As part of PQMD’s commitment to learning and knowledge sharing in the field of global health, specifically around the challenges and opportunities of donations of medical products, equipment, and services, the organization regularly posts internships. While interns are usually contributing to the achievement of specific project objectives, PQMD aims to provide those who hold the internships with the opportunity to gain practical experience working with NGOs and global corporations that are leaders in the field.
The internships are designed to broaden the interns’ understanding of the issues related to working in the field of health-saving donations. Additionally, interns’ work with PQMD provides them with some insight into the management and operations of a small, high quality, member-driven nonprofit organization governed by an active and engaged Board of Directors.
Internship opportunities are listed below. If you are interested in an internship with PQMD and don’t see an appropriate opportunity but feel you have the qualifications that might meet current or future needs of the organization, please email us by sending your resume and a letter explaining your interest. Link to email form.
Communications and Partnerships Intern
Communications and Partnerships Intern Partnership for Quality Medical Donations is currently seeking a Communications Intern to help ensure communications initiatives are of a high-standard and consistent with key messages and service delivery.
Description of PQMD
PQMD is a highly respected global alliance of 36 corporations and non-profit organizations leading the development and championing of high standards in medical supply, equipment and service donation. PQMD seeks to enhance access to healthcare in underserved communities and in areas affected by disaster or in need of humanitarian assistance. It is governed by a Board of Directors representing the Member corporations and non-profit organizations. PQMD staff and operations are located in Annapolis, MD.
History of PQMD
The formation of PQMD dates back to 1996 against the backdrop of inappropriate medical product donations being shipped globally to countries already burdened by diseases, disasters or weak health care systems. At that time, the World Health Organization [WHO] increasingly concerned about this problem, published Inter-agency Guidelines intended to ensure future donations would be both appropriate and effective. However, parts of the Guidelines raised several concerns among relief and humanitarian agencies and healthcare firms. It was this environment that brought together in August 1996 representatives of four pharmaceutical and medical supply manufacturers and three non-profit organizations to address this concern as well as to begin work on the development of international guidelines without industry input. In April 1999, the alliance was formally organized into the non-profit corporation known as the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD).
The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations is a unique alliance of Non-Profit and corporate organizations committed to bringing measurable health impact to under-served and vulnerable people through active engagement with global partners and local communities.
Statement of Vision
By assuring excellence in medical product donations and service delivery, geography and economic status are no longer barriers to everyone living a healthier life.
Statement of Mission
PQMD is a global alliance leading the development and championing of high standards in medical supply and service donation. PQMD seeks to enhance access to health care in underserved communities and in areas affected by disaster.
- creating and developing content to contribute to existing website to align with mission
- drafting communiqués for members, international organizations, press briefings
- compiling feedback to issues and decisions among the membership
- contribute to social media strategy and content plan, including Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets
- monitor social networks of pharmaceutical companies for content to include in the website
- conduct research and identify relevant topics and articles for sharing with membership and that will promote dialogue and debate.
- assist with developing a “Community of Practice.” **
- hands-on experience with a respected non-profit that affords an opportunity to interact with global pharmaceutical companies and non-profits;
- work with international organizations and institutions involved with disaster response and humanitarian assistance;
- be part of a small and growing group of highly motivated individuals.
- strong desire to make a difference and contribute to developing countries, humanitarian assistance
- some experience in Marketing, Communications, Business, or other relevant field
- interest in working for and supporting day-to-day activities of a small non-profit organization involved with the healthcare industry
- knowledge and experience working with websites (content or technical).
- drive, creativity, enthusiasm and a ‘can do’ attitude
- experience writing, editing and producing compelling content
- ability to work independently with an attention to detail
- proficiency and personally active within various social media platforms
- a bachelors degree or rising senior, or a student pursuing a graduate degree
Duration of the internship:
This position is available immediately, and is for 6 months, or longer depending on the needs of PQMD and the candidate.
Though the hours can be flexible, interns are expected to work approximately 20 hours a week.
The intern will be paid a stipend of $800/mos.
How to Apply
If you are interested in this opportunity and would like to join our team, please email a resume and statement of interest.
** A community of practice (CoP) is an informal network – a group of people who share a common sense of purpose and desire to exchange knowledge and experiences in the area of shared interest. Through mutual learning and sharing of information, a CoP can develop and strengthen core competencies by (i) developing and spreading good practices; (ii) connecting “islands of knowledge” into self-organizing networks of professionals; and (iii) fostering communication and collaboration.
