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Program in Applied Vaccine Experiences - PAVE

PAVE supports vaccine-focused internships for Johns Hopkins students at international organizations that play critical roles in global vaccine policy and delivery.

In previous years, PAVE Scholars have been placed with mentors at agencies such as:

  • The World Health Organization’s Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals (IVB) (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Pan American Health Organization (Washington, DC)
  • Unicef (New York City)

Through PAVE, Hopkins students spend 12 to 16 weeks working full time at one of the partner organizations, gaining valuable experience in vaccine research, policy and programs of global importance. Successfully completing a 16-week PAVE internship can fulfill the Department of International Health's MSPH practicum requirement.


  • JHSPH master’s and doctoral degree students in programs lasting longer than 12 months
  • Students must have completed their first year of coursework when the internship begins in August [graduates are not eligible].
  • Students must be in good academic standing.
  • Preference will be given to students enrolled in one or more of the vaccine courses offered at the Bloomberg School.
  • Please note: Some partner organizations/positions have additional eligibility criteria and organizational preferences which may include language proficiency or country/region of origin.


The PAVE 2021 – 2022 application cycle is now open. See the announcement document below for full details, as well as the accompanying application and recommendation forms. Please note that whether internships will be on-site or remote is still TBD, as our partner agencies revise their policies about internships during the pandemic. Position descriptions for the 2021-22 will be similar to the descriptions from the previous cycle below. 

We anticipate up to two internships at Gavi, up to two internships at Unicef, and one internship at PAHO for the 2021 – 2022 academic year. Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be offering new internships at WHO for the 2021 – 2022 academic year.

See links below for example application documents from the last cycle as well as descriptions of prior placements for an idea of what may be offered. 

Applications are due by 5:00 pm EST on Friday, February 26, 2021. Please email completed forms to Liz Meyer (

Email questions about the program or eligibility to Rachel Hartman ( and copy Liz Meyer (