Internship

UNU-IIGH offers internships to graduate-level students or young professionals with a keen interest to gain more experience in global health. The internship programme is UNU-IIGH’s initiative to cultivate and advance a new generation of global health scholars and professionals to extend research, policy and practice by enabling them to develop necessary capabilities and skills, expertise and perspectives.

A customised internship programme is organised depending on the ongoing programmes and supervisory/ mentorship availability at UNU-IIGH, and the time commitment, background and career interests of the intern.

The end goal is to provide interns with relevant exposure, experience and perspectives on global health policy, practice, and research through hands-on guidance, experience and learning, to develop a career and professional future in global health.

Interns will be provided opportunities to:

participate in holistic real-world global health research, policy and practice-oriented projects within an international research and training organisation.
be introduced and exposed to the work, structure and mission of UNU-IIGH, UNU and other UN bodies.
prepare for future roles in global health and obtain a competitive edge for career initiation in international academic institutions, national government health institutions and regulatory agencies, health-focussed non-profit, non-governmental organizations.
interact and network with UNU-IIGH academics, staff and stakeholders at various levels of appointment.

Interns are recruited through a competitive application process with no fixed closing date

Selection criteria for candidates: 

currently enrolled in, or have recently completed postgraduate coursework or research programme in global or public health, medicine, sustainable development, medical anthropology or a relevant interdisciplinary field
actively interested and/or engaged in in global health research and practice, particularly in areas such as governance in global health, planetary change and health, universal health coverage;
actively pursuing a career in global health or international development, and/or work at international agencies such as the United Nations.
fluent in written and spoken English at advanced and technical levels.
possess advanced research, literature searching, writing, and analytical skills.
have good interpersonal skills and are comfortable in establishing and maintaining effective working relations with people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
proficient at standard ICT skills i.e. Internet use, Microsoft Office suite of programs (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher)
a quick learner, team-player, a multi-tasker, resourceful, creative, and good at problem-solving.
adaptable and abled to self-navigate the local physical, cultural, social and built environment.

Other skills, background and social/ community participation that may be considered include:

past work experience and history
academic record
examples of past written work
other complementary and generic skills (i.e. social media and digital presence management, finance and accounting).
international language proficiencies – written, verbal, understanding
social work and participation

Internship Application 

Applications will be accepted without a fixed closing date, but UNU-IIGH reserves the right to screen candidates for eligibility (outlined above).

Interested applicants are required to submit the following to iigh-info@unu.edu:

a cover letter outlining application, reasons and motivations for application, intended activities, learning or outcomes proposed for the internship program.
updated resume, with contact details, academic record, publications and past work experiences (if any).
indication of the availability period and intended duration of internship.