Category: Practicums/Internships

Practicum Opportunity at the Society for Emergency Medicine in India

January 22nd, 2015 in Practicums/Internships

Background:  There is a great need for practice guidelines to help emergency medicine development efforts on a local and national level in India. This practicum opportunity is a joint placement between the Boston University Medical Campus (MED and SPH) and the Indian non-profit, the Society for Emergency Medicine India (SEMI). Ms. Liz Clark, a BUSPH Alum, who works for SEMI member hospital, the Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), is collaborating with Dr. Gabrielle Jacquet (ED Attending at BMC, Faculty at BUSM and Affiliate Faculty at BU Center for Global Health and Development) to offer this opportunity. The student(s) will also be working with Ms. Clark’s collaborators at various SEMI-affiliated hospitals throughout India. Both MPH and MED students with Emergency Medicine experience, EMTs, ED nurses or others with experience or interest in emergency medicine and/or quality improvement and performance indicators are encouraged to apply.

Anticipated scope of work:

  1. The student will establish a set of KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) that are applicable to the Indian context. The student is expected to do some research prior to coming to India. (Ms. Clark, Dr. Jacquet and SEMI doctors will interact with the student to discuss needs and what’s realistic in the Indian context.) KPIs will be agreed to in advance of arriving in India.
  2. The student would come to KIMS (Trivandrum) and SEMI-affiliated hospitals to collect the agreed data points as well as document basic patient systems in Indian EDs. The student(s) may be provided with housing and transport to and from the hospital depending on the host institution. All other expenses including international and domestic air travel, food and other related expenses will be borne by the student. All work they perform will remain confidential to the hospitals/SEMI.
  3. The student will create a final report for both hospitals’ executive management and may be asked to present their research to the local hospital executive committee. In this report they will document the KPIs, explain how the KPIs compare to global benchmarks, and then make recommendations to increase operational efficiencies while maintaining or increasing patient safety.

FOR SPH ONLY:  To respond, submit a letter of interest, a CV and dates of availability to Joe Anzalone via . A need-based Santander award is a possibility.

Summer Practicum Opportunity in Nicaragua. Spanish proficiency needed, apply by January 31st!

January 22nd, 2015 in Practicums/Internships

The Brookline Massachusetts/Quezalguaque  Sister City Project is recruiting two BU MPH students for a 6-8 week practicum in an agricultural town in western Nicaragua. Students chosen for this practicum will begin collaborating with project team members this spring, in preparation for the trip, departing in mid-May.

Brookline Sister City members will accompany students to Nicaragua to get acclimated and be oriented for the first week. Students then serve as a an integral part of the multidisciplinary Quezalguaque team, cooperating with local medical and political authorities on projects related to Chronic Kidney Disease, sexual health and more.

Interested students should apply by January 31st by submitting their resume and letter of interest to Peter Stringham MD, Kea van der Ziel MD, and Peter Moyer MD. Given the necessity for students to work closely with members of the community, high proficiency in Spanish is strongly encouraged.

Still not sure if this is the right practicum for you? Read through this trip report and/or email current MPH students Emily Rodil or Julia Kern, who completed this practicum last summer and are happy to answer your questions!

Paid five-week internship at, Harvard-based group, Global Oncology, Inc. Deadline to apply is January 31st!

January 21st, 2015 in Practicums/Internships

Assistant Data Specialist

Global Oncology, Inc. (GO) is a non-profit started by two Harvard-trained physicians, whose objective is to achieve more equitable cancer care by creating and fueling active and dynamic partnerships between skilled professionals.

GO currently seeks a self-motivated, detail-oriented individual to assist the team with cleaning data for the Global cancer Project Map (GCPM) project. The data has been collected as an international effort to provide easy-to-access resources for public health workers and researchers. It is an attempt to foster collaboration between various organizations to deliver cancer care more effectively in resource poor settings.

This paid five-week internship, approximately 10-15 hours per week, will grant the successful candidate the opportunity to connect with well-established professionals and researchers working in the field of data science, medicine, and public health.

Learn more and apply here: GCPMJobDescription_AssistantDataSpecialist

PAID Practicum or Part-Time Position

January 16th, 2015 in Practicums/Internships

Coordinator, BUSPH “Spotlight” Series

The Practice Office of the Boston University School of Public Health is continuing its “Spotlight” series, a school-wide effort to focus attention on an issue of public health importance.  The Spotlight initiative is implemented over a two-year cycle, with a different public health topic introduced in each new cycle. The first Spotlight series, beginning in Fall 2012, focused on the many public health issues related to obesity.  “Spotlight on Obesity” identified several academic, research, and community engagement activities aimed at addressing this topic and highlighted the interactivity among the eight public health disciplines taught at the school.  The second Spotlight series, Spotlight on Mental Health, began its two-year cycle in Fall 2014.

