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The Design for Global Health Internship is a 4 month paid internship in Ann Arbor, MI and a field site abroad. Previous field sites include: Accra, Ghana; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Gondar, Ethiopia; and Meru, Kenya.
Interns use design ethnography techniques to define global health challenges and conceptualize, prototype, and evaluate design solutions.
The internship consists of three components:
Interns will divide their time between the Laboratory for Global Health Technology (LIGHT) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI and at a clinical or community setting in a low- or middle-income country. The internship includes an hourly wage, travel stipend, benefits, and funding for project-based materials and supplies.
Past internship themes include:
This internship is open to University of Michigan students from all departments who currently have sophomore, junior, senior, or Masters level standing as well as recent graduates who received their Bachelor’s degree within the last three years. This is a highly selective application process. There is no foreign language requirement for this program. GHDI strives to create multidisciplinary teams and students of all disciplines and departments are encouraged to apply.
The international component of this program is highly independent with guidance from the Global Health Design Initiative staff and faculty being delivered remotely. Applicants must demonstrate an ability to exercise initiative, independence, and good judgment.
Examples of past design projects include:
|Subcutaneous contraceptive insertion device||Fetal heart rate monitor|
|Low-cost breast pump||Physical medicine and rehabilitation needs assessment|
|Water access community needs assessment||Subcutaneous contraceptive removal device|
Interns will divide their time between the Laboratory for Global Health Technology (LIGHT) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI and at a clinical or community setting in a low- or middle-income country setting. The internship includes an hourly wage, travel stipend, benefits, and funding for project-based materials and supplies.
GHDI offers internships in four main areas with varying scopes of work:
Type 1) Needs and context assessment internships
Type 2) Front-end design internships
Type 3) Design evaluation and iteration
Type 4) Implementation
The Design for Global Health Internship is full time (i.e., 40 hours/week) and lasts for 15 weeks. Interns will earn an hourly wage dependent on experience for the full 15 weeks.
Interns are eligible to receive a travel stipend of up to 1000 USD to offset the field site immersion costs (e.g., HTH traveler’s health insurance, airfare, accommodations, food). Past field site immersion costs in Ghana and Ethiopia have ranged between 2500-4000 USD.
Applications for the Design for Global Health Internship are accepted online through MCompass. Follow this link to login and apply.Apply for this opportunity
GHDI has been working with stakeholders for more than eight years to identify and address global health design challenges. Learn more about our history and core values.Learn More →
Since inception, we have worked on projects in maternal health, family planning, minimally invasive surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and more. Explore our past and current projects.Learn More →