Gates Ventures

Health and Life Sciences Fellow (multiple openings)

Position title: Health and Life Sciences Fellow (multiple openings)
Team: Health & Life Sciences
Term: Summer 2020.
Applicants must have authorization to work in the U.S.
Location Kirkland, WA
Compensation Paid summer internship 

Gates Ventures is the private office of Mr. Bill Gates. Our mission is to catalyze innovations that solve global problems and improve the lives of the world’s poorest people. We do this by incubating products, advocating for important causes, engaging with global organizations, and managing venture investments.

The summer fellows for the Health & Life Sciences team will have the opportunity to play a key role across a range of initiatives in Global Health, emerging projects in the US Healthcare expenditure area, and our growing program on Alzheimer’s disease.  

Gates Ventures is currently looking for interns to fill the following fellowship roles:
1. Exemplars in Global Health research fellow
2. Exemplars in Global Health partnerships fellow
3. Alzheimer’s Disease / U.S. Healthcare fellow    

For all positions, you are the ideal candidate if you are: 
• A strong problem solver: You can break down problems using structure and logic and find a smart solution that fits with the bigger picture.
• An efficient and diligent researcher: You can scour published resources and quickly gain an understanding of “the story” and key takeaways around what you’re researching.
• Data-driven and analytical: You believe that anything worth doing is worth measuring, and love using data to drive insights. You are driven by intellectual curiosity.
• Flexible: You can juggle multiple tasks and priorities and thrive in environments with ambiguity and rapid change. You are just as comfortable engaging with high-level stakeholders as you are scheduling meetings and analyzing data sets.
• A strong and concise communicator: You can quickly and effectively communicate your ideas or explain your thinking to bring others along.
• Able to work with diverse stakeholders: You’re able to understand the working styles and needs of a wide variety of stakeholders and adapt effectively (e.g., academics, executives, creative designers).   

• Familiarity with basic dynamics of the U.S. and healthcare and/or the global health ecosystem, through past work and/or educational background
• Experience with peer-reviewed literature in life sciences fields
• Experience with slide creation and modeling
• Ideal opportunity for someone interested in contributing to a rigorous, research-based agenda across health and life sciences
• First year MPH, MBA, MS, MPP, or MPA students with 3-5 years of experience; first- or second-year PhD students 

To apply, withan updated CV, thenames andemail addresses for 2references, andtherole(s) you are applying for.In the subject line, please use the following format: [First Name] [Last Name] [Role Title].
If applying for the Global Health Exemplars research fellow role, please list your topic interests in preferential order, or indicate if you do not have a preference.
If applying for multiple roles, pleaseshareyour preferences.
Applications will be accepted throughFebruary 28, 2020. 


Responsibilities for the Exemplars in Global Health Research Fellow role:  Exemplars in Global Health (EGH) aims to learn from countries that have successfully tackled specific global health challenges and use this evidence to inform funding and policymaking decisions around the world. The research fellow will be responsible for driving significant elements of our global health research programs, including supporting research leaders on data and analytics, writing and content creation, and outreach and partnerships. This role will work closely with our Research Lead and our Topic Leads across our major content areas (Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition, Health Systems). This role reports to Director, Health & Life Sciences (EGH research and content lead).

Responsibilities will include: 

Global health research and program coordination (50%):

  • Work closely with content experts and academic and foundation partners to support global health strategy and policy research projects, including supporting specific content development (research and writing), and broader research work (lit reviews, etc.).

Data and analytics (30%):

  • Help to drive data analysis and visualization workstreams, in partnership with leading academics and designers.

Communications and outreach (20%):

  • Support content-area leads in outreach, engagement, and tracking of relationships and potential partnerships. This role is ideal for a PhD student, an MPH student with at least 3-5 years of experience, or an MBA student with a background in global health hoping for exposure to a policy-oriented global health research effort.

Responsibilities for the Exemplars in Global Health Partnerships Fellow role:  Exemplars in Global Health (EGH) aims to learn from countries that have successfully tackled specific global health challenges and use this evidence to inform funding and policymaking decisions around the world. To maximize awareness and impact of EGH’s research, the program needs strong partnerships across the global health ecosystem (e.g., with government, donors, implementing organizations). The Exemplars in Global Health partnerships fellow will be responsible for developing and driving product and business development strategies, refining the business model, and communicating with key internal and external stakeholders. This role reports to Associate Director, Health & Life Sciences (EGH partnerships lead).

Responsibilities will include:

Global health partner landscaping and engagement strategy (50%):

  • Work closely with research teams to identify current state of play and propose new partners and/or engagement strategies to drive awareness and uptake of EGH content amongst global health decisionmakers (e.g., governments, donors, implementing organizations). Support strategy development, content creation, and outreach for crucial partners.

Relationship management tools and processes (30%):

  • Help to drive systematization of partnerships and EGH impact tracking.

Special projects and initiatives (20%):

  • Support leadership in new, high-priority efforts as opportunities arise for program. This role is ideal for an MBA or MPP/MPA student looking to learn more about global health partnerships and how to scale a new program across the global health ecosystem.

Responsibilities for the Alzheimer’s Disease/US Healthcare Fellow role:
The fellow for U.S. healthcare will support primary and secondary research to inform program execution and development of targeted learning sessions across topics in U.S. healthcare and Alzheimer’s disease. This will include independent work as well as collaboration with research partners and require synthesis and communication across multiple mediums (e.g., websites, presentations, written briefs). The fellow will also be responsible for project and relationship management with design and analytics partners.
This role reports to the Associate Director or the Director, Health and Life Sciences.

Responsibilities will include: 

Research and analytical work (50%):

  • This work will include scientific literature reviews and analysis, ongoing monitoring of relevant health and science news channels, identification of leading researchers and companies, and light due diligence assessments.

Support program development (25%):

  • Contribute to materials driving program execution across topics in U.S. healthcare and Alzheimer’s disease (e.g., analyses, project plans, and communications).

Knowledge management (25%):

  • Lead integration and implementation of knowledge management tools and processes, including vendor relations when necessary.