Structural and Behavioral Interventions Intern

Posting Number: #273-21

Position Title: Structural and Behavioral Interventions Intern

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Washington, DC

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INTERN TITLE: Structural and Behavioral Interventions Intern

HOST ORGANIZATION: Behavioral and Structural Interventions, Prevention Care and Treatment Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, Bureau of Global Health, 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: $1,915.38 bi-weekly (salaried position)*FLSA


*Estimated Start: Winter 2022


Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a USAID-supported Global Health talent hub, offering paid fellowships and internships at all career levels. STAR provides participants with immersive experiences at global health organizations and institutions to build capacity and contribute technical expertise to address high-impact needs. STAR Fellows and Interns participate in learning activities to enhance knowledge and skills growth, expand professional networks and support career development. STAR is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI), implemented in partnership with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and the Aspen Management Partnership for Health (AMP Health).


USAID has been at the forefront of the US Government response in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The Agency is a key partner in the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the largest and most comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment program in the world. The Prevention, Care and Treatment (PCT) Division focuses on supporting USAID field offices in implementing high quality HIV prevention and treatment interventions. Such programs include the DREAMS program for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for men (VMMC), Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and HIV treatment reaching millions in priority countries. Within the PCT Division, the Behavioral and Structural Interventions (BSI) Branch focuses on promoting HIV prevention, access to HIV services, strengthening counseling within services, and supporting provider behavior change to enhance service provision.


The Structural and Behavioral Interventions Intern (BSI) (Intern), will work with the members of the BSI branch’s Behavioral/Structural Technical Unit, which includes the branch chief, three senior advisors, and a program analyst. The Intern will work directly with the senior advisors on supporting technical tasks and advancing the work of the branch as the leading team on behavioral sciences at the Office of HIV/AIDS.

Reporting structure:

The Intern will closely interact with members of the BSI branch and receive technical oversight from Esther Braud, Senior Advisor for Social and Behavior Change (SBC) who will serve as their onsite manager.


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

  • Conduct landscape analysis of the PrEP environment in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (literature review, focus group discussions and in-depth interviews of key stakeholders).
  • Develop participants’ sessions and facilitator’s guide for the PrEP demand generation strategy design workshop in the DRC.
  • Develop a series of SBC sessions across the prevention and treatment continuum for the various points of contact in USAID missions around the world.
  • Build a compendium of evidence-based SBC resources and best practices for male involvement in HIV testing.

Essential Duties:

  • Participate in branch and division meetings and assist with the preparation of technical presentations and briefing documents.
  • Support the BSI Branch in convening and managing meetings and supporting online platforms.
  • Support branch members to design and develop capacity building sessions across the prevention and treatment continuum to support SBC points of contact in various OUs.
  • Support PrEP and VMMC demand-creation strategy design and interventions in selected OUs by compiling and adapting tools and other resources for the field.
  • Perform literature reviews to compile and communicate best practices and fill key knowledge gaps around demand creation for HIV services and continuity of treatment.
  • Work with HTS team on assisting with the consultations with selected OUs and IPs to identify evidence-based practices to demand creation around testing and reduce the gap in male case finding.
  • Conduct data analysis with qualitative and quantitative data (depending on skills set) to inform BSI approaches.
  • Collect and organize on shared folders provider training curricula and job aids that support client counseling along the continuum.
  • 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 (*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 behavioral and structural interventions through HIV/AIDS 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 masters or other post-bachelor’s degree candidate or completion of such within the past 12 months.
  • Demonstrated interest in social and behavior change and/or health communication.
  • Strong qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis skills. Knowledge of at least one statistical analysis and/or qualitative analysis package such as STATA, SAS, SPSS, MPLUS, R, InVivo, Atlas.ti, etc.
  • Strong organizational, planning, and analytical skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • 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 lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.
  • French Language an asset.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.


  • 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.


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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.


Per the PHI Workforce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, effective January 10, 2022, it is a condition of employment for all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law. Employees starting on or before February 28, 2022 will need to provide proof of full vaccination up to 6 weeks after their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date. Employees starting after February 28, 2022 will need to provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date.  Depending on the circumstances, new hires who do not comply with this Policy, or who cannot be reasonably accommodated, will either have their employment suspended or terminated. Candidates who are non-compliant will have their offers rescinded.

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