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Office internships

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF-USA) 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 $13.50 per hour.

2018 Internship Program Schedule

Spring Internship 2018 Summer Internship 2018 Fall Internship 2018

January 29
to
May 18

Please submit your application by:
December 31, 2017

May 29
to
August 24

Please submit your application by:
April 18, 2018

September 4
to
December 18

Please submit your application by:
August 4, 2018

*For Access Campaign Internships, please aim to submit your application as soon as possible for early consideration!

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.
  • No phone calls please.
  • 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.
  • To obtain an internship position, you must be eligible to work in the US without sponsorship. International candidates are responsible for securing their U.S. work permit. If your CV indicates that you are not based in New York, please make sure to explicitly note in your cover letter that you will be available to move to New York City for the duration of the internship, if applicable. 
  • All candidates are responsible for their own accommodation (and relocation, if applicable) in New York City. If your cover letter indicates that you are not based in New York, please make sure to explicitly note in your cover letter that you will be available to move to New York City for the duration of the internship, if applicable.
  • Please note, interns are paid at an hourly rate of $13.50/hr. 

To view and apply to one of our internship positions, email your resume and cover letter to internships@newyork.msf.org

Example: If you are applying to the IT Internship for the Summer 2018 program, then your email Subject line should be: IT Intern - Summer 2018.

If you are applying for more than one internship position, please send an email for each position using the example above.

Note: Preferred document submission format is PDF and Microsoft Word Document

Access Campaign Comms Intern

Reports to: 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, writing, editing, research, graphic design, and production support to the Communications team of the MSF Access Campaign, while providing practical learning experience to an applicant interested in communications and campaigning 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, whose mission is to increase access to—and push for the development of—affordable, practical, and effective drugs, vaccines, and diagnostic tests needed for our patients and others in the contexts where MSF works. We are a multi-disciplinary team that includes doctors, pharmacists, scientists, lawyers, as well as advocacy and communications experts. We also work with patient groups and other civil society organizations in response to their concerns over access to treatment. Information on the Access Campaign’s work can be found at www.msfaccess.orgwww.facebook.com/MSFAccess and twitter.com/msf_access.

The MSF Access Campaign is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, but the team is spread out across many offices and functions as a “virtual” organization. Members of the communications team sit in New York, London, Geneva, and New Delhi. The head of communications is based in the New York office. The Access Comms Intern will work closely with the Head of Communications and other team members, 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: 

  • Contribute to the writing, editing, proofreading, production, and updating of electronic and printed materials on Campaign-related topics, including coordination with external vendors (printer, distribution house, design firm, etc) and internal stakeholders (35%)
  • Produce weekly media coverage reviews for Access Campaign staff and assist Press Officer with updating media lists and database and other media/press research (20%)
  • Assist with design, editing, and production of graphic materials to support online and offline communications (15%)
  • Support communications projects as they arise in response to internal and external developments, including conducting research and summarizing relevant information (15%)
  • Provide general administrative support including taking meeting minutes, setting up meetings and conference calls, assisting with budget tracking, coordinating projects, organizing files, etc. (15%)

Skills: Applicants should have:

  • Bachelor’s degree. Relevant experience in 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
  • Strong graphic design and layout skills, 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, and fluency in some or all Adobe Creative Cloud applications
  • Commitment to the public interest, with an interest in medical humanitarian aid and the struggle for access to essential medicines in developing countries
  • Plugged into the social media landscape

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–4 months (depending on term)
Location: New York City

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 HIV and Tuberculosis Policy Intern

Reports to: HIV & TB Policy Advisor for Access Campaign

Type of position: Intern, paid
Duration: 3 months–4 months (depending on term)
Location: New York City

Objective: Provide administrative, communications, research support to the HIV & TB Policy advisor of the Access Campaign while providing practical learning experience to an applicant interested in HIV/AIDS and TB and drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) policy advocacy.

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 and TB Access Policy Intern will support the activities of the Access Campaign as necessary to scale up efforts to improve the quality and accessibility of HIV/AIDS and TB/DR-TB services, including proper and effective diagnosis and treatment. This includes tracking the current issues relevant to the Access Campaign, providing research and analytical support to the HIV & TB Policy Advisor of the Access Campaign, providing administrative support for Access Campaign initiatives, drafting communications and advocacy materials, and coordinating and preparing material for advocacy meetings and working groups.

Candidates should have knowledge and interest in global health, including HIV and TB. This internship is ideal for anyone with a particular focus on HIV/AIDS and TB/DR-TB policy advocacy and the crisis of access to essential medicines in the developing world.

