Research Partnerships Intern




Grand Central Station
P.O. Box 4777
New York
United States


The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) was founded in 2000 with a single defined objective: accelerating meaningful therapeutic advances and, ultimately, a cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD). The Foundation provides a distinctive combination of scientific, business, and media assets to this core focus. This triple-pronged, singularly-defined strategy towards disease research enables a dynamic, motivated, and young organization. MJFF has quickly grown into the largest global funder of Parkinson’s disease research outside of the federal government and has funded over $750 million in research across academic and industry labs worldwide.

MJFF raises over $90 million annually. We deliberately have no endowment or reserve because we believe that our capital needs to be invested today to find a cure for PD as quickly as possible. We start our fundraising from zero each year and deploy funds raised as quickly as possible, in a strategic, targeted, and vetted manner. The Foundation has approximately 135 full-time employees who are based in New York City.

Research Partnerships supports the Foundation’s mission of developing new and improved PD therapies through its focus on three key activities: 1) increasing engagement and developing partnerships with various stakeholders, including industry (pharma and biotech), regulators, health systems and patients; 2) developing and managing large-scale research projects, including public-private partnerships; 3) business strategy, project management, analytics and operations of MJFF’s research activities.

Job requirements:

MJFF’s Research Partnerships group manages novel and complex research-oriented projects. The role of the Research Partnerships Intern will drive our organizational objectives forward through extensive and detailed research projects, necessitating proven research skills, a high level of organization in work flow, attention to detail, and strong initiative. We believe the internship offers an excellent opportunity to gain experience in project management and field-wide research within a non-profit organization. This internship will begin immediately. All interns are paid $15 stipend per day. Our general business hours are 9am to 5pm.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Perform industry research on companies (including pharma, biotech, health tech) involved in Parkinson’s disease research and therapeutic development
  • Provide technical support and maintenance for the Foundation’s flagship observational studies including PPMI and Fox Insight virtual study site
  • Assist the Clinical Operations team on projects aimed at increasing best practices for Parkinson’s disease clinical research
  • Develop communications strategies and materials to facilitate external promotion of MJFF activities, as well as cross-departmental reporting
  • Coordinate and work alongside internal MJFF teams within the Research Partnerships division

Qualifications of an Ideal Candidate:

  • Undergraduate student with previous experience in research either through educational curricula or prior work experience
  • Competency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
  • Ability to work independently, be proactive, and take initiative
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Strong written communication skills

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter describing your specific qualifications and interest. Applicants who best match the position description will be contacted. Submissions without cover letters will not be considered.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.