 (current program strengthening, new vaccine introduction preparedness, future adoption and delivery of new vaccines); develop data-driven decision-support tools and research to provide baseline information for decision support; and 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 (ICT) tools for UIP strengthening in the areas of Social Mobilization, Supply Chain management, operations, and Vaccine-Preventable Disease (VPD) & Adverse Events, and Immunization (AEFI) Surveillance; and incubate, develop and leverage the role of technology in strengthening immunization. Interns with interests in Development Policy, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Sciences, Applied Sciences, or Natural Sciences are encouraged to apply. Statistical skills would be an asset but are not required. Interns will aid in work related to ITSU’s programmatic and research roles as follows:
- Research – IIP interns will be expected to review grey and formal academic literature, synthesize findings, and present findings to the team. Areas of research will be determined according to the needs of the organization determined at the relevant time.
- Participate in meetings – IIP interns will be expected to participate in relevant meetings, take note of proceedings, and contribute as much as possible to discussions.
- Writing – IIP interns will be expected to produce written material for the organization which can range from research articles to publicity material.
- Field Travel – Where relevant, interns will be included in field visits. It is important to note that most of an intern’s time will be spent in the ITSU office in Delhi.
Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns
Indian Institute for Cerebral Palsy
Location: Kolkata, India
Internships at the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IICP) will provide a practical experience in disability related issues, particularly in persons who have cerebral palsy and other neuromotor conditions that lead to lifelong disability. IICP offers services across the life cycle from babies aged under a month to adults over 50 years of age. It works within the context of an institution and in the community--in urban slums and rural areas of the state of West Bengal. IICP has a multi-disciplinary professional team of therapists, teachers, and social workers who work in close partnership with persons with disability and their families. Through its different services and training programs, IICP seeks to facilitate awareness among persons with disability and their families of equal rights and opportunities and to assist them in gaining access to all aspects of life in the community. IICP’s assistive technology center demonstrates the close collaboration between developers of technology and users. Possible projects for IIP interns will be: Teaching children and adults with disability; Physiotherapy/occupational therapy--assessment and management of CP; Collaboration with the National Resource Centre for Augmentative and Alternative communication; Collaboration with the Ankur Advocacy and Empowerment Group; Vocational Training; Adult day and short stay respite services; Family Services; Social Work; Projects in Jugnu, a playschool for economically disadvantaged children aged 2-6 years. Interns can choose one or more services in which they will be placed. Three placements have been created for the International Internship Program.
INSERM (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale)
Location: Kremlin-Bicetre, Paris, 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.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): HPLC purification of von Willebrand factor; weekly meeting with PI; read literature
Jabulani Rural Health Foundation/Zithulele Hospital
Location: Zithulele Village, a remote part of the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape Province of 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. IIP candidates with interest in health and community development and experience in basic research methodology are encouraged to apply. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. This internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Work Project: Quality Improvement of Zithulele's Waiting Mothers' AccommodationProgram (WMA, a maternity waiting home). Day-to-day responsibilities: Conducted and later analyzed half hour individual interviews with new WMA mothers as well as mothers in the outlying community; Took action to improve WMA based upon mothers' feedback; Designed and distributed posters and pamphlets to tell mothers about WMA; Travelled out to clinics to speak to nurses regarding the WMA program; While there I also had some free time to shadow physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists etc., as well as help out with some of Jabulani's office work(but all of this was by my own choice and not necessarily dictated as a work responsibility per se.
Location: London, 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. A track record in writing would be an asset. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program intern.
MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transition Research
Location: Acornhoek, and Agincourt,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. Specifically, the IIP intern will assist with preparing for a community engagement campaign at a village level, working closely with a local community engagement officer, at the same time training the local officer with some basic computer and filing skills so that in the following year the local officer can arrange the campaign alone. During the campaign, the intern will also work with a different local officer training the officer in how to analyze simple Excel data collected from 2004 on community engagement campaigns, and assisting this local officer to understand how to complete the reports so that the local officer can complete all reports from 2004 by the end of 2013. The IIP intern will also assist the supervisor in starting a paper on the community engagement at the site. In addition, the intern would assist the supervisor in evaluating the activities of the community engagement office, assist in developing a five year plan, and assist in setting up a program of debates in schools as well as "Study Circles" where scientific matters are discussed in small groups in the community. This placement will provide the IIP intern with the opportunity to understand how a health and socio-demographic surveillance site works and will provide him or her with knowledge on a variety of epidemiological and other health and social research projects underway at the site. 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. IIP candidates should also have a willingness to learn a few words in the local language XiTsonga. Two placements have been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) interns. This internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).
