Category: Practicums/Internships

Practicum Summer 2016/ Cooking Matters, 4 openings

April 20th, 2016 in Practicums/Internships

BUSPH Summer 2016 Cooking Matters Practicum at the Blackstone Community Center

$1500 STIPEND AVAILABLE

IF INTERESTED, PLEASE APPLY ASAP TO PROF. DAN MERRIGAN (Merrigan@bu.edu)

Background:
The Blackstone Community Center (BCC) is part of the Boston Center for Youth & Families (BCYF) network whose mission is to enhance the quality of life of Boston’s residents by partnering with various organizations, including Boston University, to offer a wide range of comprehensive programs and activities according to neighborhoods needs and interests. Boston University has partnered with the BCC, has made a financial investment and is committed to providing excellent health and wellness programs to the South End. The Boston University Fitness and Wellness Center at BCYF Blackstone is staffed exclusively by Boston University fitness personnel. The Cooking Matters health promotion initiative, directed by BU faculty, complements the BU Fitness and Wellness Center.

The Blackstone Committee identified three broad questions related to the larger BU/BCC partnership:
1. How to expand the program to engage more BU students?
2. How to sustain the program/partnership over time?
3. How to package and disseminate the program to more venues (E.g. other BCYF settings, etc.)?

With these questions as context, the Blackstone Committee agreed that a practicum opportunity associated with Cooking Matters be created that would enable students to:
A. Develop skills in program implementation
B. Demonstrate formative and process evaluation skills
C. Identify factors and make recommendations that will contribute to the sustainability of Cooking Matters with potential relevance to other BU/BCC programmatic activities.

Practicum Description:
This practicum will provide qualified students*(must have completed SB822, Evaluation Research) a collaborative community-based learning experience at the Blackstone Community Center (BCC) in Boston’s South End neighborhood. Working as a team (#4), BUSPH students will partially fulfill their practicum requirements by participating in an exciting practicum that will include the following components:

1) Train-the-trainer instruction that will provide the knowledge and skills required to conduct 5 one-hour cooking instructions with a group of adolescents youth members of the BCC;

2) Opportunity to conduct a program formative and process evaluation that will inform effective future and on-going Cooking Matters program implementation;

3) Instruction (both face-to-face augmented with on-line resources) regarding strategies to ascertain Cooking Matters and broader BU/BCC partnership sustainability;

4) Opportunity to conduct a sustainability assessment and to formulate recommendations to BU/BCC leadership.

In addition, this practicum will increase the following practice competencies:
• Inter-disciplinary and organization collaboration
• Cross-disciplinary teamwork for results
• Community-based engagement with diverse stakeholders
• Capacity to work with and incorporate perspectives of diverse groups
• Program formative, process evaluation and sustainability capacity assessment data collection
o Focus group development and implementation
o Key informant protocol development and implementation
o Implementation of an existing web-based sustainability assessment instrument
• Interpretation and formulation of recommendations from data
• Oral communication and presentation skills to community stakeholders

Practicum Deliverables:
The team will generate a written report and deliver an oral debrief/ report to the BU/BCC partnership leadership that includes a summary of methods, findings and recommendations that will contribute to improved program implementation, partnership sustainability and positive community impact.

IF INTERESTED, PLEASE APPLY ASAP TO PROF. DAN MERRIGAN (Merrigan@bu.edu)

DEADLINE APRIL 20TH: Center for Health Information and Analysis

April 20th, 2016 in Practicums/Internships

Data Analyst Intern

An independent state agency, the Betsy Lehman Center is charged with fostering a statewide program of research, data analysis, and information-sharing that engages health care agencies, providers, and consumers in initiatives that will reduce medical error and enhance patient safety in the Commonwealth. The Center was re-established by Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs through Increased Transparency, Efficiency and Innovation, and is supported by the state’s Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA).

The Betsy Lehman Center is seeking an experienced candidate for a 6-month, full-time analyst internship. The analyst will work with the Center’s research director and other personnel to analyze data pertaining to patient safety in Massachusetts. Applicants should be current students or recent graduates of quantitative-oriented degree programs with substantive prior experience working with data and the ability to clearly communicate results to diverse audiences. The successful analyst will communicate proactively, work both independently and collaboratively, have excellent attention to detail, and aspire for continuous learning and professional development.

This is a full-time, temporary position that will run approximately 6 months. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2016, though exact timing may be flexible. The internship will be based in the Center’s office at 501 Boylston Street, Boston MA.

The deadline to apply is April 20, 2016 with a salary range of $16 – $25 hourly.

Duties:

 Collect, construct, and analyze data pertaining to patient safety, such as reported adverse events and medical claims
 Utilize appropriate software (e.g., Excel and SAS) as needed to summarize data and perform more complex analyses
 Create clear and concise graphics, including charts and tables, to visually represent data and communicate inferences to diverse audiences
 Help develop and maintain systems to manage, organize, and track multiple datasets from various sources
 Ensure adherence to all state standards for secure use of data including documentation and storage
 Assist the Center’s Director of Research and Analysis with other tasks as necessary

Qualifications:

 Bachelor’s degree with quantitative focus (e.g., statistics, engineering/computer science, economics, and/or public health); may be currently pursuing
 Strong quantitative skills and conceptual understanding of research methods; substantive prior classroom and/or work experience conducting quantitative research is required
 Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Excel; substantive prior experience with a statistical package such as SAS, Stata, and/or other programming experience is strongly preferred
 Familiarity with health systems and clinical terminology preferred
 Proven attention to detail and self-organization
 Ability to work independently and collaboratively; proactive communication skills, commitment to meeting deadlines and effectively juggling multiple projects, and willingness to pitch in
 Inquisitiveness and originality in thinking; ability to probe, approach problems creatively
 Strong judgement and discretion; ability to strictly adhere to state policies governing confidential data
 Energetic interest in the Betsy Lehman Center’s mission and work

 

Communications Intern

An independent state agency, the Betsy Lehman Center is charged with fostering a statewide program of research, data analysis, and information-sharing that engages health care agencies, providers, and consumers in initiatives that will reduce medical error and enhance patient safety in the Commonwealth. The Center was re-established by Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs through Increased Transparency, Efficiency and Innovation, and is supported by the state’s Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA).

