Computer Scientist Intern
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Computer Scientist Intern

The Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of all New Yorkers.  To this end, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), FPHNYC incubates innovative public health initiatives implemented by DOHMH to advance community health throughout the city. It facilitates partnerships, often new and unconventional, between government and the private sector to develop, test, and launch new initiatives. These collaborations speed the execution of demonstration projects, effect expansion of successful pilot programs, and support rapid implementation to meet the public health needs of individuals, families, and communities across New York City. 



The mission of the Public Health Laboratory (PHL) is to ensure the health of all New York City (NYC) residents by providing quality laboratory testing services which address the needs of the NYC DOHMH and its community partners as they respond to clinical and environmental public health concerns.  


PHL is seeking to hire a Computer Scientist Intern who is currently enrolled in bachelor’s or Master’s Computer Science degree program at an accredited university and interested in working on high impact public health projects. The Computer Scientist Intern will join the Bioinformatics team to assist in the development of automated systems and databases for public health infectious disease surveillance in New York City. This is a part-time temporary position for at least 28 but less than 35 hours per week.



  • Assist with improving, enhancing, and installing genomics software on Linux servers
  • Create scripts to automate data processing and curation tasks
  • Improve quality control systems
  • Draft technical and standard operating procedure documentation
  • Test new or updated bioinformatics software and tools. Perform validation and quality assurance testing
  • Troubleshoot Linux server application and network issues
  • Research and implement open-source tools useful to bioinformatics processes




  • Enrolled in baccalaureate or master’s degree in a Computer Science program at an accredited university with a minimum of 1 year of study in the program before commencing the internship
  • Good understanding of data analysis, relational databases, UNIX/Linux environments, networking and distributed systems, and cloud environments
  • Familiarity with programming languages including but not limited to R, Python, C++, Bash, and SQL
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills; Excellent oral, inter-personal and written communication skills



The position will be paid on an hourly basis consistent with experience. This position will be hired through a staffing agency and will be eligible for benefits



There is a potential for this position to transition to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

DOHMH has a residency requirement that must be met within 90 days of appointment at DOHMH.



To apply, send Resume, with Cover Letter, including how your experience relates to this position. We ask that you do not contact our staff directly and no phone inquiries please. Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted.



The Fund for Public Health in New York City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply.