Building the future

…of global public health

Next Generation

ICAP’s Next Generation Program is a multidisciplinary training initiative that provides students with hands-on training opportunities in New York and around the world. The program has hosted students from a wide range of institutions from the US and abroad. Our students represent various academic disciplines including public health, medicine, nursing, dentistry, social work, and business. Through Next Generation, students spend two to six months engaged in the design, implementation, and evaluation of ICAP-supported programs while working side-by-side with global health experts.

Students gain rich field experience and hone public health skills while working on a specific project. Every student works closely with a mentor prior to departure and while in country. Students study the structure and function of health systems and health services in low-resource settings, and develop public health solutions. They also gain a better understanding of health issues such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

ICAP Next Generation internships are open to current students at Columbia University Medical Center.

The Next Generation interns spend two to six months engaged in the design, implementation and/or evaluation of ICAP-supported programs in Africa, Asia and New York under the mentorship of ICAP staff. Students will learn about health care delivery systems in low-resource settings while working on a discrete programmatic project with ICAP team members.

We are no longer accepting applications for internships, check back at a later date for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does ICAP provide financial support to interns?
Yes, most students will receive funding in the range of $1,000 – $3,000 through ICAP. Funding is based on availability of funds and student needs. Supplemental funding is also available through the student travel fund at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health.

When is the application deadline for the Next Generation Program?
Applications for New York-based positions are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications for international positions are due February 1 of each year.

When will I be notified about an interview?
Only qualified students will be contacted for an interview. Students who get invited for an interview will be notified early or mid-February. All students who “pass” the first interview stage will have a second interview.

When are final notifications about acceptance into the program?
Final decisions will be made by mid-March. You will receive an offer letter via email if you are accepted into the program.

When will the internship begin?
Internship start dates for international internships are flexible. There will be opportunities for students to conduct these internships in Spring, Summer and Fall.

What is the duration of the internship?
Internships have an 8-week minimum length. Some internships range from 2-3 months and last up to 6 months for students in the Global Health Track at the Mailman School.

If you have additional questions about our internships, please contact:

Jennifer Sylvia, Program Officer

Global HIV Implementation Science Research Training Fellowship

With support from the NIH (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases), ICAP has established the Global HIV Implementation Science Research Training Fellowship to prepare pre- and post-doctoral individuals for careers as independently-funded researchers and for leadership in global HIV implementation research.

What does the Global HIV Implementation Science Research Training Fellowship offer?

  • Mentoring and research support: Fellows are matched with research mentors from a diverse pool of program faculty to advise them as they pursue domestic or international research projects related to HIV implementation science.
  • Training: Didactic coursework in epidemiology and implementation science and assistance with grant writing and manuscript preparation.
  • Funds for tuition, travel and training-related expenses: Fellows receive $16,000 annually for tuition and funds to cover health insurance, travel and training-related expenses.
  • Networking: Opportunities for fellows to interact with HIV researchers and trainees from a variety of disciplines.


We are not currently accepting applications for this fellowship. Please check back at a later date.

If you any have questions please contact:

Jennifer Sylvia, Program Officer

Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Fellowship

The Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Fellowship is an opportunity for students to participate in a fully funded 11-week summer program designed to provide:

  • Exposure to the fields of and current challenges in global health and health disparities research
  • Training in qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Hands-on experience conducting mentored research at an international site
  • Career and academic counseling.

The program starts with two weeks of training at ICAP in New York, followed by an eight-week placement at an international training site (likely including Cameroon, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, or Swaziland) and culminating in a final week in New York.

This fellowship is distinct from other Next Generation training opportunities in several ways: it is research-focused, fully funded, and trainees receive a stipend for their summer’s work.

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Candidates must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents.

2. Candidates must meet at least one of the NIH-defined criteria for membership in an “underrepresented or minority group”:

Underrepresented racial and/or ethnic minorities include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands.

Individuals from rural backgrounds include those who come from a family residing in an area designated by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as non-metropolitan. The home address of prospective trainees can be entered into the Rural Assistance Center’s ‘Am I Rural’ website to obtain a Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA) designation of Metropolitan, Micropolitan, or Rural.

Low income individuals are defined as those who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds, published here. Applicants must demonstrate that they have (a) qualified for federal disadvantaged assistance; or (b) received any of the following student loans: Health Professional Student Loans (HPSL), Loans for Disadvantaged Student Program; or have received scholarships from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Scholarship for Individuals with Exceptional Financial Need.

3. Undergraduate candidates must be current sophomores and juniors (i.e., rising juniors or rising seniors in summer 2018) who have successfully completed coursework in biomedical or behavioral health sciences. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

4. Graduate candidates must have successfully completed at least one year of graduate coursework by the beginning of the training program. The fellowship is an introduction to research and not appropriate for more advanced graduate students.

For more information, please see the MHIRT FAQs.


We are not currently accepting applications for this fellowship. Please check back at a later date.

If you any have questions please contact:

Jennifer Sylvia, Program Officer