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  • Interns in International Public Health support projects to build strong systems for the prevention and treatment of diseases, including Guinea worm disease, trachoma, river blindness, schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, and malaria in Hispaniola.


International Public Health programs work to alleviate human suffering by providing technical expertise and support to national programs to build strong systems for the prevention and treatment of diseases. People living in developing nations die or are disabled because they do not have access to the services they need to treat their illness or avoid infection entirely. Every day our experts show people how they can take steps to transform their own lives.

The Carter Center's Trachoma Control Program was established in 1998. The program works with ministries of health in six African countries to eliminate trachoma as a public health problem, one of the world's leading causes of preventable blindness. The office in Atlanta supports program staff in all six countries to implement program activities. As a global leader in the fight against trachoma, the Center and partners implement the World Health Organization-recommended SAFE strategy for trachoma control. SAFE is a multipronged approach to trachoma prevention that includes: Surgery, Antibiotics, Facial cleanliness, and Environmental improvement.

In the spring of each year, the program hosts an annual program review, which provides an opportunity to assess the status of each national program and discuss progress towards meeting trachoma elimination goals. In attendance each year are staff from Carter Center field offices in the six countries where the Center currently provides assistance, as well as representatives from ministries of health and partners and donors, who are critical in the fight against trachoma. The intern will be expected to attend the full meeting, which will be held March 19-20, 2018 at The Carter Center in Atlanta.

Number of Interns per Semester: 1

Applicant Preferences:

  • Strong interest in global health, specifically neglected tropical diseases
  • Coursework in public health or related areas
  • Experience in event/meeting planning
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail

Typical Projects:

  • Preparing, sending, and tracking invitations
  • Assist with all aspects of planning for the program review meeting
  • Assist with preparing meeting materials and presentations
  • Attend program review planning meetings with program staff
  • Provide on-site support to program staff and meeting attendees during the meeting
  • Assist with preparing meeting materials to be shared with attendees and the program review proceedings
  • Research and write a summary of the meeting to be included in Eye of the Eagle

Interested in applying for an internship in the Center's International Public Health programs? Check out the application deadlines >

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