Emergency Response and Humanitarian Crisis Intern
International Medical Corps, as an active member of the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD) is currently seeking an intern to support the work of PQMD Emergency Response and Humanitarian Assistance initiatives. This position will require a person with advanced research, writing and networking skills; with a flexible schedule, and an ability to work in a complex environment.
This opportunity is to work with International Medical Corps and PQMD supporting the evolving Emergency Response Committee (ERC) of PQMD and to facilitate the emergency and disaster response and coordination of PQMD member organizations.
International Medical Corps
International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.
Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD).
PQMD is a highly respected global alliance of 36 corporations and non-profit organizations leading the development and championing of high standards in medical supply, equipment and service donation. PQMD seeks to enhance access to healthcare in underserved communities and in areas affected by disaster or in need of humanitarian assistance. The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations is a unique alliance committed to bringing measurable health impact to under-served and vulnerable people through active engagement with global partners and local communities.
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work
As an active member of PQMD, International Medical Corps seeks to support the core capacities and functions of PQMD to facilitate member organization’s ability to work effectively together during disasters and emergencies. In addition to mobilizing medicines, medical products, equipment and supplies, PQMD plays a role in leading best practices for in-kind donations and advocating for other organizations to act appropriately in their responses.
Through this internship, International Medical Corps seeks to support the efforts of PQMD to formalize a system and process for PQMD member organizations emergency and disaster response.
This internship position will work with and under the supervision of designated person(s) from International Medical Corps, as well as the Executive Director of PQMD. The intern will also work and interact with other related staff from International Medical Corps and PQMD, the members of PQMD and other partners.
- Support International Medical Corps contribution to, and the evolving agenda of the PQMD Emergency Response Committee (ERC) including scheduling and attending meetings, drafting summaries, follow-up on issues and questions to the members, contributing to the thinking and actions of the group.
- To work with International Medical Corps and the PQMD ERC to support and contribute to the creation of a PQMD Framework for Response (FFR) which will facilitate a smooth, coordinated process for information sharing, data collection, and collaborative action.
- Support and contribute to a strategy to consider improved mechanisms for PQMD preparedness for disaster/emergency response, including coordination relationships within PQMD members and potential outside partners.
- Support and contribute to the identification of relevant partners for PQMD to collaborate with in situations of crisis, as well as longer-term health systems recovery and strengthening.
- Draft templates for and complete press briefings, and other communications content to be posted on the PQMD website.
- Identify, recommend and initiate opportunities to work with social media on behalf of disasters and emergency response of PQMD members.
- Be a focal point for any disaster or emergency response that may come up during the tenure of this position.
- Compile feedback on strategies for PQMD coordination and process for just-in-time response to international emergencies, including natural disasters, health crisis, war affected populations, and other.
- Identify relevant topics and conduct research, creating articles or short summaries for sharing with PQMD membership and that will promote dialogue and debate.
- Other tasks as they emerge.
- Hands-on experience with International Medical Corps and PQMD that affords an opportunity to interact with global pharmaceutical companies and non-profits
- Work with International Medical Corps, PQMD, and other international organizations (public and private) and institutions involved with disaster response and humanitarian assistance
- Be part of a small and growing group of highly motivated individuals
- Strong desire to make a difference and contribute to developing countries, humanitarian assistance, and disaster response
- Some experience studying, doing research or working with disaster response and emergency planning, disaster preparedness, or humanitarian assistance
- Strong research, writing and communication skills
- Ability to work with NGOs and global corporations
- Interest in working for and supporting humanitarian and development activities with the healthcare industry
- Knowledge and experience working with websites (content or technical) as well as social media
- Drive, creativity, enthusiasm and a ‘can do’ attitude
- Ability to work independently with an attention to detail
- A student or recent graduate of a masters degree program – MA or MS preferred
Duration of the internship:
This position is available immediately, and is for 6 months minimum commitment, renewable.
Hours can be flexible and agreed upon, but the intern will be expected to work initially 20 hours a week. Due to the nature of the work, hours could be more or less during any given week.
The intern will work from both the International Medical Corps office in Washington DC, as well as the PQMD Headquarters in Annapolis, MD. Some remote work from home or other locations will be considered.
A modest monthly stipend provided by PQMD will be considered for highly qualified and motivated applicants.
Short listed candidates will be contacted for initial interviews by International Medical Corps and PQMD. Final candidates will be interviewed in person.
International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.
How to Apply
To officially begin the application process, qualified candidates please go to our career page, noting where you noticed the position you are applying for and complete the online employment application form.