Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is pleased to announce its paid Internship Program. Interns gain practical work experience and support the work of our Communications, Development, Program, Human Resources (both for the field and the office), and Executive departments. Interns also gain a basic introduction to the field of international medical humanitarian aid and advocacy. All internships will take place in our New York office and will be paid at the rate of $10.00 per hour.

2015 Internship Program Schedule
Spring Internship 2015 Summer Internship 2014 Fall Internship 2015

January 20
to
May 22

Please submit your application by:
January 5, 2015

May 26
to
August 28

Please submit your application by:
April 11, 2015

September 1
to
December 18

Please submit your application by:
August 7, 2015

Important Information

  • This is a competitive program. Candidates will be selected on a merit basis.
  • Due to high volume of applications, only successful candidates will be contacted after the application deadline.
  • Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Candidates may apply for more than one term, but will only be contacted regarding the most current term.
  • International candidates are responsible for securing their U.S. work permit.
  • All candidates are responsible for their own accommodation (and relocation, if applicable) in New York City.
  • No calls or e-mails please regarding application status.

In addition to paid internships, Doctors Without Borders participates in work/study programs for those who qualify.

Application Instructions

If applying to more than one internship position, please send a separate application for each position.

Email your resume and cover letter to internships@newyork.msf.org,
with Subject line: (Internship Title - Term).

Example: If you are applying to the Web Internship for the Fall 2014 program, then your email Subject line should be: Web Intern - Fall 2014.

Note: Preferred document submission format is PDF. If submitting a Word document, please save it in Word 2005 format.

 

Internship Positions:

  • Access Campaign Comms Intern

    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. 

  • Access Campaign Vaccines Intern

    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
  • Access Intern

    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.

     

  • Desk Intern

    Reports to: Desk Associate
    Type of position: Intern, paid
    Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
    Duration: 3 months
    Location: New York City

    Objective: To assist in the preparation of all departure and return procedures to ensure successful movements to/from the field projects of the NY Desk; while gaining knowledge and exposure to specific MSF operations.

    Overview: The New York Desk functions under Operational Center Paris and manages operations in 3 countries: Chad, South Sudan, and Ethiopia. The Desk is comprised of a 9 person team who oversees and directs all aspects of field operations in those countries. The Desk intern will assist the NY Desk with administrative responsibilities related to travel, visas, and work permits for the expatriate staff traveling to and from the field projects. 
    This internship is ideal for anyone considering a career in international relations, and particularly in the administration of international, non-profit field work.

    Duties: The Desk Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

    • Perform research on work permit and visa procedures
    • Prepare complete and accurate visa application packages for expatriates going to Desk countries
    • Courier visa applications to consulates
    • Assist the Desk Associate with research and booking for flights, hotels, and vaccination appointments
    • Update employee staff files
    • Filing and other administrative support tasks including various ongoing projects
    • Attend BBLs, public education events, and staff and department meetings as often as scheduling allows

    Skills: Applicants should have:

    • A genuine commitment to MSF's humanitarian principles 
    • Excellent administrative skills and attention to detail
    • International travel experience
    • Familiarity with planning complex travel arrangements 
    • A working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and databases
    • Initiative and confidence to ask questions in a fast-paced work environment
    • Fluent in English, French an asset
  • Editorial and Multimedia Intern

    Department: Communications
    Type of position: Intern, paid
    Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
    Duration: 3 months
    Location: New York City

    Objective: To support Doctors Without Borders editorial team while providing a practical learning experience, including the potential to publish writing and multimedia in print and online publications, to an individual interested in communications and publications for an international nonprofit organization.

    Overview: The Communications Department of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works to expand awareness of humanitarian crises and endemic health problems that medical teams address around the world. Public awareness is built through: active and reactive presswork; publications produced in-house, including a quarterly newsletter, website, and weekly podcast; pushing multimedia through social networking sites; and public education activities such as interactive exhibits, speaking events, screenings, and the creation and distribution of teaching tools and curriculums.

