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The Pandemic Prevention Institute is seeking a 2022 Summer Associate to support the team activities aimed at building data systems to improve public health outcomes and better detect and respond to pandemic threats.

The Analytics Summer Associate in the Pandemic Prevention Institute will join our data team which analyzes data to deliver insights and products that empower decision makers from nations to neighborhoods.

We value our Summer Associates and want to invest in and mentor future leaders who will grow personally and professionally and create impact in the philanthropic sector. As a Summer Associate at The Rockefeller Foundation you will have the chance to contribute to our initiatives through engaging, meaningful work assignments.

Please Note:

  • This position is open to graduate students only. 
  • Submission of a cover letter is required. 
  • The 2022 Summer Program, which is a paid program, will run 10-12 weeks, with exact dates to be determined. 
  • This position will be based in the Washington, DC office; however, we are planning to keep the program remote this summer.


The Pandemic Prevention Institute (PPI) aims to help the world detect, prevent, and mitigate pandemic threats to achieve containment as quickly as possible. We are an independent, nimble collaborator with the global community working toward an early warning system for the world. With a growing global network, PPI will harness data to drive decision-making that prevents pandemics. Our partnerships span public, private and academic sectors. We’re working on Covid-19 today and pandemic prevention for the future.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Conduct analysis and interpretation across a wide array of data sets to assess data quality, consistency, and depth as well as identify trends relevant to public health.
  • Generate, visualize, and publish novel insights around data.
  • Work with Institute team and its collaborators to mock-up and prototype products, such as data dashboards and decision support tools.
  • Communicate findings in written and presentation formats. Assist in preparing strategic materials and presentations for high-level conversations and ensure action items are captured and completed. 
  • Assist in the identification, vetting, and selection of key partners and data sources to execute on components of the platform and strategy.
  • Assist in preparation for, execution of, and follow-up from meetings and convenings with external parties including data users, data owners, and subject matter experts.
  • Support the oversight of existing data and analytics partners and projects, including review of deliverables from collaborators.
  • Assist in communications efforts around our work, including our website, blog posts, and social media posts.
  • Landscape key data sources and actors operating in geographies specific to PPI’s strategy and pandemic platform.

Education, Experience and Skills

  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program in one of the following areas: math, statistics, computer science, bioinformatics, or epidemiology. Public health, biology, and other disciplines with a strong quantitative background also welcome.
  • Proficient using at least 1 common programming language for data wrangling and exploratory data analysis (i.e. R or Python). Experience using multiple languages, data visualization and dashboarding tools, and/or web development tools a plus.
  • Experience telling stories with data in both written and presentation formats. Interest in publishing insights for a global audience. Experience developing high-quality slide decks a plus.
  • Interest or experience working in the nonprofit sector and strong interest in public health and how it is impacted by data science and technology. Familiarity with public health, global health, and/or epidemiology a plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to engage effectively with a wide variety of people.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Must be a proactive self-starter.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States.
  • Committed to the mission of the Foundation, to inclusion, equity and diversity in every aspect of your work, and to challenging conventional wisdom through evidence, reason, and amplifying dissenting, unconventional, and marginalized voices.

The Rockefeller Foundation intends at present to form, establish, and launch a global institute for precision pandemic prevention for rapid pathogen threat detection, evaluation, and action (the “Institute”). This position will begin at the Foundation and may be transferred or assigned to the Institute. Such transfer or assignment, if at all, would in all aspects be subject to the Foundation’s sole discretion.

As an organization, we focus on six values to advance our culture and to continue our success. We are dedicated to being TransparentOptimisticAccountableCollaborative, Trusted and Equitable. We operate from a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in everything that we do. It’s not only the right thing to do – we couldn’t make an impact without the diverse perspectives and experiences of our team members. We expect all employees at the Foundation to contribute by developing their unique perspective and talent, and to challenge conventional wisdom through evidence and reason, and by amplifying marginalized voices.

The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. To this end, the Foundation ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.

The Rockefeller Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.