Position Description

Office of the President Intern
Location United States
Department General
# 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.

The Office of the President is seeking a summer intern who has a passion for bringing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to the workplace and public health. The intern would design a resource library and identify content to include which will serve as a hub for learning materials and guide DEI level setting and learning initiatives organization wide. The intern will report to the Deputy CEO and collaborate with Vital’s DEI Task Force’s Learning and Unlearning work group.

Resource Library:

The Resource Library is a living document that serves as a means for Vital staff to stay current on DEI related issues as they apply to our specific areas of work, and to inform the development of DEI activities in our own workplace. Resources will be accessible by all staff for use by both individuals for their personal pursuit of education and development in these areas, as well as for use by programs or groups to supplement other DEI initiatives like book/journal clubs, movie screenings, all-staff newsletters, recommendations for resources from external project partners, or a source for planning brownbag/speaker events.



  1. Design the structure and topic areas for a resource library database. Sample topics include, but are not limited to
    1. Historical foundations of racism
    2. Developing a shared language
    3. Privilege
    4. Allyship
    5. Microaggressions
    6. Decolonizing global health
  2. Develop criteria for the type of materials and material content that can be uploaded into the Resource Library, Ex. scholarly articles, podcasts, news articles, webinars, videos, etc.
  3. Conduct research on DEI learning materials and identify opportunities to expand on content catalogue  
  4. Partner with the Learning and Unlearning work group to develop protocols for submission of new materials
  5. Assist in the support/coordination of Vital’s company-wide DEI efforts and initiatives
  6. Research best practices to recommend new approaches, training, policies and procedures to effect continuous improvement of employment and diversity processes
  7. Supporting logistics for company-wide DEI meetings and events, including town halls
  8. Other duties as needed  



Education and Work Experience

  • Undergraduate students going into senior year or graduate student studying public health, public policy, social sciences, or other related degree program 
  • Prior experience/involvement with DEI a plus
  • Prior experience working in a non-profit environment a plus
  • International work experience/exposure a plus
  • Academic research experience a plus
    • Ability to evaluate articles for bias/objectivity and applicability to Vital’s workplace environment and programs. 

Skills and Knowledge

  • Knowledge of public health topics a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and autonomously
  • Comfortable taking initiative and being resourceful
  • Ability to adapt to new technologies
  • Ability to manage and maintain confidential and sensitive information
  • Ability to think critically
  • Self-motivated, hard-working, and interested in making a difference and positive impact
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills  


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