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Internship

Internship Program

BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health

BRAC University

Overview of BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH)

Established in 2004 to address the unmet public health challenges particular to Asia, Africa and Latin America, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health (BRAC JPGSPH) at BRAC University was co-founded by:

BRAC - The world’s largest NGO renowned for pro-poor programmes reaching over 100 million people in Bangladesh and working in 11 countries across Africa and Asia (www.brac.net).

icddr,b - A leading international health research institute, which fosters innovation in the development and delivery of global life- saving solutions (www.icddrb.org).

BRAC University– A premier institute for higher education and development research. (www.bracu.ac.bd).

VISION: To be the leading global Public Health Institute for the world’s critical health challenges affecting disadvantaged communities

MISSION: To create innovative public health leaders and solutions through cutting-edge, experiential Education, Training, Research and Advocacy

The Internship Programme at BRAC JPG School of Public Health provides opportunities for students of Public Health and related fields of Science and Social Sciences to complement their academic study with meaningful practical experience. The School provides a 'Social Laboratory' for Teaching and Learning – exposing students to the fields of Education, Training, Research, and Advocacy related to public health issues.
The School hosts individual interns, groups and institution sponsored internship programmes. The length of these programmes varies from four (4) weeks to twelve (12) months or more depending on the nature of involvement. The internship coordinator from the School is responsible for instructing and guiding the interns for a suitable placement.

Partnership with Renowned International Academic Institutions

The School has received interns from the Masters of Public Health (MPH)programme from George Washington University, USA. These MPH students undertook the internship at BRAC JPGSPH partially to fulfill their degree’s requirements of completing several modules and credits at BRAC JPGSPH’s MPH programme.
Interns from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Yale School of Public Health, Yale University and Graduate School of International Health Development, University of Nagasaki, have been attending BRAC JPGSPH and BRAC since 2009.This is a component of their experiential learning to gain first hand field experience around critical issues on public health in a developing country.

While interning at BRAC JPGSPH, the students learn about core public health issues in the context of a developing country. They become oriented to field work by visiting various (access to different targeted health interventions and focus on social determinants that impact health) disadvantaged and marginalized communities as well as different field sites. The interns also promote research, education, and capacity-building in the area of health and development; between the host institution and BRAC JPGSPH. The interns a¬ffiliate with both ongoing research activities at the School and with their own research projects; which guides them towards fulfilling the requirements for a graduate degree at their host institution.

Duration

The length of the internship varies from a few weeks, to half a year or longer. There is no strict rule for the duration of a placement. We tailor to the need of the intern, the ongoing research and programme. However, BRAC JPGSPH recommends an engagement of minimum of 3 – 4 months to make the experience beneficial for both the intern and the organization.

Eligibility

BRAC JPGSPH enrolls candidates who possess a passion to learn and contribute to the field of public health. We strongly feel that educational or professional background should not limit any potential candidate from applying. Eligibility criteria are flexible to accommodate interns regardless of their curricular and professional experiences. The primary requirements for the Internship Programme are:

• Students accepted into an undergraduate program in a college or university
• Students enrolled in an undergraduate / graduate program in an accredited academic institution with good CGPA
• PhD students (national or international) pursuing thesis at a host institution
• Some experience in the field of public health can be an asset including experience in research in social sciences and development related programmes
• Good command in written and spoken English
• Good command in written and spoken Bangla for national applicants
• Some knowledge on research methodologies including operating data analysis tools for qualitative and quantitative research
• Applicants must demonstrate an interest in public health

Special Circumstances

• High School graduates aiming to pursue higher studies in public health can engaged in ongoing research project(s) based on an assessment that they will have valuable contributions to organisational initiatives.
• If candidate’s research supports a senior Faculty’s ongoing projects on a short or long term.
Note: BRAC JPGSPH’s internship programme does NOT provide any compensation and/or salary for the contribution of the candidate.

Requirements for Enrollment

Interns at BRAC JPGSPH are requested to submit the following documents:
• A midterm report to the Internship Programme Coordinator approved by the assigned
Supervisor / Mentor of the intern. This report should reflect on the objectives under the deliverables of the assigned task.
• A final report in coherence to the mid-term report and a presentation to the relevant project personnel.

Post internship requirement

• Share a critical insight about the field experience as well as the technical aspects learnt from field visits
• The interns are strongly suggested to keep a log of their work to record reflections during their internship
• Share barriers and facilitators in conducting the research and overall impression from the internship

Facilitation Fee

A facilitation fee is required to be paid by the intern at the inception of the internship. The fee will cover the costs incurred during facilitation including mentor support, office space, IT support and other logistics as needed under the assignment or project.

The facilitation fee breakdown:

• National students: BDT 5,000 over 3months
• International students: USD 100 per month

Internship Fee Waiver (for nationals only)

• There are opportunities to waiver facilitation fees if a candidate’s research supports the ongoing projects of a Senior Faculty (short or long term).
• Candidates who apply for the Internship Programme as an individual can also apply for a fee waiver by written petition with adequate justification. The waiver will be provided based on the review of the School Senior Management Committee.

Certification

• Interns will receive a certificate and an appreciation letter from the Dean of the school upon successful completion of the internship.

Contact Us

Kuhel Islam
Internship Program Coordinator
Phone| +8802-982-7501-4, Ex: 6008
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