The Allan Rosenfield Internship and Fellowship Program at amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, was established to honor the distinguished public health leader Allan Rosenfield, M.D., dean of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health for 22 years, chair of amfAR’s program board, and a longtime member of the Foundation’s board of trustees. This training program has been established for exceptional college undergraduates and graduate students who aspire to become leaders in public health and in the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Rosenfield interns and fellows are based at amfAR’s Public Policy office in Washington, D.C. They dedicate their time to public policy research and writing under the mentorship of the office’s senior leadership. amfAR’s Public Policy office is known for its considered analysis of emerging issues in AIDS policy including biomedical research, domestic and international AIDS funding, harm reduction, equity and human rights.
This program trains interns and fellows to become effective leaders in public health by immersing them in policy writing, research and advocacy from their very first day. Successful candidates are expected to conduct original writing and research related to the domestic and global HIV/AIDS epidemic as well as advocate to members of Congress and their staff, organize meetings and conferences, and participate in community briefings.
Applicants for internships must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. Applicants for fellowships must have received an undergraduate degree prior to beginning the fellowship. A graduate degree related to public health policy and its associated fields (e.g., M.D., J.D., M.P.P, M.P.H., Ph.D) is preferred but not required.
Applicants must demonstrate strong writing and research skills and have a demonstrated interest in health policy or advocacy related to HIV/AIDS. Knowledge of the U.S. government and legislative processes is also preferred but not required.
Funding and length of placement
In 2018, amfAR intends to award up to four Allan Rosenfield placements. Placements are paid and full time and are up to six months for fellows and up to three months for interns. All fellows and interns are based in our Washington, DC office.
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