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  • Internship Opportunities (a total of 19 internships are proposed)

    Health on the Net Foundation (www.HealthOnNet.org)
    Health On the Net Foundation, based in Geneva, Switzerland, is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to realising the benefits of the Internet and related technologies in the fields of medicine and healthcare. With private and public sector support, the Foundation actively promotes effective Internet use and demonstrates best-in-class implementation and application.

    HON’s two main goals are:

    1. Improving the quality of e-health information

    HON grants certification to health and medical websites through the HONcode. This is the oldest and most internationally used Code of Ethics, now a de facto standard, for certifying health-related websites. It is based on eight requirements that concern the following aspects:

      • Authorship
      • Complementarity
      • Privacy
      • Attribution
      • Justifiability and completeness
      • Transparency
      • Funding
      • Advertising policy

    Each request of certification is examined by a member of the HONcode Review Committee, which includes medical professionals. The certification is free of charge. Certified websites are granted a HONcode quality mark, helping citizens identify reliable websites, and undergo a systematic biennial review, required for the renewal of the HONcode certificate.

    HONcode highlights

    • HON implemented the 2001 eEurope Quality Criteria for Health Web Sites, based on the HONcode principles.
    • As of today, there are more than 7,200 HONcode-certified websites across 102 countries, representing over 10 million web pages.
    • 4,400 certified websites in 24 European countries.
    • HON, the official certifying body for health websites in France.
    • Since 2007, HON has been accredited by the French High Health Authority as the official certifying body for French health websites. In France alone, there are already more than 1,300 certified websites.
    1. Improving the access to quality e-health information

    HON is also engaged in the research and development of strategies aimed at improving the access to quality health information.

    HON is offering the following internships to give students an insight into the work at HON and the importance of the HONcode.

    The minimum eligibility criteria are:

    1. Applicants must be enrolled in a study program during the internship, which will eventually result in a Bachelor’s degree or higher.
    2. Applicants must be 20 years old or older.
    3. Applicants must at be well conversant in either English or French and preferably have basic knowledge of the other. Knowledge of any other languages will also be taken into consideration.

    The following internships are available at HON:
    -    Web Programming 

    -    Information Technology

    -    Medical Linguistics

    -    Research Assistant, online health information


    - Internship 1: Policy research intern

    Internship responsibilities

    The internship involves conducting desk-based research on advertising and editorial policies on health and medical websites and will propose solutions on how to best adapt the HONcode based on them. The tasks will focus on, but will not be limited to, the following:

    • analyse processes and activities related to health and medical website advertising and editorial policies at the European level;
    • identify existing editorial and advertising policies implemented elsewhere;
    • evaluate and propose methods and pragmatic solutions HON could adapt based on these policies;
    • conduct literature review and build bibliography on advertising and editorial policy-making

    Qualifications required

    • availabilily for 3 months full-time;
    • has at least a bachelor's degree; a graduate degree is a plus;
    • preferably having one of the following academic backgrounds: policy-making, media law, advertising, health communications, social sciences, media technologies;
    • previous research experience;
    • strong writing and proofreading skills;
    • highly organised and able to pay close attention to detail;
    • English language skills at native-speaker level, knowledge of other languages would be an asset
    • ability to work under pressure and in a multicultural international environment

     

    - Internship 2: Project Assistant

    Internship responsibilities

    We are developing a certification scheme for health and medical NGOs. The intern's tasks will focus on, but will not be limited to, the following:

    • liaise with health NGOs to assess and evaluate the feasibility of developing a certification scheme for websites of health NGOs
    • propose solutions on how to best certify health NGO websites
    • integrate and identify events in the health fields to be added to the HON directory/network

    Qualifications required

    • availability for 3 months full-time;
    • has at least a bachelor's degree; a graduate degree is a plus;
    • preferably having one of the following academic backgrounds: health sciences, health communications, social sciences;
    • previous advocacy experience;
    • strong writing skills;
    • strong negotiation skills;
    • highly organised and able to pay close attention to detail;
    • English language skills at native-speaker level, knowledge of other languages would be an asset
    • ability to work under pressure and in a multicultural international environment

     

    - Internship 3: German translation intern

    The internship will involve:

    • translating provisu.ch (HON's trustworthy online information on vision disorders, eye diseases and the prevention of blindness) into German;
    • identifying German-language websites on specific topics according to the HONcode
    • various German language translation tasks (German-French-English)

     
    Qualifications required

    • availability for 3 months full-time;
    • has at least a bachelor's degree in translation/German;
    • strong writing skills;
    • highly organised and able to pay close attention to detail;
    • German language skills at native-speaker level, knowledge of French and English
    • ability to work under pressure and in a multicultural international environment

    Professional intership of 4 months full time or 8 months (50%) with possibility of a permanent employment.

