Category: Practicums/Internships

Summer 2015 Exchange-Student Opportunities in Guatemala with CeSSIAM

February 23rd, 2015 in Practicums/Internships

Are you looking for a summer opportunity to be involved in research in Guatemala?

The Center for Studies of Sensory Impairment, Aging and Metabolism (CeSSIAM) was founded in 1985 in Guatemala for the original purpose of investigating the association between vitamin A deficiency and blindness.

CeSSIAM is currently investigating the effects of diet and specific micronutrients on outcomes such as health and function. It also mentors pre-doctoral and doctoral students as they lead several research projects.  CeSSIAM works in partnership with INF to conduct cutting-edge nutritional research in Latin America and is staffed by six core research professionals working in three thematic investigative areas, which are described below. There are several opportunities for this summer detailed below. Interested students should send a professionally written letter of interest and resume to Dr. Noel Solomons via, with a cc to Joe Anzalone via

Summer 2014 projects:

Lactation Biology: We have on-going projects involving the collection and analysis of human milk (using standardized unilateral full-breast evacuation) in relation to subclinical mastitis prevalence and nutrient quality across different social strata and stages of lactation. The Center has an iCHECK rapid vitamina A analyzer.

Dietary Assessment: For students with a dietetics/nutrition background, we can offer a non-field – but in-country – experience generating some contextual analyses for manuscripts based on complete population diet-intake data-sets to be combined with specialized food-composition data-bases.

Stunting Biology: Guatemala has the highest prevalence of under-five stunting in the Americas, and sequelae in its adult population. One of our student-driven areas is using photographic images of individuals to assess length of different body segments (leg-length in adults) and total-length in newborn. This will allow for rapid, friendly survey approaches to assessing the anatomical aspects of the experience of linear growth failure.

Nutritional Environment Measurement Survey (NEMS): We are pioneering innovative departures surrounding the NEMS, which seeks to assess the availability and accessibility of food (and healthful food) in the different food-supply systems of Guatemala. We shall be refining and expanding experience in Supermarkets, and moving to the Tienda setting. We shall expand street-level mapping of dispensing establishments, and relate them to purchasing patterns of neighborhood residents. We shall look to the cafeteria and restaurant domain of the NEMS, as well.

Expected 2015 research titles:

  • Mutual Interactions among Anti-oxidative Nutrients, Antioxidant Enzymes and Urinary Biomarkers of Oxidative Stress in Guatemalan Preschoolers in the Western Highlands
  • Milk Osmolality and Body Hydration Status in Lactating Mothers from the Western Highlands of Guatemala
  • Osmolality values of previously frozen human milk from Guatemalan mothers: Effects of temperature range for thawing and of storage duration.
  • Risk factors associated with low 25(OH)D concentrations in Kekchi-Mayan and Garifuna adolescents from Guatemala
  • Milk Mineral and Cytokine Concentrations Differ in Guatemalan Mothers with Subclinical Mastitis (SCM) by Stage of Lactation
  • Factors Associated with Subclinical Mastitis (SCM) Among Indigenous Mothers in the Western Highlands of Guatemala
  • An Intervention to Co-package Zinc and Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) Improves Health Provider Prescription and Maternal Adherence to WHO-recommended Diarrhea Treatment in Western Guatemala
  •  Maternal Perceptions and Experiences with an Intervention to Increase Adherence to WHO Recommended Zinc (Zn) + Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) for Diarrhea Treatment in Western Guatemala
  • The Validity of Digital-Camera Photography for Estimating Birth-Length in Guatemalan Newborns
  • Development of a formal protocol to map the community food environment using direct observation: a case study in urban Guatemala



Paid Advocacy Practicum Opportunity in Washington DC,

February 11th, 2015 in Practicums/Internships

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Internship opportunity in Latin America

February 11th, 2015 in Practicums/Internships

“BU Nourish International is excited to present its annual International Development Internship abroad to … Bolivia ! Our chapter’s mission is to “Eradicate Poverty by Engaging Students and Empowering Communities” through sending committed students on internship projects abroad. For this upcoming project, interns will go on a 6 week long trip to enhance local development in a Bolivian rural community.


This year, we are collaborating with Boston College Nourish International chapter. We will be closely working with our partner, CECAM Bolivia, to implement a sustainable development project in the town of Cochabamba. We will be developing ecological technologies and workshops to improve women’s health and sanitation. The internship will start at the end of May through beginning of July.


This student volunteer internship is a great opportunity to gain experience working in the field of international development, to develop leadership as well as language skills, but also to create valuable connections with communities abroad.


If you are interested in joining our team Project, the link to the application is, which you can also access on our Facebook page “BU Nourish International” or by emailing us. The application is due by 11:59pm on Wednesday 2/18.


If you would like more information about the volunteer internship, we will be holding an information session next Monday (2/9), at 7:30 in CAS 424. If you have any questions or can’t make it on Monday, feel free to email us at !”

BUSPH Annual Career Fair, February 26th from 2-6pm

February 4th, 2015 in Jobs, Outside Announcements, Practicums/Internships

The BUSPH Annual Career Fair will be held this year on Feb. 26th from 2-6 PM in the Hiebert Lounge.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet employers from a wide range of public health organizations showcasing various practicum and regular positions.

RSVP today: Log into CareerLink, then go to events –> information sessions–> select Career Fair, click “RSVP”

Please dress professionally for the event, and bring copies of your résumé.

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.