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Washington, DC US


  • Currently enrolled master's degree or other post-bachelor's degree candidate in a program related to public health, international development, or related field; or, completion of such within the past 12 months.
  • Willingness to relocate to the Washington, DC metropolitan area for the duration of the internship if you do not currently reside there.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.
  • If selected, would you be available to start your internship full-time as early as mid-May?


Global Health Fellows Program II

HIV/AIDS Project OPTIMIZE Intern     

Research Division, Office HIV/AIDS, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development

Anticipated timeframe: May/June 2018 – August/September 2018: Compensated 3 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 working 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 Project OPTIMIZE Intern (Intern) will be assigned to the Vaccines Branch in the Research Division within the Bureau for Global Health’s Office of HIV/AIDS working on the OPTIMIZE Project. 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 non-governmental 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 Intern will work primarily in the Vaccines Branch to support efforts to accelerate access to safer, simpler and more affordable HIV treatment, in line with USAID’s approach of applying business-minded solutions to help solve complex development challenges. Central to these efforts is OPTIMIZE -- a global consortium dedicated to rapidly improving treatment outcomes for people living with HIV (PLHIV) by optimizing safer and more affordable Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs and formulations and accelerating their introduction in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). The Intern will support the OPTIMIZE consortium and the work USAID engages with on broader antiretroviral therapy (ART) optimization efforts with stakeholders such as WHO, Global Fund and Unitaid.  S/he may also carry out other Global Health Bureau-wide duties and participate in collaborative activities with other analysts in the Bureau. S/he will work closely with the OPTIMIZE Agreement Officer Representative (AOR) and Program Assistant, while directly reporting to the Public Health Advisor, who will serve as his/her onsite manager (OSM). 



  • Gaining experience in the field of HIV treatment activities.
  • Gaining a greater understanding of PEPFAR and international work being done in the area of HIV/AIDS with a broad range of global stakeholders.
  • 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%).



  • Conducting thorough literature review(s) and syntheses in programmatic or scientific areas of HIV Therapeutics.
  • Contributing to the development of project specific materials including one-pagers and project summary documents.
  • Participating in the planning and implementing of research activities supported by OHA (through our implementing partners) and coordinating with OHA technical staff, Mission staff, and teams of study investigators.
  • With support from OSM, assisting to design and participate in field work to consult USAID mission(s), healthcare practitioners, key opinion leaders, Ministry of Health officials, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and local distributors.
  • Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming need and/or the Intern’s own interests.



  • Currently enrolled master’s degree or other post-bachelor’s degree candidate in a program related to public health, international development, or related field; or, completion of such within the past 12 months.
  • Strong verbal communication, writing and analytical skills.
  • Ability to understand and translate complex research findings, resulting in the effective communication of research results to a wide range of policy, program and academic audiences.
  • Experience in conducting literature reviews (including using reference citation management software, such as EndNote) and data management and analysis.
  • Familiarity/work experience with HIV/AIDS is preferred.
  • Experience or strong interest in working in developing countries is preferred.
  • 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 December 4, 2017 at 5:00 pm eastern time.


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