Duties:

HIV & TB Access Policy Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Convene conference calls of internal networks' working groups and assist with preparation, note taking, and dissemination of key documents
  • Draft letters to policymakers and global health actors
  • Assist the HIV Policy Advisor with collecting information and maintaining a database on essential information and relevant HIV and TB national policies
  • Conduct research on current access topics, conferences, advocacy targets and related NGOs  
  • Disseminate MSF advocacy related information through our network of contacts
  • Track HIV and TB Access Campaign related information in the media and listserves
  • Maintains a database of key literature/annotated bibliography
  • Assist the HIV & TB Policy Advisor in convening internal and external meetings
  • Assist with writing basic memos
  • Maintain and update calendars of key global health meetings and conferences
  • Provide general administrative support
  • Other tasks as assigned

Skills: Applicants should have:

  • Experience in HIV/AIDS or TB/DRTB advocacy and/or Masters Degree preferable
  • Excellent writing skills
  • A working knowledge of MS Word and Excel
  • Excellent attention to detail, fastidious commitment to correct referencing, outstanding organizational skills, and proofreading ability
  • An interest in medical humanitarian aid and the fight for access to essential medicines
  • Background knowledge/familiarity with global health actors, US legislative processes, pharmaceutical research and development, and intellectual property/trade barriers to affordable and accessible drugs helpful
  • A commitment to health and social justice
  • Initiative and confidence to work independently and ask questions in a fast-paced work environment

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–4 months (depending on term)

Location: New York City

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.

Corporate Relations Intern

Department: Development
Reports to: Senior Corporate Relations Associate
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months–4 months (depending on term)
Location: New York City

ObjectiveThe Corporate Relations Intern will work closely with the Corporate Relations fundraising team offering day-to-day research and administrative support and meeting project-based needs as they arise.

The Corporate Relations 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). S/he will assist the Corporate Relations team while providing a practical learning experience to those interested in corporate fundraising through conducting basic research and assisting with data maintenance and analysis.

Duties:  The Corporate Relations intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Corporate Relations InternCorporate Relations InternAssist with database maintenance for Corporate donors
  •  Prepare Excel spreadsheets for upload to donor database
  • Participate in creating research profiles for donors by researching companies and corporate contacts 
  • Help team with various administrative duties as they arise
  • Attend Brown Bag Lunches, education events, and staff and department meetings as often as scheduling allows

Required Skills:       

  • Experience or interest in fundraising
  • Interest in data analysis and ability to read and organize large amounts of data
  • Previous research experience preferred (ability to read and synthesize complex information)
  • Capacity to multi-task and ability to prioritize across multiple projects
  • Strong computer skills (e.g. Excel, constituency database)
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Genuine commitment to the principles and work of MSF

Desk Intern

Reports to: Desk Associate
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months–4 months (depending on term)
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 three countries: Chad, South Sudan, and Ethiopia. The Desk is comprised of a nine 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

Digital Marketing Intern

Department: Development
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months–4 months (depending on term)
Location: New York City

Objective: 

The Digital Marketing internship will provide a practical learning experience to an individual interested in digital marketing / fundraising for an international nonprofit organization. 

Under the guidance of the Digital Marketing Manager, the intern will provide administrative support for the creative, production, and fulfillment aspects of digital fundraising campaigns. The Digital Marketing Intern will learn how an organization markets itself to donors and the public via online channels, and about 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 digital fundraising for a non-profit, as well as the administration of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Duties:

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

  • Support team in developing campaign materials by managing the review process and by searching media database to select appropriate images for digital channels
  • Help maintain Digital Marketing calendars for e-mail and social media advertising
  • Generate reports and analyze campaign results
  • Help maintain campaign archives
  • Support Web Content Coordinator in updating web content
  • Coordinate user testing of website and report on results
  • Monitor field activities to help appropriately represent MSF in marketing materials via: reading MSF operations and communications reports and updates and regular attendance at information sessions
  • Help with meeting scheduling, set up, logistics, and note taking/meeting minutes
  • Help process invoices and new vendor documents and contracts
  • Filing, data-entry, quality control efforts, and other administrative support tasks

 

Qualifications

Preferred:

  • Educational background in Marketing, Media, Communications, or other relevant field of study
  • Knowledge of, and interest in, international affairs and/or activist background
  • Preferred, but not required: basic knowledge and interest in working with CRM and/or CMS systems
  • Genuine commitment to the principles and work of MSF

Required:

  • Excellent organizational skills, accuracy, and attention to detail
  • Responsible, driven, and able to work independently, with guidance from staff members
  • Strong Word skills; excellent verbal and written communication, copy-editing, and proofreading skills
  • Strong Excel skills, able to manipulate and quality check large data files
  • Strong database skills
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work

Editorial and Multimedia Intern

Department: Communications
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months–4 months (depending on term)
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 Editorial Director, Digital Content Editor, and Associate Editor
  • 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

Epicentre Intern

Department: Epicentre

Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months–4 months (depending on term)
Location: New York City

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

Overview: The Medical/Surgical Epidemiologist is the representative of Epicentre (http://www.epicentre.msf.org/en) at MSF-USA. She works with MSF’s medical and operational teams on the planning, organizing, implementation, analysis, and follow up of epidemiological studies and operations research. The dossier of projects focus on the epidemiology and operations research portfolios as it relates to trauma and surgical patients as well as pediatrics and antibiotic resistance. The portfolio also includes research and development partnerships to assist in bringing innovative solutions to the field.

