Intern with the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights and open the doors to international opportunities, humanitarian approaches, and prospective careers.

We accept internship applications from students of all majors. Many of our interns are studying Public Health, Law, and Medicine. We have also had interns from Political Science, Human Bio, Social Welfare, Criminal Justice, Economics, Anthropology, Sociology, Public Administration, Psychology, Globalization, Business, Computer Science, Communications, and Informatics.

In addition to our interns working at the University at Albany, we have worked with interns in the U.K. and Iraq.

Interns at the GIHHR are involved in a variety of projects, including research, developing grant proposals, and publishing literature reviews. (Please note that there is no lab component to the GIHHR’s research.)



  • Students who are accepted into our internship program have the option to receive credit through UAlbany’s RSSW program.
  • Students who complete an internship at the GIHHR receive a training certificate officially recognized by the University at Albany.
  • Our interns gain valuable professional experience that benefits their future careers, and graduate school applications and studies.
  • Our interns have gone on to work or intern for organizations such as UNAIDS, NIH, PHR, CDC, and SAMHSA.
  • Our interns have received offers of admission from University at Albany graduate programs, as well as from other top-ranked graduate programs at universities including Johns Hopkins University, Tufts University, Boston University, Northwestern University, and New York University.


Internship Opportunities

Our work focuses on international research projects on substance use and HIV risk in the United States, Middle Eastern countries, Africa, and Asia. We have built strong affiliations with World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and many other international non-profit organizations and federal agencies. Our work aims at improving the health status of vulnerable populations such as women, youth, refugees, immigrants, injecting drug users, and other socially marginalized groups.

Translators Wanted (internship opportunity)


Intern Stories and Accomplishments

Student Feature Stories:

Student experiences:

Dreams come true:

A Prescription for Pre-Health: Morgan DeVuyst (video and article)



Undergraduate research at UAlbany:

Awards & Scholarships:

GIHHR Intern Natalie Turner is a recipient of the Amgen Fellowship

Two of our interns have received the Presidential Award for Undergraduate Research:
Katherine Waye
September Johnson


September Johnson graduated from UAlbany with a B.S. in Public Health. As an undergraduate, September was an intern at the GIHHR and is now a staff member. She will return to school shortly as a graduate student. As an undergraduate, her diligence and devotion led her to be accepted into the competitive CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars (CUPS) program. The program accepted only 170 of the 3500 applications and September was one. The CUPS program consists of six internship opportunities that take place at four partner institutions that offer public health workplace experience to increase student interest in minority health. September was a part of a program stationed in Baltimore, Maryland. During her 10 week stay, she collaborated with doctors at a healthcare clinic and worked closely with several children who had severe learning disabilities. By interacting with these children, as well as their parents and teachers, she was able to deliver insight into the best methods for how to provide care for these children. Additional work she conducted at the clinic included research and data collection on the education and care of students with learning disabilities in classrooms of various schools.

Natalie Turner graduated from UAlbany with a B.S. in Social Work. She spent her undergraduate years working at the GIHHR and is now working with the Institute as a graduate student. In 2015, she applied and was accepted into the Amgen Program at the National Institutes of Health. She spent 10 weeks of her summer working for this prestigious program in Bethesda, Maryland. For forty hours a week, Natalie helped scientists in various projects regarding biomedical research. Her day to day schedule consisted of working with her peers and mentor. NIH provides each accepted student with a mentor who will help guide research and enhance learning experience. One project which she worked on included intensive research on stomach cancer. She coded and analyzed information in order to determine the factors that cause this form of cancer. Her impressive work aided one scientist in particular, whose work showed an increasing prevalence of stomach cancer in non-Hispanics. With Natalie’s help, this trend was determined to be accurate. For two days in July, Natalie and the other Amgen students were flown to California for the Program’s symposium. This symposium allowed Amgen scholars to present information about the research they conducted to members of other programs, as well as scientists. This conference enables participants to learn about multiple different forms of research and creates networking opportunities with people from across the country. There were a number of things which Natalie learned during her summer of research, which included coding and analyzing information and trends in data. “I would recommend the NIH Amgen program to anyone interested in health disparities. Everyone I met at the NIH was so willing to work with me to develop scientific skills that were relevant, not only to my summer research project, but also to potential future research projects. They have so many resources there, especially for anyone interested in a career involving science, health, or research.”


Recent alumni have taken exciting opportunities with the following organizations:

Boston University (BU)
Brown University
Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC)
ChildFund International, Washington DC
City Year
Columbia University (CU)
Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Geneva
National Institute of Health (NIH)
New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)
The Peace Corps (PC)
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)
Princeton University
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The United Nations Foundation, New York
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)


How to Apply

Please fill out our internship application here and send your cover letter and resume to

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If you have additional questions, please contact our intern coordinators Ciara Hoye and Rachel Dejean at