Internship Opportunities

The Afya Foundation is pleased to offer the opportunity for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students to intern with us. Student Interns gain experience in nonprofit global humanitarianism, disaster relief, and community-oriented altruism during their time at Afya. Please see the opportunities below and apply to intern with Afya!

High School and Undergrad. Students:

Graduate Students:

High School Student Internships

High School Student Interns will learn about how Afya works with various international health systems as well as local community-based organizations and schools that volunteer at the Afya warehouse. Student interns will work with local volunteers and alongside Afya staff sorting donated medical supplies and materials in our large warehouse. Other activities that High School Student Interns will assist with include collecting, sorting, packing, helping with on-site training of new volunteers, and spreading awareness about Afya’s work in their communities. The High School Student Internship runs throughout the year and is unpaid.

Qualifications

  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must enjoy working with donated items
  • Must be in good physical condition and able to lift 20 pounds

How to Apply

Please submit a one-page resume, cover letter detailing your interest in the position, and two references to volunteer@afyafoundation.org

Undergraduate Student Internships

Undergraduate Student Interns will learn about how Afya works with various international health systems as well as local community-based organizations and schools that volunteer at the Afya warehouse. Undergraduate Student Interns will work with local volunteers and alongside Afya staff sorting donated medical supplies and materials in our large warehouse.

Other activities that Undergraduate Student Interns will assist with include collecting, sorting, packing, helping with on-site training of new volunteers, and spreading awareness about Afya’s work in their communities. The Undergraduate Student Internship runs throughout the year and is unpaid.

Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must enjoy working with donated items
  • Must be in good physical condition and able to lift 20 pounds
  • Preference is given to students pursuing a career in a related field

How to Apply

Please submit a one-page resume, cover letter detailing your interest in the position, and two references to volunteer@afyafoundation.org

Biomedical Engineering Student Internship

This is a unique opportunity for Biomed students to practice in a non-institutional setting. By working directly with a Biomedical Engineer, they will assist in the identification, restoration, and testing of Biomedical equipment that is sent abroad to clinical partners in need. Frequent lectures will be given on selected relevant topics such as biological/physiological aspects, role of inhouse engineering, global compliance standards, and safety and efficacy testing of equipment. Students will receive frequent and individual feedback from the Biomedical Engineer.

In 2013, Afya created a Biomedical Department to guide best practices for effectiveness and safety of biomedical equipment and instrumentation we include in shipments to partner organizations. This department has enabled us to both significantly reduce the failure rate while donated equipment. All equipment must pass AAMI, BSI, WHO and FDA standards before it leaves the Afya warehouse. The Biomedical Engineering Student Internship runs throughout the year and is unpaid.

Qualifications

  • Current Biomedical Engineering Student
  • Excellent Written and Oral Communications Skills

Personal Success Factors

  • Ability to Work Independently and as a Part of a Team
  • Ability to Shift Focus on Work Tasks on Short Notice
  • Excellent Interpersonal Skills and Strong Communications Skills
  • Ability to be Flexible, Persistent and Diplomatic
  • Strong Organizational Skills, Comfortable Multitasking and Utilizing Their Skills Within a Unique Work Environment

How to Apply

Please submit a one-page resume, cover letter detailing your interest in the position, and two references to volunteer@afyafoundation.org

Masters of Public Health Student Internship

We are looking for an MPH student who is interested in working with local community-based organizations who serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Afya has partnered with local schools and organizations that serve adolescents and adults with special needs. They provide programs for their participants and students that help them get involved in their community and learn new skills. Many of the groups choose to come to our warehouse in Yonkers to volunteer and help with sorting and packing. Some have intellectual disabilities, others have autism, and many aim to acquire pre-vocational skills. This internship is an opportunity for a student intern to improve the lives of vulnerable and marginalized populations and learn about global health through humanitarianism.

Student interns will work closely with the Volunteer Manager to coordinate, track and monitor volunteer group sorts in the warehouse. They will interface with Program Directors of CBOs and schools. The Masters in Public Health Student Internship runs throughout the year and is unpaid.

Qualifications

  • Experience working in health-related nonprofit or community-based organization
  • Enrolled in MPH Program

Personal Success Factors

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Self-starter
  • Ability to shift focus on work tasks on short notice
  • Excellent Interpersonal skills and strong communications skills
  • Ability to be flexible, persistent and diplomatic
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Comfortable multitasking and utilizing their skills within a unique work environment

How to Apply

Please submit a one-page resume, cover letter detailing your interest in the position, and two references to volunteer@afyafoundation.org

Occupational Therapy Student Internship

This is a unique opportunity for Occupational Therapy students to practice in a non-traditional community-based setting. Afya provides structured opportunities for local volunteers to engage in altruistic activities. Through strong partnerships with over a dozen community-based organizations and schools that serve adults and adolescents with mental and developmental disabilities, Afya is an active volunteer site for many of the participants and students. OT student interns will have an opportunity to work 1:1 with volunteers with emotional and intellectual disabilities. OT Student Interns will be supervised by an OTR at Afya. The Occupational Therapy Student Internship runs throughout the year and is unpaid.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide vocational-based interventions for volunteers with emotional and intellectual disabilities.
  • Track weekly progress of volunteers’ ability to perform sorting and organizing tasks.
  • Work 1:1 with individuals from Treatment Programs Who Have Expressed Personal Goals and Have the Potential, With Support, to Achieve Them.
  • Implement Social and Therapeutic Engagement Events for a Variety of Populations, Including Well Volunteer Participants.

Qualifications

  • Current Occupational Therapy Student
  • Excellent Communications Skills
  • Interested in Improving the Lives of People With Disabilities

Personal Success Factors

  • Ability to Work Independently and as a Part of a Team
  • Ability to Shift Focus on Work Tasks on Short Notice
  • Excellent Interpersonal Skills and Strong Communications Skills
  • Ability to be Flexible, Persistent and Diplomatic
  • Strong Organizational Skills, Comfortable Multitasking and Utilizing Their Skills Within a Unique Work Environment

How to Apply

Please submit a one-page resume, cover letter detailing your interest in the position, and two references to volunteer@afyafoundation.org