    The editorial and multimedia intern will assist in all phases of the preparation of MSF’s print and online publications. This is a hands-on position, offering the opportunity to actively improve tools through which MSF communicates its message to US general public. The ideal candidate will contribute creatively to new and ongoing projects. An undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in journalism, multimedia, publishing, non-profit communications, and/or international affairs would be best suited for this position.

    Duties include some or all of the following based on current needs:

    • Proofread and edit documents applying stylesheet to ensure content quality
    • Research photographs from international photo database for use in MSF publications
    • Transcribing interviews for publications and website
    • Basic editing of audio and/or video files
    • Building slideshows for website and social networking sites
    • Administrative support to Managing Editor, Digital Content Editor, and Publications Coordinator
    • Organization and upkeep of A/V equipment, print publications, and digital files
    • Possibility of writing for print and online publications
    • Other tasks as assigned

    Required Skills:

    • Strong interest in communications or journalism
    • Strong interest in multimedia
    • Proficiency in writing and Internet research
    • Undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate experience in journalism or nonprofit communications
    • Please provide examples of published writing and/or multimedia projects and references
    • Working knowledge of Word and Excel
    • Excellent organizational skills

    Preferred Skills:

    • Above-average computer literacy
    • Skills in Adobe CS, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Audition or other audio editing program
    • French and/or Spanish language skills
  • Executive Intern

    Reports to: Association Coordinator/Executive Associate
    Type of position: Intern, paid
    Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
    Duration: 3 months
    Location: New York City

    Objective: The Executive Department of Doctors is comprised of a three-person core team of Executive Director, Executive Associate and Association Coordinator. The Executive Director heads the office Management Team, and works in conjunction with the Board of Directors, to guarantee the overall functioning of MSF USA and MSF USA's involvement in the larger MSF movement. The Association Coordinator's role is to foster leadership and activism within the MSF-USA Association comprised largely of returned MSF field volunteers and staff members.

    Overview: To provide administrative support to the Association Coordinator and Executive Associate, while providing practical learning experience and exposure to an applicant interested in international humanitarian work, NGO administration, and advocacy. This internship is ideal for anyone considering a career in international relations, and particularly in the administration of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

    Duties:

    Executive Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

    • Update and maintain the MSF USA Association membership roll, under the direction of the Association Coordinator
    • Update and maintain, under the direction of the Association Coordinator, the Association database
    • Update and maintain, under the direction of the Association Coordinator, materials on the Association website
    • Assist with the editing, preparation, and distribution of the Insider, the quarterly newsletter of MSF-USA's association of volunteers, as well as the bi-weekly electronic newsletter
    • Provide logistical support to the Association Coordinator in preparation of the annual General Assembly and other regional events and meetings.
    • Provide administrative support to Association Coordinator as required
    • Compile background materials for monthly meetings of the Board of Directors of MSF-USA
    • Provide logistical support to the Executive Associate when these meetings are held in New York (September, November, February, May, June)
    • Conduct ongoing research, under the direction of the Executive Associate, on trademark and intellectual property issues pertaining to "Without Borders" organizations and the MSF mark as it is used in the US.

    Skills: Applicants should have:

    • A genuine commitment to MSF's humanitarian principles and a general understanding of international current events.
    • Excellent administrative/logistical skills
    • Ability to work independently and with limited supervision.
    • A working knowledge of MS Word, Excel and Access.
    • Excellent attention to detail and proofreading ability.
    • Initiative and confidence to ask questions in a fast-paced work environment.
    • Ability to work independently on multiple tasks
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Field Human Resources Intern

    Department: Field Human Resources
    Reports to: Field HR Associate
    Type of position: Intern, paid
    Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
    Duration: 3 months
    Location: New York City

    Objective:To administer the HR department's relationship with potential and current members of the active field staff pool. To assist with administrative/clerical responsibilities related to the HR cycle.

    Overview: The HR intern will respond to requests for information on volunteering requirements and general MSF HR information. S/he will learn about the organizations changing HR needs and help cultivate the pool of prospective applicants as appropriate to the field needs. S/he will also assist in facilitating the visa process for field staff confirmed for field assignments and a quarterly new field staff orientation.

