Reports to: Interim Head of Communications, MSF Access Campaign

Type of position: Intern, paid

Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week

Duration: 3 months

Location: New York City

Objective: Provide administrative, research, writing and editing support to the interim Head of Communications for the MSF Access Campaign while providing practical learning experience to an applicant interested in communications and campaigns on global health and the access to medicines movement.

Overview: Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a leading international, independent, medical, humanitarian organization, dedicated to providing medical humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations in times of conflict or disaster. In 1999 MSF created the MSF Access Campaign, made up of a team of medical, legal, pharmaceutical, policy and communications specialists, to improve access to existing drugs, diagnostics and vaccines that are unaffordable, and to stimulate the development of newer better medical tools that people in countries where MSF works urgently need. Information on the Access Campaign’s work can be found at www.msfaccess.org and www.facebook.com/MSFAccess

The MSF Access Campaign is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, but while a new Head of Communications is being recruited, this internship position has been created to support the interim Head of Communications in New York. The Access Comms Intern will work closely with the interim Head of Communications, offering day-to-day research, communications and administrative support and meeting project-based needs as they arise.

This internship is ideal for anyone with a strong interest in communications and campaigning the crisis of access to essential medicines, diagnostics and vaccines in the developing world. 

Duties: The Access Comms Intern will work closely with the interim Head of Communications, offering day-to-day research support and meeting project-based needs as they arise.

  • Contribute to the writing, editing and production and updating of electronic and printed materials on Campaign-related topics (25%)
  • Provide general administrative support including taking meeting minutes, setting up meetings and conference calls, coordinating projects, organizing files, etc. (25%)
  • Assist with project coordination and production of publications and other materials, including coordination with external vendors (printer, distribution house, design firm, etc) and internal stakeholders (25%)
  • Support communications initiatives as they arise in response to developing global health landscape, including conducting research and summarizing relevant information (25%)

Skills: Applicants should have:

  • Bachelor’s degree. Relevant experience in public communications and a technical field such as medicine, science and/or global health
  • Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills, and experience in developing different types of content for different audiences and mediums
  • Graphic design and layout skills a plus, including familiarity with Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop.
  • Ability to work independently on a number of separate, simultaneous tasks in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Excellent attention to detail, organization and coordination skills.
  • Strong research skills and proficiency in drawing relevant information from highly technical content
  • Full command of Microsoft Office suite of products;
  • Commitment to the public interest, with an interest in medical humanitarian aid and the struggle for access to essential medicines in developing countries

Please note: International candidates are responsible for securing their US work permits and should detail work status in their cover letter. 

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