Global Health Communications Intern-2017-Deadline July 21st ,2017


Global Health Communications Intern
Global Health Fellows Program II
Front Office, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development
Anticipated timeframe: September 2017 – March 2018: Compensated 6 month internship
Location: Washington, DC/Arlington, VA

The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) is a cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute in partnership with Global Health Corps, GlobeMed, Management Systems International and PYXERA Global. GHFP-II is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

GHFP-II’s goal is to improve the effectiveness of USAID health programs by addressing the Agency’s immediate and emerging human capacity needs. The program seeks to accomplish this goal first through the recruitment, placement and support of diverse health professionals at the junior, mid and senior levels. These program participants include fellows, interns, corporate volunteers and Foreign Service National professionals. The program then provides substantial performance management and career development support to participants, including annual work planning assistance, and ensures that professional development opportunities are available.

Looking to the future, GHFP-II also seeks to establish a pool of highly-qualified global health professionals that will ensure the Agency’s ongoing technical leadership and effectiveness. This objective is supported by an extensive outreach program that brings global health opportunities and specialized career advice to a diverse range of interested individuals, with a particular focus on those underrepresented in the field of global health.


The Bureau for Global Health is one of the largest Bureaus within the US Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID’s global health program focuses on strengthening health systems through three strategic priorities that build on our successes: 1) Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths, 2) Creating an AIDS-free generation, and 3) Protecting Communities from Infectious Disease while building sustainable health systems in the poorest regions of the world. In FY 2016 the Bureau programmed over US$ 2.8 billion in global health interventions to support its three strategic priorities.

In Washington, D.C., the Bureau for Global Health comprises eight offices that support the missions: the Office of the Assistant Administrator, the Office of Policy Programs and Planning, the Office of Professional Development and Management Support, the Office of Country Support, the Office of Health, Infectious Diseases and Nutrition, the Office of Health Systems, the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) and the Office of Population and Reproductive Health. The Bureau also works closely with several Presidential and high level initiatives, Including the Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI), the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and Feed the Future. For more information, please visit:


The Global Health Communications Intern (Intern) will be assigned to the Bureau for Global Health Front Office to support the Senior Communications Advisor. The Intern will regularly interact with the Senior Communications Advisors of the different GH teams to support their work as needed. The Intern will work closely with the Senior Communications Advisor to support the consistency of global health messaging both within the Agency and externally, as well as visibility equity across the different health elements. S/he will also regularly interact with the Agency’s Legislative and Public Affairs team, as well as the team of internal Agency communicators. S/he will receive day to day guidance from the Senior Communications Advisor for the Bureau who will serve as his/her onsite manager.


  • Gaining experience in the field of strategic communications principles, implementing these within a USG setting and ensuring that a series of expected results is achieved.
  • Gaining a greater understanding of the many initiatives led by the Bureau and how these intersect with other Bureau’s within USAID, USG Agencies, external bilateral and multilateral stakeholders, the private sector and global health advocates.
  • Gaining knowledge on how the Agency and the Global Health Bureau are accountable to Congress.
  • Deepening skills in collaboration and coordination within a complex organizational and implementation structure.
  • Participating in professional development activities provided through GHFP-II and USAID (e.g. via technical presentations, meetings, etc.) as agreed upon with on site-manager (5%).


  • Assisting with core tasks, such as the development of GH-wide products and materials, drafting talking points for front office leadership, action memos and support for high level events (World Health Assembly, GH conferences, etc.).
  • Supporting the coordination of multiple processes and ensuring tasks are passed on and/or fulfilled in a timely fashion with the involvement of the Agency front office, Legislative and Public Affairs team, other Bureau communicators and/or GH technical people.
  • Supporting the Lead Communicator in further positioning the GH Bureau within the larger Agency, such as assisting with interagency global health learning sessions development of GH report to Congress, and additional communications materials. Identifying opportunities to share select GH initiatives and promoting the overarching global health narrative.
  • Working with Bureau Communicators and institutional contractor to ensure a united voice for the Bureau across its social media platforms and external communication vehicles.
  • Providing editorial and logistical support to Agency clearance process to ensure the required GH documentation is drafted by the technical teams and moves along the chain of command.
  • Drafting op-eds, success stories, blogs, press releases, presentations, and fact sheets on cross Bureau health initiatives and, when necessary, liaising with the different GH teams.
  • In collaboration with the Communications Team, working with agency media platforms-including Impact Blog, Frontlines, Exposure and Medium, to-pull together ad hoc GH stories (when necessary) with help from implementing partners.
  • Providing support around major GH observances/conferences/events, including logistics support, speaker support, and development of social media toolkits.
  • Supporting Lead Communicator in interactions with USAID Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA) for tasks such as negotiating interviews with the press, drafting talking points, clearance process, branding queries and GH product development for outreach and media purposes.
  • Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming need and/or the Intern’s own interests.



  • Currently enrolled master’s or other post-bachelor’s degree candidate in communications, public health or related fields; or, completion of such within the past 12 months.
  • Demonstrated experience in communications work, preferably with a media outlet.
  • Ability to create social media toolkits and leverage a variety of social media platforms.
  • Strong writing, editing and analytical skills.
  • Proficiency in graphic design and audio, familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite on Cloud preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience developing various digital/print/social media tools. Strong organizational skills, especially in coordinating events, detail oriented and ability to follow tasks through to completion.
  • Ability to produce quality content on tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work independently and with multiple teams.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.


$1,826 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position).


Detailed information, including an online application and instructions, is available on our website at All applications must be submitted by July 21st, 2017 at 5:00 pm eastern time.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA Employer.


Global Health Fellows Program II
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Washington, DC 20004

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