    Duties: The Field Human Resources Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

    • Access and process field staff applications for initial HRO screening
    • Assist HR assistant in writing and sending letters to accepted/rejected applicants
    • Assist with HR data streamlining process working with a database and electronic files
    • Courier visa applications to consulates
    • Filing and other administrative support tasks
    • Assist as needed in the Welcome Days and other in-house trainings
    • Attend BBLs, public education events, and staff and department meetings as often as scheduling allows

    Required Skills:

    • Strong writing and computer skills
    • Experience or interest in HR for a nongovernmental organization an asset
    • Experience working with Microsoft Access databases an asset
    • Fluent in English, French an asset
    • Good organizational skills
    • Genuine commitment to the principles and work of MSF
  • Foundations and Corporations Intern

    Department: Development
    Type of position: Intern, paid
    Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
    Duration: 3 months
    Location: New York City

    Objective: To assist Foundations and Corporations (F&C) section of MSF's Development Team while providing a practical learning experience to students interested in foundation and corporate fundraising through conducting basic prospect research and assisting with cultivating prospective and existing donors.

    Overview:

    The Foundations and Corporations Intern will work closely with the F&C fundraising team offering day-to-day research and administrative support and meeting project-based needs as they arise. S/he will learn how an international organization approaches and cultivates foundation and corporations in order to receive large donations.  Candidates should have interest and some knowledge of fundraising with foundations and/or corporations, particularly knowledge of corporate giving programs or cultivation processes of NGOs.

    The F&C Intern will also have the opportunity, through working in the office, to learn about MSF's international programs and the role that MSF-USA plays in the MSF movement.  This internship is ideal for anyone considering a career in development (fundraising), with a particular focus on large-capacity fundraising, and in the administration of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

    Duties:

    The Foundations and Corporations Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

    • Assist with carrying out large and small mailings (30%)
    • Assist with researching prospective and existing foundation and corporate donors (25%)
    • Customize presentations, letters, reports, and proposals; complete grant applications (20%)
    • Create and compile supplemental material upon requests by donors (consolidating budgets, gathering media, formatting articles, etc.)  (20%)
    • Assist with travel and meeting coordination (inter-departmental conferences, donor visits, field visits, etc.) (5%)
    • Attend BBLs, public education events, and staff and department meetings as often as scheduling allows

    Required Skills:

    • Experience or interest in fundraising, particularly with Foundations and/or Corporations
    • Capacity to multi-task and ability to prioritize across multiple projects
    • Strong computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Word & Excel, constituency database)
    • Ability to work in a team environment
    • Strong organizational skills
    • Genuine commitment to the principles and work of MSF

    Preferred Skills and Experience:

    • For a new initiative, candidates with general knowledge of, or involvement in a fandom community (e.g. video games, comics, cosplay, fanfiction, RPG, conventions) are encouraged to apply.
  • Health Information Systems Intern (Mobile Health Application for Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention)

    Reports to: HIS Coordinator & Tropical Medicine Advisor
    Type of position: Intern, paid
    Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
    Duration: 4 months
    Location: New York City

    Objective: To assist in designing and testing a mobile application to be used to monitor program activities for the roll-out of Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) project.

    Overview: Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) is a malaria control strategy in which a therapeutic dose of antimalarial drugs are given to children in areas during the time of seasonal transmission, the period of highest acquisition risk. Research carried out in West Africa showed 80% reduction of cases of simple malaria and a more than 70% reduction of cases of severe malaria when using SMC control strategy. In March 2012, World Health Organization issued a recommendation of SMC use in areas where more than 60% of malaria cases occur in less than 4 consecutive months.

    During the malaria season of 2012 MSF launched SMC interventions in Mali and Chad, with the objective to reduce the incidence of simple and severe malaria, and of severe malarial anemia. Drug dispensing was carried out by Community Health Worker (CHW). The use of CHWs allowed us to bring the intervention closer to the patients, but requires an important logistic investment in terms of delivering and collecting the drugs to and from health center or village, as well as collecting the data during and after every distribution.  

    In preparation of expanding the intervention and improving the reliability and availability of real time monitoring, MSF is seeking to utilize mobile phone reporting. We are seeking an intern to work with the Malaria Advisor and Health Information Coordinator to develop and test an application for the SMC project.  

