Global Health Internship

Cambridge, UK, Singapore

Your Opportunity to Bring Evidence-Based Medicine to the Developing World

Costello Medical provides scientific support to the healthcare industry in the analysis, interpretation and communication of clinical and health economic data. We have grown organically since foundation in 2008 to a team of over 130 based in Cambridge, London, Manchester and Singapore. We are also opening offices in China and the US in 2019. Our technical expertise spans medical education, advisory boards, value materials, scientific writing, publication planning, evidence development, statistics, real-world evidence, health economic modelling and health technology assessment. We work with pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers, alongside public sector organisations and charities. We are dedicated to the improvement of health and healthcare globally, and we therefore devote ourselves to pro bono projects with health charities and social enterprises (including Findacure, the aPODD foundation, Rare Disorders Society Singapore and the PHG Foundation).

In our unique Global Health Internship, in partnership with the University of Cambridge and National University of Singapore, we are offering an individual from a low- or middle- income country the opportunity to spend up to three months gaining skills in evidence-based medicine by working on a healthcare problem relevant to his or her community. We are currently recruiting for Global Health Interns in our Cambridge or Singapore offices.

About the Role

We will share our skills and knowledge in evidence-based medicine, medical communication and health economics through working together on a specific health problem from the intern’s community. Past projects have included:

  • Conducting a systematic literature review to assess the effect of bereavement care for parents after stillbirth in Ghana
  • Creating an educational PDF about illegitimate drugs in Latin America
  • Assessing the cost-effectiveness of cervical cancer screening in Kenya

Our ultimate goal is to support public health efforts in reducing the burden of disease in low- or middle-income countries and to provide a long-term solution to the need for evidence-based health policies.
The Costello Medical Global Health Internship Scheme will also support the intern’s professional development, which we hope will allow them to train other local practitioners in evidence-based medicine after successful completion of the internship. We will provide technical expertise in evidence-based medicine and desk-based research so that the Global Health Intern can learn and take these skills back to their community. Specifically, you will gain experience in research, the design and presentation of deliverables and quality control.

The internship is a fixed-term, three-month position to start in August (Singapore office), September 2019 or January 2020 (Cambridge office), although some flexibility around the length of the internship is possible.

Your primary responsibilities will be as follows:

  • To identify and work on a project exploring and tackling a health-related issue relevant to your community; this may involve performing systematic searches of medical literature, assimilating clinical and cost-effectiveness evidence, and analysing and creatively presenting data in a variety of formats
  • To work collaboratively alongside Analysts, Medical Writers, Consultants and other colleagues who will provide support and technical expertise on the project
  • To plan your time well and prioritise your own workload, to ensure efficient completion of the project
  • To update your mentor on the progress of your project, problems and changes of plan
  • To help maintain the positive, friendly and collaborative environment within the company

Who We’re Looking For

The successful candidate should:

  • Be a national of a low- or middle-income country, working or studying in a health-related profession, who will be able to use the skills gained during their internship to benefit their work and community. This could include early-career health practitioners, health-related charity or NGO workers, health researchers or other health professionals
  • Be educated in a health or science-related subject
  • Be fluent in written and spoken English and have good numeracy skills
  • Be able to prioritise own tasks and workload
  • Have a “can do” approach, and initiative, positivity and creativity
  • Be able to work in a team and with an excellent level of productivity

It should be noted that the internship is not intended as a means to gain experience at a UK or Singapore company with a view to gaining full-time employment at Costello Medical.

What We Offer

  • A stipend of £1,400/S$2,400 per month for the duration of the internship
  • Full technical support with the project and mentorship from a line manager
  • Further opportunities for cultural exchange, such as giving presentations to those at Costello Medical and full integration into company life e.g. 2-week induction training sessions, attendance at company social events

How to Apply

Please apply via email to You will need to attach your CV, along with a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this opportunity and how you fulfil the requirements outlined above. You should also include details of the specific project(s) that you would like to work on during your internship and answer some questions about your project(s) by downloading the application form and including it with your application.

You will be asked to detail which office you are applying to join.

The deadline for applications is 12th May 2019.

If you are currently studying and would like to apply for the position in the Singapore office during the term period as part of your university programme, you will be asked to obtain confirmation of this from your educational institution before being offered an interview.