The Epi Intern will work with the Medical/Surgical Epidemiologist on several ongoing and planned research projects including both pre-study literature reviews to post-study data analysis. Additionally the intern will assist in the development of field research and development partnerships and implementation of field research. An upper class undergraduate student, graduate student or medical student with interest in clinical field medical research, epidemiology, and humanitarian medicine would best suit this position.

Duties:

  • Assist with further development and tracking of research and development project
  • Perform literature reviews on various topics as it relates to current/future projects
  • Entry and double entry of medical data and aggregated data into research databases
  • Assist in preparation of standard operating procedures and study protocols
  • Basic analysis of operations research/epidemiological data
  • Other tasks as assigned

Required Skills:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Proficiency in medical literature searches
  • Good understanding of scientific/medical peer-reviewed literature
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Strong interest in operations research/epidemiology and humanitarian medicine
  • Basic analytic skills using software packages (ie Stata, R, SAS, EpiInfo, ect)

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience in clinical research or operations research
  • Background knowledge of data analysis and epidemiology
  • Expertise and interest in humanitarian medicine and operations research
  • Experience in design thinking
  • Experience using software tools like RedCap, Stata, R, EpiInfo

Executive Intern

Reports to: Association Coordinator/Executive Associate
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months–4 months (depending on term)
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

Exhibition Intern

Position Title: Exhibition Intern

Reports to: Special Projects Coordinator
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months–4 months (depending on term)
Location: New York City

Objective: To provide administrative assistance to the exhibition project support team in the form of volunteer management and education outreach and booking of group tours.

Overview: Doctors Without Borders’ Forced from Home is an outdoor, interactive educational exhibition designed to raise public awareness about the plight of the world’s 60 million refugees and displaced people uprooted by war and conflict. Through this exhibition visitor are asked to imagine experiencing what it is like to be a refugee forced to leave their homes because of war, conflict, disease, or harsh environments. Forced From Home will travel throughout the US and Canada for the next three years, attracting approximately 1,500 visitors per day.

The Exhibition Intern, in collaboration with the project support team, will be primarily responsible for coordinating all of the volunteer resources required for the successful operation of the tour. Additionally, the Exhibition Intern will assist with outreach to the education community, and will assist with the registration of school group tours. This is a hands-on office based 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 these and other ongoing projects, while providing administrative support to the Exhibition team.

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

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

  • Volunteer planning and coordination, including outreach to target audiences such as MSF Association Members, Donors, and partner volunteer organizations. The Exhibition Intern prepares volunteers for their duties, works with them to design a schedule, and shares this roster with the project support team (50%)
  • School group tour coordination, including outreach to existing leads and prospective school attendees, and assisting the Administration Coordinator with the booking of school group tours of the exhibition. The Exhibition Intern prepares school groups for attendance through regular correspondence with teachers and principals, and by fulfilling distribution of educational tools and information created by the New York office (40%)
  • Administrative support to the Exhibition Project Team (10%)

Skills:

  • Strong interest in event planning, marketing, public education, or exhibition design
  • 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.
  • Strong professional, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Excellent phone manner, including comfort when cold calling schools, volunteers, and partner organizations

Field HR Recruitment Events Intern

MSF USA - Field HR Recruitment Events Intern

Reports to: Field HR Recruitment Coordinator
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3–4 months
Location: New York City

Objective: To provide support to the Field HR Recruitment Coordinator and recruitment team while offering a practical learning experience to someone interested in NGO recruitment, international human resources, public events, and marketing.

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

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

Duties: The Field HR Recruitment 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 recruitment events and activities, and coordinating materials for speaking events, webinars, and other presentations (70%)
  • Administrative support to Outreach Coordinator, Outreach Recruitment Officers, and Recruitment Assistant (30%)

Skills: Strong interest in event planning, international human resources, recruitment, 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.

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–4 months (depending on term)
Location: New York City

Objective:To support the Field HR department's relationship with potential and current members of the active field staff pool. To assist with administrative/clerical responsibilities related to the departure and returns of field staff management of field staff who work internationally in MSF’s projects around the world. The Field HR intern provides support to the administrative team in a variety of ways. The Field HR intern will respond to requests for information on volunteering requirements and general MSF Field HR information. S/he will learn about the organizations changing Field needs and support the pool of existing and prospective field workers as appropriate to those needs. 

