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Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Project Intern

Position Code: TOSC04

Organisation Description:

This host company is a non-profit organization comprised of a worldwide network of patient groups, with more than 80 member organizations from over 50 countries. Their vision is to see equity in lymphoma outcomes across borders. They strive to enable global impact by fostering a lymphoma ecosystem that ensures local change and evidence-based action.

The host company seeks an individual enrolled in the Pagoda Projects internship programme to complete their cohort placement remotely within their organization.

The ideal candidate will have exceptional organizational skills, a demonstrated ability to set priorities and meet deadlines, and excellent written and verbal communication skills in the English language. Additionally, they will be knowledgeable and skilled with Microsoft Office and Teams.

Role:

Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Project Intern

Internship Description:

The HTA project aims to promote the inclusion of patients in health technology assessment to help achieve better health outcomes, inform decision-making and embed patient values as a key pillar in the drug review process.

The project will aim to facilitate a greater understanding of patient involvement in HTA; the rationale for patient involvement in HTA processes, and the value of evidence-based data to inform HTA decision-making. The project will also strive to provide practical learning opportunities and exposure to project management in a real-world setting.

The project is expected to align with the following strategic goals:

  • Influence global/regional policies to increase access locally
  • Develop member advocates to act locally
  • Ensure impact
  • Accelerate uptake of policy
  • Facilitate knowledge into action

The project may involve the following contributions or considerations:

  • Global mapping of regulatory bodies, registries and HTA stakeholders
  • Mapping of the HTA landscape by region
  • Global, regional or country-level HTA-related policies and/or practices
  • Strategies to increase patient involvement and/or the inclusion of caregiver perspectives in HTA processes (for instance, knowledge and information sharing, tools and resources, report development, policy briefs, and more.)
  • Other project-related priorities, actions/activities and/or strategies as directed

N.B. tasks and projects may vary depending on current priorities. Specific projects and responsibilities will be discussed during an interview.

Internship Requirements:

  • A post-graduate or graduate student preferably with a background in one of the following: biomedicine; health/life sciences/healthcare; public health, or health policy
  • Keen interest in the research and development of innovative therapies for patients with lymphoma
  • General understanding in the drug regulatory approval process or a desire to understand HTA processes
  • An ability to comprehend and help to succinctly summarize evidence-based data and/or information
  • Knowledgeable about how to conduct literature research and/or a keen interest in learning
  • The ability to concisely summarize key findings, learnings and/or takeaways
  • An aptitude for working autonomously to complete tasks
  • Previous skills and/or an interest in project management
  • An interest in patient advocacy and/or the non-governmental sector at the global level

Don’t exactly match these requirements? If you have the enthusiasm and want to learn – then speak to Pagoda about this position and we’ll see what is possible!

Emergency Preparedness Research Intern

Position Code: TOSC01

Company Introduction:

This NGO is a worldwide network of patient groups with a full or partial focus on providing support to patients with lymphoma, was formed in 2002 and incorporated as a not for profit organisation in 2010.

The need for a central hub of consistent as well as reliable current information was recognised as well as the need for lymphoma patient organisations to share resources, best practices, and policies and procedures. With this in mind, four lymphoma organisations started this NGO. Today, there are over 80 member organisations from over 50 countries.

This NGO’s current strategy is focused on ensuring impact within two pillars: information and advocacy.

Role: Emergency Preparedness Research Intern

Internship Description:

  • Research emergency preparedness models in the health sector, by country, region and globally
  • Summarize key findings and categorize into key areas (for example: crisis preparation and planning,rapid response, and emergency preparedness plans) to support the continuation of lymphoma care and treatment
  • In relation to the displacement of patients with lymphoma living in and/or fleeing Ukraine:
    • Help to identify and summarize tangible examples of best practices in action (such asinnovative approaches, collaborative initiatives, critical advocacy pathways) that address unmet patient in affected countries and across settings
    • Help to identify and summarize policy, advocacy, and/or government initiatives to address theneeds of patients with lymphoma living in and/or fleeing Ukraine (from an advocacy, policy, and/or government lens)
    • Support team efforts to identify and profile practical case studies of advocacy in action to learnmore about achievements, impact, and lessons learned
    • Support team efforts to identify policy in action to learn more about what policies wereinstrumental in real-time, what gaps are present, and what might need to change

Requirements:

  • Meticulous and knowledgeable about how to conduct research and present findings
  • Ability to clearly identify relevant data or evidence-based information based on subject matter
  • Skilled at concisely summarizing key findings without bias
  • Supportive skills to help this NGO profile real-world case studies (may involve participant interviews, email, communication, or other approaches to succinctly capture relevant information)
  • Present to the Membership & Alliances team at the close of the internship (key findings or points)

 

Biosimilars Research Intern

Position Code: TOSC03

Company Introduction:

This NGO is a worldwide network of patient groups with a full or partial focus on providing support to patients with lymphoma, was formed in 2002 and incorporated as a not for profit organisation in 2010.

