25 August 2020

Research Internship at International Diabetes Federation

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is the global advocate for the 463 million people with diabetes worldwide. It represents over 230 national diabetes associations in 170 countries and territories. Its mission is to promote diabetes care, prevention, and a cure worldwide. The Federation has been leading the global diabetes community since 1950 (www.idf.org).

The IDF Diabetes Atlas is an authoritative resource on the global impact of diabetes. First published in 2000, it is updated periodically by IDF in collaboration with experts from around the world and contains data on diabetes prevalence, mortality and expenditure at global, regional and national levels. The IDF Diabetes Atlas draws attention to the importance and growing impact of diabetes in all countries across IDF’s seven Regions (https://www.diabetesatlas.org/en/)

The internship

The IDF Epidemiology department has internship positions for students with an interest in diabetes epidemiology and related research to support the production of a new edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas. Our goal is to support and improve your skills in practical research and give you experience that will enhance your career prospects.

What would be your main tasks?

  • Take an active role in all aspects of a high-impact global epidemiology research project, from administrative to creative tasks;

  • Undertake systematic literature reviews and analysis;

  • Support the visualisation of research findings;

  • Help draft and proof scientific and non-scientific articles, abstracts and presentations;

  • Assist in the monitoring and evaluation of project implementation.


The duration of IDF internships is between two to six months depending on your availability and the resource needs of the IDF epidemiology unit at the time of application.

Collaboration opportunities can be explored with Thesis work or other academic assignments. Please note that in the current circumstances IDF interns will need to work remotely. Qualifications

  • You are enrolled in a course of study leading to a formal qualification (graduate or postgraduate in public health, health statistics or relevant field) at a European university or equivalent institution (Applicants who have already graduated may also qualify for consideration provided that they apply to the internship within six months of the completion of their Bachelor’s or Master’s degree).

  • You have completed two years of full-time study at a university or equivalent institution prior to commencing the assignment.

How to apply?

If interested, please contact Mrs. Suvi Karuranga suvi.karuranga@idf.org, Epidemiology Manager at the International Diabetes Federation.