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The University of Michigan Global Health Design Internship is a 10-16 week paid summer internship that prepares students for careers in medical device design, ergonomics, operations research, medicine, clinical research, global health and sustainable development.
Interns will conceptualize, prototype, and evaluate design solutions and/or support local translational efforts (e.g., local validation study, sourcing local materials and manufacturing, etc.). Interns will divide their time between Ann Arbor, MI and a low-resource clinical setting in Michigan, Ghana, or Kenya. Interns typically spend 4-8 weeks at a clinical field site.
Accepted interns will be offered a position that pertains to a specific project topic and field site. Students will have the opportunity to list their preferences in their application. Sample project topics, field sites, and the associated desired qualifications are listed below.
Planning and piloting a small-scale validation study to evaluate physical medicine and rehabilitation prototypes
Conducting focused observations and interviews (“deep dive”) to define operational challenges and inform process improvement initiatives
The following items are required to complete your application.
Past clinical immersion experiences have ranged between $2,250-4,500 USD.
The internships are full-time and 10-16 weeks in duration; 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, food). 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.
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.
Click “Apply Now” to begin an application. Application requirements will be presented in a checklist format.
Program Duration: 10-16 weeks between May and August 2019. Information about start date and duration will be determined after acceptance.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 2, 2020.
Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. It is highly recommended to apply early.
Interns will be responsible for arranging their own accommodations. Hostel/guesthouse, student dormitory, and/or homestay options can be recommended based on prior student experiences.
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, 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.
Please direct advising inquiries and program-specific questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about the Global Health Design Initiative and past projects, visit globalhealthdesign.engin.umich.edu
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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 →