Position Description

Tobacco Control Intern
Location United States
Department The Union Paris
# 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 non-communicable disease prevention, cardiovascular health promotion, tobacco control, road safety, obesity prevention, epidemic prevention, environmental health, vital statistics systems building and Multi-drug resistant tuberculosis treatment research. Our programs are concentrated in low- and middle-income countries and cities in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. Please visit our website at www.vitalstrategies.org to find out more about our work.

The Union

The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), headquartered in Paris, France since 1920, has regional and country offices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America and South-East Asia. The Union provides expertise in project implementation and management, epidemiology and surveillance, and other core public health capacities on a variety of global health challenges. For more information about The Union please visit www.theunion.org and about The Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use / Grants Program please visit: https://tobaccocontrolgrants.org/About-the-BI-Grants-Program


This position will be involved in the tobacco control work of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union). This program is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and is designed to implement best practices of tobacco control policies at the global level. The position will be based in the Vital Strategies offices in New York City. Applicants must have a valid work permit to work in New York City.

Specific Duties

The Tobacco Control Intern will work closely with members of the Tobacco Control Grants Program, be given meaningful tasks, and will be expected to do the following:

  • Support the work on Tobacco Control Grants Program in project planning and development of deliverables.
  • Collaborate with the Tobacco Control Grants Team on creating documents and project deliverables including drafting documents and tools (e.g. research or policy briefs, letters to stakeholders, monitoring protocols/tools, etc.).
  •  Assist in the regular duties of the Tobacco Control Grants Team by supporting staff in maintaining regular grant processes.

Qualities and Qualifications

  • Highly attentive to detail.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and work efficiently with sometimes minimal supervision.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Determination and drive to see tasks through to the end.
  • Proficient English writing and speaking abilities
  • Proven ability to quickly learn new software and mastery of Microsoft Suite products (particularly Word and Excel).
  • Comfort with receiving support and direction via Skype or phone as well as in person.
  • At least two years of post-high school education.

Internship Duration

This internship is for the summer of 2020 and should be completed in a period of about 4 months. Under certain circumstances internship duration may be altered to fit the needs of the intern. No internship of under 6 weeks will be considered.

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