Visual Communications Intern, Washington, United States 29 views


INTERN TITLE: Visual Communications Intern HOST ORGANIZATION:Communications Branch, Strategic Coordination and Communication Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, Global Health Bureau, United States Agency for International Development LOCATION: Washington, DC POSITION LEVEL: Master’s level INT-P3-072

SALARY: $1,832 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position) ANTICIPATED TIMEFRAME: 6 Months


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 Communications Branch (GH/OHA/SCC/COM) promotes consistent and effective messaging on USAID’s role and achievements as a key implementer of PEPFAR programs. The Branch is OHA’s focal point for public affairs and communications support, working across USAID, USG agencies, and implementing partners. The Branch provides assistance for OHA events and announcements, manages the OHA web and social media platforms, and coordinates with the USAID’s Legislative and Public Affairs Bureau and Development Outreach Coordinators in USAID missions.


The Visual Communications Intern (Intern) will support both the work of the team as well as projects across the office. The Intern will support the office in producing materials that may include: presentation slides, newsletters, issue briefs, reports to Congress, web and social media graphics, and other materials as needed.

Reporting structure:

The Intern will work closely with the Communications Team and receive technical guidance from the OHA/SCC Division Chief, who will serve as their Point of Contact.


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

Gain understanding of programming needs for HIV prevention and epidemic control, and key approaches to improve the coverage of proven interventions.

Sharpen skills in communicating OHA’s achievements to internal and external audiences.

Improve communication and coordination skills within a complex organizational and implementation structure.

Improve communication skills with and gain visibility from senior leadership within OHA and USAID.

Hone design and visual communication skills by working on high-level materials visible to multiple internal and external audiences (e.g., a new prevention product roll-out).

Essential Duties:

Create and design print and digital materials, including but not limited to: presentation slides, newsletters, issue briefs, fact sheets, reports to Congress, web and social media graphics, and other materials as needed following PEPFAR and USAID branding and marking guidelines.

Distill and accurately translate and portray complex information (e.g., reporting data in graph or table format, etc.) into easy-to-understand visual communication and graphics.

Help tell the story of OHA/USAID through visual storytelling Retouch and manipulate images.

Use graphic design software (Illustrator, In Design, Adobe Photoshop, etc.) and work with a wide variety of media.

Assist the Communications Team to develop design concepts.

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 graphic design and communications through global health programming.

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


global health

graphic design

hiv prevention




visual communication

Develop a global health focused career plan with a mentor.



Currently enrolled master’s or other post-bachelor’s degree candidate or completion of such within the past 12 months.

Basic knowledge of layouts, typography, line composition, color and other graphic design fundamentals.

Experience with graphic design work and software (InDesign, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator).

Ability to work collaboratively and creatively to produce clear engaging graphic communications for both print and web.

Ability to distill and translate complex information into easy-to-understand visual communication.

Strong creative and analytical 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.

US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

Additional skills (preferred):

Communications or Graphic Design major preferred.

Compelling portfolio of graphic design work.

Experience working with USG and USAID is a plus.

Interest in global health is helpful.


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 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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