Reports to: U.S. Manager of the MSF 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 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 research and administrative support to the U.S. Manager of the MSF Access Campaign while providing practical learning experience to an applicant interested in global health and policy advocacy on access to medicines.

Overview: The MSF Access Campaign undertakes research, policy and advocacy to raise the importance of the issue of access to essential medicines internationally, with a focus on developing countries where MSF works. 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 Intern will support the ongoing research, advocacy and administrative activities of the Access Campaign in the USA. This includes tracking the current issues relevant to the Access Campaign, providing research and analytical support, supporting the overall management of data and files, and assisting in preparation of information for advocacy and policy strategies.

This internship is ideal for anyone with a particular focus on policy, advocacy and the crisis of access to essential medicines, diagnostics and vaccines in the developing world. Preferred knowledge and interest in US politics and funding for global health, congressional processes, intellectual property, international trade and new innovation models. 

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

  • Conduct research on current access topics, advocacy policy targets, US government and other relevant stake-holders (60%)
  • Attend meetings and conferences and track Access Campaign related information in the media, meetings and calls (25%)
  • Provide general administrative support to the Campaign including database entry, mass mailings, filing, faxing, etc. (15%)

Skills: Applicants should have:

  • Master or graduate degree. Background in law, medicine or global health preferred
  • Preferable experience in advocacy/ policy
  • Excellent attention to detail, writing and proofreading ability.
  • Commitment to the public interest, with an interest in medical humanitarian aid and the struggle for access to essential medicines in developing countries
  • Initiative and confidence to work and ask questions in a fast-paced work environment.  

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