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Employment & Internships

Working at MedWish means joining a team of people who are passionate about saving lives and saving the environment through our work. Quality, integrity and respect for our recipients are at the forefront of all we do.

 

Available Positions

 

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM COORDINATOR 

POSITION: 

Reporting to the Director of Operations, the Volunteer Program Coordinator (VPC) supports the mission of MedWish through the use of volunteers and interns. The VPC is responsible for administering day-to-day volunteer sorting and coordinating those groups and individuals. He/she will need to be prepared to work face-to-face with groups of up to 90 volunteers as well as individual interns, and be expected to strike a balance between administrative and face-to-face work. MedWish receives over a half a million pounds of donations, and attempts to meet the humanitarian needs of over 250 recipient organizations each year. The number and quality of volunteer hours will directly impact MedWish’s ability to meet the medical needs of our recipients and increase our worldwide efforts; therefore, the VPC position requires a hands-on approach to getting things done together with the ability to work well with staff and volunteers. Also, the coordinator will be involved in strategic planning, and evaluation, as well as preparation for MedWish’s expanding programs and services.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

QUALIFICATIONS:

It will be ideal if the candidate has experience in the medical or humanitarian aid programming fields, and has traveled or lived in a developing country. However, this is not required.

JOB TYPE: Salary (Exempt)

SCHEDULE: Full-Time

 

If interested in applying, please email your resume and cover letter to: Britta Harman, Director of Business Operations, at bharman@medwish.org with the subject:

Volunteer Program Coordinator Application

Internships

 

HUMANITARIAN AID INTERNSHIP

Description:

Overview: MedWish International is a not-for-profit organization committed to repurposing medical supplies and equipment discarded by the healthcare industry with the objectives of providing humanitarian aid in developing countries to save lives and reducing waste to save our environment. This unpaid internship program allows individuals to pursue their interests professionally while utilizing their talents for the benefit of MedWish’s mission.

Objectives:

i. To help the Humanitarian Aid Specialist pull, organize, and send medical supplies for orders
ii. To sort donations for use as humanitarian aid
iii. To offer the intern an opportunity to experience a non-profit organization
iv. To stimulate interest in the field of international public health

Duration:

10 weeks Tues-Friday, 12-15 hours per week (arranged with staff supervisor)

Responsibilities:

The internship will consist of several components, which can include but are not limited to:

i. Packing supplies for outgoing hand carried orders, containers and brigades
ii. Assisting recipients who come to MedWish to “shop” for their own supplies
iii. Sorting incoming donations and “stocking”/maintaining supply bins
iv. Digitizing paper recipient records
v. Presenting “lunch and learn” seminars to staff and other stakeholders about various topics such as the health disparities in some of the countries we serve; the economic and environmental impact of some of our programs; and the identification, uses and maintenance of various equipment and supply donations we receive; as well as a final presentation on projects worked on, insights gained and impact felt by intern and stakeholders
vi. Other projects as required, requested or assigned by intern or staff supervisor

Requirements:

i. The Humanitarian Aid Internship is open to undergraduate college students. All majors are welcome.

ii. Ability to lift 40 pounds

iii. Ability to work on your feet for an extended amount of time (5-6 hours per day)

iv. Ability to succeed in a fast-paced, non-traditional work environment

v. Ability to work in varying climates, both hot and cold

Expectations of the Intern:

i. Reliability. Set and abide by schedule, notifying staff supervisor when unable to come in.

ii. Curiosity. Look for what interests the intern, asking questions when necessary.

iii. Focus. Return to the agreed upon objectives and endeavor to complete as much as possible.

iv. Flexibility. Accept the unpredictability and changes that are inherent in all work and particularly apparent in the medical surplus recovery industry.

 

If interested in applying, please email your resume and cover letter to volunteer@medwish.org.

 

REPROCESSING INTERNSHIP

Description:

Overview: MedWish International is a not-for-profit organization committed to repurposing medical supplies and equipment discarded by the healthcare industry with the objectives of providing humanitarian aid in developing countries to save lives and reducing waste to save our environment. This unpaid internship program allows individuals to pursue their interests professionally while utilizing their talents for the benefit of MedWish’s mission.

Objectives:

i. To help the Humanitarian Aid and Alternative Recycling Program Coordinator sort, catalog, package and send surgical supplies and suture that cannot be used by international recipients to approved reprocessing vendors
ii. To offer the intern an opportunity to experience a non-profit organization
iii. To stimulate interest in the field of international public health

Duration:

10 weeks Tues-Friday, 12-15 hours per week (arranged with staff supervisor)

Responsibilities:

Many of our international recipients cannot make appropriate use of surplus high-end endoscopic surgical equipment and sutures. Instead of throwing these items in the trash, paying for the removal of said trash, and furthering the environmental problems associated with throwing things in the trash which could otherwise be used, a select number of these items can be sold to approved reprocessing vendors. These vendors pay MedWish for these items, which is then put back into our life saving mission, and then sell these items to hospitals as resterilized equipment or to medical schools for teaching purposes.

The role of the reprocessing intern will be to find, sort, catalog, box and send these items to our reprocessing vendors. This may involve making increasingly complex decisions as time, training and experience progress. In time, the intern may be able to monitor stock levels of surgical equipment for recipients, explore new items and vendors for reprocessing, and choose which vendor to send items to with minimal supervision. The intern may also perform other projects as required, requested or assigned by intern or staff supervisors.

Requirements:

i. The Reprocessing Internship is open to undergraduate college students. All majors are welcome.

ii. Ability to lift 40 pounds

iii. Ability to work on your feet for an extended amount of time (5-6 hours per day)

iv. Ability to succeed in a fast-paced, non-traditional work environment

v. Ability to work in varying climates, both hot and cold

Expectations of the Intern:

i. Reliability. Set and abide by schedule, notifying staff supervisor when unable to come in

ii. Curiosity. Look for what interests the intern, asking questions when necessary

iii. Focus. Return to the agreed upon objectives and endeavor to complete as much as possible

iv. Flexibility. Accept the unpredictability and changes that are inherent in all work and particularly apparent in the medical surplus recovery industry

 

If interested in applying, please email your resume and cover letter to volunteer@medwish.org.

 

 

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