Malaria Communications Intern
Posting Number: #249-20
Position Title: Malaria Communications Intern
Closing Date: Until Filled
Location: Washington, DC
SUSTAINING TECHNICAL AND ANALYTIC RESOURCES
INTERN TITLE: Malaria Communications Intern
HOST ORGANIZATION: U.S.President’s Malaria Initiative, Malaria Division, Office of Infectious Disease, 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)
ANTICIPATED TIMEFRAME: 6 Months, full-time
STAR PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
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).
The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) supports 24 partner countries in sub-Saharan Africa and 3 programs in the Greater Mekong Subregion in Southeast Asia to control and eliminate malaria. Led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), PMI delivers cost-effective, lifesaving malaria interventions—such as insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor residual spraying, and essential medicines—alongside catalytic technical and operational assistance that equip and empower partner countries to end malaria.
Learn more at: https://www.pmi.gov.
The Malaria Communications Intern (Intern) will work with the communications team on PMI’s external and internal communications to document achievements and produce materials that reflect the PMI’s core management principles of transparency and accountability.
The Intern will work closely with the PMI communications team and receive technical guidance from the PMI Communications Advisor, who will serve as their onsite manager.
By the end of the internship, the Intern will have gained experience and exposure to:
- Gain understanding of programmings needs for malaria prevention and control, and key approaches to improve the coverage of proven interventions.
- Deepen skills in communicating PMI’s achievements to internal and external audiences.
- Improve communication and coordination skills within a complex organizational and implementation structure.
- Help update key PMI communication tools (e.g., country profiles and website) to reflect latest data from the Annual Report to Congress.
- Work with PMI staff and partners to regularly collect, develop, and revise compelling stories highlighting PMI’s impact.
- Develop 1-2 Country in Focus pages for PMI’s website.
- Assist with preparing talking points, briefing notes, press releases, and other communication materials for multiple audiences.
- Support planning and implementation of public outreach events, including symposiums, briefings, and conferences.
- Monitor social media accounts (including Twitter and Flickr) and contribute content.
- Track new developments, research, and emerging issues in malaria that affect USAID’s priorities via literature reviews and attendance at technical meetings and workshops.
- Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming need and/or the Intern’s own interests.
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 Malaria and 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 in communications, journalism, public health, international relations, or related field; or completion of such within the past 12 months.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and proven ability to communicate with diverse audiences quickly, clearly, and concisely, with strong attention to detail.
- Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with multiple internal and external stakeholders.
- 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):
- Experience working on malaria and/or other health programs in developing countries, especially in Africa, preferred.
- Experience using content management systems and social media platforms preferred.
- Experience with data for storytelling and evaluation methods, including statistical software such as Excel, Tableau, and ArcGIS/QGIS preferred.
- Experience using Adobe Creative Suite with an emphasis on Photoshop and InDesign preferred.
- Working knowledge of French or Portuguese preferred.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
- 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 recruitment.ghstar.org, which allows you to create a profile and upload a CV/resume and cover letter.
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