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

  •  Update and compile complete and accurate visa applications for international staff going to the field
  • Courier visa applications to consulates
  • Perform research on work permit and visa procedures as needed
  • Assist with Field HR data streamlining process working with various databases and electronic files, perform administrative support tasks
  • Process reimbursements for field staff expenses
  • Access and process field staff applications for initial screening by recruiters
  • Perform research and outreach to local vendors for care packages to be sent to field staff
  • Assist as needed in the Information Days, Welcome Back 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, strong organizational skills, excellent attention to detail, strong verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently in an environment with many interruptions
  • Ability to prioritize ongoing vs. immediate needs appropriately
  • Willingness to represent MSF to external parties, including embassies
  • Experience or interest in working in the field for a nongovernmental organization an asset
  • Experience working with various databases an asset
  • Fluent in English, French an asset
  • Genuine commitment to the principles and work of MSF

Field Partner Intern

Department: Development

Type of position: Intern, paid

Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week

Duration: 3 months–4 months (depending on term)

Location: New York City

Objective:

Under the guidance of the Marketing Manager, Field Partner Program, the Field Partner Intern provides administrative support to the Doctors Without Borders monthly giving program and other special projects as assigned.

Overview:

The Field Partner monthly giving program is comprised of a dedicated group of 100K donors who give automatic gifts each month, providing approximately $30 million each year in unearmarked support for MSF’s emergency response efforts. The Field Partner Intern will support the Manager in all aspects of recruitment, retention, and cultivation of these donors. S/he will learn how a monthly giving program works in relationship with other marketing efforts to provide predictable income for a global humanitarian organization. S/he will also have the opportunity, through working in the office, to learn about MSF's programs, and how it operates as a non-profit in the United States. This internship is ideal for anyone interested in fundraising for a non-profit, as well as the administration of humanitarian organizations.

Duties:

  • Interacts directly with monthly donors via phone, email and mail to answer questions, make adjustments to donor records and/or donor treatment, and fulfill requests.
     
  • Codes complex vendor invoices for Field Partner program-related expenses.
     
  • Performs quality check and clean-up on data files for donor efforts by mail, email, telemarketing and street canvassing.
     
  • Enters donor information into fundraising database from reply devices and forms.
     
  • Updates Field Partner monthly donor financial information in donor database.
     
  • Facilitates signing and notarization of state registrations and other reporting for telemarketing and street canvassing.
     
  • Liaises with print shops and other vendors to send out monthly Field Partner mailings.
     
  • Attends weekly meetings and presentations.
     
  • Supports other miscellaneous projects as assigned.
     

Required Skills:

  • Excellent organizational skills, accuracy and attention to detail.
     
  • Responsible, driven and able to work independently, with guidance from manager or other staff.
     
  • Strong Word skills. Excellent verbal and written communication, copy-editing and proofreading skills.
     
  • Strong Excel skills, able to manipulate and quality-check donor data files.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience working in donor databases.
     
  • Customer service experience.
     
  • Genuine commitment to the principles and work of MSF.
     
  • Interest in a career in non-profit marketing.

Finance Intern

Position Title: Finance Intern

Department: Finance

Type of position: Intern (Paid)

Time Commitment: 20 hours/week

Reports to: Revenue Manager and Finance Manager

Location: New York City

Objective: To assist the Finance team while acquiring basic knowledge of non-profit accounting.

Overview: The Finance Intern will support the activities of the Finance team.

Duties:

The Finance  Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Assist with accounting data entry
  • Assist with maintaining spreadsheets and databases
  • Assist in downloading revenue reports
  • Assist in scanning and filing supporting documents
  • Assist in preparing reconciliations
  • Assist with other revenue tasks as needed

Required Skills:

  • Basic computer skills (e.g. Excel, Data entry – knowledge of Accounting systems is a plus)
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Flexibility and ability to plan and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Genuine commitment to the principles and work of the MSF movement

To apply, send cover letter and resume to internships@newyork.msf.org, Attn: Finance Intern

As per MSF-USA Internship program guidelines, the Finance Intern will be paid an hourly rate of $10/Hr.

Foundations Intern

Department: Development
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months–4 months (depending on term)
Location: New York City

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

Overview:

The Foundations Intern will work closely with the Foundations 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, particularly knowledge of cultivation processes of NGOs.

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

  • Assist with carrying out large and small mailings
  • Assist with researching prospective and existing foundation and corporate donors
  • Customize presentations, letters, reports, and proposals; complete grant applications
  • Create and compile supplemental material upon requests by donors (consolidating budgets, gathering media, formatting articles, etc.)
  • Assist with travel and meeting coordination (inter-departmental conferences, donor visits, field visits, etc.)
  • 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
  •  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

Fundraising Events Intern

Objective:

To provide support to the Fundraising Events Program while offering a practical learning experience to someone interested in event production, fundraising, marketing, and development systems.

