Global Health Internships

at Partners for World Health

Internships are available year round for the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer!

Fall Semester 2020 Global Health Internship                  

Timeframe:  Part-time or Full-time, September 2020 through December 2020; Tuesday through Saturday

Application Deadline: September 18, 2020

Internship Description: PWH is looking for college or graduate students (or recent graduates) who have excellent oral and written skills, are able to communicate effectively with a variety of people, are well organized, able to work independently, have a positive attitude, and enjoy collaborating with a team in a dynamic work environment.

Interns at PWH are included in all aspects of our operation, exposed to global health issues, and provided with numerous opportunities to develop strong leadership skills.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with daily operations in the distribution center

  • Working with and directing volunteers

  • Organizing supplies for international medical missions

  • Research and outreach to medical manufacturers to obtain donations of equipment

  • Outreach to local community organizations to increase PWH’s local presence

  • Developing and documenting policies and procedures

  • Attend presentations given by staff members

  • Assisting with special projects

In addition to being involved in day-to-day operations, interns work with the Founder and Director of Operations to develop a special interest project based on the organizations current needs, for which they will provide leadership. Past examples have included:

  • Coordinating an international shipment of medical supplies and equipment; including processing the request, assessing inventory, “building” the order, managing volunteers, and packing the container.

  • Investigating medical needs in advance of a medical mission and preparing educational materials for distribution during the mission.

  • Data management and analysis of information collected during medical missions in remote communities, specifically related to primary care and prenatal education and outcomes. 

 

To apply: e-mail our Volunteer Coordinator, Kelsey O'Brien with your resume, cover letter, and your availability for an interview: kelsey@partnersforworldhealth.org

Fall Semester 2020 Practicums

PWH is happy to discuss the following project ideas with students looking to fulfill their practicum requirements.  While some of the work can be done remotely, ideally a candidate will be able to interview in person and be able to spend some time in person at PWH (Portland, ME).

 

Overview

PWH is looking for college or graduate students (or recent graduates) who have excellent oral and written skills, are able to communicate effectively with a variety of people, are well organized, able to work independently, have a positive attitude, and enjoy collaborating with a team in a dynamic work environment.

Sustainability: Hospital Savings

What are the financial benefits for health care facilities that partner with PWH?  We know that healthcare facilities pay high disposal fees and therefore save money by donating some of these otherwise discarded medical supplies and equipment to PWH.  The goal of this project would be to quantify that information. This would include independent research to find an average or formula to be applied across all partner donations and other ways PWH’s sustainability efforts be captured, as well as correspondence and discussion with PWH’s current hospital donation partners.

 

Medical Missions: Monetizing the Practitioner’s Value

PWH leads 4-6 medical missions each year with a variety of healthcare professionals donating both their time and services.  From nurses to surgeons to physical therapists, these professionals volunteer their services to the hospitals or patients they visit.  What is the best way to capture and quantify the value of this in-kind donation? Tangible factors would include: number of patients treated, procedures performed, and the monetary values that could be associated with these actions. This information would be valuable to potential grant makers who want to know the economic value of their investment in medical mission trips. 

 

Grants: Manufacturer Donations

Many of our partners in the developing world lack the essential biomedical equipment needed for proper treatment and diagnosis of simple and complex health issues. Unfortunately, PWH does not always have the financial resources to ensure all shipped containers of medical supplies contain these essential pieces of equipment.  This project would identify manufacturers who would be willing to donate directly, or through their foundations, these life saving tools to PWH. 

To apply: e-mail our Volunteer Coordinator, Kelsey O'Brien with your resume, cover letter, and your availability for an interview: kelsey@partnersforworldhealth.org

40 Walch Drive 

Portland, Maine  04103

PWH is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Tax ID # 32-0276903

Main Office: 207-774-5555

Medical Supply Requests: 207-705-9020

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