Digital Health Intern

Posting Number: #131-21

Position Title: Digital Health Intern

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Washington, DC

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INTERN TITLE: Digital Health Intern
HOST ORGANIZATION: The Center for Innovation and Impact, Office of the Assistant Administrator, Global Health Bureau, United States Agency for International Development
LOCATION: Washington, DC/Virtual due to COVID-19 Restrictions
SALARY: $1868.66 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position)
ANTICIPATED TIMEFRAME: 6 Months, full-time
*Estimated Start: June 2021


Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). STAR is a Global Health talent hub. Through fellowships, internships, and strategic partnerships, STAR supports building the capacity of diverse global health professionals and organizations at all levels to make inclusive, collaborative, and innovative contributions to global health. STAR participants collaborate in the development of systems and tools that strengthen and sustain the local and global health response.



USAID created the Center for Innovation and Impact (CII) in 2012 to use a business-minded approach to accelerate the development, introduction and scale-up of priority global health interventions. Sitting within the Global Health Bureau, CII invests seed capital in the most promising ideas and applies rigorous, market-oriented approaches to cut the time it takes to transform ideas from the drawing board to impact on the ground. To achieve its goals, CII:

  • Serves as a catalyst, driving innovation and partnerships
  • Works with internal and external partners to help prioritize and scale innovations and existing interventions that align with the Agency’s priorities in global health, including to enable market access and digital health approaches
  • Supports the rapid introduction of and/or access to these priority interventions
  • Leverages a human-centered design approach to ensure that populations in need and end-users are always the focus of our work
  • Seeks not only to develop best practices in innovation, market access uptake, and digital health across sectors but also to push the boundaries of current thinking to improve the health and efficiency of the marketplace.


USAID/CII is seeking a Digital Health Intern (Intern) to support the operationalization of the new USAID Vision for Action in Digital Health. The Digital Health Intern will support related Washington-based activities – including communities of practice such as the internal Digital Health Working Group and internal coordination such as with the unit implementing the USAID Digital Strategy. The position may also provide operational and project management support to country-based digital health activities including strategic planning, procurement design, project implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. The Intern will be part of a dynamic and entrepreneurial team that supports the Global Health Bureau and health offices in USAID offices globally by providing digital health thought leadership, partnerships support, and strategic technical assistance.

Reporting structure:

The Intern will work closely with the Center for Innovation and Impact Team and receive technical guidance from the Senior Digital Health Advisors, who will serve as their Point of Contact.


By the end of the internship, the Intern will have gained experience and exposure to:

  • Familiarity with USAID policy related to digital development and digital health, and experience implementing these new policies.
  • Familiarity and engagement with various USAID Global Health Bureau offices’ digital health portfolios.
  • Knowledge of and potential engagement with specific digital health activities funded through USAID central mechanisms, including content and software products.

Essential Duties:

  • Support the implementation of USAID’s new Digital Health Vision–the Agency’s first policy guidance dedicated to its investments in digital technologies to advance global health outcomes–including through support to the development of country-based case studies and/or internal-facing technical guidance notes
  • Support coordination between the 16 implementation workstreams of the USAID Digital Strategy and related activities that operationalize the Digital Health Vision, including efforts to tag and track USAID digital health investments
  • Cultivate internal communities of practice, such as the USAID Digital Health Working Group, by organizing meeting agendas, taking notes, and engaging in follow-up
  • Inspire and sustain digital health coordination between various USAID stakeholders through support to various internal digital health alignment and coordination efforts
  • Engage in external partner collaboration through select support to USAID’s buy-ins through the Digital Square mechanism, and via the external Digital Health & Interoperability Working Group
  • Participate actively in Digital Health Team and broader CII activities, including weekly meetings and cross-cutting projects that enable collaboration at the intersection of digital health, market access, innovative finance, and innovation.

Anticipated learning outcomes:

All STAR Interns will participate in learning activities (*approximately 10% time) during their internship. By the end of the internship, the Intern will be able to:

  • Gain exposure to digital health and digital development through global health programming.
  • Understand how USAID works to implement new policies through internal coordination and external collaborations
  • Apply effective communication skills across a broad network of peers and advisors within global health to support learning and professional development.



  • Currently enrolled masters or other post-bachelor’s degree candidate or completion of such within the past 12 months.
  • Knowledge of the field of health informatics or digital health in low- and middle-income country contexts.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, or keen interest in, global health.
  • Exceptional analytical and communication (written and verbal) skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships and communicate effectively with people of varied professional, cultural, and educational backgrounds.
  • This position may require travel. Ability to participate in a field experience, which may involve domestic and/or international travel and overnight stays for up to 2 weeks, pending the lifting of COVID-19 travel restrictions.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

Additional skills (preferred):

  • Entrepreneurial mindset, including the ability to think strategically, operate independently, self-motivate, be flexible, and set and achieve ambitious targets.
  • Ability to work effectively in high-pressure situations, juggle multiple tasks simultaneously, problem solve in a fast-paced environment, and set priorities.


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


  • All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at, which allows you to create a profile and upload a CV/resume and cover letter.

The Public Health Institute is committed to a policy that provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and to make all employment decisions so as to further this principle of equal employment opportunity. To this end, the PHI will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are offered employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to these characteristics.

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