Overview:

The Fundraising Events Intern will work closely with the Fundraising Events Manager offering day-to-day administrative support and meeting project-based needs as they arise. S/he will learn how an international organization approaches and manages fundraising events and will play a key role in supporting the development of the program. 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 events, development (fundraising), and in the administration of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).The ideal candidate will contribute creatively to new and ongoing projects, while providing logistical and administrative support.

Duties:

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

  • Customize letters, presentations, and reports (25%)
  • Assist with processing donations and updating peer-to-peer event and gift activity in the database (25%)
  • Review and update event and donor database records (15%)
  • Create and compile supplemental event materials (15%)
  • Assist with the implementation of event logistics and planning (10%)
  • Assist with carrying out large and small mailings (10%)
  • Attend BBLs, public education events, and staff and department meetings as often as scheduling allows

Skills:

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

Grants Intern

Reports to: Grants Officer                         
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months–4 months (depending on term)
Location: New York City

Objective: To provide administrative and research support to the Grants Officer, while gaining practical experience and exposure to nonprofit governance, financial management and fundraising considerations. This internship is ideal for anyone considering a career in the administration of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and/or grant making.

Overview: MSF-USA provides substantial financial support to MSF programs around the world through private grants.  The Grants Officer manages the process of allocating funds raised from US donors and providing all necessary information to the Board of Directors to ensure their oversight of the grants. The Grants Officer also works closely with the Development Department, supporting donor cultivation with timely information on MSF programmatic activities.

Duties:

The Grants Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Update and maintain the Access-based grants database
  • Data entry in other financial tools as needed
  • Organize and file documentation related to grants
  • Assist in the preparation of background documents for meetings of the Board of Directors' Program Committee
  • Attend and take minutes for meetings of the Board of Directors' Program Committee
  • Assist with research projects and written summaries of internal documents
  • General administrative support as needed

Skills: Applicants should have:

  • A genuine commitment to MSF's humanitarian principles and a general understanding of international current events.
  • Excellent administrative/organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and with limited supervision.
  • Good command of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent analytic skills, demonstrated ability to work with numbers.
  • Experience with databases; experience with Access/SQL a plus.
  • Demonstrated research skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail and proofreading skills.
  • Initiative and confidence to ask questions in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Ability to work independently on multiple tasks.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • English language fluency; French and/or Spanish language skills a plus.

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:  3 months–4 months (depending on term)
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

Human Resources Intern

Department: Human Resources
Reports to: HR Manager
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3-4 months depending on the term
Location: New York City

Objective: To assist the Human Resources department with the administration of benefits and payroll for domestic and  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 domestic and field staff updating the HRIS, and performing numerous administrative duties.  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
  • Schedule phone briefings and debriefings with field staff
  • Check incoming paperwork to make sure it is complete
  • Update HRIS systems
  • Perform data entry and other administrative support tasks for monthly international payroll
  • Create employment verifications and termination letters for field staff
  • Support HR team with ad-hoc projects, office events and yearly reporting tasks
  • Attend Brown Bag Lunch presentations, public education events, program updates and staff and department meetings as often as scheduling allows 

Required Skills:

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

How to apply

Email your resume and cover letter to internships@newyork.msf.org
with Subject line: Human Resources Internship**

IT Intern

Objective: To assist the Information Technology Team in maintaining, upgrading, and troubleshooting issues, while gaining practical experience with IT and operations and for the general workings of a large international humanitarian aid organization.

Overview: The IT Intern will support the activities of the IT Team in a rapidly evolving technology environment. S/he will learn how an IT department runs within a non-profit and also have the opportunity, through working in the office, to learn about MSF's programs, and how it operates in the United States. Video and teleconferencing are used extensively at MSF and the IT Intern will be expected to learn how to use and support these tools. This internship is ideal for anyone interested in learning about the deployment, use and support of desktops, laptops, and phones on a national and international basis for non-profit and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Duties: The IT Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks, as they are learning the necessary skills

  • Configure PCs following MSF-USA standards
  • Support technology needs for meetings, tele and video conferences, and a variety of other events and presentations
  • Image new computers
  • Set up technology resources for staff members
  • Schedule and install software upgrades for users
  • Learn troubleshooting techniques while responding to IT trouble tickets
  • Keep IT workshop organized
  • Assist in reporting and documentation of various elements of the MSF-USA IT Department

Required Skills:

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Windows operating systems.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals.
  • Ability to work independently, with guidance from department members.
  • Ability to prioritize ongoing vs. immediate needs appropriately.

