Health Communications and Public Affairs Intern, Washington, United States 116 views


INTERN TITLE: COVID-19 and HIV Adaptations Intern HOST ORGANIZATION: Neglected Tropical Diseases Division, Office of Infectious Disease, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development LOCATION: Washington, DC/Virtual due to COVID-19 POSITION LEVEL:

: Masters Level INT-P3-101

SALARY: $1,868.66 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position)**


*Time commitment negotiable with a maximum of 20 Hours/Week (Salary adjusted if part-time, non-exempt)


Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). STAR is a Global Health talent hub. Through fellowships, internships, and strategic partnerships, STAR supports building the capacity of diverse global health professionals and organizations at all levels to make inclusive, collaborative, and innovative contributions to global health. STAR participants collaborate in the development of systems and tools that strengthen and sustain the local and global health response.



The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID’s work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity, demonstrates American generosity, and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience. USAID’s global health programs are dedicated to saving lives and improving the health of the poorest and most vulnerable. This position is with USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, Office of Infectious Disease, Neglected Tropical Diseases Division. This Division works in 27 countries to fight five of the most prevalent neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that have proven, cost effective health interventions. This individual will join a dedicated group of 13 individuals working to end these devastating diseases of poverty.


The Health Communications and Public Affairs Intern (Intern) will support the Neglected Tropical Diseases Team in Washington, D.C. They will have the opportunity to learn about USAID’s work from leading technical experts and develop a strong understanding of communications through creation and promotion of content reflecting the Agency’s results and impact.

Reporting structure:

The Intern will be based in the Neglected Tropical Diseases Division and will work closely with the Neglected Tropical Diseases Team and receive technical guidance from the Division Chief, who will serve as their onsite manager and Communications Advisor, who will provide day to day technical guidance.


By the end of the internship, the Intern will have gained experience and exposure to:

Learn and practice communications and public affairs best practices.

Develop a digital media or print materials campaign, from conception to execution, to promote USAID’s global health investments.

Author and promote social media, blogs, digital stories, messages, campaigns, and other communications materials, and help promote them on highly visible global health and Agency-wide channels.

Essential Duties:

Work with staff to develop time-limited strategic communications campaigns and execute outreach strategies to increase engagement and promotion of USAID global health content.

Use raw and existing content to help illustrate complex health concepts for a lay audience.

Draft and share social media content for USAID channels. Draft messages, fact sheets, brochures, and other written content for external dissemination.

Draft and launch internal and external tools to further USAID’s strategic communications goals.

Draft, design, and/or modify visuals, such as presentations, infographics, videos, and other graphics to visually convey technical content and key messages.

Assist with event and conference-related planning, operations, and logistics as needed.

Learn about USAID’s infectious disease and neglected tropical disease program work.

Anticipated learning outcomes:

Increase knowledge and skills in strategy development that supports health communications and public affairs within infectious disease/global health program implementation.

Apply effective communication skills across a broad network of peers and advisors within global health to support learning and professional development.


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Deepen understanding of USAID global health programming, policies, and organizational culture.


Currently enrolled master’s or other post-bachelor’s degree program candidate in the area related to public health, public policy, communications, marketing, international development, journalism, or another relevant field, or completion of such within the past 12 months.

Demonstrated experience developing content for print, digital, and social media platforms and measuring content effectiveness.

Demonstrated experience conveying complex technical information in plain language.

Highly motivated, responsible, and hardworking individual.

Creative and organized team player.

Demonstrated experience using communications management platforms such as Hootsuite, GovDelivery, Canva, and the Adobe Creative Suite with an emphasis on Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

Strong writing and analytic skills.

Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.

This position may require travel. Ability to participate in a field experience, which may involve domestic and/or international travel and overnight stays for up to 2 weeks (pending lifting of COVID-19 restrictions).

US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

Additional skills (preferred):

Strong interest in strategic communications, public affairs, or policy.

Motivation to use communications for social good.


The Public Health Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including learning programs.


All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at, which allows you to create a profile and upload a CV/resume and cover letter.

The application

will remain open until filled.

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