Biology Research Internship, Zimbabwe

Join a medical nonprofit organization as a laboratory research intern in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare.

It’s a unique opportunity to be on the frontlines of innovative research in areas such as HIV, SARS CoV2, and other viruses and to gain a wealth of practical lab experience.

You’ll join Mutala Research, a team of scientists dedicated to public health and implementation science research in Africa. Run by experts in the field, and aided by collaboration with philanthropic and government organizations, this nonprofit has an ambitious mission of improving the health of people across the African continent. As an intern, you’ll assist with pioneering laboratory research projects, and potentially some field-based research.

This internship is suitable for students of molecular biology, sequencing, virology, immunology, microbiology, or general biology. Ideal candidates will be at Masters level and have some lab experience.

Learning outcomes of this research & development internship;

  • Practical experience in scientific research in areas such as biology, virology, or immunology
  • Insights into the needs of the public health sectors in Africa
  • An understanding of the management and development needs of a nonprofit research institute
  • International work experience
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You’ll be joining Mutala Research; a nonprofit organization dedicated to public health research in Africa. It’s based in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, and part of the Charles River Medical Group (CRMG), a research organization established to diversify clinical trials and expand clinical research capabilities throughout the African continent. They do this by partnering with government, industry and nonprofit organizations to conduct clinical studies that advance science and improve human health – globally, but specifically focused on Africa.

As the nonprofit research component of CRMG, Mutala Research focuses on public health and implementation science research, run by experienced leaders in these areas. Recent research was focused on issues such as vaccine effectiveness, vaccine hesitancy, and adolescent HIV treatment. While the organization is still in its startup phase, it’s looking to expand its capabilities, and interns can play a vital part in this. Mutala works from laboratories in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare.

What you’ll do

As an intern on this program, your tasks will include;

  • Doing lab-based research; depending on the projects happening at the time and your academic background, this can be in molecular biology, sequencing, virology, immunology, microbiology, or general biology
  • Assisting with the development of information systems
  • Assisting with lab management and coordination
  • Doing data analysis
  • Potentially assisting with some field-based public health research /li>
  • Relevant academic background, and ideally a Bachelor degree or higher in the relevant field
  • Ideally some laboratory experience
  • A flexible approach to work
  • A willingness to adapt to a foreign work environment
  • A passion for the work Mutala does

Accommodation information to be confirmed.


Internship start and end dates are flexible and will be discussed with your during the selection process.

What you’ll pay (2022 rates)

8 weeks USD TBC
12 weeks USD TBC
16 weeks USD TBC

What you are paying for:
  • Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously.
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes.
  • An orientation program with your supervisor.
  • Regular check ins during your internship with you and your supervisor.
  • Your own account on a career development platform that offers content and courses focused on exploring different career opportunities
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship
  • Airport transfers
  • Support on the ground
  • Accommodation
  • Flights
  • Visa, medical and travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities

Optional extra:

Personal Development Sessions
To help you optimize your personal and professional development during your internship, we offer individual monthly sessions with a professional consultant. These 1,5-hour sessions offer opportunities to set goals, reflect on your experience, and ensure your internship will benefit your career as much as possible.
Monthly fee: USD 65
Harare, Zimbabwe
Medical NGO
Research,  Lab Management, Data analysis, Public Health
Min. 8 Weeks
  • Gain a wealth of practical experience in laboratory research in fields such as virology, immunology, and microbiology
  • Contribute to pioneering research programs aimed at advancing public health in Africa
  • Get insights into the day to day running of a health-focused nonprofit organization
  • Learn from experts in your field
  • Boost your resume with international work experience

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How to apply?

If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:

  1. Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) and send your CV to
  2. We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.
  3. If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.
  4. If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, get started with a booking process, and we’ll give you all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming adventure.
  5. Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.

Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just fill in the contact form on the right. We’ll be happy to assist!

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