Overview

The University of Michigan Global Health Design Initiative (GHDI) Internship is a 10-16 week paid summer internship that prepares students for careers in medical device design, ergonomics, operations research, global health and sustainable development.

This year’s cohort of interns will focus on either prototyping or contextual design work and will work independently or with another GHDI intern or academic program student. Prototyping interns will perform medical device prototyping and testing activities in Ann Arbor for the duration of the internship. Both part-time and full-time prototyping internships are available. Contextual design interns will divide their time between Ann Arbor, MI and a low-resource clinical setting in Michigan, Ghana, Ethiopia, or Kenya. Contextual design interns typically spend 2-8 weeks at a clinical field site in order to identify, define, and/or assess early-stage concept solutions for engineering design problems through direct interactions with healthcare providers and other stakeholders. Prototyping interns with continuing student status in 2020 will receive special consideration for a contextual design internship in 2020 pending performance.

Eligibility

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum 3.2 GPA
  • University of Michigan – Ann Arbor students from all schools and colleges who currently have sophomore, junior, senior, or Master’s level standing*. Preference will be given to students that will be enrolled at the University of Michigan in Fall 2019.
  • There is no foreign language proficiency required for this program.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to exercise initiative, independence, and good judgement.

* Class standing is determined by year of study, regardless of credit hours earned. GHDI strives to create multidisciplinary teams therefore students from all disciplines and departments are encouraged to apply. Past participants have come from a wide range of academic disciplines, including engineering, nursing, anthropology, and many others.

Desired Qualifications – Prototyping Intern

  • CAD, 3D printing, machining, and/or other prototyping skills. Additionally, students with prior design experience including but not limited to medical device design, human-centered design, usability testing, ergonomics, or operations research are encouraged to apply.

Desired Qualifications – Contextual Design Intern

  • Qualitative/ethnographic research experience (e.g., performing observations and interviews), experience in a clinical setting (e.g., course-based clinical observations, clinical rotations, clinical research), previous travel/work experience in low- or middle-income countries, pre-clinical trial experimental design and execution experience, and/or health/community partnership experience. Additionally, students with prior design experience including but not limited to medical device design, human-centered design, usability testing, ergonomics, or operations research are encouraged to apply.

Mon. Jan. 28, 6PM, 2019 @ PIE Space (1st Floor Shapiro)
Wed. Feb. 6, 4PM, 2019 @ 3350 GG Brown Building

Accepted interns will be offered a position that pertains to a specific clinical theme, project topic, and field site. Students will have the opportunity to list their preferences in their application.

Operations Research – Contextual Design Interns

  • Tentative Project Topic: Conducting focused observations and interviews (“deep dive”) to define operational challenges (specific topics TBD) and inform process improvement initiatives
  • Field Sites: Hamilton Community Health Network (Flint, Michigan)
  • Examples of Some Relevant Majors: Industrial and Operations Engineering, Nursing, Anthropology, Public Health

Obstetrics and Gynecology – Contextual Design Interns and Prototyping Interns

  • Tentative Project Topics: Device for removing subdermal contraceptive implants; Manually powered device for second-line postpartum hemorrhage treatment
  • Field Sites: Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (Kumasi, Ghana), Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (Accra, Ghana), or St. Paul’s Hospital (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
  • Examples of Some Relevant Majors: Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Nursing 

Ophthalmology – Contextual Design Interns

  • Project Topic: Ophthalmology needs assessment
  • Field Site: St. Paul’s Hospital (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
  • Examples of Some Relevant Majors: Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Nursing, Anthropology, Public Health

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – Contextual Design Interns and Prototyping Interns

  • Project Topics: Progressive rehabilitation device for hand and wrist injuries, Turning aid to prevent pressure ulcers
  • Field Sites: Consolata Hospitals (Meru, Kenya), Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (Kumasi, Ghana)
  • Examples of Some Relevant Majors: Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Kinesiology, Nursing, Anthropology, Public Health

Logistics

Costs

Past clinical immersion experiences have ranged between $2,250-4,500 USD.

Funding

Prototyping internships are part-time (i.e., ~20-30 hours/week) or full-time (i.e., 40 hours/week) and contextual design internships are full-time. Internship durations are 10-16 weeks; duration is determined by the scope of the internship project. Interns will earn an hourly wage of 10-14 USD/hour, dependent on experience, for the determined internship duration.

Contextual design interns are eligible to receive a travel stipend of up to $1000 USD to offset field site costs (e.g., GeoBlue traveler’s health insurance, airfare, accommodations). Students are encouraged to apply for additional outside funding sources to offset travel costs. Students will be required to disclose all funding sources used to support the program.

Passport and Visa

A valid passport is required for international travel. Passports must be valid for six months after the end of the program. Information about visas will be provided after acceptance.

Application Procedures

Click “Apply Now” to begin an application. Application requirements will be presented in a checklist format.

Dates and Deadlines

Program Duration: 10-16 weeks between May and August 2019. Information about start date and duration will be determined after acceptance.

Application Deadlines:

Priority Deadline: January 30, 2019 at 11:59PM

Final Deadline: February 10, 2019 at 11:59PM

Final Selection Decision: March 15, 2019

Interviews for priority admission will begin immediately following the priority deadline. Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a rolling basis until the final deadline. It is highly recommended to apply early.

Housing

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.

 

Need to Know

Contextual design interns will be remotely mentored by the Global Health Design Initiative faculty and staff via phone, video chat, and email while performing work at the field sites. Therefore, contextual design interns must be comfortable with navigating a new setting and independently making decisions while at the field site. Interns will be responsible for managing their time, arranging local accommodations and transportation, and maintaining contact with their mentors and family.

Contact Information

Please direct advising inquiries and program-specific questions to globalhealthdesign@umich.edu

To learn more about the Global Health Design Initiative and past projects, visit globalhealthdesign.engin.umich.edu

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What to Know About The Global Health Design Initiative

Program History

Program History

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.

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Project Outcomes

Project Outcomes

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.

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Get Involved

Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved in global health work with GHDI. From taking on a need statement, to participating in an opportunity, or becoming a partner.

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