    - Internship 4: Research assistant

    Internship responsibilities

    In France, a set of guidelines on certifying web forums has recently been mandated. In relation to this, the intern's tasks will focus on, but will not be limited to, the following:

    • analyse and evaluate this new guideline;
    • propose pragmatic solutions on how HON could adapt this new guideline;
    • conduct desk-based research and provide an evaluation and proposal on how HON should develop a set of guidelines for web 2.0 developments
    • formulate a study (negotiation, actualization, validation and deployment of the questionnaire) to evaluate the level of satisfaction and the expectations of webmasters for this specific code

    Qualifications required

    • availabilily for 6 months full-time;
    • holds at least a bachelor's degree; a graduate degree is a plus;
    • preferably having one of the following academic backgrounds: policy-making, media law, Internet/web technology studies, health communications, social sciences, media technologies;
    • previous research experience;
    • strong writing and proofreading skills;
    • highly organised and able to pay close attention to detail;
    • French language skills at native-speaker level, knowledge of other languages would be an asset
    • ability to work under pressure and in a multicultural international environment

     

    - Internship 5: Project assessment intern

    This internship will focus on SanteRomande.ch, a website developed by HON, which is a useful and reliable online medical and health information for residents of the French-speaking region Switzerland. The intern's tasks will focus on, but will not be limited to, the following:

    • conduct an assessment of SanteRomande.ch's organization and content
    • evaluate the site in terms of usability testing
    • propose solutions to improve the website and network;

    Qualifications required

    • availabilily for 3 months full-time;
    • holds at least a bachelor's degree in the health sciences; a graduate degree is a plus;
    • strong writing skills;
    • highly organised and able to pay close attention to detail;
    • French language skills at native-speaker level, knowledge of other languages would be an asset
    • The ability to work under pressure and in a multicultural international environment

     

    - Internship 6: web design intern

    This internship will focus on SanteRomande.ch, a website developed by HON, which is a useful and reliable online medical and health information for residents of the French-speaking region Switzerland. The intern's tasks will focus on, but will not be limited to, the following:

    • improving SanteRomande.ch's “look and feel,” making it more accessible and user-friendly, especially to those who are impaired;
    • developing new sections of the website;
    • updating the website on a regular basis

    Qualifications required

    • availabilily for 6 months full-time;
    • holds a degree/diploma in graphic/web design/web development;
    • experience with HTML, CSS, Java, content management system, Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver and other web design programs
    • ability to work independently;
    • highly creative;
    • highly organised and able to pay close attention to detail;
    • French language skills at native-speaker level, knowledge of other languages would be an asset;
    • the ability to work under pressure and in a multicultural international environment

     

    - Internship 7: Catégorisation de l’information de santé sur le Web.

    La Fondation Health-on-the-Net effectue la certification de sites internet afin d’améliorer la qualité de l’internet Santé. Dans le but de rendre accessible les sites de confiance, HON développe des barres d’outils pour naviguer en tout confiance.
    Actuellement l’information de santé n’est pas classifiée ou dans certains cas selon les types d’audience (patient, professionnel de santé,…).
    Problématique : identifier de nouveaux cas selon le vécu, le besoin dans des différents utilisateurs. Par exemple culture générale, la maladie au quotidien, maladie chronique, information complète, …
    L’étudiant devra faire une étude de la littérature sur le sujet. Au cours de son stage il/elle réalisera des interviews structurées des internautes pour identifier leurs besoins en termes d’information.

    - Internship 8: Consolidation d’un vocabulaire contrôlé.

