Internship Opportunities

ICMHD Global Internship and Sabbatical Program

Student Internships

The ICMHD Global Internship Program provides opportunities for students who wish to work in the field of international public health, with an emphasis on health aspects of migration. ICMHD tries to customize internships by coordinating the academic backgrounds and interests of interns with current ICMHD projects. Interns develop the skills needed for work in international public health, and at the same time their own research interests.

In the last ten years ICMHD has hosted more than 50 interns from 15 countries. This year ICMHD is hosting students from McGill University (Canada), Stanford, Harvard, Chicago, Southern California and Kent State Universities (USA), Vienna University (Austria), Geneva and Webster Universities, Institute of International Studies (Switzerland), University of Linköping (Sweden), University of Tromso (Norway), Australian National University (Australia), L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (France) and the International University of Germany.

Specific Internships:

Currently ICMHD is looking for interns interested in graphic design, social marketing, and web-development, for short or long-term periods of stay.

Sabbatical leave

ICMHD also welcomes university faculty wishing to use sabbatical leave periods to work in the area of migration and health. There are opportunities for established academics and professionals to benefit from the expertise of ICMHD and contribute to ICMHD’s work and mission

Please contact ICMHD at with any inquiries about our sabbatical leave  or internship program.

Summer Course

Introduction to Human Aspects of Disasters and Complex Emergencies

Give as an intensive summer course held in Geneva Switzerland and in partnership with the Payson Center for International Development at Tulane University, this course focuses on disaster relief and reconstruction. It touches on subjects such as rapid assessments, psycho-social health, reproductive health, monitoring and evaluation, relief organisations GIS and communicable diseases. It is taught through a variety of lectures, guest lectures, in and out of class assignments and projects, and visits to various organisations in the Geneva area.

(from the Payson Center Website):

About the Course:

The course, will focus primarily on disaster relief and reconstruction.  Individual lessons will address a variety of subtopics such as rapid assessment, psycho-social health, reproductive health, monitoring and evaluation, relief organizations, GIS, and communicable diseases.  The complex issue of transition from relief to development will also be discussed. Classes will be broken up into morning (9am-12pm) lectures and assignments and afternoon (2-5pm) field trips or guest lectures.  Some afternoons will be free, allowing students to catch up on their course readings, work on their class assignments, or explore the city of Geneva at their leisure.  The course will last two weeks and is worth 3 credit hours.

This two week course is designed for students and young professionals working, or intending to work, in the area of humanitarian assistance in crisis and post-crisis settings.  Students studying international development at the graduate or undergraduate level can expect to gain a basic understanding of the impact of disasters/complex emergencies on development.  Students also learn about the impact of humanitarian intervention, an important aspect of international development practice.  Geneva serves as an excellent backdrop to this course as it enables participating students to visit agencies and meet officials responsible for coordinating humanitarian interventions in times of crisis. This course may serve as an elective toward the participant’s degree (subject to school requirements).

By the end of the course students should have the knowledge and skills to define and describe:

  • The natural history of natural and man-made disasters
  • The ways in which disasters affect people and infrastructures
  • How disasters affect psychosocial health and well-being
  • How disasters affect reproductive health
  • How disasters affect patterns of communicable and non-communicable diseases
  • The main actors and organizations involved in emergency response and their roles
  • How rapid assessments are undertaken and by whom
  • The use of monitoring and evaluation and information systems
  • Transition from relief to development


Humanitarian crises assume many forms. To date most work on humanitarian crises has focused on conflict situations that have produced major population displacements and high morbidity and mortality associated with that displacement. The nature of crises, however, is changing rapidly and as we enter the 21st century, humanitarian crises are growing in number, complexity, and impact.

The frequency and scope of natural disasters is growing rapidly and the number of people impacted by them is now outpacing the number affected by man-made crises of belligerency.  Forecasts of how climate change, especially global warming, is likely to affect populations in different parts of the world suggest that this will become a major cause of humanitarian concern in the near future.

The economic crisis is equally likely to provoke new humanitarian problems for hundreds of thousands, if not millions of migrant workers who will be compelled to move back to their countries of origin and to health care systems that are poorly equipped to respond to their needs.

To apply for this course, please visit the Payson Center website at: and look up the course:  ‘Introduction to Human Aspects of Disasters and Complex Emergencies (SIDV 6220-01).’ Information on how to apply can be found under the ‘Summer Institute’ tab in ‘Education.’


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