Research Assistant

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty, the French and German governments created the Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health. It responds to the desire to pool knowledge and combine competencies in the field of Public Health. In associating Sorbonne Paris Cité and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, it is the objective of the Centre to become an important point of reference in the field of Public Health.
The Centre recently established an interdisciplinary working group on the communication of climate change and health. The group looks on different reviews aimed at analyzing current knowledge, gaps in understanding, and communication between the three groups of critical involved parties in the climate change debate. This umbrella project includes systematic reviews of scientific literature on climate change and health, an analysis of international legislations, and a view of the treatment of climate change and health in the media. This work promotes the CVV’s active role in translating scientific knowledge to real-world change, a central goal of public health.


Internship summary:

In the scope of this interdisciplinary research group, the intern will help the team in developing a report on climate change, health and migration. The intern will be in charge of:

  • Compiling and reviewing all relevant literature on the topic (with an interdisciplinary approach: history, communication sciences, political sciences, public health)
  • Assisting the team in a systematic literature review
  • Assisting the team in developing a database
  • Creating a cartography of NGOs, academic insitutions and companies that are implicated in the area of climate change and health.

The intern will be integrated in an international, small and dynamic team in Paris.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Enrolled in Bachelor or Master programme in Public Health, information and communication sciences or any other related field
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Interest in climate change and health
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a team environment as well as on own initiative
  • Proficiency with entire Microsoft Office Suite. EndNote and R would be an advantage


The duration of the internship will be between 3-6 months. The student will receive an indemnity, according to the French regulations of around 529,20 € per month. The internship could start immediately according to candidate’s availability.


Please send your application (CV and cover letter) to:

Niamh Herlihy, Researcher:

Stefanie Schütte, Researcher:

Copied to: Anneliese Depoux, Executive Director in Paris:

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