We're looking for a couple of interns to join the social science research and design team here at Digital Health's Product Research and Innovation team in Ireland. the blurb is below, please contact me if you're interested and send on to those who you think might also be both interested and eligible.

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The world’s health and healthcare systems are rarely out of the news. Healthcare reform in the United States and elsewhere, reminders about the rapid ageing of the world’s populations and the rise of chronic diseases present huge challenges to the status quo of the medical and care professions and to individuals’ own management of their health and wellness.

What role can technology play in shaping how individuals, communities, care professional governments and nations address these issues? During an internship with the Digital Health Group you can play a role in research addressing these questions and working towards solutions which address some of the challenges ahead.

The Product Research and Innovation team of Digital Health Europe is looking for 2 interns – design researchers, social scientists or designers. Interns will spend between 9 and 11 months with the team.

To date, interns in this group have encountered a wide range of the teams’ overall work. Projects involve a differing degree of design, engineering, social science or business focus but interns are guaranteed to encounter a mix of disciplines, a range of project sizes and types and to see a lot of variety. There is the real opportunity of putting design thinking, social science theory and enquiry and hands on design prototyping into application. Our aim is to give interns a central position in projects. Internships are paid positions.


An intern’s responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following activities:

  • Conduct primary, qualitative research to understand ‘user’ and organisational needs for, and responses to, new technologies in the health, social care and independent living arenas
  • Work to understand how existing technology and design developments could be swiftly integrated into existing health and social care systems
  • Participate in multi-person, multi-disciplinary research hand development projects involving social scientists, engineers and designers
  • Interact with research with researchers in the TRIL Centre – Technology Research For Independent Living (www.trilcentre.org)


  • You must be enrolled currently in a Masters or  Ph.D programme in an European university or Higher Education establishment. You are likely to be enrolled in a course in the following disciplines: Anthropology, Sociology, Health Economics, Social Policy, Interaction Design
  • Fluency in English and one or more other major European languages
  • History of Ethnographic / Design research and design accomplishments
  • Experience working with interdisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to provide meaningful contributions and work well in a team with other social scientists and designers
  • Expertise or demonstrable interest in developing health and social care related concepts, prototypes, or products would be an added advantage
  • Ability to work on business case/model development a bonus
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.



    • Katie

    • 14 years ago

    You say that interested internship applicants should contact you. However, I’m struggling to find an email address on this blog post. Could you please let us know how to contact you?

    • Simon Roberts

    • 14 years ago

    Sorry, to be clear you can email me at simon dot w dot roberts at intel dot com