Intern, Emergency Programs - Preparedness (SPRING 2019)

AmeriCares - Stamford, CT4.0

TITLE: Intern, Emergency Preparedness

DEPARTMENT: Emergency Programs - Preparedness

LOCATION: Stamford, Connecticut

REPORTS TO: Preparedness Specialist

ASSIGNMENT TYPE: Spring Internship – 10-15 hours per week


Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster. Each year, Americares reaches an average of 90 countries and all 50 U.S. states with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. Americares is the world’s leading nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies. For more information, visit

Americares Emergency Programs department is responsible for our disaster preparedness, response, and recovery programs. Americares responds to more than 30 disasters around the world, including the West Africa Ebola crisis, the 2015 Nepal earthquake, 2017 and 2018 hurricanes and typhoons, and complex ongoing emergencies like the Venezuelan refugee crisis. The Emergency Programs department directs the delivery of medicines and supplies to treat illnesses and injuries caused by the disaster; supports the restoration of health care services in affected areas; addresses the psychosocial and mental health needs of disaster survivors. The Emergency Preparedness team focuses on conducting training and developing tools for health focused organizations around the world to prepare for future disasters.

The Emergency Preparedness internship provides an opportunity for undergraduate or graduate students pursuing careers in the fields of public health, health care and/or disaster management.

The internship will touch on all phases of the Emergency Program, with a focus on preparedness. Responsibilities consist of both short and long-term assignments. Activities will include researching and developing documents for clinic preparedness, continuing work on developing a global guide for preparedness based on the existing Americares Disaster Preparedness Guide for Free and Charitable Clinics, and supporting program growth.

Develop suite of materials for clinic preparedness.
Draft a detailed table of contents for a global preparedness toolkit
Develop follow-up activities for organizations to complete after participating in bootcamp.
Assist with ongoing project management.
Assist with other Emergency Program projects.


Foster Americares values of responsiveness, results orientation, collaboration, efficiency and integrity.
Passion for our mission and the desire to work within the global health/emergency response sector.


Knowledge of emergency management or public health.
Experience developing documents for public dissemination.
Experience traveling or working in developing counties is an advantage.

Current undergraduate student
Ability to work independently and in team environments.
Experience/interest in emergency planning, response and/or recovery.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Experience in MS Office software.


Experience in project management and program development and evaluation.
Exposure to emergency management and public health sectors.
Understanding of international disaster risk reduction principles and frameworks including Sendai Framework, Sustainable Development Goals, and Sphere Standards.
Opportunity to work in a dynamic environment and balance competing work flow priorities.