Youth Engagement Intern

Posting Number: #126-21

Position Title: Youth Engagement Intern

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Washington DC/Virtual due to COVID-19 Restrictions

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INTERN TITLE: Youth Engagement Intern
HOST ORGANIZATION: Youth Branch, Priority Populations Integration and Rights Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, Global Health Bureau, United State Agency for International Development
LOCATION: Washington, DC/Virtual due to COVID-19 Restrictions
POSITION LEVEL: Masters level
SALARY: $1,868.66 biweekly (exempt, salaried position)
ANTICIPATED TIMEFRAME: 6 Months (full-time)


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.



USAID provides global technical leadership on HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment and monitors the impact of the Agency’s HIV/AIDS programs. More about PEPFAR may be found at More about DREAMS may be found at


The Youth Engagement Intern (Intern) will work within the Youth Branch which is part of the Priority Populations Integration and Rights (PPIR) Division in the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) within the Global Health Bureau. OHA has primary responsibility for leading the Agency’s efforts within President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a multibillion, multifaceted approach to combating the disease around the world. The Youth Branch (GH/OHA/PPIR/YTH) provides technical leadership on policies and programs relating to adolescents. The Branch supports USAID field programs to scale up programming addressing youth needs through positive youth development (PYD) and systematic integration of youth engagement for high quality programming across the continuum of HIV prevention, treatment, and support services focusing largely on youth ages 10-24.

Reporting structure:

The Intern will receive technical guidance from the PPIR Youth Branch Chief, who will serve as their Point of Contact.


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

  • Enhanced technical knowledge in HIV/AIDS programming.
  • Familiarity with USAID and PEPFAR programming.
  • Improved skills and experience in the analysis, interpretation, and application of data.

Essential Duties:

  • Review of DREAMS Ambassadors’ roles and responsibilities across DREAMS countries with recommendations on opportunities to strengthen their engagement.
  • Review of central and Mission mechanism’s efforts to engage youth with opportunities to strengthen their engagement.
  • Develop a presentation for PPIR and Prevention, Care, and Treatment (PCT) divisions on the importance of youth engagement across USAID PEPFAR programs.
  • Analysis of youth outcomes in programs proactively engaging youth versus those not engaging youth in at least one country.
  • Develop a list of recommendations for OHA regarding opportunities to strengthen youth engagement in USAID PEPFAR programs.

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:

  • Gain exposure to HIV/AIDS programming and youth engagement 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.



  • Currently enrolled masters or other post-bachelor’s degree candidate or completion of such within the past 12 months.
  • Demonstrated experience in research and analysis, with strong writing skills.
  • Ability to manipulate data and data imagery charts using Excel and web-based applications.
  • 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 travel restrictions.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

Additional skills (preferred):

  • Fluency in Spanish, French, or Portuguese preferred.
  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS


  • 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.


The Public Health Institute is committed to a policy that provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and to make all employment decisions so as to further this principle of equal employment opportunity. To this end, the PHI will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are offered employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to these characteristics.

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