Fall Gala Intern

New York, USA
[Closing date: 24 September 2018]   


The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is a not-for-profit research and development (R&D) organization founded in 2003 by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) with a portion of its 1999 Nobel Peace Prize funds in partnership with several public research institutions.

DNDi develops new treatments for neglected patients around the world suffering from little-known, often fatal diseases, including sleeping sickness, Chagas disease, paediatric HIV, and hepatitis C. We have delivered five new treatments for seven deadly diseases in our 15-year history and aim to have delivered 16 to 18 new treatments by 2023.

In October 2018, DNDi will hold our first ever Making Medical History Gala to celebrate the organization’s 15-year anniversary and the anticipated approval of a new drug for African sleeping sickness that will help put the disease on the path to elimination. The Gala will bring together more than 300 of our partners, supporters, and friends in order to raise funds for our lifesaving research and development work.


Purpose of the position

The Fall Gala Intern will support the Development Department and the Making Medical History Gala Team. This position will be responsible for assisting the Senior Development Advisor and the events team with the Gala programme in planning and executing the event. DNDi is looking for a creative, enthusiastic person who is available 2 days per week.  The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in the non-profit healthcare sector and global health, and have excellent communication skills and a passion for helping others. 


Specific job responsibilities

  • Provide logistics support, marketing, day-of duties, and post-event follow up related to the Making Medical History Gala and supporting events
  • Assist in the research, outreach, and recruitment of corporate and individual sponsors and attendees
  • Assist with all mailings and e-blasts including save-the-dates, invitations, and other digital and print materials
  • Assist with tracking and database entry of all registration and guest information
  • Provide administrative and office assistance for monthly steering committee meetings
  • Provide support for DNDi presence at other public events


Job requirements

Skills and attributes

  • Excellent customer service skills including verbal, written, and interpersonal communication
  • Detail-oriented and strong organizational skills; able to follow direction and complete projects on time
  • Ability to multi-task 
  • Competency in Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint — graphic design skills a plus
  • Some knowledge of Salesforce or similar customer relationship management (CRM) database a plus


  • Experience working in public or private sector is highly desirable
  • Experience working on gala or other large-scale fundraising events
  • Professional or volunteer experience in non-profit fundraising, marketing, communications and/or health education


  • Minimum two years undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in Global Health, Marketing, Communications, Non-Profit Fundraising, Event Planning, or other related fields 


Reporting line

  • The Fall Gala Intern reports to the Senior Development Advisor


  • Works closely with the North America Fundraising Team, specifically the Sleeping Sickness Campaign Coordinator and Campaign Advisor
  • Interacts with supervisor or colleagues to exchange basic information and request instruction. Contacts include several units in and outside the organization.


Other information

  • Part-time, 2 days per week (40%)
  • Stipend for traveling


To apply

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.