The need for a central hub of consistent as well as reliable current information was recognised as well as the need for lymphoma patient organisations to share resources, best practices, and policies and procedures. With this in mind, four lymphoma organisations started this NGO. Today, there are over 80 member organisations from over 50 countries.

This NGO’s current strategy is focused on ensuring impact within two pillars: information and advocacy.

Role: Biosimilars Research Intern

Internship Description:

  • Review this NGO’s report (An Update on Biosimilars in Lymphoma) to gain an understanding of thesubject matter
  • Research the sources referenced and update the information to reflect the present status, changes,and/or emerging trends to watch for
  • Identify additional sources of relevant information and/or new data that might be of interest topatients with lymphoma (with respect to biosimilars)
  • Analyze the conclusion of the 2018 report and explore what has changed in the past five years
  • Present results and/or key findings to the Membership & Alliances team at the close of the internship

Requirements:

  • Meticulous and knowledgeable about how to conduct online searches, research, and present findings
  • Ability to clearly identify relevant data or evidence-based information based on specific subject matter
  • Skilled at concisely summarizing key findings without bias
  • An understanding and/or interest in the drug regulatory approval process
  • An understanding and/or interest in the role of patient input in health technology assessment
  • Skilled at summarizing complex clinical and/or evidence-based data

Health Literacy Intern

Position Code: TOSC02

Company Introduction:

This NGO is a worldwide network of patient groups with a full or partial focus on providing support to patients with lymphoma, was formed in 2002 and incorporated as a not for profit organisation in 2010.

The need for a central hub of consistent as well as reliable current information was recognised as well as the need for lymphoma patient organisations to share resources, best practices, and policies and procedures. With this in mind, four lymphoma organisations started this NGO. Today, there are over 80 member organisations from over 50 countries.

This NGO’s current strategy is focused on ensuring impact within two pillars: information and advocacy.

Role: Health Literacy Intern

Internship Description:

  • As needed, support project related research needs with respect to health literacy globally
  • As needed, support project needs specific to health literacy in the region of Asia-Pacific
  • Research and summarize key stakeholders, initiatives, and/or published evidence-based studies relatedto health literacy, either globally or in the region of Asia-Pacific
  • Support literature search and reviews, either globally or in the region of Asia-Pacific
  • As needed, support scoping exercises, such as research and analysis
  • Flap key stakeholders with a focus on improving or addressing health literacy challenges
  • Present results and/or key findings to the Membership & Alliances team at the close of the internship

Requirements:

  • Ability to clearly identify relevant data or evidence-based information based on subject matter
  • Skilled at concisely summarizing key findings without bias
  • Understanding of and/or keen interest in exploring the social determinants of health, namely howinequities in relation to health literacy adversely affect patient outcomes
  • Ability to translate evidence-based research into layperson language
  • Skills and/or a desire to learn more about patient advocacy in relation to policy development

Back-End Web Developer Internship

Internship Code: TOIT01

Company Description:

This Canadian company is a software studio specializing in the development of video games. They are an exciting start-up with 7 employees working in Toronto, Canada. Their two-game projects are in full production and set for release in Spring 2022. Their games are fun to play and are supported by meaningful stories. They lift ideas from the page and put them in your hands.

They are an ambitious group who collaborate freely, pitch in where needed, and always have a lens on learning. The video game industry is exciting to be in, but no prior experience with games is necessary.

Internship Position:

Back-End Web Developer Internship

Internship Description:

This company is looking for a Back-End Web Developer who will work with game developers to create a platform to collect player data during game testing. This includes:

  • Video recording and audio transcription, form submissions, scoring assessments, and database management
  • The candidate will use their understanding of programming languages and tools to analyze industry standards and trends in player testing
  • They have weekly meetings for progress updates and stay in touch during the day using Discord
  • The team members create their own path but are ultimately accountable to each other

Internship Requirements:

  • Majoring in Computer Science and/or Computer Engineering
  • Knowledge of Javascript, HTML, CSS, PHP, and WordPress and Airtable (basic databases), Figma, SDK implementation
  • Understanding of the web development cycle and Agile Methodologies
  • An eye towards UI and process efficiencies
  • Excellent communication and project management skills