Preferred Skills:

  •  Knowledge of an IT ticketing system
  • Genuine commitment to the principles and work of MSF.

Major Gifts Intern

Department: Development
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months–4 months (depending on term)
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

Major Gifts Prospect Research Intern

Department: Development
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months–4 months (depending on term)
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

Department: Development
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months–4 months (depending on term)
Location: New York City

Objective: Under the guidance of the Direct Marketing Associate, provides administrative support for the creative, production, and fulfillment aspects of mail, digital, and telemarketing fundraising campaigns. In addition, provides administrative support for Field Partner monthly giving program and other special projects as assigned.

Overview: The Marketing Intern will support the activities of the 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:

  • Monitor field activities to appropriately represent MSF in marketing materials via: reading MSF operations and Communications reports and updates and regular attendance of BBLs
  • Assists Marketing Associate with direct mail campaigns including: proofreading, fact-checking, and researching current MSF activities
  • Assists Marketing Associate in review of digital creative checking for accuracy
  • Conducts photo searches to enhance fundraising materials
  • Enters donor information into fundraising database from reply devices and online donation forms.
  • Assists in setting up interviews with MSF field staff; transcribes interviews.
  • Updates and maintains MSF USA’s marketing files, both paper and electronic.
  • Filing, data-entry, quality control efforts, and other administrative support tasks
  • Create a system for organizing direct marketing resources
  • Archive direct marketing samples and reports
  • Supports miscellaneous Direct Marketing Projects.

Qualifications:

Skills

  • Excellent organizational skills, accuracy, and attention to detail.
  • Responsible, driven, and able to work independently, with guidance from staff members.
  • Strong Word skills. Excellent verbal and written communication, copy-editing, and proofreading skills
  • Strong Excel skills, able to manipulate and quality check donor data files.
  • Strong database skills.
  • Ability to work independently, with guidance from staff members
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work

Preferred:     

  • Knowledge and interest of international affairs and/or activist background
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and/or Acrobat)
  • Genuine commitment to the principles and work of MSF

Medical and Operational Research Intern

Department: Medical and Operational Research Unit

Type of position: Intern, paid

Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week

Duration: 3 months–4 months (depending on term)

Location: New York City

Objective: To support the Medical and Operational Research Unit of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), while learning about humanitarian medical operations research and development for an international non-governmental organization.

Overview: The Medical and Operational Research Unit at MSF-USA supports many initiatives housed at MSF in New York, in addition to supporting work done with Epicentre.  This unit works with various medical and operational teams on the planning, organizing, implementation, analysis, and follow up of epidemiological studies, clinical research and operations research. The portfolio also includes research and development partnerships to assist in bringing innovative solutions to the field. One central dossier this intern will work on will be on a Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) initiative.

The Intern will work with the Director of Medical and Operational Research in addition to the Program Manager of the POCUS project at MSF-USA. The work needed ranges technically from pre-study literature reviews to post-study data analysis. Additionally, the intern will assist in the development of field research and development partnerships and collaborations. An upper class undergraduate student, graduate student or medical student with interest in clinical field medical research, epidemiology, and humanitarian medicine would best suit this position.

Duties:

  • Assist with further development and tracking of research and development project
  • Perform literature reviews on various topics as it relates to current/future projects
  • Entry and double entry of medical data and aggregated data into research databases
  • Assist in preparation of standard operating procedures and study protocols
  • Basic analysis of operations research/epidemiological data
  • Other tasks as assigned

Required Skills:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Proficiency in medical literature searches
  • Good understanding of scientific/medical peer-reviewed literature
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Strong interest in operations research/epidemiology and humanitarian medicine
  • Analytic skills using software packages (ie Stata, R, EpiInfo, ect)

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience in clinical research or operations research
  • Background knowledge of data analysis and epidemiology
  • Expertise and interest in humanitarian medicine and operations research
  • Knowledge of point of care ultrasound
  • Experience using software tools like RedCap, Stata, R, EpiInfo

Medical Editing Intern

Department: Medical; Communications
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration:  3 months–4 months (depending on term)
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 Services Intern

Department: Domestic Human Resources
Reports to: Senior Coordinator of Office Services
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months–4 months (depending on term)
Location: New York City

Objective: Provide administrative support to Office Services team; provide backup to front desk staff as required; provide research to maintain and update resources manual, while gaining practical experience in various aspects of office support and management.

The office services team which comprises the Office Services Manager, an admin assistant, and (part time) receptionist, serves an office of over 160 staff, including interns and volunteers.