Newcastle University, Institute of Neuroscience
Location: Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 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. Three placements have been created for the International Internship Program. This internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Intern 1: Working on the assigned research project (usually coding in Matlab); attending weekly lab meetings; preparing final report. Intern 2: Building a database for epilepsy patient data as a medical aid for clinicians to extract features from recordings and search for similar recordings based on comparison of features or metadata. The project involved designing the system and programming all the different pieces of the puzzle. A significant portion of the programming was done in MATLAB for extracting particular features for EEG recordings and MySQL was used for designing the database. I also used Perl and HTML to build a web application that interfaced with MATLAB and the database.
Pan-African Global Academy
Location: Oshiyie, Ghana
The goal of Pan-African Global Academy (PAGA), spearheaded by Carolyn Rouse (Princeton professor of anthropology), was to build an environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable high school in Oshiyie, Ghana. Pan-African Global Academy opened in September 2010 and is the first non-technical high school along a 10 km stretch of Aplaku Road in western Accra. The curriculum for the school is project-based and the students immediately apply the skills they learn in the classroom to local development projects. Specific projects may include: 1) Designing a project-based STEM curriculum that reinforces classroom knowledge, meets the national educational standards, and integrates curriculum already being used at the school. Subjects for this project include: integrated science, business and economics, history and social science, engineering and physics, and biology and health; 2) Helping the headmaster design a more robust administrative system to keep track of student progress and educational needs. 3) Evaluating the teachers and determine what they need, in terms of training and resources, to enhance their teaching. IIP candidates should have interests in either social sciences (anthropology, sociology, economics, history, policy, psychology) or in the sciences (engineering, physics, chemistry, EEB, molecular biology, or computer science). Interested IIP candidates should also have some knowledge of what a project-based STEM curriculum is, as well as basic knowledge of administrative systems to track student learning and educational standards. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns on this project; one additional placement has been established for an IIP candidate who will teach a health related curriculum. For this health-related placement the student will work on the Oshiyie Health Education and Health Promotion Project. The goal of this project is to create a community-centered health and public health curriculum which includes: involving students and school community leaders in the development and implementation of the curriculum, developing evaluation tools to assess effectiveness of health education programs; and empowering students to improve the health of their community through community based public health projects. This health-related placement is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).
Pasteur Institute, Department of Cell Biology and Infection
Location: Paris, 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 enjoys an independent status and has numerous other assets, with its 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 been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Philani Child Health and Nutrition Project
Location: Khayelitsha, 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 internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).
PRICELESS-SA (Priority Cost-Effective Lessons for Systems Strengthening-South Africa), University of Witwatersrand School of Public Health
Location: Johannesburg, 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 internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).
Semmelweis University Medical School
Location: Budapest, 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 internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Read laboratory research articles; Helped analyze experimental data; Ran trials for liposomal characterization experiment; Learned to use atomic force microscopy technology
UNESCO Bangkok/HIV Prevention and Health Promotion (HP2)
Location: Bangkok, 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 internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Analyzed general epidemiological data of each country in the Asia Pacific region. Confirmed the data with various publications released by each country and larger international organizations.
University of Oxford, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine
Location: Oxford, 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 internship is offered in partnership with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and can be used by GHP juniors for completion of the GHP Summer Research Requirement (please check the appropriate box on your application).
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Intern 1: I worked on a project to create a circular RNA to serve as a microRNA sponge with a graduate student. He would help plan the experiments and tell me what needed to be done, but I was responsible for carrying out all of the experiments. I used a variety of different lab techniques, including cloning, tissue culture/transfection, and FACS. At the end of my time I presented my data in a lab meeting. Intern 2: Conducted flow cytometry experiments to characterize surface marker expression patterns in leukemic stem cell populations at different time points of acute myeloid leukemia.
University of Queensland, Institute of Molecular Bioscience (IMB)
Location: Brisbane, Australia
The Institute for Molecular Bioscience's mission is to decipher the information contained in the genes, proteins, and molecules of humans, animals, and plants. Since its establishment in 2000, the IMB has earned a reputation as one of the Asia Pacific region's leading research institutes. By understanding the development process and aspects that go awry in complex diseases, IMB aims to develop pharmaceutical and cellular therapies, technologies, and diagnostics to prevent or treat such diseases.
