Special Events Intern

New York, USA
[Closing date: 29 June 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 Special Events Internship is a volunteer position to support to support logistics, publicity, and research for all DNDi North America events, primarily for the October Making Medical History Gala to celebrate the organization’s 15 year anniversary and the anticipated approval of a new drug for sleeping sickness. The intern will support the Fundraising Team in the planning and execution of the Gala, specifically assisting with researching and outreach to corporate sponsors. DNDi is looking for a creative, enthusiastic person who is available 2 days per week.   


Specific job responsibilities

  • Provide logistics support to all DNDi North America events, primarily the Fall Fundraiser Gala
  • Research corporate sponsorship opportunities; assist with outreach and tracking of potential sponsors
  • Coordinate the production of invitations to donor cultivation events and other digital and print materials
  • Manage RSVPs to events
  • Provide support to communications with all donors and sponsors
  • Manage data entry related to event-specific communications into appropriate databases
  • Assist with logistics and administrative needs for monthly steering committee meetings
  • Provide administrative and office assistance to support all DNDi North America events
  • Provide support for DNDi presence at other public events


Job requirements

Skills and attributes

  • Professional or volunteer experience in global health, public health, and/or health education/communication
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment and matrix structure
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Suite


  • Experience managing or assisting with fundraising or other events
  • Experience working in public or private sector is highly desirable


  • Current student enrolled or a recent graduate of a four-year degree from an accredited university focusing on public health, international relations, or any related and relevant field


Reporting line

  • The Events 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%)
  • Anticipated date: June 2018
  • Stipend for traveling


To apply

  • Deadline for application: the Special Event Intern position has been updated. Please apply using the Fall Gala Intern position.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.