Summer Internship 2021 / International Development Division – LAC Bureau, Rockville, United States 713 views

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Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

At Abt Associates, we are committed to creating a lasting culture of equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that in order to achieve full participation, our practices must be free of prejudice, discrimination, and bias that result in inequitable outcomes. We are actively working to advance equity for everyone, and while we still have much work to do, we know that racial and cultural diversity are an asset to our business and the communities where we live and serve. Our ongoing commitment is focused on creating business practices that advance racial and social equity, investments in community impact programs for the benefit of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), and expand upon project work related to racial equity and social justice.


Abt Associates seeks bright, talented, and intellectually curious students to add to our talent pipeline. As a paid research/program assistant intern on the Local Health System Sustainability project within Abt’s International Development Division, you will have the opportunity to gain hands-on industry experience while being exposed to challenging projects and learning from some of the top experts in the field. Interns will be exposed to a depth and breadth of expertise and knowledge through events and programs throughout the summer. Our summer internship program consists of a robust and structured curriculum that encompasses professional development opportunities, networking events, and a mentorship program. At this time we anticipate our internships will be remote, and candidates can be located anywhere in the United States.

The USAID-funded Local Health System Sustainability Project (LHSS) Project is a global project that works to strengthen health systems as a means to achieve universal health coverage and improve population health and well-being. Interventions will focus on reducing financial barriers, holding health services accountable for meeting all clients’ needs and making sure that the care patients receive meets minimum standards. As of December 2020, LHSS has activities in over 12 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

The Summer Internship Program at Abt Associates is 10 weeks, beginning June 7th through August 13th, 2021. Interns must be able to work full time (40 hours per week) for the duration of the program.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

The summer intern working on the LHSS project for this described position would work across activities in Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Peru, as well as on global research and knowledge dissemination on the topic of health system sustainability and transition from donor support. The intern would report to LHSS’s director for transition and sustainability and regional manager for LAC. Specific responsibilities include:

Research, summarize and synthesis various documents, reports, and related materials related to o Latin America and Caribbean Programs o Global multi-country health systems sustainability and transition research

Assist with preparation for meetings, and scheduling and set up

Contributing to technical products related to LHSS project activities.

Proofing, editing and formatting reports

Department / Division Qualifications

Fluent Spanish



environmental policy

global health

health education

health services

health systems

international relations


latin america

middle east

program implementation

social justice

universal health coverage

Candidate is currently enrolled in a graduate level degree program, undergrad could also be considered,

Health systems education or experience, international relations, development and/or global health education or experience,

Some familiarity with qualitative and quantitative research techniques

Program Minimum Qualifications

Has completed at least two years of college coursework

Has excellent communication skills, both oral and written

Is available to work full-time throughout the 10 week internship

Is eligible to work in the United States

Transitioning military are encouraged to apply

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this position will be based as a telecommuter for the foreseeable future. Only when Abt reopens offices to all employees will there be an expectation that new hires return to the geographical office to which they were hired.

Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits.


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