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Innovation and Scale-Up Intern
Washington, District of Columbia US


  • Currently enrolled master's or other post-bachelor's degree candidate in business administration or a 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 as early as mid-May?


Global Health Fellows Program II

Innovation and Scale-Up Intern             

The 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—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 regulatory inefficiencies and market failures, to limited user-demand and supply chain hurdles—which, all too often, prevent innovative technologies from reaching those most in need.


To tackle these challenges, USAID established a center of excellence in the Global Health Bureau to accelerate the development, introduction and scale up of priority global health interventions. In this role, the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact (CII) promotes and reinforces innovative, business-minded approaches and solutions to accelerate impact against some of the world’s most important health challenges, convening private sector experts and academic thoughts leaders to inform our thinking. The Center’s work falls into three main categories: 1) identifying state of the art practices; 2) catalyzing innovation and partnerships (such as through Grand Challenges for Development); and 3) supporting the rapid introduction of, and access to, key interventions.



The Innovation and Scale-Up Intern (Intern) will support the Center to apply business-minded and private sector approaches to the work of the Global Health Bureau, particularly to Saving Lives at Birth and other Global Health Grand Challenge initiatives. Saving Lives at Birth calls upon the brightest minds across the globe to identify and scale up transformative prevention and treatment approaches in resource-challenged settings for pregnant women and newborns around the time of birth. The Intern will assist and support the implementation of the Saving Lives at Birth program’s fourth annual Pitch Competition, a feature event during the two-day DevelopmentXChange, which brings together approximately 120 inspiring innovators and provides them with an opportunity to network with development experts and a range of potential funders/collaborators.


The Intern will also provide support to the Market Access Team to assist with conducting market analysis, country prioritization analysis, or other critical launch/scale-up effort for Saving Lives at Birth  or other Grand Challenge innovator(s). With oversight from the onsite manager (OSM), the Intern will provide technical support for this analysis aimed to understand and/or identify opportunities for innovation and engagement among USAID’s 28 priority countries. S/he will work closely with the Senior Innovation Advisor as his/her onsite manager.



  • Gaining experience in the application of private sector approaches to global health.
  • Gaining a greater understanding of USAID, 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%).



  • Supporting the planning and implementation of the pitch competition, to include developing themes and objectives for the 2018 competition, selection of participants, and development of relevant materials.
  • Serving as a liaison to our expert judges and coaches, including communicating and coordinating logistics and sharing relevant materials.
  • Assisting with providing critical feedback on pitches in advance of the competition, such as suggestions from the coach to improve their verbal pitches and/or pitch decks.
  • Collecting and sending feedback from the pitch competition to various participants.
  • Providing support to OSM and Market Access Team to conduct a market and/or country prioritization analysis of USAID’s 28 priority countries, which will aim to review different segments of market demand across various geographies, identify potential stakeholders in relevant countries, and assess the landscape of existing programs and regulations to ensure that an innovation is deployed most effectively.
  • 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 business administration or a related field; or, completion of such within the past 12 months.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting research related to market access and scale-up strategy.
  • Strong familiarity with global health markets.
  • Private sector and/or consulting experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Self-motivated and able to adhere to strict deadlines.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • 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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