Duties:  The office services intern is expected to perform the following tasks:

• Provide reception relief to the front desk staff. This includes answering and routing phone calls as necessary; accepting & signing for packages/mail, welcome visitors, update calendars and other front desk duties as required;

• Provide administrative support to office services team in the form of supply/mail distribution, monthly inventories, light maintenance and facility upkeep;
• Conduct research to maintain and update front desk resources manual;
• Creating and maintaining OS files;
• Conduct and maintain inventories for office asset management;
• Assist in maintenance of printer & copier supplies;
• Assist in maintenance of kitchen supplies;

Required Skills:  

Skills
• Should have excellent interpersonal, written, and phone communication skills;
• Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals, and floor plans
• Should be adaptable and be able to work autonomously;
• Should have the ability to perform light maintenance duties (climb ladders, change lightbulbs, assemble furniture, hang whiteboards, etc); lift up to 30lbs;
• Command of Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook applications;
• Ability to conduct online research.

Qualifications:

• Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations;
• Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos;
• Ability to write simple correspondence;
• Basic computer literacy, including ability to use word processing and spreadsheet software and to search the internet;
• Ability to effectively present information to visitors, vendors, donors, and other employees of the organization;
• Ability to handle a large volume of calls, visitors and emails;
• Ability to screen incoming calls and visitors with discretion and judgment.

Associate's degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Qualified applicants are invited to submit cover letter and resumes. Resumes without cover letters will not be reviewed. No phone calls please.

 

Planned Giving Intern

Department: Development
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: Part-time, 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months–4 months (depending on term)
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–4 months (depending on term)
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, and 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.

Program Intern

Department: Program
Reports to:Program Coordinator
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months–4 months (depending on term)
Location: New York City

ObjectiveProvide support to the Program Department while gaining practical administrative experience and developing research skills. The position will help increase the cohesion of the different units within the Program Department by creating shareable content for stakeholders and compiling internal updates on a regular basis. The intern will also help update our main contact database.

The intern position is ideal for an applicant interested in the mission of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and who is also seeking meaningful office experience at an International Non-Governmental Organization.

The Program Intern will support the activities of the Access Campaign, the Humanitarian Diplomacy Team, the e-Health Unit, the Medical Unit, and the Medical and Operational Research Unit/Epicentre. This includes contact management, generating content for the Program Department newsletter, conducting research on humanitarian actors and topics, and assisting in the preparation of information for advocacy and policy strategies.

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

  • Help maintain a database of key advocacy and diplomacy contacts (50%)
  • Create the content of the Program Department weekly newsletter based on in-person interviews with the different teams and units (25%)
  • Conduct research on individuals and organizations involved in humanitarian work (10%)
  • Compile operational updates on a weekly basis (5%)
  • Draft summaries of humanitarian reports and policies as needed (5%)
  • Provide general administrative support (5%)
  • Other tasks as assigned

Required Skills:  

  • A bachelor’s degree in a field related to the work of MSF (current students encouraged to apply)
  • A genuine interest in medical humanitarian aid and the mission of MSF
  • Excellent attention to detail, writing, and proofreading ability
  • Initiative and confidence to work independently and ask questions in a fast-paced work environment
  • A creative and fun personality to successfully engage with the different units of the Program Department and generate interesting content for the internal newsletter
  • Preferred knowledge and interest in US politics, congressional processes, international humanitarian actors and the contexts where MSF operates
  • Experience using Dynamics a plus
  • A working knowledge of MS Word and Excel

Public Events Intern

Reports to: Public Events Officer
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months–4 months (depending on term)
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, and 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.

Social Media Intern

Department: Communications

Type of position: Intern, paid

Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week

Duration: 3 months–4 months (depending on term)

Location: New York City

Objective: To support Doctors Without Borders cross-departmentally while providing a practical learning experience to an individual interested in communications and social media 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 social media content including stories, reports and multimedia; and public education activities such as interactive exhibits, speaking events, and screenings, and the creation and distribution of teaching tools and curriculums.

The social media intern will assist in all levels of MSF’s social media strategy, from routine daily and weekly postings to participating in the conception and execution of campaigns, reporting, monitoring, and analysis.  This is a hands-on position, offering the opportunity to actively improve tools through which MSF communicates its message to the 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:

  • Completing and keeping track of regular, repeated tasks
  • Writing short blurbs and Tweets consistent with MSF-USA style
  • Selecting appropriate images to use in SM communications
  • Giving helpful feedback on how to best use content for SM
  • Providing in-depth monthly SM reports
  • Providing research and reports as requested
  • Careful SM monitoring during crises
  • Participating in putting together packages including photo galleries, video playlists, weekly content round-ups, and more
  • Other tasks as assigned

Required Skills:

  • Strong experience with social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Youtube, Vimeo, and knowledge of other tools such as Flipboard and Storify
  • Experience with social media monitoring and scheduling tools
  • Strong interest in writing and multimedia
  • Experience in working in a deadline-driven environment
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Proficiency internet research
  • Undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate experience in journalism or communications
  • Please provide examples of published writing and/or social media projects and references
  • Working knowledge of Word and Excel

Preferred Skills:

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

Training Intern (Fall 2018)

Department: Domestic HR

Type of position: Intern, paid

Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week

Duration: 3 months

Location: New York City

Objective:  Under the guidance of the DHR Training Manager, the Training Intern will provide support in designing, developing and evaluating learning programs and initiatives for the MSF-USA staff.

