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Reports to: Vaccines Policy Advisor for the Access Campaign
Type of Position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months
Location: New York City

Due to the volume of applications received, the Access Campaign Vaccines Internship does not accept applications on a rolling basis. Please do not submit applications for the Spring internship until after December 23rd 2013, the Summer internship until after March 28th 2014, or the Fall internship until after of July 25th 2014. Any applications received before these dates will not be considered.

Objective: Provide administrative and research support to the Vaccines Policy Advisor of the Access Campaign while gaining practical learning experience for an applicant interested in vaccines, health policy advocacy, and international affairs.

Overview: Each year, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams vaccinate over 10 million people through various vaccination activities, including outbreak response (measles, meningitis, yellow fever, cholera); large-scale preventative vaccination campaigns in high risk areas; vaccination for particularly vulnerable populations such as refugees or displaced persons; and in routine immunization settings through primary health care activities. MSF’s routine immunization activities are conducted in a number of projects where health care is provided to mothers and children, particularly in countries where vaccination coverage is generally low.

To support our operations in the field, the Access Campaign undertakes research and advocacy to raise the importance of the issue of access to essential medicines internationally. The Campaign hopes to achieve sustainable solutions to reduce the price of essential medicines and stimulate medical research and development for diseases that primarily affect low-income populations. The Campaign operates within the Program Department at MSF-USA.

The Access Campaign Vaccines Intern will support the ongoing administrative and research activities of the Access Campaign as necessary to scale up the work on access to affordable and appropriate vaccines. This includes tracking the current issues relevant to the Access Campaign, providing research and analytical support to the Vaccines Policy Advisor of the Access Campaign, supporting the overall management of data and files, and assisting in preparation of information for advocacy and policy strategies.

Candidates should have interest in and knowledge of global public health, global health policy and funding, and the current status of vaccination programs and services in developing nations. This internship is ideal for anyone with a special interest in vaccines policy and the lack of access to essential medicines in the developing world.

Duties: Access Campaign Vaccines Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Participate in conference calls of internal networks' working groups and assist with preparation, note taking, and dissemination of key documents
  • Conduct research on vaccination technologies, strategies, and policies
  • Draft summaries and reports on vaccination-related studies and documents
  • Maintain a database of key literature/references
  • Provide general administrative support
  • Other tasks as assigned

Skills: Applicants should have:

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Experience in global health advocacy and/or Masters Degree preferable
  • Excellent attention to detail and proofreading ability
  • An interest in medical humanitarian aid and the movement towards access to essential medicines for the most vulnerable populations
  • Initiative and confidence to work independently and ask questions in a fast-paced work environment
  • A working knowledge of MS Word and Excel
  • Other languages, particularly French, a plus
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