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Job Title: Global health policy intern
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Organization: Trimbos Institute
Posted: 1/16/2019
Type: Internship
Classification: Public Health - General
Industry: Academic Institutions
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Utrecht,      Netherlands
Compensation: Stipend
Position Description: This position is aimed at a current Masters student who is interested in developing a career in international health and policy, and is keen on learning about ways of working with in public (mental) health and addiction care, to acquire a comprehensive understanding of working in international health policy and program implementation, to gain a basic understanding of project management and administrative support, and to become familiarized with communication strategies and networking in mental health and addiction.

Qualifications: *Main responsibilities*

Support the team with research and health policy tasks, such as outreach, communication with Ministries of Health, communication with funding organizations, and development of presentations; Provide support to project managers in the management of a portfolio of international projects; Act as rapporteur during various in-house meetings; Contribute to writing of technical briefings, reports, etc., as needed; Carry out research tasks such as brief literature reviews; and Be responsive to ad-hoc and emerging work responsibilities, including research tasks.


Enrolled in a Master’s degree in International Health or Public Health; Fluent in English, other languages considered as an asset; Good knowledge of public health covering mental health, health services, ageing, addictions, tobacco control; Excellent writing skills in English are required and must be demonstrated through prior writing samples/publications/reports; Interest in hands-on work in global health policy; Research skills; and A ‘can-do’ attitude and strong interpersonal skills.

*Benefits* Hands’ on learning of research, communication, and project administration skills; Opportunities for academic writing in the form of journal articles and reports; Formal and informal mentoring from the Trimbos International team on research, implementation, policy development, and project management; Access to career and personal development events and meetings; Flexible and collegial working environment; Internationally-oriented colleagues from many different countries; and Advice and support for applications for future educational opportunities in the Netherlands and abroad.

Organization Description: The Trimbos Institute conducts research on issues related to mental health and addiction. The experts at the Trimbos Institute put research findings into practice to support policymakers, educators, and professionals who provide mental health and addiction services. The Trimbos Institute develops, implements, and disseminates a full range of information, research findings, and policy advice on mental illness, addictions, recreational drugs, and alcohol for a diverse set of stakeholders, such as clients, caregivers, service providers, decision makers, and the general public. This information includes health education information, academic reports and journal articles, training manuals and courses for healthcare professionals, and guidelines for policymakers.

Researchers and specialists from Trimbos work according to disease management models, centering on collaborative, client-centered, evidence-based, coordinated care. The Trimbos Institute focuses on monitoring, prevention, and treatment, and on the quality and organization of care.

Closing Date: 1/31/2019
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Contact Name: Bethany Hipple Walters,  Health services researcher
Contact Location:

Utrecht    3521VS
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  Utrecht    3521VS
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How to Apply: For more information about the vacancy, please contact Bethany Hipple Walters, Health Services Researcher, Department Trimbos International.

This position is limited to those who can legally work in the Netherlands. No assistance with obtaining a work visa can be provided at this time. No relocation is provided. Those who do not meet these requirements will not receive a reply.

Please send your application (CV and cover letter) in English to, with subject title “Intern, International Affairs, Department Trimbos International”.

Additional Information: Jan’s Internship Testimonial

I am a 22-year old psychology student in Leiden and I recently completed a three-month internship at the International department of the Trimbos Institute, Utrecht. Trimbos International is primarily concerned with improving the state mental health internationally and on a large scale. The TI team is a very friendly and pleasant team to work with. Trimbos International makes a big impact in multiple countries and gets funding from reputable organizations from all around the world. Trimbos International is a fast- growing department and this makes it a setting where growth, change, and innovation are experienced first-hand. If you are a determined, aspiring professional looking to develop your career psychology, policy, or project implementation, then Trimbos International is a good place for you! Below are some examples of things that I’ve done and learned in my time as an intern, you could expect similar things. Note that an average commitment or motivation will not satisfy the team or the work that it needs to produce!

- Learn the important deliverables of a project and what is needed for successful implementation - Become acquainted with current stakeholders and organizations in various fields of mental health - Practice professional communication - Learn to take meeting minutes - Practice review of evidence - Learn about practice evaluation - Learn specific writing formats needed for different kinds of tasks (like clinical guidelines or reports) - Learn topics related to ethics when concerned with research on human subjects

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