Global Internships

Build a Global Perspective While Gaining Public Health Experience

Global internships are more than just a chance to see the world. Our internships give you hands-on global health experiences and cultural insights that will change the way you view the world and influence your career for years to come.  

Morocco: Public Health Internship

The Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health is sponsoring a unique opportunity to participate in a summer internship opportunity to provide a wonderful learning experience for MPH students with an interest in global health.

This opportunity will provide students with a transformative learning experience in Morocco, within the MPH program at Hassan 1st University in Settat, Morocco. The internship will focus on maternal and child health, especially within a social and behavioral sciences context, as this is a key public health focus of national health authorities in Morocco.

This program is restricted to public health/public health administration students and can satisfy the internship requirement for Public Health master's degree students.

For more information, please contact Career Services at fsphcs@iupui.edu or Dr. Jack Turman at jaturman@iu.edu

Centre Virchow-Villermé Paris Public Health Summer Internship in France

The mission of the Centre Virchow-Villermé Paris-Berlin is to develop and promote innovative research and teaching collaborations in Europe. The Centre welcomes visiting faculty and students from around the world.

This internship will support the Centre's mission and provide students with rich experiences in field settings. In addition to enhancing student awareness and understanding of global health, it also offers insights into French language and culture.

For more information, please contact Career Services at fsphcs@iupui.edu.

Swaziland Summer Fellows Program

The Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health is sponsoring a unique opportunity to participate in a summer fellowship (internship) program in Swaziland working with the Centre for HIV and AIDS Prevention Studies (CHAPS) Swaziland, a Mbabane-based non-governmental organization (NGO).

The mission of CHAPS is to reduce the spread of HIV and AIDS in South Africa and the region by providing innovative and preventative health solutions through the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based strategies, particularly the safe and efficient scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) as part of a fully comprehensive HIV prevention package, improving the overall quality of healthcare in Southern Africa.

Projects available through CHAPS Fellowship:

  • Organize innovative demand creation activities through social media
    CHAPS Swaziland leads a consortium of organisations that support the Ministry of Health in Swaziland to implement the MC (Male Circumcision) national strategic plan. In the past few months, CHAPS has done a survey among Limkokwing University Students to gauge their knowledge and attitudes toward Male Circumcision. In the coming months CHAPS would like to increase demand creation activities in Limkowking University in Mbabane, and in other universities and would like to base messages and activities on the results of the survey. CHAPS would like to work with an intern to develop, implement and test a social media campaign (e.g. with a few flash-mobs, or using WhatsApp or other social media) for University Students. CHAPS Swaziland is looking for a flexible and dynamic intern who is comfortable developing health education materials and has a good background in action research or evaluation of small projects.
  • Evaluating Rural Health Motivators as MC (Male Circumcision) demand creation agents in Mhlangatane Inkhundla, Hhohho, Swaziland
    CHAPS Swaziland leads a consortium of organizations that support the Ministry of Health in Swaziland to implement the MC (Male Circumcision) national strategic plan. Rural Health Motivators (RHM) are a well-established volunteer cadre of health promotors in Swaziland, funded and supported by the Ministry of Health. One RHM is typically responsible for 100 to 150 homesteads and provides health education and promotion on a range of health issues. In November 2015, CHAPS Swaziland has started a pilot to involve RHMs in MC demand creation activities. CHAPS is looking for an intern who would evaluate the pilot activity after 6 months and provide support for the roll-out of the activity to other Tinkhundla (communities). The evaluation could use a mixed methodology: Review of available data, focus group discussions/interviews with RHMs and community members and other appropriate methods. The RHMs will receive a small stipend through mobile money. CHAPS would like the intern to evaluate how effective/easy to use this system is.

For more information, please contact Career Services at fsphcs@iupui.edu.

Rwanda Summer Fellows Program

The Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health is sponsoring a unique opportunity to participate in a summer fellowship (internship) program at the Rwanda Ministry of Health working in Kigali directly with the Minister and her staff.

The Rwanda Summer Fellows Program works to improve health information systems that leverage reusable eHealth platforms and standards for Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The Rwanda Summer Fellows are meant to build knowledge resources for eHealth and health informatics to support stakeholders working in eHealth in Rwanda and beyond.

This internship experience is developed to enhance and increase student awareness and understanding of health system challenges and opportunities in Rwanda. In addition, the experience will provide deep insights into culture in sub-Saharan Africa with relevance to students interested in pursuing a career in global public health.

Through this experience, students will be responsible for:

  • Development of case studies for use in learning settings such as teaching practica and continuing education courses and seminars for health professionals and community health workers;
  • E-Health documentation via varied print and web-based outlets;
  • Preparation of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Skills transfer based on matching fellows with Ministry of Health staff.

