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The Design for Global Health Internship is a 3-4 month paid internship in Ann Arbor, MI and a field site abroad. Previous field sites include: Accra, Ghana; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Flint, Michigan; Gondar, Ethiopia; and Meru, Kenya.
Interns use design ethnography techniques to define global health challenges and conceptualize, prototype, or evaluate design solutions. Internship scopes may include needs and context assessment, front-end design, design evaluation and iteration, or implementation.
The internship consists of three components:
Interns will divide their time between the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI and at a low-resource clinical or community setting. The internship includes an hourly wage, travel stipend, benefits, and funding for project-based materials and supplies.
This internship is open to University of Michigan students from all departments who currently have sophomore, junior, senior, or Masters level standing. 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 clinical immersion 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.
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
Interns will be placed into cohorts. Each cohort will spend their immersion component at an assigned field site abroad. Students will have the opportunity to list their field site preferences in their application.
Possible field sites include:
Past internship themes include:
Students will be responsible for arranging their own accommodations. Hostel/guesthouse, student dormitory, and/or homestay options can be recommended based on prior student experiences.
The field site experience is remotely mentored by the Global Health Design Initiative faculty and staff by phone, video chat, or email contact. Applicants must be comfortable with navigating a new setting and independently making decisions while at field sites. Participants, in teams of 2-4, will be responsible for managing their time, arranging and using local accommodations and transportation, and maintaining contact with their mentors and family.
The Design for Global Health Internship is full time (i.e., 40 hours/week) and lasts for 3-4 months. Interns will earn an hourly wage dependent on experience for the full 3-4 months.
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 2018 internships are now open.
Program Duration: The 2018 Internship dates are: May 7 – August 17, 2018.
Application Deadline: The deadline to apply for the internship is February 1, 2018. Interviews will be held during the month of March or sooner. Applicants will be informed of their application decision by March 15, 2018. Accepted applicants will have 10 days to confirm their space.
*Note: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. It is highly recommended to apply early.
Please direct advising inquiries and program-specific questions to Caroline Soyars at email@example.com
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