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Digital Health Intern
Washington, District of Columbia US


  • Currently enrolled master's or other post-bachelor's degree candidate in international development, public health, engineering, 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

Digital Health 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 GH to accelerate the development, introduction and scale up of priority global health interventions. In this role, 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 Digital Health Intern (Intern) will work with the Senior Advisor, Digital Health, in the USAID Global Health Bureau's Center for Accelerating Impact and Innovation (CII). There the Intern will work on building knowledge products and guidance that advances the strategic use of digital technologies to support and strengthen USAID programs and global health outcomes. This internship will support activities related to the development of Vision and Guidance documentation being crafted to strengthen the Global Health Bureau's effective use of digital technologies in support of global health outcomes.


The Intern will work closely with the Senior Advisor, Digital Health as his/her onsite manager.



  • Gaining experience in the field of digital technologies used to support global health programming, including maternal and child health.
  • Gaining a greater understanding of development of strategies to ensure the effective integration of digital technologies into global health programming and projects, both within donor organizations and in the context of country-level implementation.
  • 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 review of internal and external documentation for relevance to the Vision and Guidance development
  • Supporting focus group and bilateral session input  and feedback on the draft Vision and Guidance
  • Drafting as needed, the development of concept notes  and/or prototypes of tools to address gaps identified through the Vision and Guidance creation process with guidance from OSM as appropriate
  • 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 international development, public health, engineering, or a related field; or, completion of such within the past 12 months.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office programs.
  • Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Strong attention to detail with the ability to multi-task and problem-solve.
  • Self-motivated and able to adhere to strict deadlines.
  • Demonstrated interest in digital health.
  • 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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