Public Health Education Internship in Zimbabwe

Help raise awareness of an ambitious public health initiative in Africa.

As an intern, you’ll join Mutala Research, a nonprofit organization on a mission to expand clinical research capabilities on the African continent, and ultimately improving data and services available to people. They do this through innovative scientific research from their laboratories in Harare.

Mutala aims to become a thought leader in its field and wants to increase its visibility and reach. And this is where you come in; as an intern, you’ll help turn information on scientific research programs into thoughtful and accessible content that has the potential to reach a wide audience. This will involve blog writing, website development, social media management, and public relations.

This versatile internship is a wonderful opportunity for someone with strong communications skills, a passion for public health projects, and an entrepreneurial attitude.

Learning outcomes of this public health education internship;

  • Practical work experience in a wide range of elements within communications, including social media, content writing, and fundraising and awareness campaigns
  • Insights into the nonprofit sector in a public health context
  • A good understanding of the communications needs of a startup nonprofit organization
  • International work experience
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You’ll be joining Mutala Research; a nonprofit organization dedicated to public health research in Africa. It’s based in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, and part of the Charles River Medical Group (CRMG), a research organization established to diversify clinical trials and expand clinical research capabilities throughout the African continent. They do this by partnering with government, industry and nonprofit organizations to conduct clinical studies that advance science and improve human health – globally, but specifically focused on Africa.

As the nonprofit research component of CRMG, Mutala Research focuses on public health and implementation science research, run by experienced leaders in these areas. Recent research was focused on issues such as vaccine effectiveness, vaccine hesitancy, and adolescent HIV treatment. While the organization is still in its startup phase, it’s looking to expand its capabilities, and interns can play a vital part in this. Mutala works from laboratories in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare.


What you’ll do

As a public health education intern, your tasks will include;

  • Help develop and implement an overall communications strategy for the organization
  • Develop and manage social media channels
  • Write online content (blogs and otherwise) that communicate the organization’s mission and vision to a wider audience, and offer updated information on research programs
  • Help put together information campaigns around specific public health issues
  • Assist with fundraising campaigns
  • Potentially assist with PR activities
  • Strong writing and communications skills
  • A solid understanding of the public health sector and an ability to communicate medical information to a wide audience
  • A flexible approach to work and an ability to work independently and take responsibility
  • A willingness to adapt to a foreign work environment
  • A passion for the work Mutala does, and enthusiasm for raising awareness for their work


You’ll stay at Small World Lodge, a friendly and relaxed accommodation in a pleasant Harare neighborhood. The lodge has a range of different rooms and a bunch of communal areas, including a bar, a restaurant, and a garden with a swimming pool. You’ll have wifi and a laundry service you can make use of, and the lodge staff will always be happy to help you arrange transport and local outings. It’s a comfortable home away from home.


Internship start and end dates are flexible and will be discussed with your during the selection process.

What you’ll pay (2023 rates)

8 weeks USD 1,504
12 weeks USD 1,908
16 weeks USD 2,312
20 weeks USD 2,715
26 weeks USD 3,422

What you are paying for:
  • Accommodation based on a dorm room. If you prefer a single room, please contact us for availability and additional costs.
  • Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously.
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes.
  • An orientation program with your supervisor.
  • Regular check ins during your internship with you and your supervisor.
  • Your own account on a career development platform that offers content and courses focused on exploring different career opportunities
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship
  • Airport transfers
  • Support on the ground
  • Flights
  • Visa, medical and travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Meals: if you are interested in adding on a meal package, please contact us.
  • Drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities

Optional extra:

Personal Development Sessions
To help you optimize your personal and professional development during your internship, we offer individual monthly sessions with a professional consultant. These 1,5-hour sessions offer opportunities to set goals, reflect on your experience, and ensure your internship will benefit your career as much as possible.
Monthly fee: USD 65
Harare, Zimbabwe
Public health NGO
Public health, Digital Marketing, Fundraising, Content Creation
Min. 8 Weeks
From USD  1,504
  • Gain practical experience in the development and implementation of communication strategies
  • Enjoy varied tasks within communications, social media management, fundraising, and copywriting
  • Help raise awareness of research programs aimed at advancing public health in Africa
  • Get insights into the day to day running of a health-focused nonprofit organization
  • Learn from experts in your field
  • Boost your resume with international work experience
8 WEEKS USD 1,504
12 WEEKS USD 1,908
16 WEEKS USD 2,312

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If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:

Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) which includes sharing your CV with us.

We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.

If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.

If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you  all the information you need.

We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit. Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.


Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just fill in the contact form below. We’ll be happy to assist!


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