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INTERN TITLE: Strategic Information Data Intern HOST ORGANIZATION: Strategic Information Branch, Strategic Information, Evaluation and Informatics Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, United States Agency for International Development LOCATION: Washington, DC/Virtual due to COVID-19 POSITION LEVEL: Masters Level INT-P3-084

SALARY: $1,869 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position) ANTICIPATED TIMEFRAME: 6 Months, full-time


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 Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) is the focus of HIV/AIDS technical leadership for USAID and has primary responsibility for leading the Agency’s efforts within President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a $52 billion multifaceted approach to combating the disease in more than 120 countries around the world since 2003. In cooperation with the US Department of State’s Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), other US Government (USG) partners, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations, USAID provides global technical leadership on the full range of issues related to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment; manages numerous research and field support programs; and monitors the impact of the Agency’s HIV/AIDS programs. In this endeavor, USAID works very closely with a range of USG agencies involved in the fight against AIDS, such as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Defense, and Peace Corps. More information about PEPFAR may be found at


The Strategic Information Data Intern (Intern) will be assigned to the Strategic Information Branch within the SIEI Division of OHA within the Bureau for Global Health. OHA has primary responsibility for leading the Agency’s efforts within President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a multibillion, multifaceted approach to combating the disease around the world.

Reporting structure:

The Intern will work closely with the Core Analytics sub-team within the Strategic Information Branch and receive technical guidance from the Core Analytics lead, who will serve as their Point of Contact.


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

Developing a scalable analytics project to showcase within division relying on the use of open-source statistical packages.

Developing reports for various audience to improve not just access to data, but data driven decision-making within the organization.

Supporting the development of open-source code packages for use by analysts and practitioners across USAID.

Essential Duties:

Assist the Core Analytics sub-team to develop an analytics project to advance the office’s understanding of an issue PEPFAR data will shed light on that can be more broadly applied to other countries in the future, relying heavily on work in R or other open-source statistical packages.

Support the Core Analytics sub-team in developing and maintaining quarterly project reports to identify trends, outliers, and issues for headquarters and field stakeholder relying on data visualization principles and using R Markdown files (Rmds) or other open-source notebooks, like Jupyter Notebooks.

Work with Core Analytics sub-team to build additional packages in R other open-source statistical packages that standardize munging and analytic processes to improve data quality and efficiency.

Support the Core Analytics sub-team by providing analytic support on ad hoc issues, questions, and data requests that arise

Assist the Strategic Information and Health Informatics Branches in the collection and management of custom indicators that provide stakeholders at headquarters and the field with additional data insights beyond the quarterly indicators PEPFAR agencies collect

Anticipated learning outcomes:

All STAR Interns will participate in learning activities (*required 10% time) during their internship. By the end of the internship, the Intern will be able to:

Gain exposure to strategic information and health informatics through global health programming.



data analytics

data quality

data visualization

disease control

field support

global health

health informatics



oral communication



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



Currently enrolled masters or other post-bachelor’s degree candidate or completion of such within the past 12 months, including nursing, physician assistant and medical degree candidates.

Previous experience with open-source statistical software, ideally R

Experience with global health, data analytics and/or HIV programs.

Ability to analyze data from different sources/databases utilizing multiple data analytic platforms.

Ability to create and present data visuals.

Strong interpersonal, facilitation and teambuilding skills, and ability to work cross-culturally with diverse teams.

Demonstrated innovative thinking and problem-solving skills.

Excellent analytical, written, and oral communication skills.

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):

Knowledge of HIV/AIDS.


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. Position open until filled.

The Public Health Institute is committed to a policy that provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and to make all employment decisions so as to further this principle of equal employment opportunity. To this end, the PHI will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are offered employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to these characteristics.

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