The Betsy Lehman Center is seeking a resourceful and professional intern to help the Center carryout its strategic communications efforts including tracking relevant media, developing newsletter and Web content, and supporting the Center’s public engagement efforts. The position will also include research, note-taking, and meeting attendance.

This is a full-time, temporary position that will run approximately 6 months. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2016, though timing is flexible. The internship will be based in the Center’s office at 501 Boylston Street, Boston MA.

The deadline to apply is April 20, 2016 with a salary range of $16 – $25 hourly.

Duties:

Publications support

 Assist with production of the Center’s monthly e-newsletter including writing, editing, and layout

 Maintain current contact databases and listservs for external communications

 Research and draft content for the Center’s regular publications including newsletters, special reports, and annual reports

 Support the Senior Communications Manager to carry out the Center’s strategic communications plan

Media aggregation

 Conduct daily media scans for relevant news and literature; monitor local and national outlets

 Identify relevant resources to share with staff and draft summary “digests” for select content

 Develop efficient electronic filing systems for staff to easily access reports and articles for future use

Web content development

 Draft and input content for the Center’s planned new website
Other

 Take detailed notes at internal and external meetings

 Assist the Center’s leadership team to research issues and locate resources as needed

 Assist the Center’s Senior Communications Manager with other tasks as needed

Qualifications:

 Strong writing skills and ability to coherently synthesize complex, health-related information
 Ability to identify key resources for the Center’s work from volumes of material on health care safety
 Independent work-ethic; capacity to produce work with limited oversight
 Proven attention to detail and self-organization
 Strong judgement; ability to be responsible representative of the Center in its communications
 Energetic interest in the Betsy Lehman Center’s mission and work

 

Health Policy Analyst Intern

CHIA’s mission is to be the agency of record for Massachusetts health care information, to responsibly steward sensitive and confidential data, and to objectively report reliable and meaningful information about the quality, affordability, utilization, access, and outcomes of the Massachusetts health care system.

CHIA’s Health System Finance team is looking for a talented Health Policy Intern to join a dynamic team that is dedicated to monitoring health care delivery and financing systems in the Commonwealth by providing meaningful, accurate analytics. The primary role of the Health Policy Intern is to provide analytic support to projects related to health care financing in the Massachusetts health care system.

The deadline to apply is April 20, 2016 with a salary range of $16 – $25 hourly.

Specifically, the Health Policy Intern will:

Support data collection, quality assurance and analysis of payer-reported data, including total medical expenses, alternative payment methods and provider price variation
Support the production of CHIA’s Annual Report on the Performance of Massachusetts Health Care System
Prepare analytics, graphics and data books for the Annual Report
Prepare data notifications for payers and providers
Conduct research on payment methodologies and current development of ACOs
Conduct research on value-based services (i.e., cost vs. quality for a given episode of care or given service)
Conduct research on data sources for price/cost, quality, and utilization
Participate in meetings and/or other projects as interested

Preferred Qualifications

It is essential that the Health Policy Intern have working knowledge of the concepts of the health care system. In addition, the Health Policy Intern should be able to demonstrate:

Working knowledge of the Massachusetts health care system;
Ability to write scientific and technical papers;
Experience with data and/or policy analysis
Ability to conduct literature reviews on a variety of topics in health policy;
Ability to prepare and use charts, graphs, and tables to present analytical results;
Ability to work independently and effectively with other members of the unit;
Excellent written and oral communication skills;
Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Access.

Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree with a major in public health, health services research, statistics, economics, or public policy.

 

Operational Planning and Data Curation Intern

The mission of the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) is to monitor the Massachusetts health care system and to provide reliable information and meaningful analysis for those seeking to improve health care quality, affordability, access, and outcomes.

CHIA is seeking two summer interns to support MA APCD Information Technologies (IT) operational planning and data curation. Duties will include, but not limited to, attending CHIA operational meetings, writing and creating documentation to support CHIA operational processes, working directly with Information technology managers and directors, performing minimal health care data analysis, and learning about the Commonwealth’s health care resources and the use of those resources. Ideal interns should be deeply interested in large data operations, management of IT groups, health care data, and health policy.

Interns will work up to 37.5 hours week in downtown Boston. All interested candidates must submit a resume, cover letter detailing why they would like spend the summer working at CHIA and specifically why they’d like to work in CHIA’s IT group.

This is an excellent opportunity for a student to learn about state agency activities, to be engaged in a critical piece of the Commonwealth’s health care infrastructure, and to gain experience with operational planning in a dynamic IT environment.

The deadline to apply is April 20, 2016 with a salary range of $16 – $25 hourly.

Qualifications:

An abiding interest in health care, health data, and information technologies
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Excellent interpersonal skills: verbal, written, and presentation
Excellent documentation skills
Ability to organize information and concepts clearly, concisely, and logically
Ability to work independently and effectively with other members of the agency and the carrier/provider community
Ability to prepare and use charts, graphs and tables
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Enrolled in the final year of a 4 year degree or start of a 2 year Master’s Program in Business,
Engineering, Information technologies, or a Health Services field

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience using SharePoint and other Project Management tools
Work experience for a health care provider, health care insurer, or in an IT group

 

Project Management Internship

The mission of the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) is to monitor the Massachusetts health care system and to provide reliable information and meaningful analysis for those seeking to improve health care quality, affordability, access, and outcomes.

The Project Management Internship is an exciting career building opportunity to work with Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis. There are multiple in flight projects including implementation of a new website, building of an Enterprise Data Warehouse that will provide ample intellectual challenge to the successful candidate. We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic candidate that wants to make a tangible impact on a critical component of the Commonwealth’s healthcare reform program.

