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The Johns Hopkins Vaccine Initiative promotes collaborative and interdisciplinary  vaccine research,  education, and implementation efforts to improve health worldwide.



The Program in Applied Vaccine Experiences (PAVE) is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Johns Hopkins Vaccine Initiative (JHVI), and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. The objective of the PAVE Scholars Program is to allow JHSPH graduate students to work with mentors at the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Gavi (the Vaccine Alliance), the Global Immunization Division (GID) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or Unicef to gain experience in vaccine research, policy, and programs of global importance.


PAVE Internships are restricted to master’s and doctoral students in good standing who will be enrolled at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health during the internship period and who will have completed at least one year of coursework by the time the internship begins in August/September. Preference will be given to students who will have completed three terms of biostatistics and one term of epidemiology and one or more vaccine courses prior to starting their internships. Students in one-year master’s programs are not eligible.

Applications are due in early February and applicants must be available for interviews in Baltimore in mid-late February. Awards will be announced by early April and internships are anticipated to begin in August/September.


JHVI, in collaboration with WHO, GAVI, PAHO, CDC and Unicef, will arrange internships on vaccine-related topics of global importance that will provide opportunities for students to apply skills acquired at JHSPH. However, it is essential that JHVI and organizational mentors have the flexibility to adjust internships to respond to critical or emerging public health needs. Following the identification of PAVE Scholars, JHVI will assign internships based on student interest and experience and mentor programmatic needs.

Specific projects will vary, but might include analytic work or systematic reviews that contribute to the development of global immunization policy recommendations or the strengthening of national decision making processes for immunization, or on issues related to vaccine delivery, demand, financing, or safety monitoring, new vaccine introduction, or vaccine preventable disease surveillance.


Applications forms are available through the JHSPH website here:

Each of the following documents will be required

•   Application (PDF)

•   Recommendation letters (2)

•   CV

•   Unofficial transcript (downloaded from SIS)

•   Personal statement


For logistical questions and to submit electronic applications:  Ms. Wendy Twilley:


For questions related to internship content or eligibility: Dr. Jessica Atwell:



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