HIV/AIDS Microbicide Research Intern

Posting Number: #250-20

Position Title: HIV/AIDS Microbicide Research Intern

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Washington, D.C.

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INTERN TITLE: HIV/AIDS Microbicide Research Intern
HOST ORGANIZATION:Research Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development
LOCATION: Washington, DC
POSITION LEVEL: Master’s level

SALARY: $1,832 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position)


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.



The Office of HIV/AIDS is the focus of HIV/AIDS technical leadership for USAID and has primary responsibility for leading the Agency’s efforts within President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a $52 billion multifaceted approach to combating the disease in more than 120 countries around the world since 2003. In cooperation with the US Department of State’s Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), other US Government (USG) partners, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations, USAID provides global technical leadership on the full range of issues related to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment; manages numerous research and field support programs; and monitors the impact of the Agency’s HIV/AIDS programs. In this endeavor, USAID works very closely with a range of USG agencies involved in the fight against AIDS, such as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Defense, and Peace Corps. More information about PEPFAR may be found at


The HIV/AIDS Microbicide Research (Intern) will be assigned to the Microbicide Branch in the Research Division within the Bureau for Global Health’s Office of HIV/AIDS. They will have the opportunity to learn about USAID’s work from leading technical experts and develop a strong understanding of HIV/AIDS microbicide research by gaining knowledge in new biomedical tools for HIV prevention.

Reporting structure:

The Intern will work closely with Microbicide Branch in the Research Division and receive technical guidance from the Division Chief, who will serve as their onsite manager.


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

  • Gain experience in measurement, evaluation and research and development (R&D) for new biomedical tools for HIV prevention.
  • Gain a greater understanding about PEPFAR and international work being done in the area of HIV/AIDS as well as the role of research and evaluation in the PEPFAR and USAID context.
  • Deepen skills in planning and organizing research; synthesizing, reporting and utilizing data; and knowledge management in the context of public health programs.
  • Deepen skills in collaboration and coordination within a complex organizational and implementation structure.

Essential Duties:

  • Conduct thorough literature review(s) and syntheses in programmatic or scientific areas of HIV prevention technologies. (Example of past literature review presentation created by Intern: The Role of Microflora in PrEP Efficacy)
  • Participate in the planning and implementing of research activities supported by Office of HIV/AIDS (through our implementing partners) and coordinate with OHA technical staff, Mission staff, and teams of study investigators. (Example of current research project intern is contributing to: An internal qualitative study of microbicide research and development experts regarding USAID’s role in the field.)
  • Contribute to the OHA updated microbicide research strategy including creation of technical documents such as literature analyses and communication materials.
  • Attend and contribute to internal and external USAID program-related events.
  • Support the organization activities of USAID hosted annual meetings with implementing partners.

Anticipated learning outcomes:

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

  • 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 HIV Research 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 completion of such within the past 12 months.
  • Strong verbal communication, writing and analytical skills.
  • Ability to understand and translate complex research findings, resulting in the effective communication of research results to a wide range of policy, program and academic audiences.
  • Experience in conducting literature reviews (including using reference citation management software, such as EndNote) and data management and analysis.
  • 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):

  • Familiarity/work experience with HIV/AIDS is preferred.
  • Experience or strong interest in working in developing countries is preferred.
  • Previous research experience preferred.


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. Position will remain open Until Filled.

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