The deadline to apply is April 20, 2016 with a salary range of $16 – $25 hourly.

Reporting to the Manager of the Project Management Office the IT Project Management Intern will:

Assist in creating and managing project delivery schedules for the various CHIA initiatives
Manage schedule containing the critical path for assigned CHIA projects
Manage risk, action items, issues, and dependencies for projects
Provide status reporting to management
Adhere to CHIA’s project development lifecycle
Create reports as required that allows ease of use and consumption.
Integrate project management best practices into daily activities

Qualifications (Minimum Entrance Requirements):

Minimum of 2 years of experience working in a professional environment
Project management experience and working knowledge of MS Office Suite
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to respond to changes in priorities in a flexible manner
Strong organization skills
Ability to understand business related issues and potential impact to project scope and timeline
Experience delivering projects on-time, within budget and within scope
Strong customer-service background to resolve user requests and maintain vendor relations
Ability to identify, isolate and communicate issues and risks as needed
Ability to develop procedures, standards and guidelines used throughout the agency

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working in a healthcare environment or public agency
PMP certification

 

Quality Assurance Internship

The mission of the Center for Health Information and analysis is to monitor the Massachusetts health care system and to provide reliable information and meaningful analysis for those seeking to improve health care quality, affordability, access, and outcomes.

This position will assist technical staff in running quality assurance checks against data releases, and other processed data output. This may include output results from groupers (DxCG, ETG, DRG), and other data enhancement activities such as Master Data Management – Member, and Provider responsibilities. The analyst will be responsible for oversight of data requests – review, logging and tracking requests, and assisting in the extraction and delivery processes. S/he will develop a strong knowledge of APCD and other Health Care related data, and work with internal IT staff.

The deadline to apply is April 20, 2016 with a salary range of $16 – $25 hourly.

Detailed Duties:

Perform quality assurance for APCD Public Data Releases
Document Release Requests and monitor tracking status
Review release form requests to understand requirements and ensure the data provided meets those requirements
Assist in identifying data and file type anomalies; document and track as required to build history of corrections/cleansing needed. Provide reports, as requested, to assist management in determining corrective action
Assist with data and process documentation
Prepare summary reports in the formats as requested by IT managers
Assist unit staff in standardizing and enhancing the data and work with the team to implement the standardization and enhancement procedures

Preferred Qualifications:

Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Excellent interpersonal skills: verbal, written, and presentation; Excellent documentation skills
Ability to organize information and concepts clearly, concisely, and logically
Ability to work independently and effectively with other members of the agency and the carrier/provider community
Ability to prepare and use charts, graphs and tables
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

 

The Services and Strategies Team (SAS) Analyst Internship

The mission of the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) is to monitor the Massachusetts health care system and to provide reliable information and meaningful analysis for those seeking to improve health care quality, affordability, access, and outcomes.

The Services and Strategies (SAS) Unit is responsible for CHIA’s strategy to support the legislature and other state agencies with CHIA’s information and analysis. We also help government agencies, researchers and others access and use the Massachusetts All-Payer Claims Database (MA APCD) and hospital discharge datasets.

The deadline to apply is April 20, 2016 with a salary range of $16 – $25 hourly.

The key duties of the Analyst in the SAS Unit include:

Assist in the review and tracking of applications to use the MA APCD and hospital databases and logging application information and investigator contact information into Salesforce

Reach out to current users of MA APCD and hospital data and document their progress.

Recommend follow up to CHIA Legal and/or SAS units as needed.
Work with Office of Communications to create a “gallery of success” for CHIA’s data assets

Participate in the development of presentations and data briefs.

Preferred Qualifications:

Proficient in using Salesforce or similar customer relationship management tools to organize contacts, communications, and other information
Proficient in using software such as Microsoft Excel and/or SAS to organize and analyze data
Ability to communicate about data and findings accurately and effectively
Demonstrated experience with and interest in researching, synthesizing and summarizing information on a variety of health policy topics
A team player who is detail-oriented, highly organized, and committed to ensuring data application files are complete and accurate
Strong skills in editing and writing technical and analytic reports
High school diploma; currently enrolled in BA/BS or Master’s program at an accredited college/university.

DEADLINE APRIL 20th: Internship/Practicum: Health Leads Summer Fellowships

April 20th, 2016 in Fellowships, Practicums/Internships

Description

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: APRIL 20th

NOTE TO STUDENTS: IF YOU PLAN TO USE THIS FOR YOUR REQUIRED PRACTICUM, YOU MUST HAVE IT APPROVED BY YOUR FACULTY ADVISOR AND REGISTER FOR THE COURSE.

OVERVIEW
Health Leads is seeking highly-motivated, innovative undergraduate and graduate students to join our organization this summer. The Summer Fellowships are an opportunity to gain first-hand experience and insight into the operations of a national non-profit, the exciting work in healthcare and the non-profit sector as well as develop critical professional skills via workshops and mentorship.

Over the course of nine weeks (May 31-July 29), Summer Fellows receive an orientation to Health Leads’ culture and work closely with members of the National Team on a high-impact project within a specific department. At the end of the project, fellows give a final presentation to staff across the country, reflecting on their experience and sharing their end product.

Candidates need to be available for the full 9 weeks of the fellowship for 20 hrs/week. They do not need to be focused on healthcare but must have an interest in social entrepreneurial organizations. Fellowships are based in Health Leads’ national headquarters in Boston’s downtown crossing area. All Summer Fellows will receive summer housing at Boston University and therefore must be a current BU student or graduated May 2016.

ABOUT HEALTH LEADS:
Health Leads is a social enterprise that envisions a healthcare system that addresses all patients’ basic
resource needs as a standard part of quality care. For 20 years, Health Leads has worked with leading
healthcare organizations to tackle social co-morbidities by connecting patients to the community-based resources they need to be healthy – from food to transportation to healthcare benefits. Health Leads is committed to leveraging its tools, expertise and direct services to change what “counts” as healthcare – and accelerate the leadership, best practices, incentives and research required to improve the health and well-being of patients.

