The Global Health Institute (GHI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) was formally established in July 2017. As the first such institute in the Middle East and North Africa region, GHI aims to address global health challenges with a focus on context and sustainable impact by employing an interdisciplinary approach. The primary focus of GHI are challenges that are affecting the MENA region, but have relevance to and impact on other regions in the Global South.GHI has three divisions: GHI Programs, GHI Academy, and GHI Assist.
- GHI Programs, the research and advocacy division of GHI, generates evidence-based solutions to global health challenges that are relevant to the MENA region. GHI Programs currently consist of the Conflict Medicine Program, the Refugee Health Program, and the E-Sahha Program.
- GHI Academy, the capacity building division of GHI, advances global health literacy and leadership through innovative delivery of contextualized capacity building initiatives.
- GHI ASSIST, the service division of GHI, designs, implements and evaluates specialized services and initiatives for global health challenges affecting the MENA region.
The intern will be assigned to work either on new projects such as new funding/grant proposals or a running project based on the need across all three divisions: Programs, Academy, and Assist. The projects will tackle topics on e-sahha (e-health), conflict medicine, refugee health, capacity building in global health research and practice, humanitarian research, training, and implementation, with a focus on communicable/non-communicable diseases among other health challenges. This will extend between the 2nd and 9th week of the program. Students who intend to work on their own projects should send their proposals at least 1 month prior to their intended start date. Interns will be expected to work on GHI’s new/running projects for 90% of their time with the option to work on their own project for 10% of their time only.
The intern will support a range of projects and activities on various global health topics that will include but will not be limited to: literature and scoping reviews preparation/implementation/writing, research protocol writing, manuscript writing, proposal/concept note writing, qualitative/quantitative data input and analysis/reporting using NVIVO/SPSS, blog writing, referencing texts using referencing manager, field data collection, poster development, abstract writing, IRB document drafting, workshop preparations, meeting minutes and emails preparations, awareness campaigns documents, health days preparations etc..
Some experience in global health research is preferable, but is not necessary. Adaptability, good interpersonal, and communication skills are also desirable.
GHI offers a dynamic, collaborative, interdisciplinary, and enriching environment. The intern will get the chance to learn from GHI staff knowledge and experience in global health in the MENA. Additionally, the intern will be invited to join in the team meetings to also be exposed to all the work across the institute and to participate in brainstorming for future activities. There is a chance that the intern overlaps with one other intern from another background, country, and institution and participate in occasional social activities and outings.
The interns are usually based at the GHI offices, located a few minutes from AUB Main Campus in one of the liveliest areas of Hamra Street in the Capital Beirut. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we anticipate that interns will complete the program virtually, while still having the opportunity to engage with staff members because most of our projects require team collaborations.
On a scale of 0 to 5, the level of internship supervision from very little (0) to a great deal (5) will be a 3. The intern will work within a team of highly skilled researchers and professionals who will supervise the work and ensure weekly team meetings for follow-up. Meetings will be held on a weekly-basis virtually. This will allow the intern the opportunity to be proactive in identifying challenges and seeking advice as needed. This will also allow the intern enough time to work with independence on the assigned tasks, and the opportunity to learn to manage time and tasks efficiently, communicate effectively, solve problems, and deliver assignments in a timely manner.
The intern must obtain CITI Certification for IRB. Harvard undergrads can complete this online at https://cuhs.harvard.edu/required-ethics-training.
Quotes from Previous Fellows
"This summer, I was fortunate to be able to intern at both the American University of Beirut Global Health institute and the Multi-Aid Programs nonprofit, both of which are Lebanon-based. With MAPS, I am developing a Needs Assessment report for Syrian refugees in a southeasten Turkish city that will help in creating a clearer picture of what humanitarian aid services are needed most. With AUB, I helped expand the first COVID timeline and one of the first NGO-empowerment platforms in the MENA region, along with other research-based projects." Maya Almoussa, Summer 2020