Position description

The Spotlight Coordinator is involved in the planning and implementation of this project, and reports to the Assistant Dean for Public Health Practice.  The position is housed in the BUSPH Practice Office.  Job duties focus on program development, communications, coordination, and logistics.

Scope of work

  • Program development/implementation:

A group of subject matter experts has been identified and is convened periodically.  Based on input from this group, the Spotlight Coordinator is involved in identifying specific mental health topics from the perspective of public health and developing a schedule of activities to be conducted involving students, staff, faculty, and practice partners.  The Spotlight Coordinator takes a lead role in conducting the events and activities, with input and direction from Practice Office staff.

  • Communications:
    The Spotlight Coordinator writes and designs promotional materials, helps to update the Spotlight web page, and promotes the campaign through social media. He/she works closely with staff from the BUSPH Practice Office and Communications Office to ensure that the communication plan is consonant with the School’s communications policies, procedures, and strategy.
  • Project Coordination:
    The Spotlight Coordinator supports the project in coordinating campaign activities with key stakeholders, including subject-matter experts (at BUSPH and beyond), academic and administrative departments, nonprofit organizations, and other partners.  The Spotlight Coordinator is the lead organizer of the Student Spotlight Group, and helps ensure that students develop and promote at least one activity per semester.


The candidate must be a Boston University student enrolled at the BU School of Public Health.  The candidate must be a self-starter with excellent writing, research, and communications skills. Demonstrated experience with program management, communications, social media, and website development greatly desired. The ideal candidate will also possess a keen interest, knowledge, and passion for the topic of mental health.

More info

  • Paid position $15/hr – $17/hr – commensurate with experience
  • 12-16 hours per week, flexible schedule
  • Start date – January 2015 through May 2015 (with possibility for extension)

How to apply

Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter to Asst. Dean Anne Fidler at If you have questions, please email or call her at 617-638-4676.

Are you interested in Global Health? Good at research and writing? Skilled in website design? If so, Initiatives Inc. is looking for someone like YOU!

January 14th, 2015 in Practicums/Internships

CHW Central, a women-owned business dedicated to improving the health and services provided to communities in the developing world. They are seeking a motivated intern with an interest in developing skills in research, writing, and design to support Initiatives’ work in disseminating information on CHW issues, policies and best practices to the global and local community.

Follow the link to learn more and apply: CHW Central Intern Advert Jan 2015


Exciting Summer Internship Opportunities at USAID through Global Health Fellows II

January 6th, 2015 in Fellowships, Practicums/Internships

Global Health Fellows II has several summer internship opportunities available, and are accepting applications through January 8th. A few of the various availabilities to highlight are:

  • Gender and HIV intern
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Intern
  • Family Planning Resources Intern
  • Population and Reproductive Health Communications Intern

Click here to find the list of opportunities and apply.

Fully-funded, Global Investigative reporting fellowship available through the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Applications accepted through March 18th!

January 5th, 2015 in Fellowships, Practicums/Internships

Application Deadline: March 18, 2015
Decision: By end of March
Starting Approximately: June 1, 2015

The BU Center for Global Health and Development (CGHD), School of Public Health (SPH), and the College of Communication (COM) have an ongoing partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting ( The goal of this collaboration is to exchange knowledge and resources on global health and crisis reporting with the ultimate objective of providing BU students in SPH and COM with the opportunity to hone their global health and crisis reporting skills under close mentorship from Pulitzer Center journalists. During this 6-8 week practicum, outstanding BU students will have the opportunity to work in Washington, D.C.,  at the Pulitzer Center headquarters and to travel internationally (likely to a developing country) on a 2-3 week reporting trip mentored by professional journalists.

Goal: There is a symbiotic relationship between journalists and health workers.  In crises, health workers need journalists to communicate accurate news to the appropriate audiences and journalists need health workers to provide them with news and opportunity to learn about the issues of concern.  By building a stronger collaboration between the two professions, we hope to provide more accurate reporting, and increase awareness about global health topics.

Deliverables: Students selected for this internship will be expected to work with Pulitzer Center headquarters staff for 2-4 weeks in Washington DC, and travel to the field mentored by Pulitzer Center journalists to research and write a narrative feature article or create a multimedia production, and maintain a global health reporting blog.  You can find the work by previous BU students who have worked with the Pulitzer Center at:

Timing: The BU-Pulitzer Center Internship will take place between May and August 2015.

Funding Available: One student from COM and one from SPH will be selected for the 2015 program. Approximately $5,000 will be available per student to be used toward each intern’s international reporting trip to cover transportation, lodging and related hard costs, and toward living expenses in Washington, D.C.

