Through the Internship Programme, CNHR identifies promising young and recent graduates for further training and scientific exposure. The graduates are hosted within research laboratories and facilities in some of the leading institutions that partner with the Consortium. During the six-month period of internship, some of the interns are exposed to modern approaches of scientific research, and gain first-hand experience from performing scientific procedures with aid of varied sophisticated analytical or diagnostic equipment. Others join research teams carrying out field-based epidemiological surveys or participate in the application of other scientific tools in health research such as GIS and mathematical modelling. This is done under the very close mentorship and supervision of Senior Research Scientists.
The ultimate aim of the Internship Programme is to build interest in research among talented young Kenyans and motivate them to choose life-long career paths in the field of health research. This is seen as one way of retaining young scientists with the requisite skills to both generate and use research knowledge within a multidisciplinary environment.
To date 40 internship grants have been awarded.