Nutrition Research Intern

World Vision USA

Job Description

Posted on: 
February 21, 2024

With over 70 years of experience, our focus is on helping the most vulnerable children overcome poverty and experience fullness of life. We help children of all backgrounds, even in the most dangerous places, inspired by our Christian faith.

Come join our 33,000+ staff working in nearly 100 countries and share the joy of transforming vulnerable children’s life stories!

Key Responsibilities:

Remote within the US - Nutrition Research Intern

Summer 2024

World Vision Internships provide a three-month opportunity for exceptional students and recent graduates ready to explore a career in the international relief and development sector. We are committed to providing interns with a meaningful learning experience where they can learn, grow, and connect alongside other emerging professionals who are passionate about our mission.

Learn: Take on challenging and meaningful work assignments while developing your technical skills and gaining valuable hands-on experience.

Grow: Deepen your understanding of the sector, develop your leadership potential, and grow your Christian faith during weekly professional development seminars and workshops.

Connect: Form connections with a diverse nationwide intern cohort and build your professional network at one of the largest international relief, development, and advocacy organisations in the world.

BEFORE APPLYING, make sure you meet the following requirements:

  • Able to commit to at least 24 hours per week for the entire internship period: 20 May – 16 August. 
  • Eligible to work in the United States.
  • Must have a valid US Social Security Number.
  • Be physically located in one of the following states where WVI is registered as an employer: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia (Washington D.C.), Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
  • Current or recent graduate from a graduate programme (within 2 years).
  • Adhere to World Vision International’s Christian Statement of Faith.
  • Willingness to use own electronic devices for internship purposes, and disposition to let WVI install endpoint security software on those devices.


  • Stipend: All US-based interns are paid a monthly stipend of $800
  • Hours: Full-time and part-time opportunities are available (24-40 hours/week)
  • Internship Location: Remote within the US (see eligible states above).
  • Appropriate Fields of Study/Majors: Master's in Public Health, Global Health, Nutritional Science, or related fields.


Good health and nutrition empower children. Our work promotes positive child development and well-being, prevents child death, reduces illness, and improves nutrition. We support over 184,000 Community Health Workers in 46 countries, providing timely counselling on healthy behaviours and building bridges to improved health and nutrition services. Our integrated approach enables caregivers, service providers, and over 300,000 faith leaders, to protect, advocate for, and improve the health and nutrition of children where we work.

The Opportunity

As a Nutrition Research Intern, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Support World Vision with a desk and systematic review:
  • Identifying various information sources through PubMed, Google Scholar, and websites of international organizations, directly reaching out to various stakeholders, and academic partners for grey literature or presentations related to food-based approaches (FBA), Infant and young child feeding counselling, and other behavior change approaches to prevent and/or address malnutrition
  • Develop search strategies to efficiently find relevant information (keywords, phrases, etc.)
  • Retrieve and review the gathered relevant materials and systematically review them. Analyze the quantitative and qualitative data in the peer-reviewed journals. Identify relevant findings: evidence, gaps in evidence, recommendations, and list the tools available.
  • Synthesize and summarize the findings
  • Assess the credibility and reliability of the sources reviewed
  • Document the review process
  • Communicate the results in a report
  • Draw conclusions and recommendations
  • Support World Vision in quantitative data analysis of a FBA program called Positive Deviance/Hearth (PDH)
  • Clean quantitative data under the direction of the Principal Investigator
  • Analyze data using SPSS and MS Excel
  • Report on findings and trends
  • Access weekly professional development programming delivered by WV People and Culture.
  • Be surrounded by people who motivate and inspire you.
  • Make a lasting impact on the lives of the most vulnerable children.

The intern’s responsibilities will include:

  • Liaise with Principal Investigator (PI)/Senior Technical Advisor (STA) for Nutrition to help with the support desk and literature review of existing resources, tools, guidance, and research on the topic of food-based approaches (FBA), infant young child feeding counselling (IYCF), and other behavior change approaches to prevent and/or address malnutrition research activities and in the quantitative data analysis for PDH.
  • Participate in weekly calls/meetings with the STA for Nutrition and the FBA project team
  • Increase knowledge on FBA, IYCF, and conducting systematic reviews
  • Write up a report for the systematic/desk review of all the available FBA resources and publications and identify the existing evidence, gaps in evidence, ongoing challenges, and recommendations.
  • Develop PowerPoint presentation with data cleaning steps, data analysis methodology, and results

Essential qualities for this role:

  • You are familiar with conducting systematic reviews and desk reviews of resources and tools on specific nutrition-related topics.
  • You are experienced with handling quantitative data, using SPSS or another statistical software and MS Excel
  • You have global health and nutrition knowledge.
  • Skilled in literature search, and data extraction, proficient in quantitative and qualitative data analysis to synthesize data across studies, attention to detail, and organization and time management.
  • You have cultural sensitivity when liaising with staff from other countries, other international organizations, and academic partners.
  • You can organize ideas into a coherent written narrative.
  • You can work independently and you feel comfortable with remote working.
  • You are passionate about using your God-given talents to positively impact the world.

Applicant Types Accepted:

Local Applicants Only

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