Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Communications Intern

Posting Number: #253-20

Position Title: Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Communications Intern

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Washington, D.C.

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INTERN TITLE: Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Communications Intern
HOST ORGANIZATION: Front Office, Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, 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 U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) works to ensure that all women and children have the same chance of a healthy life, regardless of where they live. The Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition leads the Agency’s response to one of its top global health priorities: preventing maternal and child deaths. In 2019 alone, USAID helped 84 million women and children access essential, and often lifesaving, health care.


The Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) within USAID’s Bureau for Global Health (GH) seeks an MCHN Communications Intern (Intern) to support internal and external communications for the Office and its four divisions: Maternal and Newborn Health, Child Health and Immunization, Research and Policy, and Nutrition and Environmental Health. The intern will have the opportunity to work alongside USAID’s leading technical experts as well as engage with external partners and stakeholders to promote the Agency’s preventing maternal and child deaths programming and partnerships. MCHN communications are part of a fast-paced and dynamic environment with opportunities to engage with external partners and develop highly visible communications materials.

Reporting structure:

The Intern will work as a part of the Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) Communications and Outreach Team and receive technical guidance from the Senior Communications Advisor.


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

  • Support for the development of critical communications systems and strategies to enhance engagement with key audiences and Missions.
  • Greater understanding of USAID’s communications framework and messages, including social impact storytelling and strategic engagement with the field.
  • Greater understanding of the international development and global health community and how USAID works to prevent maternal and child deaths in partner countries.
  • Strengthened skills in relationship-building and collaboration within a complex organizational and partnership structure.

Essential Duties:

  • Support with developing internal and external communications materials to bring awareness to MCHN’s portfolio and partnerships.
  • Support the creation of several written or visual communications materials supporting MCHN priorities, programs, and international awareness days.
  • Support team to develop a series of human-interest stories and visual communications materials to illustrate complex health concepts for a lay audience.
  • Help monitor analytics to track impact in order to inform future communication and outreach efforts, including researching and applying new metrics and developing regular reports.
  • Draft Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram content for USAID’s social media channels, including campaigns for key Global Health Days that commemorate and raise awareness among the general public.
  • Draft newsletter content to support strategic communications and targeted knowledge sharing to key internal and external audiences.
  • Help with content management for the MCHN-managed web pages and resource centers on
  • Help draft a wide variety of written communications materials, including but not limited to, memos, one-pagers, fact sheets, press releases, etc.
  • Support the development of the annual flagship Acting on the Call Report, which provides data-driven updates on progress towards preventing maternal and child deaths.
  • Contribute to the organization of external events delivered across a variety of virtual platforms.
  • Support documentation for weekly team meeting and follow up for outstanding action items.
  • Support the development of a knowledge management system for MCHN content.

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:

  • Gain exposure to communications and maternal and child health and nutrition 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 with a focus in journalism, communications, public health, history, international development, or public affairs.
  • Demonstrated interest in an interest global health and/or Maternal and Child Health.
  • Demonstrated interest in synthesizing technical health information and developing communications materials that effectively engage a variety of external audiences.
  • Strong writing skills and deep understanding of social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) and how to use them for engagement.
  • Demonstrated professional or academic experience developing health-related strategic communications, including analysis of online engagement.
  • 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):

  • Some experience working with US Government partner organizations, such as academic institutions, research organizations or country governments.
  • Familiarity with USAID or another US Government agency involved in development work.
  • Demonstrated experience in writing communications materials, such as blog posts, social media content, memos, press releases, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience in graphic design, photo editing, or data visualization.
  • Strong social media and web management skills.
  • Familiarity with Google Suite, Hootsuite, Canva, or Adobe Creative Suite a plus. Ability to manage and understand data sets to create compelling data visualizations highly desired.


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 open until filled, with strong preference for applicants applying prior to November 15.

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