2016 FELLOWSHIP DEPARTMENTS
Please see below for description of each fellowship
– Launch and Implementation (2 positions)
– Learning Network
– Value Case (2 positions)
– Development (2 positions)
– People and Culture

GENERAL FELLOWSHIP QUALIFICATIONS:
– Interest in social entrepreneurial organizations; candidates do not need to be focused on healthcare
– Passion for the mission of Health Leads and strong commitment to Health Leads’ core values: belief in collective strength and the power of shared work, constant and courageous learning, celebrating
our victories and each other, and stepping up leaders in a common vision
– Track record of creating and implementing innovative solutions; ability to bring creativity and
collaboration to teamwork
– Ability to excel in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, diverse, results-oriented culture
– Excellent interpersonal and written and oral communication skills, with the ability to engage and
work closely with a wide range of constituents
– Strong organizational skills, outstanding attention to detail, high degree of flexibility, and sense of
humor
– Current involvement in or interest in pursuing a career pathway that addresses the intersection of
health and poverty is a plus
– Additional qualifications for positions stated within description

FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS:
Please submit all application materials (resume and compelling cover letter) to the contact email
listed for the position(s). If you are interested in applying to multiple fellowships, please address this
in a single cover letter but be sure to email both contact people with your application.

DEADLINE: Applications close on April 20th.

Interviews will occur April 21-April 29.
Final decisions and offers will be made by May 4th.
First day of summer fellowship is May 31st
Last day of summer fellowship is July 29th

All positions are 20 hours/week

DETAILS ABOUT EACH DEPARTMENT:

I. PEOPLE AND CULTURE
The Summer Fellow will work with the People & Culture team to create resources to enhance Health Leads’ inclusive and dynamic environment. Projects will include creating an interactive and easy-to-use online directory for staff to become better connected with their colleagues and the organization and researching Human Resources (HR) trends, benefits and best practices to support the development of new policies. Contact: Hannah Nichols hnichols@healthleadsusa.org

II. DEVELOPMENT (2 POSITIONS)
We’re excited to welcome Summer Fellows to our team! Learn about internal operations in nonprofit philanthropy, while building transferable research, content development, and data management skills. Our Summer Fellows gain hands-on experience in developing and implementing revenue-generating systems and processes, navigating the ins and outs of Salesforce CRM, and providing logistical, research, and writing support for externally facing fundraisers. Contact: Sheila Moussavi smoussavi@healthleadsusa.org

III. VALUE CASE – RESOURCE LANDSCAPE
Health Leads plays an integral role in helping patients access resources ranging from food pantries and childcare, to legal and job placement services. However, for patients living far away from a resource, their geographic location can impact their ability to successfully access a resource. In this position, you will have the opportunity to analyze the geographic distribution of our patients’ needs, particularly in comparison to the resource landscape. In addition to helping us understand this gap, you will have the opportunity to hone skills in data analysis and communication. Contact: Lianna Cohen lcohen@healthleadsusa.org
Additional qualifications:
– Experience manipulating medium-to-large data sets and executing analyses preferred.
– Experience solving complex analytical problems using logical reasoning and hypothesis-driven approaches.
– Demonstrated ability to solve problems independently and effectively.

IV. VALUE CASE – PROCESS IMPROVEMENT
In this position, the Summer Fellow will explore primary and secondary drivers in our Program data for insights in developing the “gold standard” for process improvement. Is there a certain way we can conduct intake to help more patients’ address their social needs? Are there any particular methods of screening an individual for social needs that are more effective than others? This position provides the opportunity to contribute towards defining the best practice for addressing patients’ social needs in the healthcare sector, while honing skills in data analysis and communication. Contact: Lianna Cohen lcohen@healthleadsusa.org
Additional qualifications:
– Experience manipulating medium-to-large data sets and executing analyses preferred.
– Experience solving complex analytical problems using logical reasoning and hypothesis-driven approaches.
– Demonstrated ability to solve problems independently and effectively.

V. LEARNING NETWORK
Help our Team understand Alternative Workforces such as CHWs and Case/care Managers, who may be working on social needs. Health Leads has traditionally worked with an undergraduate volunteer workforce, and increasingly we have customers who want to use Reach and other tools with full time staff to address patient social needs. We need an intern who would conduct a combination of literature review and interviews of current partners and selected others. Our intern would seek to answer the questions: How are these alternative work forces funded? What Capacity do work forces handle (# of cases, considering intervention level)? How are work forces trained (or what type of skills, knowledge, etc do jobs require)? Contact Chloe Green: cgreen@healthleadsusa.org
Additional qualifications:
– Experience conducting interviews and qualitative research a plus

VI. LAUNCH AND IMPLEMENTATION (2 POSITIONS)
The Health Leads Summer Fellow(s) will spend the summer exploring an exciting opportunity to work with clients across the miles, supporting the Community Resource Hub and the West LA desk in Southern California. The fellows selected for this role will work remotely from Boston and hold a large caseload of clients, providing formal screenings for social needs, conducting intakes for those interested in working with Health Leads, and following up with clients to connect to resources. Fellows selected for these roles will have an opportunity to provide feedback to Health Leads about the process, including trends and themes. Additionally, fellows will have the opportunity to partake in manageable projects over the summer to support the California teams, including Launch and Implementation, based on skills and interest. By the conclusion of the summer, fellows will: Apply previous Health Leads’ Advocate experience in working with a high volume of clients with a range in needs, age, and population; understand the resource landscape in the greater Los Angeles area; understand the collaborative relationship between Health Leads and Kaiser Permanente; apply professional development skills while supporting the California teams on manageable projects.
Contact: Katie Cosner kcosner@healthleadsusa.org
Additional qualifications:
– Interest in and ability to serve high volume of clients with a focus on quality interactions in an innovative program model

Quintiles Advisory Service: Summer Internship!

