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Maternal and Child Health Research Intern
Washington, DC US


  • Currently enrolled master's or other post-bachelor's degree candidate in public health, international health, international relations, or a related social science 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

Maternal and Child Health Research Intern         

Research and Policy Division, Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, 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 Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) serves as USAID’s technical and policy lead on maternal and child health and nutrition, and plays a leading role in the Agency goal of preventing child and maternal deaths (PCMD). In addressing the PCMD priority, the MCHN Office works to improve the accessibility and quality of basic interventions that can save, and have saved, millions of lives. The Health Research Program (HRP) is focused on accelerating the development, introduction and translation of research products into effective implementation by USAID and partner country health programs.



The Maternal and Child Health Research Intern (Intern) will contribute to advancing the team's mission while increasing their knowledge of USAID perspectives and priorities around research planning, knowledge management and reporting. The Intern’s work will focus on Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition related research activities in our 25 priority countries. The Intern will work in collaboration with the team to respond to needs related to research, communication and dissemination.



  • Gaining experience in the field of maternal and child health and nutrition.
  • Gaining a greater understanding of USAID’s priorities in the area of maternal, newborn, child health, and nutrition.
  • Gaining a deeper understanding in the field of implementation research and science by engaging in research-related activities involving teams across the Bureau for Global Health (GH) and supporting relevant external engagements.
  • 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%).



  • Supporting the Health Research Program’s (HRP) website content development, including developing blog posts, identifying key resources, and other related content as needed.
  • Supporting requests to curate information on MCHN implementation research for internal and external key stakeholders.
  • Conducting literature reviews and Internet scans for latest developments on key program activities in MCHN as needed.
  • Contributing to other assigned projects, products, and activities, and promoting knowledge management efforts for the team.
  • Other tasks or responsibilities 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 public health, international health, international relations, or a related social science field; or, completion of such within the past 12 months. 
  • Demonstrated interest and/or work experience in global health and development. Familiarity with maternal, newborn, and child health programs is preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and proven ability to communicate quickly, clearly and concisely.
  • Strong analytical, quantitative and qualitative skills.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with professionals of diverse backgrounds, including USG personnel and representatives of international partner agencies.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • 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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