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Summer Research Opportunity in Zagreb, Croatia
UCSF Institute for Global Health (IGH)
This research opportunity is primarily geared towards first-year students, but a fourth-year elective could be considered. Only UCSF students are eligible. IGH has an ongoing research/training collaboration with the University Hospital for Infectious Diseases (UHID) as well as with the Andrija Stampar School of Public Health in Zagreb. Under this program, a small pilot study of HIV-positive patients at the UHID is planned. This will examine risk behavior as well as subtyping of the HIV to determine the patterns and history of the nascent HIV epidemic in Croatia. The student will assist in this study, and will work with infectious disease specialists in Zagreb to understand global health challenges in the post-conflict situation of the Balkans. In addition, the student will participate in a short course training in clinical research to be provided by UCSF faculty in Dubrovnik, Croatia. It is expected that the student will develop a research protocol and apply for Dean's Research Funds. There is no language requirement for this opportunity. The assignment will require a minimum commitment of six weeks. For further information, contact George Rutherford Email Contact.

Internships with the World Health Organization - WHO Health and Human Rights
The health and human rights branch of the World Health Organization offers unpaid internships in the following areas: 1) developing and applying a rights-based approach to health in WHO; 2) advancing health as a human right; 3) supporting member states in applying a rights-based approach to health. Interns participate in different activities depending on interest and skills. If you are interested in doing an internship with the health and human rights team, please send a cover letter and a CV to Tanya Norton. For more information, please visit the WHO website.

UNAIDS Internships - Geneva, Switzerland
Deadline: Rolling
Duration: 6-12 weeks

UNAIDS' mission is to lead, strengthen and support an expanded response to HIV and AIDS that includes preventing transmission of HIV, providing care and support to those already living with the virus, reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV and alleviating the impact of the epidemic. UNAIDS grants internships to post-secondary students to allow them to participate in the work of UNAIDS and to enable them to deepen their knowledge and understanding of UNAIDS' goals, policies and activities. Applications for an internship can be sent at any time but must be received at least three months before the beginning of the internship. The recruitment of candidates is effected only through an online application. Visit the UNAIDS website for more information.

Global Health Fellows Program in Geneva
Duke Program on Global Policy and Governance
Deadline: November
Designed to equip students to join in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other pressing health challenges, the Global Health Fellows Program provides students with both an academic and experiential perspective on how inter-governmental institutions, public-private partnerships, and non-governmental organizations shape global health policy. The program combines internships, program-sponsored events throughout the summer in Geneva, and a course on global health issues. The program requires a minimum commitment of eight weeks, including attendance in the “Health Policy in a Globalizing World” course. Participants are responsible for securing their own public policy internships in Geneva, though the Program assists the students in securing them. The Program does not provide partial or full scholarships. Each student is responsible for program fee, room and board, airfare and other living expenses. More>

Summer Academy on International Trade at the World Trade Institue (WTI)
Deadline: First come first serve
The World Trade Institute (WTI) in Bern, Switzerland is a center of advanced studies and a forum for interdisciplinary research and teaching in international trade law and economics, fostering interaction between students and professionals, and allowing researchers and practitioners to pool their expertise. The four-week summer program consists of courses designed to give participants an introduction to the international trading system, including the framework of the WTO, dispute settlement, policy formation, agricultural trade, and trade remedies. This year's program is from July to August and registration is on a first come, first served basis. For more information visit www.wti.org.

Summer Medical Spanish Programs in Spain with SALUD
An AMSA-endorsed language-learning program run by AmeriSpan
This program offers participants the opportunity to study Spanish while learning about another country's medical system. Through on-site service-learning/observation, participants are exposed to the host country's medical practices and traditions. Programs are offered in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Brazil and Spain. See www.amerispan.com/salud for more information.

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