Global Health Security Communications Intern

Posting Number: #254-21

Position Title: Global Health Security Communications Intern

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Washington, DC

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INTERN TITLE: Global Health Security Communications Intern
HOST ORGANIZATION:  Emerging Threats Division, Office of Infectious Disease, Global Health Bureau, United States Agency for International Development

LOCATION: Washington, DC

This position is based in Washington DC, however, due to the pandemic, the work mode is currently virtual. Please note that PHI is authorized to do business in many, but not all, states. If you are not located in or able to work from a state where PHI is registered, you will not be eligible for employment. Please speak with your recruiter to learn more about where PHI is registered.



SALARY: $1,868.66 bi-weekly


*Estimated Start: November 2021


Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) in partnership with 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’s Global Health Security (GHS) Program is at the forefront of USAID’s efforts to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats at home and abroad. USAID’s GHS Program invests in “One Health” approaches that recognize that the future well-being of humans, animals, and the environment are inextricably linked. It includes projects that strengthen the capacity of partner countries to understand and address the risks posed by zoonotic diseases that are spilling over from animals to humans and causing epidemics; strengthen national laboratory and surveillance systems; train the next generation of health workers in “One Health” capacities; improve risk communication to inform the public and health workers on infection prevention and control; address the rising threat of antimicrobial resistance; promote innovation in vaccine development; and conduct research into new and emerging viruses. As part of these efforts, USAID partners with the Department of State, Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other departments and agencies to implement the Global Health Security Agenda(link is external) (GHSA), an international initiative launched in 2014 to advance health security priorities multilaterally, bilaterally, and domestically. The GHSA brings together countries, international and non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to work toward common goals for global health security.


Communications are a critical component to the Global Health Security Program. Since the start of the 21st century, infectious disease outbreaks and epidemics have increased. These threats have manifested themselves over the past two decades in the form of more frequent outbreaks, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic — the most serious in a century. Communicating effectively and efficiently with a wide range of audiences — including internal USAID audiences, others with the U.S. Government, Congress, external stakeholders in the U.S. and abroad, and the American public — is critical to achieving the GHS Program’s goal of working with partner countries and the global community to build better preparedness for future health threats. Communications tasks will include drafting social media content; drafting fact sheets and one-pagers about the Program; creating and managing an editorial calendar to research and monitor overall activities within the Global Health Security space; building and maintaining a “success story database”; establishing a method for compiling photos from the staff and partners in the field; and other tasks as needed.

Reporting structure:

The Intern (Intern) will work closely with the GHS Program Team and receive technical guidance from the Global Health Security Communications Advisor, who will serve as their Point of Contact.


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

  • Enhanced understanding of the US Government efforts, and USAID’s specifically, to combat infectious disease threats in partner countries around the world.
  • Enhanced capabilities in translating and communicating deeply technical development and global health information to general audiences.
  • Enhanced understanding of the innerworkings of communications efforts within a US Government Agency.

Essential Duties:

  • Draft 3-5 original social media posts per week for posting on the USAID/GH, USAID, or Administrator Power social media handles.
  • Establish a method for compiling photos from the field, either from GHS Advisors or Implementing partners.
  • Work with GHS Advisors and country backstops to create new country fact sheets for each country where the GHS Program works.
  • Build and maintain a “success story database” by searching project and implementing partner websites, reports, and other sources for GHS success stories that can be repurposed for various uses.
  • Research and monitor overall activities within the Global Health Security space, including major events, International Days (i.e. International One Health Day), conferences, reports, etc.

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:

  • Increase knowledge and skills in strategy development that supports communications through/within infectious disease program implementation.
  • Apply effective communication skills across a broad network of peers and advisors within global health to support learning and professional development.
  • Deepen understanding of USAID global health programming, policies and organizational culture.


  • Currently enrolled senior in a bachelor’s degree program or completion of such a program within 24 months.
  • Experience drafting social media content for a company or organization. Deep understanding of various social media tools, including Twitter, Facebook, Hootsuite and others.
  • Strong professional writing and copy-editing skills.
  • Basic graphic design and/or video editing skills (including experience using Adobe Suite, Canva, or other graphic design tools).
  • Basic knowledge of international development and global health sectors.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to work under pressure and with tight deadlines.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Google Suite of products.
  • 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.
  • US Citizenship or US permanent residency required.

Additional skills (preferred):

  • Ability to work individually and without constant supervision.
  • Understanding of global health programs in developing countries.
  • Familiarity with and interest in global health and development.


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


This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.


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 application will remain open until filled.

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