208. University of São Paulo School of Public Health, São Paulo, Brazil

Please note that applications will be accepted for this internship until February 5th at 5pm. Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for this in addition to three others. 

The selected candidate will work alongside Prof. Patricia Jaime and a postdoctoral researcher to develop, adapt, and validate key messages from the 2014 Dietary Guidelines for the Brazilian Population. The 150-page document, available in Portuguese, English, and Spanish, was developed by the Ministry of Health and the Center for Epidemiological Research in Nutrition and Health at the University of São Paulo (NUPENS/USP). The goal of this knowledge translation exercise is to create a more accessible version of the Dietary Guidelines for healthcare workers and the general public, while retaining the essential messages contained in the larger document.

Possible responsibilities of the intern include:

  • Developing targeted messages based on the 2014 Dietary Guidelines document in one of the 3 official languages.
  • Designing a user-friendly, condensed version of the Guidelines.
  • Developing a database of existing literature on content validation of health communication material.
  • Assisting with research design, instrument development, participant recruitment and execution of a validation study that tests the content and design of the user-friendly version.
  • Assisting with data analysis from the validation study.
  • Modifying and revising content and design based on results from the validation study.
  • Assisting with the development of any related reports, documents or publications that may be needed during/for this exercise.

Expected outputs:

A completed, condensed version of the Brazilian Dietary Guidelines with validated messages in Portuguese/English/Spanish*.  

Expected skills:

  • Superior writing skills, proofreading
  • Familiarity with adobe photoshop
  • Graphic design skills would be an asset
  • Attention to detail
  • Some experience in health communication, knowledge translation
  • An understanding of research methods


May 2017 - August 2017 (in-person), with possibility for continued involvement till project ends in December 2017

*Note that you do not have to be fluent in Spanish or Portuguese to participate in this opportunity, but having some skills in one or both is recommended for navigating the city.