Research Partnerships Internship




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 125 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); 2) developing and managing large-scale research projects, including public-private partnerships; 3) business strategy, project management 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 Recruitment and Retention team on projects aimed at increasing best practices for Parkinson’s disease clinical research
  • Develop communications strategies and materials to facilitate 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

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

How To Apply

How to Apply:

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