PIH is built on a foundation of volunteerism and has strived, since its inception, to cultivate a concerted movement of people and communities dedicated to fighting poverty, social injustices, and health inequities. As we explore the best and most enriching ways to create both hands-on volunteer experiences and the space for engagement in issues of social justice and health equity, we also are committed to staying true to our core principles, particularly our goal of building capacity and equity by providing jobs and training in the communities we serve.

To move toward better achieving our goal of bringing the fruits of modern medicine to those who need it most, we hope to engage volunteers from around the world and to bring on supporters of all kinds who are dedicated to fighting for justice and equity. Below we’ve outlined the many opportunities, both domestic and international, for involvement with PIH. We also encourage you to explore the many other ways you can take action to support our work.

Programs Hosted by PIH

PIH Institute for Health and Social Justice Summer Internship Program

The Institute for Health and Social Justice (IHSJ) hosts a summer internship program for a select number of students and professionals early in their careers who are interested in learning about current issues in health and social justice. In addition to working on individual projects, summer interns have a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about PIH and gain practical exposure to the administration of a non-governmental organization through interactions with staff members, movie and book discussions, and social activities.

In collaboration with a staff mentor, each intern will complete a project or support a core function of the organization. Projects are based on PIH’s programmatic needs and span all different facets of the organization. Examples of past intern projects range from developing content for PIH’s website and newsletter to researching and writing position papers on key PIH advocacy issues, to working with our Electronic Medical Records team to improve patient data collection. Interns will also be expected to assist with administrative tasks.

The internships are based at the PIH offices in Boston. The minimum time commitment is 24 hours (3 workdays) per week, and we ask that you be present for the entire duration of the internship. The internship is unpaid, and we are unable to offer or organize housing or transportation.

PIH Semester Internships

Semester-long projects (fall, winter and spring) are posted here based on the needs of PIH staff, both at our sites and in Boston. Applicants with the appropriate skill sets and availability work directly with a staff member or team.  Although there is no formal enrichment component to semester internships, interns will have the opportunity to gain insight into the day-to-day functioning of a non-governmental organization by interacting with staff and by attending meetings and events.

View current semester-long projects.

Independent Research Projects

PIH does not have the capacity to supervise independent research projects. 


Programs Affiliated with PIH

PIH works in partnership with a variety of other organizations, both in the United States and in the countries where we work.  Below is a list of opportunities at these affiliate organizations.


Physicians for Haiti

Physicians for Haiti is a Boston-based non-profit organization working towards a self-sustaining postgraduate Haitian medical education system that is a source of pride for Haiti, equips Haitian health care professionals to provide high quality care to all Haitians, and is built on a foundation of equity and collaboration. We are looking for two Volunteer Summer Interns to help forward our mission. We have two volunteer positions: Medical Education Logistics Intern or Outreach and Development Intern. We also have an Executive Officer Internship (stipend provided). Please visit us at http://www.physiciansforhaiti.org/volunteer.cfm for more details. The deadline for Summer Volunteer Intern applications is March 11th.



Founded in 2005, FACE AIDS is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a global movement of young leaders to fight HIV/AIDS and promote global health equity. Based in San Francisco with programs spanning the United States and Rwanda, FACE AIDS is a leading organization in the youth mobilization and global health space. FACE AIDS is seeking applicants for two positions:

FACE AIDS Chapter Founder. FACE AIDS is strengthening the movement for social justice and global health equity by organizing students to raise funds and awareness for the fight against HIV. Since 2005, FACE AIDS has worked with over 215 campuses and raised more than $2.3 million for Partners in Health Rwanda. Chapter founders work with the FACE AIDS National Office to organize their peers to educate, fundraise, serve, and advocate. To learn more and to join the movement, visit http://faceaids.org/l or email Austin at austin@faceaids.org.

FACE AIDS Ride Against AIDS. The Ride Against AIDS is a unique and powerful cross-country bike ride dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the fight against HIV. Every summer a group of dedicated student AIDS activists cycle from Half Moon Bay, CA to Boston over the span of 67 days and across 4,000 miles. Along the way they give presentations about FACE AIDS, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and the role of students in promoting social justice. Learn more and apply at www.faceaids.org/rideagainstaids.html


Physicians for Haiti

Physicians for Haiti is a Boston-based non-profit organization that works with health professionals in Haiti and Boston to create continuing educational opportunities. They work in partnership with those working on the ground in Haiti to care for the patients, thus helping to increase access to quality healthcare in Haiti. The mission of Physicians for Haiti is to inspire, empower, and support the development of leaders among Haiti's next generation of health professionals. They are a volunteer-run and -sustained organization, and are looking to expand our volunteer officer and intern positions and invite applicants of all levels of education and backgrounds. Read a full description of our ten available positions and how to apply.


Global Health Corps Fellows 

The Global Health Corps (GHC) aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity and improve the quality of healthcare services for the poor by connecting outstanding young leaders with organizations working on the front lines in the fight for global health. Partners In Health is one of Global Health Corps’ partner organizations. To learn more, please visit www.ghcorps.org


Children's Hospital Boston Global Pediatric Fellowship

Children’s Hospital Boston is looking for excellent pediatricians or graduating senior pediatric residents who would be interested in applying for a global pediatric fellowship, which would involve a field placement in Haiti with Partners In Health. The position would involve: developing strong productive relationships with our Haitian colleagues to identify core challenges to quality pediatric care and devising a collaborative plan for improvement; accompanying Haitian health care workers in developing their capacity to implement new program initiatives and quality care interventions; and sharing clinical expertise at the bedside and through didactic teaching. More information about this fellowship and how to apply.

GlobeMed Chapter Founders

GlobeMed is a network of university students who partner with grassroots organizations around the world to improve the health of people living in poverty. The GlobeMed network includes dozens of chapters at university campuses throughout the country with partners that span the world from Liberia to Nepal. Working together in solidarity, these partnerships have supported programs including community health worker trainings in Guatemala, maternal health education in rural Rwanda, and income-generating initiatives in Uganda. The organization periodically seeks passionate and committed undergraduate students who are interested in bringing GlobeMed to their university. Working alongside GlobeMed students from across the country, join a movement of thousands of students who are dedicating their time and energy to advancing the movement for global health equity. Please visit http://globemed.org/prospective-students to find out more about GlobeMed and their incredible leadership opportunities.

Harvard School of Public Health’s François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights

As the first academic center to focus exclusively on health and human rights, the FXB Center combines research and policy development with a specific commitment to children’s wellbeing. Summer interns are given significant responsibilities within the Center’s various projects. Former interns include medical and public health students as well as students with experience in law, community service, and environmental advocacy. Recent graduates and candidates with multidisciplinary interests are welcome to apply at http://www.harvardfxbcenter.org/

Brigham and Women’s Division of Global Health Equity (DGHE) Residency Program

The Division of Global Health Equity has addressed the need for a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare by launching, in 2004, a novel residency program that combines rigorous training in internal medicine with the advanced study of public health. Through the Doris and Howard Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity and Internal Medicine, dedicated young physicians are able to obtain the medical and non-medical skills they need to improve the health of some of the world’s most impoverished people.

The Doris and Howard Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity and Internal Medicine is a four-year program that leads to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and completion of a Masters Degree in Public Health through the Harvard School of Public Health.  Potential applicants must first apply to the Internal Medicine Residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Accepted applicants may then submit an application to the Global Health Equity Residency in November of their first postgraduate year. For additional details and application information, please visit: http://www.brighamandwomens.org/socialmedicine/gheresidency.aspx