RTI International

Global NCD Intern, Summer 2021

RTI International seeks a prospect for the Global Noncommunicable Diseases Internship within the International Development Group.

Our international development practitioners design and implement programs across a wide range of sectors to help low- and middle-income countries and communities address complex problems and improve the lives of their citizens. Working with local partners and stakeholders, our solutions promote sustainability, self-reliance, and success at scale. Alongside this, we conduct research to adapt as we implement and in order to develop innovative solutions for enduring and emerging issues facing the countries where we work. Global Noncommunicable Diseases initiative works to reduce the burden of noncommunicable diseases and their risk factors in low- and middle-income countries.  Areas of expertise: Health economics and finance; Communication science; novel health data collection methods.

The Global Noncommunicable Diseases Internship is ideal for students interested in research in the fields of global health, international development, health disparities, health economics, health communications, and/or global health policy. The Intern will gain experience in data analysis and application of epidemiological concepts, as they relate to NCDs, the epidemiological transition in low- and middle-income countries, and cost-benefit analysis of public health programs in low- and middle-income countries.


  • Research on disease burden, policy, and health economics related to NCDs
  • Literature reviews of current academic findings on NCD-related topics
  • Writing for academic papers as well as for materials to communicate the burden of NCDs to a wide external audience
  • Preparing communications materials, including PowerPoints and briefing documents
  • Preparing summaries of research findings

RTI’s Internship Program emphasizes experiential and mentored learning experiences, providing students and recent degree recipients an opportunity to apply their academic knowledge and skills in a meaningful and practical way. We are committed to developing the future workforce by encouraging interns to explore various career paths in a nonprofit research institute setting that values diversity and inclusion. Through this program, interns will be exposed to RTI’s open and educational culture; support RTI’s mission to improve the human condition; and build upon their career goals.

Additional Information

This virtual unpaid internship will take place from June 2021 through August 2021. As an academic internship, the selected intern must either receive academic credit or fulfill an academic program requirement. The internship requires a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week. Hours are flexible during business hours, Monday through Friday.

Required Qualifications

  • Strong academic background with an interest in global health, international health policy, health economics, or a related field
  • Graduate student or highly-motivated senior undergraduate student eligible to receive academic credit or fulfill an academic program requirement
  • Excellent writing skills, in both an academic style and for “lay person” communications to a broad external audience
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and timelines efficiently

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