Position Description

Business Development Intern
Location United States
Department Development
# 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 Business Development Internship

The Business Development division is looking for an intern to conduct research and contribute to Vital’s strategic business development plan through the creation of a database of US government (USG) funded global health projects. The Business Development intern will work closely with the other members of the division to identify priorities and strategies in global public health funding that are in line with Vital’s current work and mission.


  1. Research public and subscription databases to identify US government-funded global health projects relevant to Vital Strategies; prioritize results based on topical and geographic priorities (in terms of relevancy to current Vital work)
  2. Review projects to identify primary and secondary goals, budget and funders, project length, stakeholders and their roles, final reports/assessment of the project
  3. Evaluate prior projects and issue recommendations for future funding plans including potential partners or competitors
  4. Identify roles that Vital can play and gaps that can be filled by Vital employees’ skillsets 

Education and Work Experience

  • Graduate student studying public health/MPH student
  • Experience interning or working in public health, a plus (preferably related to non-communicable diseases, environmental health, data-driven policy work, or other work Vital Strategies does)
  • Prior experience working with US government grants and/or government grant reporting, in particular USAID, CDC, Department of State, Department of Defense, EPA, etc., a plus

Skills and Knowledge

  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Ability to think strategically and develop plans for the future
  • Knowledge of government funding programs and reporting requirements
  • Knowledge of Salesforce is a plus
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