Emergency Field Hospital – Water and Sanitation Intern

International Medical Corps

Los Angeles, CA or Washington, DC, United States 🇺🇸

Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.


The Emergency Field Hospital – Water and Sanitation Intern will assist the Emergency Field Hospital Manager and the Emergency Response Unit in achieving the World Health Organization’s Minimum Standards for Emergency Medical Teams. The intern will learn how International Medical Corps’ Emergency Field Hospital operates and will learn how to develop Standard Operating Procedures specifically for the hospital’s Water and Sanitation processes and its mission while applying Sphere and WHO standards.

• Learn how International Medical Corps’ Emergency Field Hospital operates and deploys in event of a simulation or emergency
• Learn how International Medical Corps’ Emergency Field Hospital has evolved and modularized over the last few years
• Learn how to achieve minimum standards for WHO’s Emergency Medical Teams Certification based on the Self-Assessment Checklist for Emergency Medical Teams.
• Learn how to create Standard Operating Procedures based on WASH Clinical and General Needs
• Learns how to create Standard Operating Procedures for the management of Medical Waste in a deployment setting
• Learn how to assess existing Water and Sanitation protocols and documents specific to the Field Hospital
• Learn how to amend these documents and protocols with respect to the recent modularization
• Learn about existing SOPs for similar field hospitals

Compliance & Ethics
Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards. Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. Communicates these standards to partners and requires them to adhere to these values.


• Currently enrolled or graduated from in a Water Engineering Master’s Program or something similar
• Sound knowledge of adequate water and sanitation-related infection control measures at health care facilities, particularly in resource limited settings;
• Demonstrated coursework completion on designing and implementing water and sanitation systems in IDPs, refugee and migrant contexts, maintaining sanitation systems, and implementing hygiene promotion programs
• Strong written and verbal communication skills in English
• Strong computer skills in Microsoft Word and Excel
• Strong initiative and interest in learning about international emergency response
• Work or volunteer experience in International Development or Emergency Response preferred
• Demonstrated organizational and problem solving skills
• Must have exceptional people skills
• Willingness to follow all instructions, policies and procedures