The Training Intern will assist with various office-wide talent and training programs. This position has extensive contact and collaboration with various staff levels, including Managers and Directors. This position offers an opportunity to understand and gain valuable hands on experience with Learning and Development in a nonprofit setting.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian organization that provides medical care to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care in over 70 countries.

We welcome candidates who bring a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to join us in working toward MSF’s common mission.

Overview: The Domestic Human Resources Department (Domestic HR) ensures that the organization’s US domestic human resources and facilities management are sufficient to allow the organization to carry out its mission effectively and efficiently.  The Domestic HR Department is responsible for the payroll and benefits administration, recruitment, training, benefits and HR compliance of MSF-USA HQ staff and operations.  

Duties

  • Maintain records of the staff’s usage of individual training allowance, including updates to the HQ training scorecard.
  • Assist in validating, tracking and capturing employee data in various online learning platforms. Communicate with the staff regularly to provide user access and receive feedback. Run user reports as needed, as directed by the Training Manager.
  • Manage content updates on an internal learning portal (MSF Campus). Recommend and implement new features (version upgrades).
  • Research and curate learning content for staff and provide recommendations.
  • Document, review, and organize training systems, materials, and supporting documents.
  • Contact staff about upcoming training/learning initiatives.
  • Assist as needed in training design, delivery, evaluation, logistics preparation, etc.
  • Provide support for L&D or General HR duties as needed.

Requirements

  • Strong interest in learning and development concepts and theories (adult learning principles, evaluation methods, etc.).
  • A working knowledge with all Microsoft Office Suite and the aptitude to learn new software.
  • Exceptional written communication and verbal presentation skills.
  • Experience, presence, and flexibility to work effectively with people at all levels of the organization.
  • Strong multi-tasking skills.
  • Innovative, takes initiative and ability to work independently.
  • Detailed oriented and administratively strong.

Type

HQ

Contract Type

Internship

Desired Hiring Date

4 September 2018

Employment End Date

18 December 2018

Working Time %

60,00

How to Apply

To apply, please send letter of interest/cover letter and resume to internships@newyork.msf.org.  Submissions without cover letter will not be reviewed.

Example: If you are applying to the IT Internship for the Spring 2018 program, then your email Subject line should be: IT Intern - Spring 2018.

If you are applying for more than one internship position, please send an email for each position using the example above.

Note: Preferred document submission format is PDF and Microsoft Word Document.

Application Deadline: August 4, 2018

Video Intern

Department: Communications

Type of position: Intern, paid

Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week

Duration: 3 months–4 months (depending on term)

Location: New York City

Objective: To support the Doctors Without Borders video team while gaining practical learning experience for an individual interested in video production and post-production 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 and website content; pushing multimedia through social media; and public education activities such as interactive exhibits, speaking events, and film screenings.

The video intern will assist in all phases of the creation and promotion of MSF video content. This is a hands-on position, offering the opportunity to actively improve tools through which MSF communicates its messages. The ideal candidate will contribute creatively and technically to new and ongoing projects. An undergraduate or graduate student with proven technical ability in videography and video editing and an interest in film, journalism, 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:

  • In 2016, the video intern will provide support for a major 360 video/Virtual Reality project, including assistance with logging video, transcription, preparing files for translations and subtitling, organization and archiving of video files, and more as needed.
  • In addition to ongoing 360/VR project support, the video intern will assist with shooting, editing, optimizing, and adding text to a variety of video projects, the majority of which will be interviews conducted in the New York office. There might also be the possibility of supporting video shoots outside the office during protests or demonstrations.
  • Research and use of video from MSF’s international photo database
  • Cutting short clips for use on social media
  • Transcribing video interviews for publications and website
  • Organization and upkeep of A/V equipment, print publications, and digital files
  • Other tasks as assigned

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrable experience shooting and editing video: please submit 3–5 video clips and indicate what work you did on each one and when each was created.
  • High level of proficiency with Final Cut Pro X
  • Experience with audio recording and audio editing software
  • High level of organization and responsibility
  • Familiarity with MSF and awareness of international issues related to global health (armed conflicts, refugees and displaced people, disease outbreaks, for example)
  • Interest in and knowledge of how video is used and consumed on social media

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience using DSLRs for video recording
  • Experience creating motion graphics
  • French and/or Spanish language skills