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Innovative Financing Intern
Washington, DC US


  • Currently enrolled master's or other post-bachelor's degree candidate in a program related to business, public health or public policy (MBA, MPH, MPP, etc.); or completion of such a degree within the last 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 as early as mid-May?


Global Health Fellows Program II

Innovative Financing Intern                    

Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact, 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.   



USAID has a long-standing record of success in the development, introduction and scale-up of high-impact health products and interventions in the developing world, yet working in these markets presents a variety of challenges. With myriad life-saving health technologies readily available in the 21st century, too few are accessible to people of disease-burdened, low income countries. Those health technologies and interventions that do reach the last mile in places like Sub-Saharan Africa often take years, or even decades, to get there. Because successful product development and introduction requires viable public and private markets with clear pathways to achieve scale, the Agency must rely on cutting-edge thinking to push boundaries and address formidable barriers to adoption, from limited user demand to market failures, which can prevent innovative technologies from reaching those most in need.


To tackle these challenges, USAID established the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact (CII) as a center of excellence in the Global Health Bureau. In this role, CII applies business-minded approaches to the development, introduction and scale-up of health interventions to accelerate impact against the world’s most important health challenges. CII’s work falls into three main categories: 1) identifying state of the art practices; 2) catalyzing innovation; and 3) scaling for impact.



CII is comprised of two technical teams: the Innovation Team and the Market Access Team. The Innovative Financing Intern (Intern) will be assigned to the Market Access Team, which applies the most successful private sector principles and practices to the challenge of scaling global health innovations. Our approach includes planning for introduction and scale; designing and launching market shaping initiatives; utilizing innovative financing; and leveraging private sector. CII’s Innovative Financing Intern supports the use of non-traditional tools and approaches to catalyze and leverage private sector financing for global health.


The Intern’s responsibilities may include supporting a range of projects related to the use of blended and innovative financing, to support the Global Health Bureau’s objectives. S/he will work closely with the Senior Policy and Innovative Financing Advisor on the Market Access Team, who will also serve as her/his onsite manager.



  • Gaining experience in the application of business-minded approaches and the use of innovative financing in global health
  • Gaining a greater understanding of USAID and its work in global health and the broader global health community.
  • 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%).



  • Providing support to the team on the use of non-traditional tools and approaches to improve the sustainability and effectiveness of global health financing, as well as catalyze private investment for health (see Investing for Impact).
  • In coordination with the OSM, identifying global and country opportunities to use non-traditional tools and approaches for global health financing.
  • Supporting the team with the design and execution of any blended finance or innovative financing transactions.
  • Supporting coordination with other parts of the Bureau and Agency involved in health financing, such as the Office of Health Systems, the Office of Private Capital and Microenterprise, and the Development Credit Authority to support the sustainability and effectiveness of global health financing.
  • Supporting market shaping activities (described in Healthy Markets for Global Health: A Market Shaping Primer), such as an assessment of market characteristics and assisting in the design of potential interventions to incentivize the development of critical global health commodities and increase the efficiency or markets to deliver health products in low- and middle-income countries.
  • 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 a program related to business, public health or public policy (MBA, MPH, MPP, etc.); or completion of such a degree within the last 12 months.
  • Demonstrated experience with management consulting, financing, or other relevant private sector experience.
  • Strong familiarity with financial modeling.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Strong analytical, communication and writing skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to adhere to strict deadlines.
  • 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 February 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm eastern time.


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