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 currently accepting applications for internships through February 15, 2019.

This opportunity is open to students enrolled in one of the following schools at Columbia University Medical Center:

  • The Mailman School of Public Health
  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • The College of Dental Medicine
  • The School of Nursing

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, research or surveillance project with ICAP team members.

Internship Code Location Project
CI-1 Cote d’Ivoire TBD
ESW-1 Eswatini Program Evaluation
MZ-1 Maputo, Mozambique Three components:
1.Program Evaluation Support
3.Optimize ICAP-MZ M&E Systems
MZ-2 Maputo, Mozambique Three components:
1.Program Evaluation Support
3.Optimize ICAP-MZ M&E Systems
NY-1 Harlem Prevention Center, NY TBD
SL-1 Sierra Leone CHAMPS SL
TNZ-1 Tanzania Increase Identification of new HIV+ cases
ZAM-1 Lusaka, Zambia FP/HIV integration project -ending data collection, data analysis
ZAM-2 Lusaka, Zambia Adolescent QI project- New Care and Treatment project- assessment program evaluation, implementation
ZIM-1 Harare, Zimbabwe Strengthening Epidemiology and Strategic Information in Republic of Zimbabwe


To find out more about project specifics, please attend one of our Internship Information Sessions.

Thursday, November 29, 2018
Monday, December 10, 2018


Hess Commons – Mailman School of Public Health, Allan Rosenfield Building


Application Process

  • Email your statement of interest and resume to:
    by February 15, 2019
  • Address the following in your statement of interest:
    1. Why are you interested in global public health?
    2. What are your goals for this internship experience?
    3. What are your career goals?
    4. What skills and experiences will you bring to ICAP?
    5. What is your desired start date?
  • Place the internship code in the subject heading of the email. If you are interested in more than one internship, please email only one statement of interest and resume, and note the internship codes of all projects of interest in order of preference. Additional projects may become available after the application deadline and candidates may be considered for these projects if they are not offered the position of their choice.

*Start dates for all internships are flexible.
**Applications for internships based in New York and/or starting in January 2019 will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


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 Research Training program (MHRT) provides mentored research training in global health for minority and under-represented students.  This program is built to provide exposure to landmark findings and current challenges in global health, training in qualitative and quantitative research methods, hands-on experience conducting mentored research, and career and admissions counseling.

The program offers a three-week introduction which includes an orientation week and a two-week intensive face to face training in NY; a minimum of an eight-week co-mentored research placement in a domestic or international site; culminating in a final week of training and presentation of research capstone projects.

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” (please see the MHIRT FAQs for definitions).
  3. Undergraduate applicants must have successfully completed at least two years of coursework in a biomedical or behavioral health science major. A minimum GPAof 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.
  5. Pre-doctoral candidates must have successfully completed the first year of medical school or first year of DrPH/PhD program prior to starting the fellowship.

For more information, please see the MHIRT FAQs.


Application Deadline:  January 15, 2019  EXTENDED to February 15, 2019


Application Checklist:

  1. Program application
  2. CV or resume
  3. Official transcripts from current academic institution
  4. Two academic or professional letters of reference
  5. Statement of interest describing: motivation for applying, any relevant past experience (not required), research and/or global health interests and overall career goals

All application components are due by January 15, 2019 and should be emailed to Jennifer Sylvia at  Applicants are responsible for confirming receipt of all materials.


*Please note this program’s funding support is currently in development with no guaranteed assurance of NIH support.*


If you any have questions, please contact:

Jennifer Sylvia, Program Officer