Management Sciences for Health

Policy and Advocacy Fall Intern

Job ID
# of Positions
PAA (Policy & Advocacy)
A000 - None Specified
Reports To
Senior Manager, Policy, Advocacy & Communications


MSH is a nonprofit international health organization with nearly 2,500 people from over 74 nationalities working in over 40 countries. Our mission: Saving lives and improving the health of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Together with our partners, we are helping managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact.


MSH’s Policy and Advocacy team furthers the organization’s mission by raising global health priorities before global and U.S. decision makers, advocating for increased health resource commitments, and communicating MSH’s expertise and impact. Leveraging MSH’s evidence-based, field-driven expertise, our team supports issues, legislation, and appropriations that enable our partners in developing countries to create stronger management systems and improve access to services. 


Please Note:

  • Ideal candidates will be available from September 5- December 15, 2017
  • Internship candidates must be full or part time students earning university credit for their internship.
  • This is an unpaid internship and candidates are responsible for their own housing and transportation.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Attend hearings, conferences, briefings, meetings and events. Write up event notes.
  • Assist the P&A team in preparing for meetings with congressional staff, administration staff, and other NGOs.
  • Conduct desk research on international development and global health issues.
  • Draft articles for MSH’s internal newsletter and external blog
  • Assist with organizing internal and external events, such as congressional staff briefings.
  • Assist with administrative tasks when necessary.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Students majoring in public health, public policy, international relations, international development or related subjects
  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program (Graduate students preferred).
  • Commitment of working at least two days per week.
  • A basic understanding of and an interest in global health policy and/or issues.
  • Posses strong organizational, research, writing, and communication skills.
  • Able to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work proactively and independently, as well as part of a team.

Background Information

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

EEO Statement

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

Reports To

Senior Manager, Policy, Advocacy & Communications

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