    Duties:

    • Review and clarify monitoring requirements
    • Identify appropriate application tools—feasibility according to environment, infrastructure, cost, ease of use
    • Design and test application—achieving requirements

    Skills: Applicants should have:

    • Background in Health Sciences or Humanitarian Health
    • Strong IT skills: knowledge of mobile applications—using SMS
    • Work or travel experience in rural areas of low-income countries
    • English spoken, strongly prefer French as well
    • Flexible and able to work independently
  • HIV/AIDS Access Intern

    HIV/AIDS Access Intern

    Reports to: HIV/AIDS Policy Advisor for Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines
    Type of position: Intern, paid
    Duration: 3 months
    Location: New York City
    Application timing: Please submit your application between Monday, November 3 and Monday, December 1 for the Spring 2015 Internship.

     

    Objective: Provide administrative and research support to the HIV/AIDS Policy advisor of the Access Campaign while providing practical learning experience to an applicant interested in HIV/AIDS 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 knowledge and interest in US politics, funding for global health, 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

    ·        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

     

  • Human Resources Intern

    Department: Human Resources
    Reports to: HR Manager
    Type of position: Intern, paid
    Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
    Duration: 3 months
    Location: New York City

    Objective: To assist the Human Resources department with the administration of benefits and payroll for field staff, while gaining practical experience in and learning about human resources. S/he will learn about human resources administration for a large non-profit organization and the general workings of a large international humanitarian aid organization.

    Overview: The Human Resources Intern will support the activities of the Human Resources department. The activities include payroll and benefits administration for field staff, updating the HRIS, and assisting with remuneration project implementation. S/he will also have the opportunity, through working in the office, to learn about MSF's programs and how it operates in the United States. This internship is ideal for anyone interested in human resources or administration for a non-profit.

    Duties: The Human Resources Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

    • Prepare briefing and debriefing packets for field staff that include payroll and benefits information
    • Check incoming paperwork to make sure it is complete
    • Update HRIS
    • Perform data entry and other administrative support tasks
    • Attend Brown Bag Lunch presentations, public education events, and staff and department meetings as often as scheduling allows

    Required Skills:

    • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
    • Ability to execute tasks demanding focus
    • Good organizational skills
    • Strong writing and computer skills
    • Experience or interest in HR practices, especially for a nongovernmental organization an asset
    • Fluent in English, French an asset
    • Genuine commitment to the principles and work of MSF

     

  • Major Gifts Intern

    Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters, and to victims of armed conflict, irrespective of race, religion, creed or political convictions. When medical assistance is not enough to save lives, MSF will speak out against human rights abuses and violations of humanitarian law its teams witness while providing medical relief.

    Department: Development
    Type of position: Intern, paid
    Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
    Duration: 3 months
    Location: New York City

    Objective:
    To assist Major Gifts section of MSF's Development Team while providing basic knowledge of non-profit fundraising.

    Overview: The Major Gift Intern will be supporting the administrative activities of the Major Gift Director, Officer and the activities of the Major Gifts Staff. S/he will learn how an organization approaches and cultivates individuals in order to receive large donations. S/he will also have the opportunity, through working in the office, to learn about MSF's international programs and the role that MSF-USA plays in the MSF movement. This internship is ideal for anyone considering a career in development (fundraising), and in the administration of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

    Duties:

    • The Major Gifts Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:
    • Help manage major donor events e.g. mail invitations, maintain RSVP list (25%)
    • Assist with large and small mailings (25%)
    • Review and correct donor database records, and possibly assist in conversion from one donor database to another (20%)
    • Attend BBLs, public education events, and staff and department meetings as often as scheduling allows

    Required Skills:

    • Strong computer skills (e.g. Excel, database)
    • Strong organizational skills
    • Genuine commitment to the principles and work of MSF

    Email your resume and cover letter, with Subject line: (Major Gifts Internship - Fall 2010) to internships@newyork.msf.org. If applying to more than one internship position, please send a separate e-mail for each application. To learn more, visit www.doctorswithoutborders.org.

