Digital Communications Intern

Public Health Institute, Arizona, United States
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INTERN TITLE: Digital Communications Intern
HOST ORGANIZATION: Front Office, Bureau of Global Health, United States Agency for International Development

LOCATION: Arlington, VA



SALARY: $1,826 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position)



Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health (GH) Bureau. Its purpose is twofold: (1) Through individual fellowships, STAR will help strengthen the capacity of diverse American and low-and-middle-income country (LMIC) health professionals at all levels to make innovative contributions to global health (GH); and (2) STAR will create ground-breaking opportunities for both US and LMIC GH academic institutions and other groups, including professional associations, to create systems for open-access knowledge sharing, resulting in effective partnerships. STAR’s individual and institutional participants are contributing to the development of self-sustaining systems and tools that will produce global citizens with the full spectrum of relevant health competencies. STAR is managed by the Public Health Institute and implemented in partnership with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).



USAID's Bureau for Global Health works to advance U.S. national security and economic prosperity, demonstrate American generosity, and promote self-reliance and resilience. Our global health programs are dedicated to saving lives and improving the health of the poorest and most vulnerable. USAID's priority global health goals are: 1) Preventing Child and Maternal Deaths; 2) Controlling the HIV/AIDS Epidemic; and 3) Combating Infectious Diseases, while simultaneously building resilient and sustainable health systems in partner countries. Our communication team works to promote the work of the Bureau to a variety of external audiences, across social media, blogs, and interactive content.


The Global Health Digital Communications Intern (Intern) will support the Bureau for Global Health (GHB). S/he will have the opportunity to learn about USAID's work from leading technical experts and develop a strong understanding of communications and how to promote the work of the agency. Communications is a fast paced and dynamic environment with new outreach opportunities and ideas to pursue arising every day.

Reporting structure:

The Intern will be based in the Global Health Front Office and will work closely with the communications team and receive technical guidance from the Communications and Advocacy Advisor who will serve as his/her onsite manager.

Essential Duties:

  • Develop and execute a time limited campaign to increase engagement and promotion of USAID global health content.
  • Use existing photos and raw content, draft a series of human-interest stories to illustrate complex health concepts for a lay audience.
  • Implement best practices across global health social media channels.
  • Monitor analytics to track impact and inform future efforts, including researching and applying new metrics and developing regular report.
  • Draft Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram content for USAID's social media channels.
  • Maintain content calendars on a weekly and monthly basis.
  • Develop interactive and new visuals to better convey technical content.
  • Use existing information, draft stories and blogs to be published on USAID channels.
  • Coordinate content between varying handles, including cross promotion.
  • Assist in drafting content for mini campaigns to promote specific topics, health and advocacy days.
  • Learn about USAID's work and suggest areas to increase promotion.
  • Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming need and/or the Intern's own interests.


Internship Output/Deliverable:

The Digital Communications Intern will develop a digital media campaign, including conception and execution, to promote USAID's global health investments. This campaign will include social media as well as blogs and digital stories, and it will be rolled out on highly visible global health and Agency wide channels.

Anticipated learning outcomes: *required 10% time

  • Identify and describe the core attributes of the STAR global health competencies; defined as development practice, cross cultural awareness, communication, capacity strengthening, ethics of public health, health equity, gender equality and global burden of disease.
  • Gain exposure to communications through global health programming.
  • Apply effective communication skills across a broad network of peers and advisors within global health to support learning and professional development.
  • Develop a global health focused career plan with a mentor.



  • Currently enrolled masters or other post-bachelor's degree candidate or competion of such within the past 12 months.
  • Demonstrated experience developing various web/print/social media materials and using associated analytics platforms.
  • Demonstrated experience conveying complex technical information in an understandable and human centered manner.
  • Strong writing and analytic skills.
  • Strong interest in strategic communications, public affairs or policy.
  • Ability to participate in a 1-2-week field experience.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

Additional skills (preferred):

  • Demonstrated experience using Adobe Creative Suite with an emphasis on Photoshop and InDesign preferred.


The Public Health Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including learning programs.

Position subject to availability of funds.