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Doctors Without Borders Medical Unit Intern in New York City, New York

Medical Unit Intern

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Date: Jan 5, 2021


New York City, NY, US, 10006

Company: Doctors Without Borders | Médecins Sans Frontières

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian organization that delivers impartial medical care to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care in over 70 countries.

We welcome candidates who bring a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to join us in working toward MSF’s common mission.


The Medical Unit in MSF New York is a part of the Medical Department of Operational Center – Paris (OCP). It provides technical support for a variety of non-communicable diseases, including epilepsy, as well as medical editorial support for peer-reviewed journal articles and other scientific communications.


The Medical Unit intern would support two portfolios (non-communicable diseases/NCD and Scientific Publications portfolios):

NCD work will involve a scientific literature review of the available evidence on newer anticonvulsants for new-onset and refractory epilepsy, with an emphasis on Levetiracetam’s appropriateness for inclusion in the WHO EML and EMLc.

Scientific publications work will include several analyses’ of OCP’s publishing tendencies, including of journals used, altmetrics scores (among other impact indicators), authorship profiles, and other characteristics as needed. The intern will also assist the Medical Editor crafting a social media strategy for better amplification of OCP published papers.

Depending on time allowance, the intern may assist with other technical literature reviews as needed for the Medical Unit.


  • Scientific literature review on the need for new Anti-Epileptic Drugs (AED) to be included as first line therapies in the WHO Essential medical list (EML), especially for specific populations (pregnant women, patients with HIV, etc..), children, and humanitarian contexts.

  • Scientific literature review of the available Evidence on “newer” anticonvulsants in new-onset and refractory Epilepsy, with a special comparison of Levetiracetam vs Lamotrigine

  • Review of the recommendations from key medical institutions and main actors in Epilepsy

  • Mapping analysis of Epilepsy activities in OCP

  • Analyze OCP authorship in peer-reviewed journal articles over 5 years to assess the balance of gender and project level/HQ level representation (especially first and last authorship)

  • Analyze OCP peer-review journal articles’ impact using altmetrics score, journal impact factor, and MSF ReMIT info (when available) over five years to assess publication impact

  • Finalize MSF medical journal database, assessing journal suitability for MSF publication by specialty

  • Help create a social media strategy, collaborating with the Medical Editor and the MSF-NY and Paris communications departments, to better amplify OCP’s scientific communications.

  • Other support to Med Unit literature reviews as needed.


  • Medical or public health degree

  • Familiarity with neurology or internal medicine, interest in epilepsy an asset.

  • Experience performing scientific literature reviews

  • Past authorship in peer-reviewed journal articles in reputable medical journals

  • Ability to summarize large amounts of information into concise briefing papers, memos, or recommendations

  • Knowledge/use of social media, especially for scientific content and communications

  • Ability to work and collaborate with a team remotely

If applicant is not based in New York, please indicate the ability to relocate in cover letter. This internship is a work remote opportnuity.

Please note that neither relocation assistance nor visa sponsorship will be offered for this position.

No phone calls and emails please. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled.

MSF-USA/Doctors Without Borders is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No employee, or applicant for employment, shall be discriminated against in any term or condition of employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law. We are constantly striving to make our organization anti-racist. Diversity, equity and inclusion are core values. As an employee, you become part of that mission. We expect this same commitment from our staff.



Pay Class & Contract Type

Temporary PT Hourly Nonexempt


$15 per hour

Working Time (Hours Per Week)