Job DescriptionRTI•s Global NCDs team is committed to addressing the large and growing burden of NCDs (such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory disease) worldwide with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries. Our team works with countries, other research institutions, and multilateral organizations (such as the United Nations• World Health Organization) to achieve Sustainable Development Goal Target 3.4, which aims to reduce by one-third premature mortality from NCDs by 2030. We also generate new evidence to guide global and national decision-making to reduce the burden of NCDs, as well as provide experienced policy advice.
The Global Noncommunicable Diseases Initiative Internship opportunity is ideal for students interested in research in the fields of global health, international development, health disparities, health economics, health communications, and/or global health policy. The intern may also gain experience in data analysis and application of epidemiological concepts as it relates to NCDs, the epidemiological transition in low- and middle-income, and cost-benefit analysis of public health programs in low- and middle-income countries. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
- Conducting research on disease burden, policy, and health economics related to NCDs.
- Conducting literature reviews of current academic findings on NCD-related topics.
- Conducting data analysis using various tools including Excel, Global Burden of Disease, and WHO•s One Health Tool, among others.
- Preparing summaries of research findings
- Writing for academic papers, as well as for materials to communicate the burden of NCDs to a wide external audience.
- Conducting background research for communications projects.
- Participating in meetings with RTI staff, partners, and collaborators to discuss projects
- Assisting with other NCD projects as they arise.
This academic credit internship, located at our Seattle, Washington office, will begin in September 2017 through December 2017. The selected intern will be required to provide documentation confirming his/her eligibility to receive academic credit, fulfill an academic program requirement, or receive external funding. This internship requires a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week. Hours are flexible during business hours (9.00am-6.00pm, Monday through Friday).
- Currently enrolled graduate student, or highly motivated undergraduate student (junior or senior).
- Strong academic background with an interest in global health, international health policy, health economics, or a related field.
- Excellent writing skills, in both an academic style and for •lay person• communications to a broad external audience.
- Previous experience in literature reviews and data analysis is preferred.
- Ability to juggle multiple projects and timelines efficiently.
- Able to commit to at least 10 hours/week at RTI•s Seattle office through December 2017 (with an option of extending hours and length). Start date for the internship is open ended, but ideally sometime in September 2017.
- Eligibility to receive academic credit, fulfill an academic program requirement, or receive external funding.•
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