Nutrition Research Internship

Washington, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA | 9 months
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Title: Nutrition Research Internship

Location: Washington D.C., US

Program: Global Health Programs, Nutrition Health Impact Team


Start Date: November 2019

End Date: January 2020 *start and end dates can be flexible, possible to extend to spring quarter      

Estimated number of hours per week: 20 - 40, flexible  

Will the intern be receiving a stipend?: Yes

Will the intern travel? (local or international): No


*Please include a cover letter with your resume describing your interest and how you meet the qualifications. 



PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide. 

The Nutrition Health Impact Team (HIT) is one of several PATH HITs—internal mechanisms to build cross-organizational collaboration and coordination for setting and implementing strategies to increase impact. The Nutrition HIT aims to introduce solutions for improving equitable access to optimal nutrition for vulnerable populations. It brings together staff from across the organization to leverage PATH’s capabilities and comparative advantage in nutrition. The Nutrition HIT has several concepts underway to pursue areas that will be of interest to a broad range of PATH stakeholders.

We are currently recruiting for an intern to support our work with Nutrition HIT team in Washington, DC.


Description of the project the Intern will complete:



As an intern, you will have an opportunity to work on emerging issues in nutrition integration, a key topic in the global health agenda, at a key moment for nutrition; obtain mentorship and experience working on global health and nutrition.


Proposed activities and deliverables:

  • Data system review and write-up: Review immunization data files and formats, cleaning data as needed, and analyze to identify if indicators collected provide information potentially useful to nutrition colleagues. Provide recommendations how indicators can be further analyzed for nutrition decision making and potentially be used in case management. Develop a tabulation plan for and draft a brief concept to showcase further use of the data.
  • Evidence review, landscaping, and write-up: Conduct a literature review of recent evidence on the multi-factorial challenge of anemia (infection and inflammation from water, sanitation, and hygiene and other challenges; wider micronutrient deficiencies; etc.). Prepare a landscape of research and initiative gaps. Consider where duplication of efforts can be averted and collaboration can be enhanced, whether in product development, systems and service innovations, or other areas. Draft a brief report providing recommendations for action
  • Project management: Attend periodic nutrition-related meetings and document actions and next steps, track and document consultation with other teams, support processes to integrate own work into the larger work.
  • Learning: Attend webinars and brown bags, report important learning for PATH’s maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition team and present evidence/learning around disability, gender, capacity building, and other cross-cutting areas as relevant to nutrition.

    Description of overall learning objectives and goals for the internship/benefit to the Intern:

     As an intern you will get experience supporting technical activities under the PATH Nutrition HIT. The learning objectives are to 1) gain understanding of global nutrition issues as part of health, 2) learn how to analyze and synthesize information into concise technical briefs for appreciation by audiences in various disciplines and functions within global health, 3) gain confidence in working with different types of data and sources, 4) increase knowledge of program administrative/management processes.


    Brief description of required skills/experience the intern should possess:

    • Current student enrolled in an accredited university. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, with a preference for someone pursuing their Master’s or PhD, coursework in public health, statistics, nutrition, sociology, anthropology or related fields
    • Excellent computer skills including proficiency in Excel and potentially other data analysis software (g. SAS or SPSS)
    • Strong writing and other communication skills
    • Ability to work independently and on a team
    • 6 months of experience through coursework and/or work experience in public health or a related field


    Skills to be developed and/or expanded during internship:

    • Skills for conducting literature reviews and summarizing literature review findings
    • Data skills and ability to analyze data systems
    • Writing technical materials for diverse audiences
    • Teamwork-working with team on international global nutrition and potentially with teams from other health sectors
    • Basic administrative/management skills.




    *PATH does not provide a stipend to interns who are California residents. PATH does not provide relocation assistance for internships.



    *All PATH internships are eligible for school credit. Please refer to your university's process for credit eligibility.



    Must have legal authorization to work in the United States. PATH does not provide relocation assistance for internships.



    Must be enrolled in an academic program for the duration of the internship. 



    PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued. 



    PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.


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