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ASPIRE Internship: Health Research Alliance (HRA) Professional Development Program Coordinator

Posted by on Thursday, January 5, 2023 in Announcements .

ASPIRE Internship Opportunity:

Health Research Alliance (HRA) Professional Development Program Coordinator

Fully Remote Position

Take advantage of the opportunity to work with nonprofit funders of health research to identify, develop, conduct, and participate in opportunities for professional development of staff of members of the Health Research Alliance.

If you want to learn about careers in nonprofit organizations and make valuable connections at these organizations, all while exploring professional development opportunities this internship is for you.  Many biomedical research nonprofits employ PhD scientists to manage grants portfolios, oversee scientific programs, and lead communication efforts within their organizations. This internship will provide the opportunity to meet professionals in a wide variety of roles at private foundations and public charities. In identifying and setting up professional development opportunities such as workshops and mentoring circles, you will have the opportunity to enhance your own career development as well.

The HRA is seeking an intern to help coordinate the various aspects of our new Professional Development Program.  This intern will work closely with Maryrose Franko, PhD, Executive Director of the HRA, to facilitate the new program.  The goal of the program is to help enhance professional skills not generally available through other avenues, that will enable staff of HRA member organizations to be more effective in their professional capacity. To do that the program will:

  • Increase the professional networks and mentoring opportunities for staff to foster professional advancement and increase job satisfaction.
  • Provide expertise and knowledge to develop future leaders in the biomedical research funder community.

This program will offer workshops as well as identify and create other resources to achieve these goals, including setting up mentoring circles among staff of HRA member organizations. Resources and opportunities will be shared with the HRA membership and posted on HRA’s website.


  • Have the opportunity to attend HRA’s two in-person meetings to participate and coordinate professional development activities as well as capture feedback from participants
  • Coordinate calls, set up workshops and other activities among participants and speakers for the professional development program
  • Coordinate remote (and possibly in-person) mentoring circles
  • Meet and learn from professionals who have a wide variety of roles in the philanthropic community
  • Meet and interact with administrators, scientists, and others whose work impacts the entire biomedical research and training community
  • Gain exposure to the professional culture in a nonprofit scientific organization
  • Network with scientific foundation professionals and others in the biomedical research community (researchers, government officials, communications officers, etc.)


  • The internship will start as soon as possible and last approximately 12 months.
  • Except for travel to HRA meetings, the internship is fully remote (Nashville-based), part-time, paid $500/month, approximately 2-5 hours per week.
  • The participating student or postdoc must be eligible for ASPIRE funds.
  • As part of the internship, it is hoped that the intern will attend two in-person meetings (March 21-22, 2023, in Irvine, CA and fall 2023 in Chicago, IL) to attend and help coordinate the professional development opportunities offered at the meetings. This is not required.
  • Must be US citizen or permanent resident.
  • All travel costs to attend the meetings will be covered as part of the internship.

*HRA is a collaborative member organization of ~115 nonprofit research funders who are committed to maximizing the impact of biomedical research and training to improve human health. HRA Members represent a variety of types of nonprofit funders all of whom share a common interest in speeding the translation of biomedical science into applications that improve health and in identifying and adopting effective practices in funding health research.

Applications due by noon, Monday, January 23, 2023.  Extended to noon, Monday, February 6, 2023

To apply:

Your information will then be passed along to the organization and they will contact you directly to schedule an interview.

For further questions, please contact Ashley Brady (

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must be a current Vanderbilt University PhD student or a current postdoctoral fellow.
  • All PhD students must have completed all coursework for their degree prior to the start of the internship.
  • Biomedical PhD students must also have passed their qualifying exams before the application deadline.
  • Students and postdocs may not participate in more than one internship at a time.  More than one application may be submitted at a single time, but only one position can be accepted.
  • If you are not in a department supported by the BRET office, we will also require that you complete a form guaranteeing PI approval to participate in this program.  Please contact Ashley Brady at for more information.
  • If you are an international student or postdoctoral fellow, your visa status may affect your work eligibility. Please contact Ashley Brady ( to discuss this further.
  • Must be authorized to work in the US

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