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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Program Internship

March 29 – Treatment Action Group seeks a dynamic summer intern to support the hepatitis C virus program. This is an unpaid internship position and would be suitable to serve as course credit.

Organization
Treatment Action Group (TAG) is an independent, activist and community-based research and policy think tank fighting for better treatment, prevention, a vaccine, and cures for HIV, tuberculosis, and hepatitis C virus. TAG works to ensure that all people with HIV, TB, or HCV receive lifesaving treatment, care, and information. We are science-based treatment activists working to expand and accelerate vital research and effective community engagement with research and policy institutions. TAG catalyzes open collective action by all affected communities, scientists, and policy makers to end HIV, TB, and HCV.

Treatment Action Group’s Hepatitis C Virus Project reviews the state of research on HCV monoinfection and coinfection. It advocates for better clinical trial designs, access to curative treatment for all affected communities, and it continually monitors standards of care for people with HCV monoinfection and coinfection. The project works in collaboration with the HCV and HIV communities, scientists, government, and drug companies to make life-saving information and curative hepatitis treatments universally available. Since the introduction of all-oral, short-course direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) in 2014, TAG has collaborated with partners globally to expedite universal, affordable access to these treatments.

Internship Areas of Focus:

  • Drug pricing advocacy
  • hepCoalition website
  • mapCrowd data-sharing platform
  • Communications and social media

Responsibilities
Estimated time commitment of 15-20 hours/week. This is an unpaid internship position and would be suitable to serve as course credit.

Research and Program Development

  • Research and collect data on federal and state drug pricing initiatives
  • Conduct research related to drug decriminalization declaration
  • Provide research on updated treatment access, DAA and diagnostics pricing, and achieving global health targets for public statements and letters
  • Assist with annotated bibliography for Pipeline report.

Advocacy and Communication

  • Research and assist with writing any campaign materials: press releases, short articles, letters/communiqués, talking points, presentations
  • Collaborate on updates for hepCoalition website
  • Follow communications related to Access to Medicines networks and provide support for related solidarity campaigns
  • Support and outreach for webinars related to HIV/HCV coinfection, treatment among key populations, and/or drug pricing issues.
  • Update project databases (Excel sheet) of mailing lists and contacts
  • Assist with updating Salsa CRM and Engage databases
  • Possible research and calls to update HIV/HCV media contacts
  • Compile photos, videos, Tweets, press coverage related to project activities, and coordinate with Communications Officer to share on social media.

Event Coordination

  • Provide logistics and administrative support for coordinating workshops and community forums related to HCV, drug pricing, and/or harm reduction
  • Support activities related to the 2018 International AIDS Conference
  • Support the logistics and outreach for actions and public stunts, as needed
  • Liaise with IT/Communications to ensure smooth set up
  • Take supplemental minutes at planning meetings.
  • Reporting
  • To meet with supervisors on a bi-weekly basis
  • To provide updates on new developments and decisions to be made on an ad hoc basis.

Qualifications
The successful candidate will possess:

  • Experience in data collection, research, event coordination, and administration
  • An interest in public policy, public health, infectious diseases, harm reduction, drug decriminalization, human rights, and social justice
  • Proven organizational and problem-solving skills, including the capacity to coordinate details and multi-task
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and social media platforms
  • Experience working with Salsa preferred, but not required
  • Excellent writing, verbal and written communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • A dynamic, friendly attitude and commitment to social justice
  • Bachelor’s Degree, or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Support and additional guidance by:
Bryn Gay and Annette Gaudino, HCV Project Co-directors

To Apply
Please email a cover letter and resume to bryn.gay@treatmentactiongroup.org with the subject line: "HCV Project Internship." Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
 
Treatment Action Group is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable law. Women, transgender people, veterans, and people of color are encouraged to apply.