    La Fondation Health-on-the-Net effectue la certification de sites internet afin d’améliorer la qualité de l’internet Santé. Dans le but de rendre accessible les sites de confiance, HON développe des barres d’outils pour naviguer en tout confiance.
    Le stage s’inscrit dans le cadre de l’activité principale de la Fondation Health On the Net qui a pour but de guider le citoyen vers de l’information fiable et adaptée a ses besoins et cela via des outils et systèmes spécifiques.
    L’étudiant devra élaborer un vocabulaire contrôlé pour les patients dans le domaine de la santé à partir de documents catégorisés manuellement par l’équipe HON et les requêtes faites par l’utilisateur.

    - Internship 9: Enquête structurée

    La Fondation Health-on-the-Net effectue la certification de sites internet afin d’améliorer la qualité de l’internet Santé. Dans le but de rendre accessible les sites de confiance, HON développe des barres d’outils pour naviguer en tout confiance. Le stage s’inscrit dans le cadre de l’activité principale de la Fondation Health On the Net qui a pour but de guider le citoyen vers de l’information fiable et adaptée a ses besoins.
    L’étudiant devra  effectuer des entretiens structurés auprès des internautes pour connaître leur usage d’internet afin de comprendre leur besoins.

    L’étudiant sera amené à réaliser des analyses statistiques.

    - Internship 10: Evaluation of the Web 2.0 code of HON:

    HON has a specific code for web 2.0 platforms. It is composed of 8 points, providing the basis for the official certification of web 2.0 resources. The student will have to formulate a study (negotiation, actualization, validation and deployment of the questionnaire) to evaluate the level of satisfaction and the expectations of webmasters for this specific code. This work will be done for French websites.

    - Internship 11: Elaboration of a typology for toxicology:

    The knowledge of HON in the valuation of health information is used for the Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology (http://www.scaht.org/). During their internship, the student should develop a strategy of classification for toxicology. To undertake this unique classification strategy, the student should use existing terminologies (Medical Subject Heading, among others...). To finish, the student will have a corpus of web pages to validate the quality of his strategy.

    - Internship 12: Study and development of ergonomics on many informatics application:

    The Health On the Net Foundation is looking for a student who will develop a tool to better integrate our different search information tools. They will work on the usability, ergonomics, integration of our search engines.

    - Internship 13: Statistic study: Impact of the HONcode certification

    The Health On the Net Foundation certifies health websites since 1995. HON is the organism accredited by the Haute Autorité de Santé of France since November 2007 to certify health websites in France. We know that the certification done by the foundation has an impact on the quality of health information online, and we want to compute this impact systematically. HON has a huge quantity of data that the student should select and analyse to enhance the certification value. The student will have to lead this analysis.

    - Internship 14: For librarians:

    Define and validate a topology of websites on the Internet on the basis of publications and the existing topology.

    - Internship 15: Development Web and iPhone applications:

    Health On the Net Foundation, based in Geneva, Switzerland, is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to realising the benefits of the Internet and related technologies in the fields of medicine and healthcare. With private and public sector support, the Foundation actively promotes effective Internet use and demonstrates best-in-class implementation and application.  It aims to enhance the use of new technologies in the medical domain; HON is looking for developers of IT applications such as flash, websites development, or development of an iPhone application. The future collaborator should create an innovative and intelligent application for the iPhone (know Xcode and objective-C), be able to develop flash application or create website with CMS such as Joomla.

    - Internship 16: Detection of ethical principles on a medical wevsite (pdf in French)

    - Internship 17: Databases management-Identification of a medical professional (pdf in French)

    - Internship 18: Development of HON toolbar for Chrome browser

    - Internship 19 : Development of a search engine to retrieve images

    The Health On the Net Foundation certifies websites to improve the quality of health information online. In order to foster access to trustworthy websites, HON also develops specific  research tools to be used in the medical field.
    The internship is based on the European project KHRESMOI (http://www.khresmoi.eu) of which the Foundation is a key partner in developing research tools to retrieve medical images. Today, HON has two different image databases: one operates via certified websites and the other via the HONmedia tool (http://services.hon.ch/cgi-bin/HONmedia).
    The intern will have to automatically identify, index and sort images and videos available on trustworthy health websites.
    NLP and research algorithms will need to be used.

    The choices made by the intern will have to be motivated and discussed. S/he will have to draft intermediary reports.

    For all internships

    Remuneration
    A minimum allowance will be provided which will be sufficient for the intern’s basic requirements (living accommodations, food, etc).

    Send your CV and your application letter to :
    Célia Boyer
    e-mail :

    Place of work: Geneva

     

     


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