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The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recognizes the importance of a new generation of public health leaders who have an understanding of global health issues and the role of international organizations in achieving the MDGs and other health issues. In this regard, the PAHO Internship Program trains young and energetic individuals entering the public health field and interested in providing services to the Organization on a voluntary basis, also known as internships/practicums. PAHO interns are ‘trainees' matched with appropriate technical units based upon the individual's interests and skills. Placements are in the Washington, DC headquarters or one of the PAHO country offices or scientific centers in the Region of the Americas and the Caribbean. 

Objective: 

The Knowledge Management, Bioethics and Research (KBR) area of PAHO establishes the principles and practice of knowledge management and communication as fundamental to public health and a key component of technical cooperation and capacity building. 

Within KBR, the intern will provide support to the Scientific Communication products and services including bibliographic searches, articles requests from the technician areas, maintenance of the Institutional Memory Collection, administrative activities on the social networks, PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centers matters and provide support to the Journal process. He/she will be exposed to learn more about the PAHO/WHO history, participate on the more traditional services provided by libraries but also, deal with new tools as the social networks.

Intern Responsibilities: 

1. Participate on the PAHO Institutional Repository development (she/he will have the opportunity to learn about open access scientific or institutional repositories) - http://iris.paho.org Upload files in the interface; 

2. Search the history of PAHO in order to compose the PAHO Memory History; 

3. Participate on the PAHO Taxonomy development - Public Health Topics; 

4. Work with the technical areas to organize and update the key components of the Website related to the Public Health Themes - https://bit.ly/2koSQDy

5. Participate of the promotion of the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centers; 

6. Provide support in the editorial processes of the journal, including the peer-review, production, proofreading, and dissemination of scientific papers; 

7. Update the information of the journal web site; 

8. Help with specific reports on special issues.

Requirements: 

  • Desirable bachelors or master degree in Librarianship, Information Science or Information Management. 
  • Very good knowledge of English or Spanish. Knowledge of Portuguese or French should be an asset. 
  • Interest on learning how to index/catalogue information products in bibliographic databases. 
  • Interest on learning how to work with institutional/social networks (as user and providing contents). 
  • Interest on learning how to development of thesaurus, controlled vocabularies in Public Health. 
  • Excellent writing and research skills, with an ability to synthesize complex information.
  • Self-motivated, resourceful, a team player. 

How to Apply: 

All applicants must submit the following documents to: Ms. Eliane Pereira dos Santos This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications must include: 

* Cover Letter stating the following: 

  • your availability (start/end dates and times available per week) 
  • the reasons why you are seeking an internship at PAHO 
  • Resume 
  • Writing sample in English or in Spanish 
  • Proof of health insurance coverage (if in Washington DC) 


Deadline: N/A 

Note: Interns must commit to a minimum of 8 weeks and a maximum of 6 months with a minimum of 20 hours/week. 

Payment: 

Internships are unpaid.