Qualifications: Applicants must have some documented experience in both public health and journalism. This experience can be demonstrated through course work and instructor recommendations.   Preference will be given to students who meet these criteria:

COM Student Eligibility:

  • Graduate and upper-class undergraduate students from the Departments of Journalism, Documentary Film, and Public Relations
  • Enrolled in or already completed PH510 or PH511 on the Charles River Campus or a class at SPH Or demonstrated interest in/and or experience in global health or allied fields

SPH Student Eligibility:

  • Current student enrolled in any SPH concentration
  • Enrolled in or already completed a class in the Department of Journalism or some other documented experience with reporting

 How to Apply:

Click the link to submit an electronic application. The application should be submitted with the following ATTACHMENTS:

  • 250 word statement explaining your experience with and interest in global health reporting
  • 250 word statement proposing a story idea that might expand upon a Pulitzer Center reporting topic
  • One or two brief writing samples or link(s) to published work
  • Transcript
  • Resume
  • References

Selection Process: Applications will be vetted by faculty from COM, SPH, CGHD and the Pulitzer Center. The student must demonstrate interest in and a working knowledge of the principals of both global health and journalism. Previous international experience will be prioritized.

Fully funded internship opportunity through the West African Research Association; deadline to apply is February 1st!

January 5th, 2015 in Funding, Practicums/Internships

Diaspora Internship 2015

All applications for WARA grants, including the Diaspora Internship, must be submitted online. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2015.

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the Diaspora Graduate Student Internship competition is open to U.S. citizens who are enrolled in the M.A. program of an accredited college or university in the United States. We strongly encourage students from HBCU’s and those without previous foreign travel experience to apply.

The internship will provide round trip travel toa West African country and a stipend of $2,500 to cover the cost of living for 6 to 8 weeks during the summer of 2015. The West African Research Center (WARC) in Dakar, Senegal may assist interns to locate lodging, and with other logistical matters.

Learn more here.


Interested in Website and Graphic Design? Applications for the African Strategies for Health Intern at MSH are being accepted now.

December 18th, 2014 in Practicums/Internships

African Strategies for Health (ASH) Intern
Scope of Work
Program Activity: Website and Graphic Design

ASH contacts: Gayle Mendoza, Advocacy and Communications Advisor
Number of days: 10 – 20 hours per week
Dates: January – May 2015 (flexible)
Principal working office: Arlington, VA (option for working remotely)
Compensation: No financial compensation is available with this internship
Criteria: Applicant must be either a current student receiving credit for the internship or fulfilling a requirement to complete an internship/practicum

1) Background:
The purpose of this internship is to provide support to Management Sciences for Health’s African Strategies for Health (ASH) project. ASH comprises a dynamic team working to improve the health status of populations across Africa through identifying and advocating for best practices, enhancing technical capacity, and engaging African regional institutions to address health issues in a sustainable manner. The ASH project works across the technical areas of maternal, newborn and child health, infectious diseases, health systems strengthening, monitoring and evaluation, and advocacy and communications.
The internship will contribute to improving the communication of ASH’s efforts and results across health areas through a focus on (1) supporting the development of and updates to the ASH website and (2) designing data visualization products.

2) Objectives:
1. Update content of the ASH website (
2. Design infographics, presentations and other forms of data visualization to communicate ASH’s work and activity findings
3. Format reports, technical briefs and web announcements

3) Outputs/Deliverables:

  • Current and updated ASH website
  • A minimum of five infographics and/or other data visualization products
  • Formatted reports, technical briefs, and web announcement

To apply for this internship, please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Lem-Marie Chizungu at

Global Health Fellows 2015 Summer Internships

December 12th, 2014 in Practicums/Internships

Join us on December 18th for a Google Hangout on Air that will focus on our summer 2015 internships with the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Our Hangout on Air will feature GHFP-II staff and current and recent interns. Hear first-hand about the application process, what you can learn as an intern, what it’s like to work with USAID on global health projects, and what we look for in applicants. In addition, interns will talk candidly about how they approached their own applications and interviews for these competitive positions. We’ll be featuring an interactive Q&A.


Join us for this GHFP-II Google Hangout on Air Event

Summer Internships with USAID

We anticipate about 30 internship openings for summer 2015. These compensated internships are in the Global Health Bureau at USAID. They focus on a variety of technical areas including HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, maternal and child health, health systems, nutrition, supply chain and population demographics among others. As a result, we are seeking candidates from a broad range of academic backgrounds including, but not limited to, public health, social work, education, medicine, nursing/midwifery, public policy, business administration and law.


You can preview the internships and upload a profile now at These positions will go live on December 15, 2014 and the application deadline is January 5, 2015.