Position Description

Data Impact Intern
Location United States
Department Data For Health
# of openings 1
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Vital Strategies, headquartered in New York City, is an international public health organization. Our programs strengthen public health systems and address the world’s leading causes of illness, injury and death. We currently work in 73 countries, supporting data-driven decision making in government, advancing evidence-based public health policies and mounting strategic communication campaigns. Vital Strategies’ priorities are driven by the greatest potential to improve and save lives. They include cardiovascular health, tobacco control, road safety, obesity prevention, epidemic prevention, overdose prevention, environmental health, vital statistics systems building and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis treatment research. Our programs are primarily concentrated in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. Please visit our website at www.vitalstrategies.org to find out more about our work.

We believe our programs are strengthened when they are developed and supported by individuals with diverse life experiences, whose understanding of social and cultural issues can help make Vital’s work more inclusive. All internships at Vital Strategies and Resole to Save Lives are paid opportunities. We encourage people of all racial, economic, social, cultural, sexual orientation, and gender expressions to apply.

At Vital Strategies we value learning and personal development which is why we believe it is important to mentor future leaders who will grow personally and professionally and create impact in the public health sector. As a Vital intern you will have the chance to develop skills and contribute to our initiatives through engaging, meaningful work assignments that can help jump start your career in public health.

About the Data Impact Internship

Under the Data Impact Program, Vital Strategies is collaborating with the Health Policy Development and Planning Bureau at the Department of Health (DOH) in Philippines. The Data Impact Intern will assist in reviewing and adapting existing training materials to make them relevant for the HPDPB participants, and support policy teams in identifying/analyzing data and evidence for their policy briefs. Specific training topics include policy analysis, root cause analysis, stakeholder engagement, cost-effectiveness analysis using basic decision trees in Excel, program monitoring and evaluation, among others. This Intern will also assist in developing a visualization tool to translate cause of death data from the Philippines Statistical Agency into policy-relevant regional fact sheets.


  1. Adapt training materials and help conduct training on using data/evidence in policy development
  2. Support policy teams to develop data-driven policy briefs in priority areas
  3. Develop data visualization in Excel using regional cause of death data

Education and Work Experience

  • Graduate student studying public health, health economics, public policy, or public administration
  • Prior work experience in government/with ministries or departments of health, a plus
  • Data visualization expertise (preferred)
  • Experience with impact evaluation, program monitoring frameworks, cost-effectiveness analysis, and decision analysis (preferred)
  • Experience with facilitating training sessions or developing instructional design plans and activities (preferred)

Skills and Knowledge

  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Knowledge or policy analysis and economic evaluation tools
  • Statistical and econometric analysis
  • Ability to apply principles of effective data visualization to create effective visualizations using MS Office tools
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