Bulamu Healthcare

Bulamu's mission is to treat the sick and strengthen health systems serving Africans most in need. We were founded by the late Jim Balassone '64 who served as our Board Chair from 2016-17. Since 2017, Dick Chandler '64 has been Bulamu's board chair and overseen the substantial growth of the organization. Today, Bulamu offers 3 healthcare programs that both directly treat the sick (General Medicine and Surgery Programs) and strengthen the health systems the poor rely on (Health Center Excellence program).

Bulamu's full-time team is 8 people, while our clinical programs use contract Ugandan clinicians, often ranging from 30-50 additional staff at a time. Our Board of Directors and Advisory Council include 35 people total, with a number of Uganda's leading public health experts among them. Bulamu's work would benefit from having a highly capable Princeton student on the team for the summer, both for the time you will spend with us and as a way of contributing our approach to global development work to your long-term career. We have several other Princeton alums involved, so it would be great to build on these friendships by getting the next generation involved, too!

City/State

Kampala, Uganda

Internship Description

NOTE:  As of 12/3/21, international travel remains subject to limitations. Refer to the University’s Pandemic Travel Guidelines for the latest update. Students applying to this internship should be aware it could potentially pivot to a remote option. Contact PICS Program Coordinator, Rose Holton with any questions. 

Multiple internship options are possible, depending on the interests and skills of the best fit candidate. These include:

  • Data Analytics and Management Systems Consulting - Bulamu has implemented a system of visual management reports (via Tableau) that provide local Ministry of Health system leaders with timely (last 6 weeks and 6 months) visualized data for their region's health facilities. This system went live in the spring of 2021. We now continue to work to help our Ugandan partners use the data and insights most effectively in order to improve health outcomes and to share lessons learned as a result.
  • Monitoring & Learning and Research Program support - Bulamu is conducting multiple strands of M&L and Research on our work. We need help for self-contained projects in various phases including draft writing, data gathering (from secondary sources and existing systemic data sets, not individual patient information), and other parts of the process leading to publication of our work in both peer-reviewed and generalist settings.
  • Special Assistant to the CEO: Bulamu has a culture of continuous improvement and while the topics change over time, we are always working to improve a few aspects of our work at a time, in order to improve patient outcomes. This position would lead to a defined project closer to your arrival date but at least 1-2 months in advance. The position might also report to a member of Bulamu's Ugandan team with a dotted line to the CEO. Additional projects are possible depending on the skill set of the applicant.
# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transportation Housing  Format
8 Flexible  8:00am / 9:00am  5:00 / 6:00pm N/A No Remote

Housing Information

Not applicable, as this internship is being held remotely

Internship Qualifications

The ideal candidate have:

  • Highly organized, compassionate candidate with an interest in responding to global poverty, international development, and achieving health equity for the poor as a human right
  • The exact work will be tailored to the candidate's skillset so the high-level fit is more important than the diverse range of specific skills which PICS candidates could bring to Bulamu's mission.
  • Commitment to culturally appropriate behavior, both personally and professionally, and to being a good ambassador for Bulamu's mission.

Additional or preferred qualifications:

  • Management systems experience, data and analytics experience, and global healthcare experience each a plus but are not required to be from an international development program context.
  • Consulting experience, presenting and public speaking, and data visualization experience would each be an asset and fit within the skills listed above.

Writing Sample Required

  • A piece of non-fiction/analytical writing from the last 2 years. Preferably less than 10 pages as we often have to make our arguments concisely.

Special Requirements

  • None