  • Major Gifts Prospect Research Intern

    Department: Development
    Type of position: Intern, paid
    Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
    Duration: 3 months
    Location: New York City

    Objective: To assist the Major Gifts Prospect Research area of MSF's Development Team while providing basic knowledge of non-profit fundraising.

    Overview: The Major Gifts Prospect Research Intern will support the administrative and research activities of the Manager of Prospect Research, Major Gifts, and the rest of the Major Gifts team. S/he will learn how an organization approaches and cultivates individuals in order to receive large donations. S/he will also have the opportunity, through working in the office, to learn about MSF's international programs and the role that MSF-USA plays in the MSF movement. This internship is ideal for anyone considering a career in development (fundraising), and in the administration of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

    Duties: The Major Gifts Prospect Research Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

    • Assist in prospecting for new donors and researching current MSF donors (30%)
    • Review and correct donor database records (30%)
    • Assist with large and small mailings (25%))
    • Attend BBLs, public education events, and staff and department meetings as often as scheduling allows

    Required Skills:

    • Keen attention to detail and an eye for data
    • Strong research skills and an inquisitive mind
    • Strong computer skills (e.g. Excel, database)
    • Strong organizational skills
    • Genuine commitment to the principles and work of MSF
  • Marketing Intern

    Type of position: Intern, paid
    Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
    Duration: 3 months
    Location: New York City

    Objective: To assist the Marketing Team in developing, maintaining, and organizing marketing materials, while providing a practical learning experience to students interested in marketing and fundraising for a large non-profit organization and in the general workings of a large international humanitarian aid organization.

    Overview: The Marketing Intern will support the activities of a Marketing Team. S/he will learn how an organization maintains donor relations, markets itself to donors and the public, and the general activities of a Development department. S/he will also have the opportunity, through working in the office, to learn about MSF's programs, and how it operates in the United States. This internship is ideal for anyone interested in fundraising for a non-profit, as well as the administration of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

    Duties: The Marketing Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

    • Update and maintain MSF USA's marketing files, both paper and electronic, on current and past MSF projects (20%)
    • Assist Marketing Coordinator with direct mail quality control projects (15%)
    • Conduct analysis of industry marketing materials and trends (15%)
    • Develop and maintain "creative wall" of MSF marketing materials (10%)
    • Assist Marketing Coordinator with organization and dissemination analytic reports to development team (10%)
    • Support Director of Marketing and Marketing Associate and Coordinator on other miscellaneous projects (10%)
    • Fulfill requests for marketing materials from various parties(10%)
    • Attend brown bag lunches, public education events, and staff and department meetings as often as scheduling allows (10%)

    Required Skills:

    • Excellent organizational skills.
    • Ability to work independently, with guidance from staff members.

    Preferred Skills:

    • Strong Word, Excel, and database experience.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication.
    • Genuine commitment to the principles and work of MSF.
  • Medical Editing Intern

    Department: Medical; Communications
    Type of position: Intern, paid
    Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
    Duration: 3 months, with possibility of extending through end of 2013
    Location: New York City

    Objective: To support the Medical Editor of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), while learning about humanitarian medical research and medical/scientific publishing for an international nongovernmental organization.

    Overview: The Medical Editor of MSF-USA works with medical and field staff to disseminate research findings and perspectives, and to increase the visibility of MSF medical research within medical, research and policymaking communities. This is done through peer-reviewed journal articles; scientific conference abstracts, presentations and posters; MSF technical publications; and special projects and events.

    The Medical Editing Intern will work with the Medical Editor on further developing and updating a database of MSF research publications. An undergraduate student with interest medical publishing, library science and humanitarian medicine would best suit this position.

    Duties:

    • Assist with further developing database tools to store and disseminate information on MSF publications (50%)
    • Perform literature searches for articles on various medical topics (20%)
    • Enter data on MSF research publications into databases (20%)
    • Other tasks as assigned (10%)

    Required Skills:

    • Proficiency with Microsoft Access, Excel and Word
    • Proficiency in medical literature searches (PubMed, Google Scholar)
    • Good understanding of scientific/medical publication practices
    • Excellent research and writing skills
    • Strong interest in medical/scientific publishing and humanitarian medicine and research

    Preferred Skills:

    • Programming experience in Visual Basic
    • Background knowledge of data structures, relationship-based databases.
    • Expertise and interest in knowledge management and/or outcomes research
    • Experience using reference management tools such as Mendeley
  • Office internships

    Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is pleased to announce its paid Internship Program. Interns gain practical work experience and support the work of our Communications, Development, Program, Human Resources (both for the field and the office), and Executive departments. Interns also gain a basic introduction to the field of international medical humanitarian aid and advocacy. All internships will take place in our New York office and will be paid at the rate of $10.00 per hour.