April 20th, 2016 in Practicums/Internships

Summer Intern

Quintiles Advisory Services (QAS) – As the strategic consulting arm of Quintiles, we help advise the world’s leading biopharmaceutical customers. We believe we can be key players in enabling the transformation of the life science industry by turning data into knowledge and insights. Our team of consultants is comprised of individuals with a blend of multidimensional industry and operational expertise combined with business, process, and technology strategy experience. If you are seeking an opportunity to work with an established Global Industry Leader and enjoy working in the spirit of entrepreneurship, Quintiles Advisory Services could be the place for you.  We bring in unique combination of business strategy, proprietary industry data and scientific expertise. We have 250+ consultants globally, primarily in our New York City, Boston, and London offices. We are seeking motivated and qualified individuals that wish to contribute to our goal of helping our clients make better strategic business decisions to help them achieve success.

Our summer interns are given all the opportunities and responsibilities of a full time employee. Over the 10 week program you will be given the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most talented consulting professionals working in the biopharmaceutical industry. An ideal candidate would be interested in solving complex issues in the healthcare industry and have the ability to distill macro information into actionable opportunities.

Our interns work on teams that provide day-to-day direct client consulting to achieve client expectations through development, implementation and delivery of consulting services. As an intern you will also learn how to work in a professional environment and have ample opportunity to network with department leaders and other professionals in Quintiles Advisory Services as well as the wider Quintiles.

 

AS AN INTERN YOU WILL:

  • Participate in client engagements and directly contribute to achievement of project deliverables.
  • Provide consultation regarding client issues and make recommendation on appropriate solutions.
  • Contribute to the development of expert presentation on topics of interest to potential clients.
  • Work with client teams to provide research analysis plans, progress reports, technical reports, presentations, abstracts, surveys, discussion guides and other documents.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Candidates interested in joining Quintiles Advisory Services should have:

  • Good interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments
  • Strong computer skills, as well as knowledge of consulting methodologies, tools and techniques.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, managers and clients

MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Summer Intern candidates should be completing the first year of their Master’s or MBA program and have a Bachelor’s degree. Candidates should have strong academic track records as well as prior experience in the healthcare and life sciences industries.

 

Quintiles (Q) is the world’s leading provider of biopharmaceutical services. With a network of more than 32,000 professionals working in more than 100 countries, we have helped develop or commercialize all of the top 100 bestselling drugs on the market.  With extensive therapeutic, scientific and analytics expertise, we help biopharmaceutical and health sciences customers navigate the increasingly complex landscape with more predictability to enable better outcomes.  We help to transform drug development and commercialization by linking business strategy, industry expertise and deep data to deliver unique and impactful business insights.

 

Quintiles occupies a unique space where insight and execution meet. A traditional CRO can’t offer this kind of strategic insight; a traditional consulting firm can’t draw upon this level of industry experience.

 

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APHA Job/Internship Postings!

April 20th, 2016 in Jobs, Practicums/Internships

Health Systems Strengthening Technical Advisor (HQ-101)

AIHA is currently seeking a seasoned and entrepreneurial individual to join our team as a Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) Technical Advisor. Reporting directly to AIHA’s President & CEO, the incumbent will be based at our Washington, DC, headquarters and serve as AIHA’s principal expert and organizational lead on HSS. S/he will working across a broad HSS spectrum, focusing initially on leveraging AIHA’s principal area of expertise in health workforce development, but then developing a strategy on how best to expand AIHA’s capabilities and bonafides in other HSS areas. Consistent with AIHA’s strategic plan, the HSS Technical Advisor will provide internal guidance and leadership on issues related to the development of AIHA’s HSS strategy and implementation, including serving as AIHA chief external-facing leader on matters related to HSS and ensuring that we are following and being responsive to technical agency and donor trends, policies, practices, and evolving thinking related to HSS.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning Officer (HQ-107)

AIHA is recruiting an experienced Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Officer to manage our information and reporting processes and products. The incumbent will work with headquarters and field staff to ensure professional, high-quality communication about AIHA’s programmatic activities and results. S/he will also play an important role in improving information management and data quality, and in strengthening knowledge sharing and learning. across the organization and with the international health and development communities.

Tanzania Nursing Initiative Program Manager

AIHA is recruiting a Program Manager to oversee a portfolio of nursing partnerships and programs under our PEPFAR-supported Tanzania Nursing Intitiative (TNI). The TNI Program Manager will be based at our offices in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and work in close collaboration with our country team there, as well as headquarters staff, partners, stakeholders, USG funding agencies, and the Government of Tanzania. Canditates should have a Master’s degree in nursing (MSN) and a minimum of three years of work experience in the field of nursing, or a Bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) with at least five years of relevant work experience. Experience with Tanzanian nursing regulations and policies is strongly preferred. Please note that this position will be based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. To apply for this position, please send all application materials to: schalamila@aiha.com. 

Social Work Organizational Development Specialist

AIHA’s Volunteer Healthcare Corps is recruiting a seasoned social work or social welfare professional for an exciting 9-month volunteer opportunity in Lusaka, Zambia. In support of Save the Children’s USAID-funded Zambia Rising project, the Social Work Organizational Development Specialist will be placed at the Social Workers’ Association of Zambia (SWAZ), where s/he will provide hands-on coaching, mentoring, and technical assistance to staff as a way to strengthen organizational capacity and address existing deficiencies and gaps. Please note that this position will be based in Lusaka, Zambia. 

Pre-clinical and Clinical Medical Instructors

AIHA, working closely with Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health, is actively recruiting both Ethiopian Diaspora and expatriate physicians and other qualified professionals to teach courses in basic sciences, including biochemistry, immunobiology and virology, pharmacology, medical physiology, medical ethics, neuroscience, public health, pathology, and general and systemic anatomy at one of the 13 medical schools established across the country through the Ministry’s Medical Education Initiative. Instructors will play a critical role in strengthening the country’s health system by training future doctors over the course of their placements through AIHA’s Volunteer Healthcare CorpsPlease note that these positions will be based at various medical schools throughout Ethiopia. 

