Reports to: HIV/AIDS 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 HIV/AIDS 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 administrative and research support to the HIV/AIDS Policy advisor of the Access Campaign while gaining practical learning experience for an applicant interested in HIV/AIDS, health policy advocacy and international affairs.

Overview: 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 HIV/AIDS Access Intern will support the ongoing administrative and research activities of the Access Campaign as necessary to scale up the work on HIV/AIDS policy. This includes tracking the current issues relevant to the Access Campaign, providing research and analytical support to the HIV/AIDS Policy Advisor of the Access Campaign, supporting the overall management of data and files, and assisting in preparation of information for advocacy meetings and mailings.

Candidates should have interest and some knowledge of US politics, global health policy and funding, congressional processes, and the current status of the international HIV/AIDS movement. This internship is ideal for anyone with a particular focus on HIV/AIDS policy advocacy and the crisis of access to essential medicines in the developing world.

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

  • Convene conference calls of internal networks' working groups and assists with preparation, note taking, and dissemination of key documents
  • Assist the HIV Policy Advisor with collecting information and maintaining a database on essential information and relevant HIV national policies
  • Conduct research on current access topics, conferences, advocacy targets, and related NGOs
  • Consistently disseminating MSF advocacy related information through our network of contacts
  • Track HIV/AIDS Access Campaign related information in the media including online listserves
  • Coordinate communication between members of internal working groups and listservs
  • Maintains a database of key literature/annotated bibliography
  • Assist the HIV Policy Advisor in convening internal and external meetings
  • Assist with writing basic memos
  • Reply to requests for information and assistance from the public
  • Provide general administrative support
  • Other tasks as assigned

Skills: Applicants should have:

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Experience in HIV/AIDS advocacy and/or Masters Degree preferable
  • Excellent attention to detail and proofreading ability
  • An interest in medical humanitarian aid and the struggle for access to essential medicines
  • Initiative and confidence to work independently and ask questions in a fast-paced work environment
  • A working knowledge of MS Word and Excel
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