For more information, please contact Career Services at fsphcs@iupui.edu.

Rwanda World Health Organization (WHO) Summer Internship Program

The Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health is sponsoring a unique opportunity to participate in a summer internship experience in Kigali, Rwanda under the mentorship of Dr Olushayu Olu, MBBS, MPH, PgDip CID, MSc. Dr. Olu is a public health physician with more than 25 years of work experience and whose work and research interests are in public health disaster risk management, global health and infectious diseases epidemiology.

The internship objectives will vary by student. Specific activities will be determined through early discussions and agreement between Dr. Olu, the student and student’s preceptor with the goal of matching student interests with available projects.

The World Bank estimates that one in every three African countries is directly or indirectly affected by disasters, which may delay the attainment of international development goals. These disasters almost always negatively impact the health of affected populations, health systems in affected areas and the social determinants of health. World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the importance of appropriate and effective disaster risk management (DRM) within the health sector, and thus places strong emphasis on supporting its Member States to prevent, mitigate, reduce the risk of, prepare for, respond to and recover from the health consequences of disasters. This is the program mission. In this regard, strong health systems are used as the cornerstone for addressing the vulnerabilities, health inequalities and limited access to health care associated with disasters. The Organization’s approach to health DRM rests on strengthening the resilience of the six building blocks of the health system namely governance and regulation, health financing, health workforce, information, medicines, health technologies and vaccines, and health services delivery. Interns assist with varied projects relating to these goals.

For more information, please contact Career Services at fsphcs@iupui.edu.

EHESP Public Health Summer Internship in France

The Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health offers the opportunity to participate in a summer internship program in France at the Ecole des hautes études en santé publique (EHESP) French national school of public health.

Summer internship or practicum projects at EHESP are varied and designed to match the interests and skills of students with the needs of partners in the community or faculty who have projects for which they would like student assistance. Examples of sites for internships include:

  1. Location: Rennes
    Program: Ambassad’Air
    The city of Rennes experiments a project which is based on civic mobilization. Citizen in some neighborhoods have been equipped with air-pollution sensors in order to increase awareness about air quality issue. What is the knowledge about the efficiency of this strategy?
    Specific Activities: Analyze the ongoing project and complete the previous literature review on the topic
    Skills and Other Requirements:
    • Ability to review the literature existing
    • Student will work at the EHESP and will meet project representatives (different stakeholders)
    • French speaking
    Final Product: Report including proposals for the local project
  2. Location: Rennes
    Program: HIA implementation
    Research program on HIA (EHESP)
    Specific Activities:
    • Describe the context of HIA implementation in USA or Netherlands
    • Identify the factors which influence HIA process (literature)
    • Compare France and USA or Netherlands (case studies)
    Skills and Other Requirements:
    • Ability to synthetize and review the literature existing
    • Student will work at the EHESP and will meet HIA practitioners
    • French speaking
    Final Product: Research report
  3. Location: Paris
    Program: 
    EXPLORE project
    Working on a birth cohort in Benin, sub-Saharan Africa
    Department of quantitative methods, School of Public Health
    Specific Activities:
    • Exploring a recent dataset (information just collected in 2018), performing data analyses, Literature review on available birth cohort in sub-Saharan Africa
    • The main task will be to describe the variables in the dataset, and generate hypothesis
    Skills and Other Requirements:
    • Performing data analyses with SAS or STATA
    • English speaking with some French language skills for reading questionnaires
    Final Product: Research report
  4. Location: Rennes
    Program: GREENH-City
    This interventional research project is based at the city level and lead in collaboration with the French WHO-Healthy Cities network
    Specific Activities:
    • A rapid literature review of the dimensions of ecosystem services of nature and specifically green spaces and green infrastructure
    Skills and Other Requirements:
    • English language
    • Scientific and quantitative methods background
    Final Product: 
    • A set of methodologies enabling the exploration of ecosystem services of green spaces
    • A set of indicators enabling the measurement of ecosystem service applied to urban green spaces
  5. Location: Rennes
    Program: CHILD
     project
    Biological mechanisms of adverse birth outcomes due to exposure to air pollution
    Specific Activities:
    • Literature research
    • Construction of a conceptual model explaining the pathways by which air pollutants might lead to adverse birth outcomes
    Skills and Other Requirements:
    • Background in biology – and in environmental health
    • English and/or French student
    Final Product:
    • Research report including the literature review and the conceptual model
    • First draft of a scientific Article

For more information, please contact Career Services at fsphcs@iupui.edu.