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The Global Health Initaitive offers several undergraudate internship opportunities. The goal of each of each is to provide students with a broad understanding of environmental, societal and economic issues that impact health globally. For more information about any Global Health internship, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

New Internship Opportunities for Summer 2014!

Little Earth Community Health Initiative in Minneapolis

Internship Description

To provide domestic research, service, and experiential summer opportunities for medical, public health, and pre-medical Dartmouth students on American Indian reservations and communities.

The Summer Indian Health Research Internship Program, in partnership with the Little Earth Community Health initiative and the Geisel School of Medicine aims to instill in student researchers a sensitive understanding of the complex social and behavioral determinants of significant health disparities within Native American communities in the United States. We value the development of meaningful long-term partnerships with Native American communities, and develop programming and research foci in collaboration with the Indian Health Service, tribal clinical staff and research groups, and tribal leadership. Under the guidance of the research team at the Little Earth Community Health Initiative, students will be trained in culturally appropriate public health research techniques and health intervention strategies. The research and educational opportunities offered by the Summer Indian Health Research Internship Program will support Dartmouth's mission to be a world leader in addressing domestic health disparities. pdf Full Internship Description 


Application Deadline: MAY 19, 2014.

pdfInternship Application Information 

Neonatal Regional Referral Network in Kosovo

Internship Description

Recently independent and post-conflict Kosovo has demonstrated improvements in health care generally and maternal child healthcare specifically.  Progress has been slow, however with the country's outcomes significantly worse than its European neighbors, this issue has come to the forefront of national health priorities. The perinatal mortality rate is estimated to be 19.1/1000 as of 2010, however, this does not include the deaths at home and in private sector (Partnership to Improve Women's and Children's Health in Kosovo, 2012) There continues to be significant evidence that pregnancy outcomes are concerning and the quality of individual care and current delivery systems need accelerated improvement.

Dartmouth and the Ministry of Health have partnered to improve the regionalization neonatal of care. Through the process of health delivery systems improvement, knowledge gaps have emerged including limited data regarding neonatal transports and referrals, which hinders program development. Using a combination of qualitative, quantitative and geospatial mapping techniques, students will utilize existing demographic referral data to design a more appropriate referral system. The objective of this project would be to develop a data collection method which: accurately reflects the referral rate, identifies gaps in data and develops a plan for data collection going forward. At the conclusion of the field experience, the intern will be responsible for presenting their findings along with a set of recommendations. pdf Full Internship Description 


Application Deadline: April 23, 2014.

pdf Internship Application Information 

Public Health Outreach with Uniendo Manos Dominicanas

Uniendo Manos Dominicana is committed to cross-cultural understanding and self-sustaining initiatives in health, education and the environment in the town of Cotui, Dominican Republic. Selected interns will work with community leaders in Las Auyamas on projects focusing on health education and public health efforts including instruction in water chlorination and safe storage, hand washing and preventive health measures. Two students will be selected for this internship. This Internship is open to all enrolled undergraduate, graduate and medical students who will be returning to Dartmouth for at least one term following the internship.

Internship Description

Internships are available only to undergraduate students at sophomore level or above. Students must be returning to campus for at least one term and must be able to demonstate proficiency in Spanish during the selection interview.

pdf Internship Description 


Application Deadline: April 23, 2014.

pdf Application Information 

Institute of Population Health and Development

The Insitute of Population Health and Developement (PHAD), located in Hanoi, Vietnam, is an interdisciplinary institute with the goal of understanding and improving the health of human populations, especially the disadvantaged groups, through research, training and interventions. Dartmouth has partnered with PHAD on several research initiatives and is offering three distinct internship opportunities open to undergraduate, graduate and medical students during summer 2014.

Internship Descriptions

The three internships offered encompass the research areas of maternal-child health, mental health and applications of mHealth for improved disease surveillance.


Three students will be selected for these internship opportunities. Unless otherwise stated, students must be enrolled for the term following the internship.

Application Deadline: January 29, 2014.

Undergraduate, Graduate and Medical students interested in these internship opportunities for summer 2014 should review the pdf supplemental application information sheet  for instructions.

DarDar-Dickey Internships

DarDar interns work on a variety of health, education and community outreach projects with partners at the DarDar Pediatric Program (DPP) at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. (DarDar derives from combining Dartmouth and Dar es Salaam, and is evocative of the Swahili word dada, which means sister.) Applications for Summer 2014 are due Wednesday, January 29, 2014. For more information, click here.


DarDar interns primarily work on global health research and outreach projects with in-country collaborators. Internships are available only to undergraduate students at sophomore level or above. Applicants must return to campus for at least one term following the internship.

This summer DarDar interns will be engaged in a combination of activities including data analysis from ongoing studies and patient outreach and education activities. 