    2015 Internship Program Schedule
    Spring Internship 2015 Summer Internship 2014 Fall Internship 2015

    January 20
    to
    May 22

    Please submit your application by:
    January 5, 2015

    May 26
    to
    August 28

    Please submit your application by:
    April 11, 2015

    September 1
    to
    December 18

    Please submit your application by:
    August 7, 2015

    Important Information

    • This is a competitive program. Candidates will be selected on a merit basis.
    • Due to high volume of applications, only successful candidates will be contacted after the application deadline.
    • Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Candidates may apply for more than one term, but will only be contacted regarding the most current term.
    • International candidates are responsible for securing their U.S. work permit.
    • All candidates are responsible for their own accommodation (and relocation, if applicable) in New York City.
    • No calls or e-mails please regarding application status.

    In addition to paid internships, Doctors Without Borders participates in work/study programs for those who qualify.

    Application Instructions

    If applying to more than one internship position, please send a separate application for each position.

    Email your resume and cover letter to internships@newyork.msf.org,
    with Subject line: (Internship Title - Term).

    Example: If you are applying to the Web Internship for the Fall 2014 program, then your email Subject line should be: Web Intern - Fall 2014.

    Note: Preferred document submission format is PDF. If submitting a Word document, please save it in Word 2005 format.

     

    Internship Positions:

  • Planned Giving Intern

    Department: Development
    Type of position: Intern, paid
    Time Commitment: Part-time, 20 hrs/week
    Duration: 3 months
    Location: New York City

    Objective: To assist the Planned Giving section of the Development department within Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

    Overview: The Planned Giving Intern primarily supports the administrative activities of the Planned Giving team. S/he will learn how a large, non-governmental organization (NGO) administers bequests and other planned gifts, and cultivates individuals who could include or have included MSF in their estate plans. S/he will also have the opportunity to learn about MSF's operations and international medical programs in more than 70 countries around the world. This internship is well-suited for anyone considering a career in development (fundraising), and in the administration of non-profit organizations or NGOs.

    Duties: The Planned Giving Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

    • Review bequest notices (notices from attorneys that MSF has been named in a donor’s will) and other estate documents, while entering all information in database
    • Communicate effectively via telephone with estate executors, attorneys and donors.
    • Assist with processing other planned gifts, including Charitable Gift Annuities.
    • Prepare and send letters to donors who request more information about MSF’s planned giving opportunities.
    • Review and correct donor database records.
    • Complete other administrative tasks as assigned by Planned Giving Officer.
    • Attend MSF internal presentations, public education events, and staff and department meetings as often as scheduling allows.

    Required Skills:

    • Strong computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel).
    • Strong organizational skills and high attention to detail.
    • Experience with large databases or donor management systems (i.e. Revolution Online, Raiser’s Edge, Team Approach).
    • Genuine commitment to MSF’s principles and work.
  • Press Intern

    Reports to: Communications Assistant and Press Officer
    Type of position: Intern, paid
    Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
    Duration: 3 months
    Location: New York City

    Objective: To lessen the workload of the communications staff while providing a practical learning experience to a student interested in humanitarian aid and advocacy and public relations.

    Overview: The Communications Department of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières works to expand awareness of the humanitarian crises and endemic health problems in developing countries that our medical teams address in the field. Public awareness is built through three primary means: active and reactive presswork; publications produced in-house, including our quarterly newsletter and website; and public education activities such as interactive exhibits, speaking events, screenings, and the creation and distribution of teaching tools and curriculums.