Social Work Organizational Development Specialist

AIHA’s Volunteer Healthcare Corps is seeking a skilled professional for an exciting 6-12 month volunteer opportunity in Lagos, Nigeria. In support of Save the Children’s USAID-funded Systems Transformed for Empowered Action and Enabling Response (STEER) project, the Social Work Organizational Development Specialist will be placed at a local community-based organization in Lagos State, where s/he will provide hands-on coaching, mentoring, and technical assistance to the organization’s officers as a way to strengthen organizational capacity and address existing deficiencies and gaps. Please note that this position will be based in Lagos, Nigeria.

 

For more information on any of these postings, please visit the APHA Website!

Internship: Initiative Inc. Looking for a skilled writer!

April 12th, 2016 in Practicums/Internships

Internship to Support Global Projects Initiatives Inc. 264 Beacon Street, Boston, MA www.initiativesinc.com

Are you interested in Global Health? Good at research and writing? Able to work 15 hours/week?

 

If so, Initiatives Inc. is looking for someone like you to support our work.

 

Our work spans organizational development, human resources for health, quality improvement, community involvement and operations research. Our current projects are in DRC, Tanzania, Zambia, Bangladesh and Uganda. In each, we strive to strengthen management systems to make organizations more sustainable and transparent, advocate for the needs of communities and vulnerable populations, and develop, test and implement new strategies for improving health systems. Initiatives also supports community health workers (CHWs) and CHW programs through CHW Central.org.

 

We seek a motivated intern with an interest in developing skills in global health programming, capacity assessments, research, training and literature reviews.

 

“Researching and promoting resources and guidelines for successful implementation of community health projects have provided me with knowledge on best practices for managing human resources for health and health systems strengthening. I will definitely use the knowledge and skills from my time at Initiatives in my global health career.”

–Paola Peynetti, Spring 2016 intern and MPH candidate at Boston University

 

Our intern will:

  • Have strong writing and organizational skills
  • Conduct literature reviews to widen knowledge on areas, such as mental health, mHealth in community health, supervision strategies, and capacity building
  • Contribute to development of training curricula and job aids
  • Have strong social media skills, especially in Twitter/Tweetdeck and Facebook
  • Review and revise Organizational Capacity Assessment reports
  • Contribute to the growth of the CHW Central website by promoting content among the public health community using online platforms
  • Regularly update CHW Central website and social media platforms with news, events, and webinars on community health and global health topics and networks

 

Initiatives Inc., a small women-owned business founded in 1987, is dedicated to improving the health and services provided to communities in the developing world.

 

To Apply: Email your CV, cover letter and a writing sample to Jackie McCarthy jmccarthy@initiativesinc.com.

Supply Chain Intern – USAID position in Rwanda ** Deadline Soon

April 12th, 2016 in Jobs, Practicums/Internships

**Deadline approching 4/14/16**

Supply Chain Intern
Health Systems Strengthening, Health Office, United States Agency for International Development/Rwanda

Location: Kigali, Rwanda | May 2016-November 2016: Compensated 6 month internship | INT-P5-038

The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) is a five year cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute in partnership with Global Health Corps, GlobeMed, Management Systems International and PYXERA Global. GHFP-II is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

GHFP-II’s goal is to improve the effectiveness of USAID health programs by addressing the Agency’s immediate and emerging human capacity needs. The program seeks to accomplish this goal first through the recruitment, placement and support of diverse health professionals at the junior, mid and senior levels. These program participants include fellows, interns, corporate volunteers and Foreign Service National professionals. The program then provides substantial performance management and career development support to participants, including annual working planning assistance, and ensures that professional development opportunities are available.

Looking to the future, GHFP-II also seeks to establish a pool of highly-qualified global health professionals that will ensure the Agency’s ongoing technical leadership and effectiveness. This objective is supported by an extensive outreach program that brings global health opportunities and specialized career advice to a diverse range of interested individuals, with a particular focus on those underrepresented in the field of global health.

BACKGROUND
USAID/Rwanda’s Health Team oversees a budget of over $100 million annually. The health portfolio covers child survival (immunization, integrated management of childhood illness), reproductive health (family planning, safe motherhood, fistula), infectious diseases (HIV/AIDS, malaria), and health systems strengthening. The Health Team manages an integrated portfolio of activities with a vision to build capacity in Rwanda for sustained and improved health outcomes by providing innovative and responsive technical and financial assistance. A key area of assistance for USAID/Rwanda includes technical assistance in supply chain management and procurement of public health commodities.

Rwanda’s public health supply chain system relies on central services of national quantification, procurement, and policymaking through divisions within the Ministry of Health. Health programs, including the malaria, HIV, family planning and maternal and child health programs, work with the central warehouse to establish national guidelines, finance, and procure the right quantities of essential commodities. Product integration for in-country ordering, distribution, and data collection allow for efficiencies at the district pharmacy and service delivery point levels. Ensuring data quality and utilization, collaboration between programs and supply chain levels, and building capacity in supply chain management skills, are key to strengthening Rwanda’s public health supply chain system and ensuring commodity security, so that patients and clients receive medicines and health products.

A focus of USAID/Rwanda’s supply chain program is technical assistance in health commodity procurement and supply chain system strengthening. In collaboration with the central warehouse, the Medical Procurement and Production Division (MPPD), activities address central functions for procurement, data management and utilization, supply chain integration, warehousing and distribution efficiencies, business process improvement, and long term strategies for supply chain sustainability.