The IIP intern will worki in medicinal chemistry aiming towards molecules of therapeutic application. The IIP intern will conduct synthetic organic chemistry of small heterocyclic drug-like molecules, purification (HPLC) and characterization (LCMS, NMR, Mass Spectrometry). Although the IIP intern will be primarily conducting synthetic chemistry, there will be significant opportunity to learn about multiple areas of drug discovery and related biology through the multidisciplinary team within which the intern will work. Two main areas of interest: (1) novel therapies to treat inflammatory disease (asthma / type 2 diabetes / inflammatory disorders of the brain) via targeting the NLRP3 inflammasome and (2) drugs against pathogenic fungi, in particular, the human pathogenic fungus cryptococcus neoformans a common cause of fatal fungal meningioencephalitis in immunocompromised individuals. Additional background information on the two research areas:
- Novel Therapeutics for Anti-inflammatory Disease: Working as part of an international multidisciplinary team in the field of synthetic medicinal chemistry, the intern will synthesize novel members of an exciting compound series, targeting the NLRP3 signalling cascade, aimed at reducing levels of a potent pyrogen interleukin 1β. Such molecules have significant utility in inflammatory diseases including asthma, type 2 diabetes and also in disorders of the brain, Parkinsons and Alzheimers. The lead molecule is showing excellent activity in murine models and IMB is looking to advance the series. There is a unique opportunity to learn and develop synthetic, purification, and analytical skills contributing to the series for future patent and/or publication and the intern will be included on this as appropriate to the work conducted. The student can expect to complete his/her project with an excellent understanding of the structure activity/property relationships within the series and the underlying biology of the disease area.
- Drugs against pathogenic fungi: The human pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans is a common cause of fatal fungal meningioencephalitis in immunocompromised individuals, typically AIDS patients and persons undergoing immunosuppressive treatment such as transplant and chemotherapy. In sub-Saharan Africa, cryptococcosis is the second most deadly infectious disease behind only malaria. Infections of humans caused by pathogenic fungal species such as C. neoformans are highly refractive to pharmacological intervention due to similarities in our shared eukaryotic physiology. Antifungals are few in number, often expensive, frequently toxic to humans, and have notoriously variable efficacy across the spectrum of human fungal pathogens.The aim of this internship is to develop promising new antifungal lead compounds. An approach of particular interest is exploiting differences in essential enzymes that are well characterized in both the human host and the fungal pathogen to gain selective antifungals through structure based drug design. IMB has already conducted an extensive screening campaign where a number of hits have been selected for further work. This project will require a talented and creative synthetic chemist willing to work across multiple scientific disciplines to progress the project.
IIIP candidates with experience in synthetic organic chemistry and an interest in therapeutics are encouraged to apply. Laboratory experience particularly organic synthesis work is required. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Location: Rio de Janeiro
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. The institution was formed by representatives from several sectors of civil society as a direct response to the growing violence that has plagued Rio de Janeiro. Viva Rio has developed and consolidated activities and projects that have inspired public policy. Several of these policies have been adopted by government, businesses, and other organizations. Four placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. Here are details on the three projects for IIP interns:
- Data Analysis on Preventive (Family) Health Strategy project: Viva Rio’s Family Health Strategy program began in 2009 as a part of the Family Healthy Strategy of the federal government. There, 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. What sets the Family Health Strategy apart are its multidisciplinary teams, developed through management practices, health care efforts, democratic attitudes, participatory awareness working on the ideal of promoting health. Teamwork is the key to communication and the exchange of experiences and knowledge. On each of their 70 family clinics they have an integrated virtual Information system. They generate indicators on tuberculosis cases, HIV, maternal care and other important 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 met with 26 representatives from economic, anthropological, sociological, legal, law enforcement, artistic, sporting, scientific, medical, religious, and business backgrounds to found the Brazilian Commission on Drugs and Democracy (CBDD). The main purpose of CBDD is to forge new paths toward a drug policy that is more efficient and fair. They were also part of the Latin American Commission for Drugs and Democracy and work with a large network of NGOs, think-tanks and governments on discussing drugs related issues. Their National Campaign for changing the Brazilian law on drugs is now in the lobby phase inside the Senate. While they wait for possible next steps, they need to keep pushing forward building up new partnerships and improving some important relationships with crucial stakeholders. They also need to collect more information about how the approaches on drug policy are moving worldwide. In order to base some arguments of their own proposition, they need to make some links between how the drugs policy paradigm is changing worldwide and its impacts on Latin America and Brazil. In that context, they need an IIP intern who can help them 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. As Viva Rio has grown very quickly in the past few years, the volume of work for the administrative staff has risen considerably. They are constantly in contact with project coordinators to follow up on project activities. As they are co-responsible for a huge part of projects operating in territory, they need to improve their strategy to monitor and evaluate a huge number of projects and programs. In that context, they believe that the IIP intern can help them 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.