HEALTH DISPARITY & GLOBAL HEALTH INTERNSHIP
This internship is suitable for those individuals who wants to pursue their career in medicine, nursing, community health education, public health or other healthcare related social services and want to broaden their knowledge and skills in health disparity, provider continuing education, health related program planning, project grant writing, educational activity planning, fund development, database and record keeping, volunteer coordination, leadership skills, communication, collaboration, and engagement with stakeholders.
As a BTF Health Disparity and Global Health Intern, you will receive direct mentorship from the co-founders of the Binaytara Foundation, and participate in assessing, developing, and implementing programs and services to minimize health disparities in the United States and Globally. This internship particularly focuses on education as a tool (healthcare providers and healthcare consumers) to minimize health disparities by advocating for, educating, promoting, and sharing information to improve access to care, to promote health equity, and to minimize health disparities.
THIS IS AN INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY – NOT AN EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY.
This internship cannot be used to meet internship requirements for college graduation.
Students seeking to complete internship experience as part of their graduation requirement can complete an unpaid health disparity internship of six weeks or more with us. Fill out the internship application below to get started.
- To provide a practical environment for interns to learn, gain knowledge & develop skills on various aspects of cancer health disparity and global health related issues.
- To utilize interns’ skills and experience in building and supporting the organization’s existing and future projects.
- Up to $20,000 room and board stipend (which includes up to $2,000 travel allowance to travel to Nepal to intern at the Binaytara Foundation Cancer Center in Janakpur) will be provided over the one year period.
- Stipends are disbursed in four installments after completing the specific challenges and milestones in each quarter of the internship.
- Stipends are not wages, and are not proportionate to the hours worked. Instead, stipends are directly related to the completion of internship challenges and activities outlined below.
Internship Duration: One year
Eligibility: Must have graduated with a bachelors degree or masters degree in healthcare related field within the last two years.
A typical schedule is Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM. However, interns will be required to participate in all educational and fundraising activities organized by the Binaytara Foundation. These activities may take place during weekends and evenings.
Location: Since this internship is designed to provide active mentoring and learning experience for the intern, we require interns to work on-site from our office in Issaquah and other locations where our events take place.
Travel: Interns will be required to travel to our conference sites (including overnight stays) when needed.
SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES & CHALLENGES:
During the course of this internship, the candidate will participate in the following projects and activities:
- Participate in two fundraising challenges and successfully raise a minimum of $2500 from at least 20 donors to support the Binaytara Foundation’s projects. This is required for final stipend disbursement.
- Collaborate with the mentors and other volunteers at the Binaytara Foundation to design and conduct research in cancer disparities.
- Participate in planning, implementation, and evaluation of continuing education activities for healthcare professionals.
- Participate in needs assessment, planning, development and implementation of educational activities for cancer patients and other community members.
- Collaborate with mentors to write and publish scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the BTF’s own medical journal.
- Participate in coordination and collaboration with editors, peer reviewers, authors, and others involved in publication of the Binaytara Foundation’s medical journal – the International Journal of Cancer Care and Delivery (IJCCD) – https://journal.binayfoundation.org.
Module 1- Education for healthcare providers and healthcare consumers to minimize health disparities
Activities: Program Planning, Implementation & Evaluation
Learning opportunity type & description: Healthcare provider and community education. Intern will be involved in all aspects of the educational programs of the Binaytara Foundation which includes organizing major cancer conferences for healthcare providers, and developing and implementing educational activities for healthcare consumers.
Healthcare provider education: Interns will be involved in planning and implementation of all of the educational activities organized by the Binaytara Foundation.
Community cancer awareness and education. Based on the result of the research mentioned in module 2 below, interns will plan and develop educational activities suitable for the community to build awareness and improve uptake of cervical cancer screening.
Anticipated skills to be gained :
1.) Relationship building and networking (includes the use of social media, news/blogs, newsletters, and other forms of media to communicate with peers, partners, donors, supporters, and those whom our programs serve, and to advocate for health equity.
2.) Overall design and implementation of educational activities which includes: needs assessment, identifying goals and objectives, identifying educational methods and strategies, developing program timelines, implementing the educational strategies, evaluating activities.
3.) Event Planning: Logistics, event promotion, CME accreditation of physician education activities, etc.
4.) Communication – includes digital communication, audio-visual preparation, website support, etc.
Module 2 – Health Disparity Research
Learning opportunity type & description – Project Specific – Interns will be involved in conducting research and supporting patient education and awareness program among community members in the greater puget Sound region about their knowledge, attitudes and practices related to cervical and breast cancer screening. This project has received the 2020 community grant from Prevent Cancer Foundation.
If situations permit, Interns will spend 4 to 6 weeks at the Binaytara Foundation Cancer Center in Nepal to participate in health disparity research and to learn about socio-cultural, economic, and other aspects of cancer care in Nepal and how they compare with those in the United States.
BTF’s Medical journal: Intern will be involved in coordinating various aspects of scientific articles publication for the BTF’s journal – IJCCD to familiarize themselves about how scientific articles are written, screened, peer reviewed, and published.
Anticipated skills to be gained – survey design, survey implementation (data collection), data analysis/interpretation, report writing, scientific article publication process, and social determinants of health.
Module 3 – Fund development
Learning opportunity type & description: Various. Any public health professional must develop skills to raise funds for the activities or programs that they lead, develop, and support. Interns will be involved in various fund development activities including two fundraising challenges (these can be event-based, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer fundraising, major gifts, matching gifts, or any other form of fundraising) and will also be involved in grant writing for various projects that they work on.
Module 4 – Database and record keeping
Learning opportunity type & description: General. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in database and record keeping such as maintaining records of conference participant registration and attendance records, activity outcome survey reports, continuing medical education certification record, online database of grant makers, etc.
Module 5 – Volunteer Coordination, Leadership, Communication, and Collaboration
Learning opportunity type & description: General. Interns will be involved in volunteer coordination and leadership for various projects as well as actively participating in building relationships with stakeholders, community partners, and others for collaboration in various projects that they will be involved in. This will include active utilization of the internet media including blogs, social media, newsletters, websites, development and distribution of digital and printed communication materials, social media engagements, etc.