INTRODUCTION
The Supply Chain Intern (Intern) will provide technical support and coordination services to support USAID/Rwanda’s Health Team. As a member of the Health Systems Strengthening team, the Intern will work closely with the Health Commodity and Logistics Technical Advisor to assist with technical review and management of supply chain functional areas and programs. The Intern will work closely with the Health Commodity and Logistics Technical Advisor as his/her onsite manager.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
• Gaining experience in the field of USAID and USAID missions and learning how to drive change using data in a complex environment with many stakeholders.
• Gaining a greater understanding of data management, quantification, supply planning, procurement, and reporting tools utilized in an in-country environment.
• Deepening skills in collaboration and coordination within a complex organizational and implementation structure.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
• Using logistics, and procurement data or other data sources on HIV, malaria, and family planning commodities in Rwanda, to build an internal information tracking system to better inform USAID of supply chain issues to improve an efficient, data-driven approach.
• Conducting a review of data sources, and reporting and recording procedures to inform USAID’s approach at supply chain performance and investment monitoring in Rwanda.
• Participating in daily USAID commodity procurement monitoring tasks for HIV, malaria, and family planning, including reviewing/preparing/utilizing:

  • Procurement price quotes
  • Commodity information request forms
  • Shipping reports
  • Commodity procurement planning and monitoring reports
  • Supply plan monitoring tables for HIV, family planning, and malaria
  • Quantification reports for HIV, family planning, and malaria
  • Shipment and forecast update reports for all relevant product groups

• Contributing to technical discussions and suggesting supply chain best practices.
• Identifying areas where private sector best practices can improve supply chain efficiency in Rwanda, improving supply chain services and reducing cost.
• Participating in End Use Checks for USAID-procured equipment delivered to the Ministry of Health, including conducting site visits to health facilities.
• Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming need and/or the Intern’s own interests.

QUALIFICATIONS
• Currently enrolled master’s or other post-bachelor’s degree candidate in a program related to supply chain management, logistics, business, information systems, pharmacy, statistics or relevant field; or, completion of such within the past 12 months.
• Ability to manage, analyze and derive strategic insights from raw data to assist leaders in setting policies and ensuring sound investments.
• Experience with, and understanding of supply chain management, procurement, and/or logistics for a large organization.
• Knowledge of health commodity or pharmaceutical products.
• Proficient with MS Office tools, especially with Excel, and ability to quickly learn other software tools.
• Strong attention to detail.
• Strong listening and communication skills, especially in an environment with diverse stakeholders.
• Experience with program coordination is beneficial.
• Ability to maintain cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity within the workplace.
• Ability to travel locally within Rwanda.
• US citizenship required.
COMPENSATION
$1,690 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position).

TO APPLY
Detailed information, including an online application and instructions, is available on our website at https://www.ghfp.net/
All online applications must be submitted by April 14, 2016 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA Employer.

Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis Project Intern – Global Health Fellows Program II

April 12th, 2016 in Jobs, Practicums/Internships

**Deadline coming up 4/21**

Global Health Fellows Program II
Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis Project Intern

Infectious Diseases Division, Office of Health, Infectious Diseases, and Nutrition, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Anticipated timeframe: May 2016 – November 2016: Compensated 6 month internship
Location: Washington, DC/Arlington, VA

The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) is a five year cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute in partnership with Global Health Corps, GlobeMed, Management Systems International and PYXERA Global. GHFP-II is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

GHFP-II’s goal is to improve the effectiveness of USAID health programs by addressing the Agency’s immediate and emerging human capacity needs. The program seeks to accomplish this goal first through the recruitment, placement and support of diverse health professionals at the junior, mid and senior levels. These program participants include fellows, interns, corporate volunteers and Foreign Service National professionals. The program then provides substantial performance management and career development support to participants, including annual working planning assistance, and ensures that professional development opportunities are available.

Looking to the future, GHFP-II also seeks to establish a pool of highly-qualified global health professionals that will ensure the Agency’s ongoing technical leadership and effectiveness. This objective is supported by an extensive outreach program that brings global health opportunities and specialized career advice to a diverse range of interested individuals, with a particular focus on those underrepresented in the field of global health.

BACKGROUND:

The Tuberculosis (TB) Team at USAID leads the United States Government (USG) efforts in the fight to prevent and treat TB, which kills about 1.5 million people annually. USAID programs focus on improving TB services in 23 countries, saving lives and preventing the spread of TB and multidrug-resistant TB. The goal of USAID efforts is to contribute significantly to the reduction of TB transmission and deaths globally. USAID TB Team is implementing the new USG TB Strategy (2015-2019) and National Action Plan to Combat Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR)-TB, which was recently released by the White House. Implementation of activities within the USG strategy and the NAP requires novel approaches as well as developing new projects and partnerships across sector.

INTRODUCTION:

The Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis Project Intern (Intern) will be assigned to the Tuberculosis Team in the Infectious Disease (ID) Division, under the Office of Health, Infectious Diseases, and Nutrition (HIDN) in the Bureau for Global Health (GH). The Intern will focus on assisting the TB Team with the implementation of selected key activities related to the multidrug- resistant tuberculosis. In particular, the Intern will assist the TB Team members with developing and supporting activities related to MDR-TB, helping with data collection and analysis, collecting best practices and lessons learned, helping with consolidation of reports and activities. The Intern will work closely with the ID Division Chief who will serve as his/her onsite manager, as well as with the MDR-TB Senior Advisor and other TB Team members.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
•Gaining experience in developing new projects and activities, consolidating and analyzing project data and demonstrating project results, as it relates to TB.
•Gaining a greater understanding of USAID work in TB and MDR-TB field, including work with USAID Missions, Implementing Partners and international TB organizations.
•Gaining a greater understanding of technical aspects of TB and MDR-TB interventions and TB project coordination.
•Deepening skills in collaboration and coordination within a complex organizational and implementation structure.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
•Supporting the TB Team with implementing activities related to MDR-TB, which includes but not limited to assessment, analysis, planning and monitoring of global MDR-TB work, assisting with the NAP-MDR planning and implementation, etc.
•Assisting with analyzing country and project(s) TB and MDR-TB data.
•Conducting literature reviews on MDR-TB topics, new drugs and regimens, and providing summaries of the publications.
•Collecting and consolidating project data and assisting with publishing and dissemination.
•Assisting with the communication of results and deliverables through reports and presentations.
•Providing logistical support to organize meetings, conference calls and webinars.
• Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming need and/or the Intern’s own interests.

