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  • Locations: (Various), (Multiple Countries)
  • Program Terms: Summer Internships
  • Restrictions: UPENN applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
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Type of Program: Summer Internships Housing Options: Arranged by Student
Application Deadline: EXTENDED UNTIL: January 15 Internship Field of Interest: Biology, Computer Science & Technology, Ethics, Health Studies
Internship Language: English, Portuguese, Spanish Class Level: Freshman, Graduate Student, Junior, Sophomore
GIP Placement Type: Internship
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Global Internship Program (GIP): Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
 
PAHO LogoThe Internship: These opportunities in the field of bioethics are ideal for students interested in gaining experience in research ethics at prominent international organizations.

Number of Spots Available: 4

Duration: 10 weeks

Start Date: Late May-Early June

The Organization: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), founded in 1902, is the world's oldest international public health agency.  It provides technical cooperation and mobilizes partnerships to improve health and quality of life in the countries of the Americas.  PAHO serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO).  Together with WHO, PAHO is a member of the United Nations system.  PAHO's Regional Program on Bioethics is based in PAHO's headquarters (Washington, D.C.) and works in close coordination with the Country Offices to deliver technical cooperation, mostly on research ethics and public health ethics, that meets the needs of the countries in the Americas.

The Location: Students will spend 2 weeks in Washington, D.C., followed by 8 weeks in one of the following locations, depending on the internship that the student applies for: PAHO Panama, PAHO Ecuador, PAHO Trinidad and Tobago, or PAHO's BIREME Center in Brazil.
 

Internship Details

There are four types of internships available at PAHO.

1. Research Ethics Intern at PAHO/WHO in Panama
  • Location: The intern will work primarily at the main offices in Washington, D.C. and in Panama City, Panama
  • Number of Spots Available: 1
  • Work Hours: The intern can expect to work from 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday, with a daily lunch break
  • The intern will:
    • Support the Ministry of Health and other key national institutions involved with the advancement of ethical research and the ethics review of human subjects research
    • Support the implementation of ProEthos, a software for ethics review of research with human subjects that has been developed by PAHO to facilitate the work of the committees
    • Advance research ethics training initiatives
    • Support various efforts aimed at catalyzing ethical research in Panama
    • Be involved in the delivery of technical cooperation on research ethics at the national level, while also taking part in regional initiatives
       
2. Bioethics Intern at PAHO/WHO in Ecuador
  • Location: The intern will work primarily at the main offices in Washington, D.C. and in Quito, Ecuador
  • Number of Spots Available: 1
  • Work Hours: The intern can expect to work from 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday, with a daily lunch break
  • The intern will:
    • Support various efforts aimed at catalyzing bioethics in Ecuador
    • Be involved in the delivery of technical cooperation on bioethics at the national level, while also taking part in regional initiatives
    • Support the Ministry of Health and other key national institutions involved with the integration of ethics in the different areas of work in health
    • Support the implementation of ProEthos, a software for ethics review of research with human subjects that has been developed by PAHO to facilitate the work of the ethics review committees
    • Advance bioethics training initiatives
       
3. Bioethics Intern at PAHO/WHO in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Location: The intern will work primarily at the main offices in Washington, D.C. and in Port of Spain, Trinidad
  • Number of Spots Available: 1
  • Work Hours: The intern can expect to work from 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday, with a daily lunch break
  • The intern will:
    • Support various efforts aimed at catalyzing bioethics in Trinidad
    • Be involved in the delivery of technical cooperation on bioethics at the national level, while also taking part in regional initiatives
    • Support the Ministry of Health and other key national institutions involved with the integration of ethics in the different areas of work in health
    • Support the implementation of ProEthos, a software for ethics review of research with human subjects that has been developed by PAHO to facilitate the work of the ethics review committees
    • Advance bioethics training initiatives
       
4. Research Ethics and Computer Programming Intern at PAHO/WHO in Brazil
  • Location: The intern will work primarily at the main offices in Washington, D.C. and in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Number of Spots Available: 1
  • Work Hours: The intern can expect to work from 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday, with a daily lunch break
  • The intern will:
    • Work closely with the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information (BIREME) in the technical enhancement and maintenance of ProEthos, a software for ethics review of research with human subjects that has been developed by PAHO to facilitate the work of the committees
    • Work with various teams in the region in the implementation of ProEthos
    • Be involved in the delivery of technical cooperation on the implementation of ProEthos at the regional level on a project of global interest
 

Eligibility

All GIP applicants must be current full-time, degree-seeking University of Pennsylvania students who are returning to their degree program full-time in the Fall semester.  All GIP applicants must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing.  Additional requirements for individual internships are as follows:

1. Research Ethics Internship in Panama, Bioethics Internship in Ecuador, and Bioethics Internship in Trinidad and Tobago

The internships at PAHO Panama, PAHO Ecuador, and PAHO Trinidad and Tobago also require applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Highly responsible, proactive, and self-motivated
  • Strong academic credentials
  • Excellent communication skills
  • For the internship in Panama: Fluent in Spanish; Basic training on and interest in research ethics
  • For the internship in Ecuador: Fluent in Spanish; Basic training on and interest in bioethics
  • For the internship in Trinidad and Tobago: Basic training on and interest in bioethics
Priority will be given to applicants who have the following criteria:
  • Familiarity with ethics review processes
  • Technology-savvy
  • Basic web-design skills
  • Teaching experience
  • Health research experience
     
