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Internship - Global Access to Medicines Program

Public Citizen is now accepting applications for spring and summer 2014 internships at its Washington, D.C. – Dupont Circle office. Internships are unpaid, though we are happy to support applications for academic credit or other pursuits.

Public Citizen's Global Access to Medicines Program works with partners worldwide to improve health outcomes and save lives, through use of pharmaceutical cost-lowering measures including generic competition. We support civil society groups and public agencies with analysis and technical assistance to help overcome patent-based and other drug monopolies. Our work challenges Big Pharma's economic and political power. See: www.citizen.org/access.

We are looking for well-organized interns to work closely with the Program Director on a number of coalition building, analysis and research projects to improve public policy and expand global access to medicines.

Issues include, but are not limited to:

  • “Free trade” agreements
  • Compulsory licensing of pharmaceutical patents
  • Leveraging US Government-funded biomedical research
  • Anti-falsification/counterfeiting policy

Description (responsibilities vary according to the intern's prior experience):

  • Maintain and improve program website and social media communications.  
  • Research policy, legislative and regulatory issues.
  • Communicate with partners worldwide.
  • Draft memos or external materials.
  • Make recommendations and collaborate on team projects.
  • Participate in conferences and report back on relevant meetings taking place in Washington.
  • Support the Program Director as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to public interests including public health.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.  
  • Proficiency in computing and/or social media preferred.
  • Foreign language skills helpful.
  • Subject matter experience with access to medicines, patents, public or global health, law, medicine, cancer, HIV/AIDS, pharmaceutical economics, biotech helpful but not required.
  • Organizing or campaigning experience helpful but not required.

How to Apply:

Applicants should send a note of interest, resume and one or two writing samples to pmaybarduk@citizen.org. The note of interest may be in the body of an email (attachments are also fine), should be quite brief, and should indicate the applicant’s chief interests and availability (full- or part-time and dates).  Writing samples may be any length and cover any subject. We prefer writing samples which have not been edited by anyone other than the applicant. If this is not the case, please include a note saying so. No phone calls please. Women, people of color, and multilingual speakers are encouraged to apply.

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