QUALIFICATIONS:
•Currently enrolled master’s or other post-bachelor’s degree candidate in a program related to social sciences, public health or related fields; or, completion of such within the past 12 months.
•Experience with or knowledge of the TB and MDR-TB.
•Strong interest in Global Health with the emphasis on TB.
•Strong writing and analytical skills.
•Ability to work under tight deadlines.
•Ability to travel internationally.
•US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

COMPENSATION:

$1,690 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position).

TO APPLY:

Detailed information, including an online application and instructions, is available on our website at www.ghfp.net. All applications must be submitted by April 21, 2016 at 5:00 pm eastern time.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA Employer.

Call for Proposals: Northeast Big Data Hub – April 15th & May 1st

April 8th, 2016 in Outside Announcements, Practicums/Internships

Call for Proposals

Applicants can be: MS students who have one year to graduation; PhD students who have two years or less until graduation; Postdoctoral fellows who graduated fewer than 5 years ago

It is a ONE PAGE application; deadlines however approaching quickly.

Catalyzing Industry-Academic Partnerships

The Northeast Big Data Hub (@NEbigdatahub) is one of four Big Data Hubs established by the National Science Foundation to build public-private, multi-sector consortia to address high-priority challenges with data-driven innovations. The Hub is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for its summer 2016 programs for early-career researchers and practitioners in academia and other sectors. Funding has been generously provided by the Computing Community Consortium (CCC).

The Young Innovators Internship Program will provide an opportunity for early career researchers to collaborate with small businesses, government agencies, and NGOs, using data science approaches to solve substantial challenges. The Knowledge Exchange Program is comprised of a Lecture Series and a Visiting Scholar Exchange. Both share the goal of providing academic scholars and non-academic practitioners with an understanding of the challenges, capabilities, and available data at the organizations they visit while seeding longer-term relationships between the parties involved.

You can learn more about the programs and how to apply below.

Proposal Deadlines:  April 15th and May 1st, 2016

Spending Deadline:  All funds must be spent by September 30th, 2016

Additional Information and Application Submissions:

http://northeastbdhub.dsi.columbia.edu/opportunities.html

Please contact Katie Naum ken2115@columbia.edu or René Bastón rb70@columbia.edu  if you have any questions.

Practicum opportunities at Center for Health Information and Analysis in Copley Square

April 5th, 2016 in Jobs, Practicums/Internships

The mission of the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) is to monitor the Massachusetts health care system and to provide reliable information and meaningful analysis for those seeking to improve health care quality, affordability, access, and outcomes. CHIA has quite a few paid internship opportunities available for this summer and they are looking for BUSPH students!

For a list of all open opportunities check out their website!

Some opportunities include:

Project Management Internship

The Project Management Internship is an exciting career building opportunity to work with Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis. There are multiple in flight projects including implementation of a new website, building of an Enterprise Data Warehouse that will provide ample intellectual challenge to the successful candidate. We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic candidate that wants to make a tangible impact on a critical component of the Commonwealth’s healthcare reform program.

The deadline to apply is April 20, 2016 with a salary range of $16 – $25 hourly.

Reporting to the Manager of the Project Management Office the IT Project Management Intern will:
•Assist in creating and managing project delivery schedules for the various CHIA initiatives
•Manage schedule containing the critical path for assigned CHIA projects
•Manage risk, action items, issues, and dependencies for projects
•Provide status reporting to management
•Adhere to CHIA’s project development lifecycle
•Create reports as required that allows ease of use and consumption.
•Integrate project management best practices into daily activities

Qualifications (Minimum Entrance Requirements):
•Minimum of 2 years of experience working in a professional environment
•Project management experience and working knowledge of MS Office Suite
•Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
•Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
•Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to respond to changes in priorities in a flexible manner
•Strong organization skills
•Ability to understand business related issues and potential impact to project scope and timeline
•Experience delivering projects on-time, within budget and within scope
•Strong customer-service background to resolve user requests and maintain vendor relations
•Ability to identify, isolate and communicate issues and risks as needed
•Ability to develop procedures, standards and guidelines used throughout the agency

Preferred Qualifications:
•Experience working in a healthcare environment or public agency
•PMP certification

Health Policy Analyst Intern

CHIA’s Health System Finance team is looking for a talented Health Policy Intern to join a dynamic team that is dedicated to monitoring health care delivery and financing systems in the Commonwealth by providing meaningful, accurate analytics. The primary role of the Health Policy Intern is to provide analytic support to projects related to health care financing in the Massachusetts health care system.

The deadline to apply is April 20, 2016 with a salary range of $16 – $25 hourly.

Specifically, the Health Policy Intern will:
•Support data collection, quality assurance and analysis of payer-reported data, including total medical expenses, alternative payment methods and provider price variation
•Support the production of CHIA’s Annual Report on the Performance of Massachusetts Health Care System
•Prepare analytics, graphics and data books for the Annual Report
•Prepare data notifications for payers and providers
•Conduct research on payment methodologies and current development of ACOs
•Conduct research on value-based services (i.e., cost vs. quality for a given episode of care or given service)
•Conduct research on data sources for price/cost, quality, and utilization
•Participate in meetings and/or other projects as interested

Preferred Qualifications

It is essential that the Health Policy Intern have working knowledge of the concepts of the health care system. In addition, the Health Policy Intern should be able to demonstrate:
•Working knowledge of the Massachusetts health care system;
•Ability to write scientific and technical papers;
•Experience with data and/or policy analysis
•Ability to conduct literature reviews on a variety of topics in health policy;
•Ability to prepare and use charts, graphs, and tables to present analytical results;
•Ability to work independently and effectively with other members of the unit;
•Excellent written and oral communication skills;
•Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Access.

Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree with a major in public health, health services research, statistics, economics, or public policy.