Access Intern

Date: Nov 12, 2020

Location: New York City, NY, US, 10006

Company: Doctors Without Borders | Médecins Sans Frontières

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian organization that delivers impartial medical care to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care in over 70 countries.

We welcome candidates who bring a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to join us in working toward MSF’s common mission.




The MSF Access Campaign undertakes research, policy, and advocacy to raise the importance of the issue of access to essential medicines internationally, with a focus on developing countries where MSF works. The Campaign hopes to achieve sustainable solutions to reduce the price of essential medicines and stimulate medical research and development for diseases that primarily affect low income populations. The Campaign operates within the Program Department at MSF-USA.


The aims of MSF's Access Campaign are to:


• Push for price cuts to medicines, vaccines, and diagnostic tests by stimulating the production of more affordable generic products.

• Act as a watchdog to ensure that the corporate interests don’t win out over public health needs.

• Steer the direction of medical research toward urgently needed new drugs, vaccines, and tests that don’t exist yet or are not tailored to the needs of people in developing countries.

• Scope out, support, and monitor new models to fund medical research that respond to medical rather than corporate needs, and do not rely on charging sky high prices for the final product to pay for the research.




The Access Intern will support the ongoing research, advocacy, and administrative activities of the Access Campaign in the USA. This includes tracking the current issues relevant to the Access Campaign, providing research and analytical support, supporting the overall management of data and files, and assisting in preparation of information for advocacy and policy strategies.


This internship is ideal for anyone with a particular focus on policy, advocacy, and the crisis of access to essential medicines, diagnostics, and vaccines in the developing world. Preferred knowledge and interest in US politics and funding for global health, congressional processes, intellectual property, international trade, and new innovation models.


Objective: Provide research and administrative support to the U.S. Policy Advisor of the MSF Access Campaign while providing practical learning experience to an applicant interested in global health and policy advocacy on access to medicines.




Access Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:


• Conduct research on current access topics, advocacy policy targets, US government, and other relevant stakeholders (70%)

• Attend meetings and conferences and track Access Campaign related information in the media, meetings, and calls (15%)

• Provide general administrative support to the Campaign including database entry, mass mailings, filing, faxing, etc. (15%)





Applicants should have:


• Master or graduate degree student or recipient. Background in law, medicine, or global health preferred

• Preferable experience in advocacy/policy

• Excellent attention to detail, writing, and proofreading ability.

• Commitment to the public interest, with an interest in medical humanitarian aid and the struggle for access to essential medicines in developing countries

• Initiative and confidence to work and ask questions in a fast-paced work environment.

• Ability to work independently, with guidance from department members


Please note: International candidates are responsible for securing their US work permits and should detail work status in their cover letter.

If applicant is not based in New York, please indicate the ability to relocate in cover letter.

Please note that neither relocation assistance nor visa sponsorship will be offered for this position. 

No phone calls and emails please. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Application Deadline: November 25, 2020


MSF-USA/Doctors Without Borders is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No employee, or applicant for employment, shall be discriminated against in any term or condition of employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law. We are constantly striving to make our organization anti-racist. Diversity, equity and inclusion are core values. As an employee, you become part of that mission. We expect this same commitment from our staff.






Pay Class & Contract Type

Intern Nonexempt 



$15 per hour


Working Time (Hours Per Week)


Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City