2. Research Ethics and Computer Programming Internship at PAHO/WHO in Brazil

The internship at PAHO's BIREME Center in Brazil also requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Fluent in Portuguese or Spanish
  • Knowledge of PHP language and MySQL database
  • Highly responsible, proactive, and self-motivated
  • Interest in research ethics
  • Strong academic credentials
  • Excellent communication skills
Priority will be given to applicants who have the following criteria:
  • Knowledge of the other language (Portuguese or Spanish)
  • Familiarity with frameworks such as Symfony
  • Familiarity with ethics review processes
  • Basic web-design skills

Please Note: Students who have participated in this program in the past OR who accepted a placement through this program in the past but then withdrew are not eligible to apply again.

Accommodation

Panama City, PanamaStudents are responsible for finding their own accommodation.  PAHO will provide interns accepted to this placement with suggestions as to where and how you can find safe, affordable, and comfortable housing close to your internship site.
 

Money Matters

All students accepted to the GIP will be awarded a Global Internship Program Award.  GIP award amounts vary by student, and are based on location of internship, length of internship, the student's need, and the student's merit. The internship placement application process includes the GIP award application essay.

The estimated budgets for each possible location of this internship are as follows:

Washington D.C. (all interns)
Expense Estimated Cost  Notes
Program Fee $0 None
Round trip fare $100 Philadelphia to Washington D.C. - Amtrak
Accommodation $1,200 Estimated cost for 1 bedroom apartment
Meals & Personal Expenses $300 Could vary based on lifestyle
Visa $0  
Local Transport $100 Public transport, taxi
Other $0  
Total Estimated Cost $1,700  

PAHO Panama
Expense Estimated Cost Notes
Program Fee $0 None
Round trip airfare $800 Estimated cost PHL - PTY
Accommodation $1,400 Estimated cost for 8 weeks - 1 bedroom apartment
Meals & Personal Expenses $1,200 Could vary based on lifestyle
Visa $0 US citizens do not require a visa up to 90 days
Local Transport $100 Public transport (monthly pass), occasional taxi
Other $0  
Total Estimated Cost $3,500  

PAHO Ecuador
Expense Estimated Cost Notes
Program Fee $0 None
Round trip airfare $800 Estimated cost PHL - UIO
Accommodation $1,100 Estimated cost for 8 weeks - 1 bedroom apartment
Meals & Personal Expenses $1,000 Could vary based on lifestyle
Visa $0 US citizens do not require a visa up to 90 days
Local Transport $50 Public transport (monthly pass), occasional taxi
Other $0  
Total Estimated Cost $2,950  

PAHO Trinidad and Tobago
Expense Estimated Cost Notes
Program Fee $0 None
Round trip airfare $700 Estimated cost PHL - POS
Accommodation $1,500 Estimated cost 8 weeks - 1 private room
Meals & Personal Expenses $1,200 Could vary based on lifestyle
Visa $0 US citizens do not require a visa up to 90 days
Local Transport $100 Public transport (monthly pass), occasional taxi
Other $0  
Total Estimated Cost $3,500  

PAHO BIREME Center Brazil
Expense Estimated Cost  Notes
Program Fee $0 None
Round trip airfare $1,700 Estimated cost PHL - BSB
Accommodation $1,600 Estimated cost 8 weeks - apartment/private room
Meals & Personal Expenses $1,000 Could vary based on lifestyle
Visa $160 For US citizen 
Local Transport $200 Public transport/occasional taxi
Other $0  
Total Estimated Cost $4,660  
 

How to Apply

Ready to Apply?  Follow These Steps:
 
1. Click Apply Now above to login with your PennKey and password and begin the application
2. Complete all requirements listed in the online application, including:
  • CV/Resume upload
  • Cover Letter or Personal Statement upload
  • Unofficial transcript upload
  • Award essay
  • Required advising appointment with the Global Internships Manager (schedule yours by clicking here)
  • Other program-specific requirements, as needed
3. Once all requirements have been received and checked off, submit your application by the deadline
 
Don't Forget:
  • You may apply to a maximum of two (2) GIP programs.  You may open your first program application by following the above instructions.  To open a second application, you must first meet with the Global Internships Manager for an advising appointment.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to schedule your advising appointment, as appointment slots may fill!  Advising appointments will not be available from December 23rd-January 1st, so please plan ahead.

Application Deadline: January 10th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST
 

Resources

Schedule an Advising Appointment: Don't forget that meeting with the Global Internships Manager is a required component of applying to the GIP.  Schedule your appointment by clicking here, and don't wait too long, as appointment slots may fill!

Past Participants: Want to connect with a student who participated in the Global Internship Program?  Click here to view a list of past participants and get in touch.

Career Services: The Career Services office on campus can help you in several ways.  You may find the following links helpful: Visas: Depending on your citizenship and destination country, you may need a visa or work permit to participate in this internship.  It is your responsibility as a GIP participant to determine your visa requirements and obtain a visa, if needed. Past participants have found the following resources helpful in determining visa requirements:
 



This program is currently not accepting applications.