The Open Society Foundations (OSF) works to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve its mission, OSF seeks to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. The Open Society Foundations’ Public Health Program aims to advance the health and human rights of marginalized persons. Strategies include building the capacity of civil society leaders and organizations, and advocating for accountability and a strong civil society role in health policy and practice.

In an effort to strengthen advocacy on health and human rights issues, the Health Media Initiative of the Public Health Program and Parsons The New School for Design developed “Field Internships in Information Design.”

More commonly known as the Parsons Fellowship, this gives NGOs the opportunity to host a graduate student Fellow from the Design and Technology (DT) program. The need for such a program arose in response to how digital technology has revolutionized access to information and communication. By taking advantage of digital technology NGOs can increase the effectiveness of their advocacy campaigns. The Parsons Fellowship allows DT graduate students to support NGOs in developing effective media and communication strategies by sharing their expertise in information design and media production.

Funding for this program is provided by the Health Media Initiative, part of the Open Society Foundations.