Complete the on-line application 

In the “Project Information” section of the online application, please include the following information:

  • Project Type: DarDar
  • Position/Project Title: DarDar
  • Host Organization: DarDar
  • Supervisor Name: Jessica Friedman
  • Supervisor Contact Information: N/A
  • Brief description of proposed project: N/A
  • Beginning Date & Ending Date: Please approximate desired dates of travel

Please answer the following questions as part of your application. Each question must be answered individually and answers should not exceed 150-200 words per question. If you have any questions regarding this application please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  1. Explain why you are interested in the DarDar-Dickey Internship Program and how it relates to your future academic and career goals.
  2. What courses or co-curricular activities have you taken or are you involved in that have piqued your interest in global health and prepared you for this internship?
  3. The DarDar-Dickey Internship program builds upon a long-standing relationship with the DarDar pediatric program in Dar es Salaam. Please describe your skills or interests that make you a good candidate to work in this setting. 
  4. What do you hope to gain by participating in the DarDar-Dickey Internship program?
  5. Are there any other skills, experiences or qualities you have not previously mentioned that you would bring to the program if selected?

Submit one Faculty Letter(s) of Recommendation

Application questions and faculty recommendations should be sent to the Dickey Center at HB 6048 or via e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Highland Support Project - Gender and Health

The Women's and Gender Studies Program and the Global Health Initiative offer one or two internship opportunities that focus on projects that illuminate the links between health, education, gender and human rights.

Guatemala W14

This internship will be offered winter term 2014.

The Guatemala internship opportunity is a partnership with the Highland Support Project (HSP) and Asociación de Maujeres del Altiplano (A.M.A.). HSP promotes ongoing and lasting transformational development of Maya communities in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. The internship descriptions below offer several project options for the selected student. Please tailor your application to reflect the project(s) you are most interested in.


Deadline: October 21, 2013

  • Complete the Application Form
  • Complete the Application Questions for each Internship you are applying for:
  • Do not solicit letters of recommendation but please list two references as indicated in the application.
  • Optional: Resume

Little Devices Lab at MIT Internship - Winter 2014

The Dickey Center, Thayer School of Engineering and the Little Devices Lab at MIT have partnered to offer students a funded, eight-week internship opportunity with faculty in the Little Devices Lab.


The Little Devices Lab based at MIT develops empowerment technologies for health. They are currently seeking interns to work on any of the following three projects during W14! One student will be selected to work on one of the following projects:

1) Designing maker spaces to promote nurses as inventors of innovative solutions in medical technology. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Little Devices Lab is working with nurses across the country to understand, adapt and build toolsets for "maker nurses" in the US. This approach is derived from the Little Devices Lab approach to working with partners in developing countries to identify and develop solutions for healthcare settings and encourage and empower hospital staff to create their own solutions. Students with any academic background are welcome to apply. Students with background in anthropology, sociology, geography, engineering are strongly encouraged. Students selected for this internship will have the opportunity to shadow hospital staff at several national and regional hospitals and will travel domestically with faculty mentors to understand and implement maker spaces at several hospitals.

2) Diagnostic Tests. The Little Devices Lab has developed several remote diagnostic kits for use in developed and resource-limited settings. The selected intern will work on evaluating assays, perform antibody screening, and the design and fabrication of paper microfluidic tests for infectious diseases. Students interested in working on this project should have a strong biology and/or chemistry background.

3) Solarclave. With a pressure vessel, a pop up reflector including  Little Devices Lab researchers have invented a device that uses sunshine to sterilize surgical tools. Solarclave provides reliable surgical sterilization for rural clinics outside of the grid – enabling healthcare workers to provide basic, life-saving services for patients. It uses locally-available materials and manufacturing techniques that are already available in thousands of rural workshops across the world. Its thermodynamic efficiency allows for a small size that is easily transportable to remote clinics and is simple for one healthcare worker to set up.  The student working on this project will assist in design enhancements including fine-tuning the user interface, co-design a sun tracker and a help design field experiments for a Central American roll out of the technology. Students interested in this project should have strong mechanical engineering skills.

About the Lab

The Little Devices group at MIT develops empowerment technologies for health. We believe that innovation and design happens at the frontline of healthcare where providers and patients can invent everyday technologies to improve outcomes. By comparing the adaptive technology index of a given burden of disease, we can select promising devices that can have an impact on a particular disease. The resulting research portfolio is then matched with specific strategies for participatory design.

More information available at:



NEW DEADLINE: October 30, 2013.

1. Complete the online application 

2. Personal Statement: Please answer each of the following questions using no more than 150-200 words per question.

  • Please explain why you are interested in the Little Devices Lab Internship and how it relates to your future academic and career goals.
  • What courses or co-curricular activities have you taken or are you involved in have piqued your interest in global health and prepared you for this internship?
  • What do you hope to gain through this internship?
  • Are there any other skills, experiences or qualities you have not previously mentioned that you would bring to the internship if selected?

3. List two references (with full contact details) at the bottom of your personal statement.

4. Resume

If you have additional questions about the application please contact the GHI Intern at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

All supplemental application materials should be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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