Paid Global Health Security Internship with PATH

Job Description

PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.

Global Program:  Health Systems Innovation and Delivery

Project Name:  Global Health Security Partnership and Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance

Start Date:  January 2019

End Date:  April 2019  

Estimated number of hours per week:   20   

Location(s) of internship:    Seattle, WA

Will the intern be receiving a stipend?*:   Yes

Will the intern travel? (local or international):   No

PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations—that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health. Learn more at

The Health Systems Innovation and Delivery program within PATH focuses on health systems and includes robust analyses to guide the design and implementation of: 1) health system innovations to improve performance, 2) cross-cutting health system adaptations to better assure successful adoption and scale of specific products and disease prevention innovations, 3) technical assistance for quality improvement and to strengthen overall health system integrity and resilience, and 4) strategies to better integrate the effective delivery of services across health and disease categories.

Description of internship project:

This internship will conduct activities for the Global Health Security Portfolio, between the Global Health Security Partnership (GHSP) and Infectious Disease Detection & Surveillance (IDDS) project. 

The GHSP project, funded through the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aims to strengthen human health surveillance, laboratories, information systems, and emergency responsiveness in five priority countries: Senegal, Tanzania, Vietnam, India, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The USAID funded IDDS project is currently in project startup with the aim of reducing global health threats posed by infectious diseases, focusing on strengthening of surveillance systems and diagnostic networks, including One Health networks to address zoonotic and emerging diseases. IDDS will operate in 15 countries in Africa and Asia.

The internship position will require support for activities such as assisting in writing new proposals, and under the supervision of the Portfolio Director, assisting with country work plan development and tracking progress. The intern will be expected to support and facilitate efficient and clear communication across international teams of experts, as well as provide technical and strategic input to emerging project areas. As the nature of this project is always changing, the intern may have the opportunity to widen this scope depending on project activities and interest.

Internship goals and learning objectives/benefit to the intern:

  • Intern will build ability to multi-task and work professionally with various colleagues and mentors within PATH, developing a project coordination and organizational skill
  • Intern will develop communication, technical, and administrative skills
  • Intern will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of public health and epidemiology
  • Intern will gain and utilize experience in proposal writing and report preparation

Skills to be developed and/or expanded during internship:  

  • Project development and coordination
  • Cross-team, cross-discipline communication and collaboration
  • Administrative skills
  • Understanding of partnerships between public-nonprofit and corporate entities
  • Core public health technical competencies (data use, management, and analysis)

Proposed activities:  

  • Assist in proposal development in various thematic areas.
  • Support coordination of project partners in country and assist in a variety of tasks including, but limited to; note taking, scheduling, desk reviews, and review of project tracking tools.
  • Collaborate with Project Assistant and HQ Team on time-sensitive projects.
  • Assist with project management, including participation during biweekly phone calls with country offices.
  • Help with project management tools such as developing organizational charts, syncing SharePoint with OneNote, and maintaining team calendars.

Learning outcomes (how the Intern’s performance will be evaluated):  

  • The intern will have regular check-ins with the program assistant and director to evaluate satisfactory progress toward deliverables.
  • Deliverables will be reviewed for quality and timeliness by project director.
  • Ability for the intern to adapt to shifts in deliverable prioritization. 

Required skills and experience:

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Familiarity with French is preferred
  • Experience and comfortability of working in a multi-cultural setting
  • Proficiency with using Microsoft Office, particularly Outlook and OneNote essential. Familiarity with Box and Zoom a plus
  • Must be an enrolled student in an accredited university
  • Knowledge and interest in international development, global health, and epidemiology
  • Previous experience writing proposals, aiding in workplan development and refinement, and graphics design would be a plus
  • Ability to adapt and remain agile to rapidly-changing priorities and time-sensitive tasks

*PATH does not provide a stipend to interns who are California residents.

*All PATH internships are eligible for school credit. Please refer to your university’s process for credit eligibility.

Must have legal authorization to work in the United States.

PATH is dedicated to diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.

PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.Job LocationSeattle, Washington, United StatesCompany LocationUnited States, SeattlePosition TypeFull-Time/Regular

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