Development and Communications Intern

New York, USA
[Closing date: 29 September 2018]   


The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is a patient-needs driven, not-for-profit research and development (R&D) organization discovering and developing safe, effective, and affordable medicines for neglected diseases that afflict millions of the world’s poorest people. DNDi focuses on developing new treatments for the most neglected patients suffering from little-known, often fatal diseases including human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, filaria, mycetoma, pediatric HIV, and hepatitis C. DNDi‘s primary objective is to deliver 16 to 18 new treatments by 2023. In 2016, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, DNDi launched the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership, a not-for-profit research and development organization to develop new antibiotic treatments.

The organization grew out of years of frustration on the part of field teams working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), who were increasingly unable to treat their patients because the medicines they were using were ineffective, toxic, or no longer produced.  MSF committed a portion of its 1999 Nobel Peace Prize funds to develop a new model for R&D for neglected diseases, leading to the creation of DNDi, with co-founders the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation from Brazil, the Indian Council of Medical Research, the Kenya Medical Research Institute, the Ministry of Health of Malaysia, the Institut Pasteur of France, and the World Health Organization Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. To date, DNDi has delivered seven new treatments that are already in the hands of millions of patients.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, DNDi has four main regional offices in Brazil, India, Kenya, and the United States, and several other offices, including in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Japan, Malaysia, and South Africa. In 2008, DNDi opened an affiliate office in New York City to serve as the headquarters for DNDi North America. A registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, DNDi North America works to strengthen and expand scientific, policy advocacy, partner development, communications, and fundraising efforts in the region to enhance DNDi’s global impact.


Purpose of the position

The Development and Communications internship is a volunteer position to support development and related communications activities for DNDi North America.  DNDi is looking for a creative, enthusiastic person who is available for at least 15 to 20 hours per week and is interested in carrying out research projects, database maintenance, and graphic design work. The Intern will assist with data entry in Salesforce for the North America office, organizing the photo database, designing marketing materials, and general office duties.


Specific job responsibilities

  • Provide administrative and office assistance to support the objectives of DNDi North America
  • Update the Salesforce database, including entry, cleaning, and maintenance of donors, prospects, and policy contacts
  • Support generating standard acknowledgements and other donor communications
  • Research on the philanthropic landscape for neglected disease R&D (including identifying potential private sources of funding for DNDi, carrying out prospect research mapping key philanthropic actors, etc.) at the request of the Senior Development Officer
  • Canadian public funding and landscape research, as needed
  • US and US-based multilateral (e.g. World Bank) funding and landscape research
  • Assist the Digital Content Officer with photo database management – tagging and writing compelling captions about content from our projects around the world
  • Edit content on fundraising and communications materials
  • Research on media and communications issues related to neglected diseases, global public health, and related R&D at the request of the Senior Communications Manager
  • Other projects or tasks as assigned


Job requirements

Skills and attributes

  • Must be digitally savvy and have intermediate experience in graphic design, page layout, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign
  • Ability to use initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure to meet deadlines as part of a small team, with little supervision
  • Solid organizational, oral, and written communication skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability and maturity to interact professionally with diverse staff
  • 1-2 years of experience working with database systems


  • Experience and/or interest in global health, fundraising/development, and communications
  • Experience with the Salesforce database and Mailchimp email marketing system is preferred


  • Undergraduate upper level students, graduate students, and the recently graduated are encouraged to apply


Reporting line

  • The Development and Communications Intern reports to the Senior Development Officer


  • Work directly with the Digital Content Officer for communications-related activities and in close collaboration with the Executive & Administrative Assistant for Salesforce-related activities.


Other information

  • Start date: ASAP
  • 15-20 hours per week
  • Stipend for traveling


To apply

  • Deadline for application: Accepting applications until 29 September 2018
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.