    The Press Intern will work closely with the Press Officer and Communications Assistant, offering day-to-day research support and meeting project-based needs as they arise. As a valued member of the Communications department, the Press Intern will be centrally involved in the department's attempts to bring MSF's advocacy messages into the media. He or she will have ample opportunities to learn about public relations through direct experience and humanitarian medical aid through osmosis. This position is ideal for a student interested in both humanitarian aid and public relations or journalism.

    Duties: The Press Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

    • Media research and daily monitoring of coverage (30%)
    • Updating and maintaining the press office's media contacts (30%)
    • Supporting media projects as they arise in response to developing humanitarian news stories (helping to organize press conferences, etc.) (20%)
    • Tracking and filing MSF news clippings (15%)
    • Putting together a tri-annual "media highlights" kit (5%)

    Skills: Ability to work independently on a number of separate, simultaneous tasks. Familiarity with US television and print media. Proficiency in writing and internet research. Working knowledge of Word and Excel. French and/or Spanish a plus.

  • Public Events Intern

    Reports to: Public Events Officer
    Type of position: Intern, paid
    Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
    Duration: 3 months
    Location: New York City

    Objective: To provide support to the Public Events staff while offering a practical learning experience to someone interested in public events, marketing, and recruitment.

    Overview: The Communications Department of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières works to expand awareness of the humanitarian crises and endemic health problems in developing countries that our medical teams address in the field. Public awareness is built through three primary means: active and reactive presswork; publications produced in-house, including our quarterly newsletter and website; and public events activities such as interactive exhibits, speaking events, film screenings, conferences, and the creation and distribution of teaching tools.

    The Public Events Intern will have a role in planning and preparing the department's public exhibits, speaking events, and recruitment activities, including national and regional medical conferences. This is a hands-on position, offering the opportunity to become familiar with the tools through which MSF communicates its message to the general public. The ideal candidate will contribute creatively to new and ongoing projects, while providing logistical and administrative support to the Public Events team.

    An undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in event planning, marketing, research, or exhibit design would be best suited for this position.

    Duties: The Public Events Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

    • Project-based planning, including research into outreach to target audiences, preparation and logistical support of public events and exhibits, and coordinating materials for speaking events, conferences, and other exhibits (70%)
    • Fulfillment of orders for educational tools and information processed through the New York office (10%)
    • Administrative support to Public Events Officer and Associate (20%)

    Skills: Strong interest in event planning, exhibitions, marketing, or public education. Research experience and good written and verbal communication skills. Experience in event planning a plus. Above average computer literacy preferred, with an emphasis on Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.

  • Web Intern

    Department: Communications
    Type of position: Intern, paid
    Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
    Duration: 3 months
    Location: New York City

    Objective: To support the Web & Publications Team while providing a comprehensive learning experience to an individual interested in design, web, and multimedia.

    Overview: The Web Intern will work closely with the Web Manager, developers, and communications staff, offering day-to-day support and meeting project-based needs as they arise. The Web Intern will have the opportunity to contribute creatively to a constantly evolving, highly-visited humanitarian website while improving his/her design, web and content management skills. An individual looking to put a Web Design or Development degree to work for a good cause and to learn more about the Web will be perfectly suited for this position. The selected candidate must be willing to commit to this internship for the duration of the semester.
     

    Duties: The Web Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

    • Learn or improve understanding of the Drupal CMS, including contributing to content organization and management, site building, and maintenance
    • Post content to Website regularly and assist with daily tasks
    • Monitor and produce Web metrics
    • Participate in discussions regarding site development and growth
    • Create and optimize content for MSF's social media accounts
    • Design Web page layouts and Web graphics or contribute to Web page development
    • Edit multimedia files, including slideshows, audio and video

    Required Skills:

    • Good understanding of HTML to create Web pages
    • Attention to detail
    • Ability to troubleshoot one's own work
    • Ability to prioritize tasks and manage own time
    • Comfortable working on both PC and Mac platforms

    Preferred Skills:

    • Previous use and understanding of a Content Management System (CMS) such as Wordpress or Drupal
    • Experience using Photoshop for graphic design
    • Development knowledge or skills (familiarity with CSS, PHP, and Javascript)
    • Knowledge of video editing programs