Research Internships at Aga Khan University in Kenya


The Challenge
The Aga Khan University, Nairobi is one of the premier Medical Colleges in East Africa. There are nine residency programs providing state of the art training to future leaders and medical providers. Aga Khan is also a leading institution for research in East Africa, engaging with TREE and other organizations globally to propose, design, and conduct research focused on improving health for Kenya's diverse populations. In order to promote interest in research among students and build capacity for research in Kenya, AKU offers a paid research internship opportunity.

Our Approach
In partnership with TREE, the Aga Khan University is offering a six to twelve month field internship experience in Kenya. The internship is seeking graduate student applicants from the UW to come to Kenya to learn from UW and AKU faculty mentors working on AKUH and TREE programs and studies. MPH and PhD students wishing to pursue thesis fieldwork in Kenya may be particularly interested. Potential projects include expanding and studying cervical cancer screening programs for rural coffee farmers and HIV-infected women, examining the effects of indoor air pollution on lung disease, supporting HIV care and treatment at one of the largest antiretroviral treatment centers in the country, facilitating and analyzing the impact of e-learning to train healthcare workers, and understanding disease presentation and treatment of non-communicable disease at a Kenyan tertiary care hospital. The goal of the internship is to provide students with the opportunity to gain research and/or public health implementation skills that could be used for the development of a thesis or capstone project.

Project Goals
Interns will engage in the following activities:
• Work closely with the assigned medical resident on their research project, including data collection, analysis, and presentation of results.
• Work closely with the assigned resident and faculty mentors to assist with the overall research objectives and study design.
• Assist with database development, data entry, and data analysis.
• Work to ensure that data collected is collected and stored according to human subjects’ guidelines and patient privacy is protected at all times.
• Work with the resident and mentor to develop an abstract and/or manuscript that is suitable for publication in a peer-review journal.

• Enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program in a relevant field such as public health, global health, epidemiology, social sciences, economics, statistics, and demography
• Basic skills in data collection and analysis and presentation of results
• Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
• Coursework in epidemiology methods and biostatistics is a plus
• Ability to work independently and with a diverse group
• Excellent written and oral communication skills