Back HIV/AIDS Vaccine Branch Intern

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 22 May 2019
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 14 June 2019


INTERN TITLE: HIV/AIDS Vaccine Branch Intern
HOST ORGANIZATION: Vaccine Branch, Research Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, Bureau of Global Health, United States Agency for International Development

LOCATION: Washington, DC

POSITION LEVEL: Masters level


SALARY: $1,826 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position)



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 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 Vaccine Intern (Intern) will be assigned to the Vaccine Branch in the Research Division (RES) within the Bureau for Global Health’s Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA).

Reporting structure:

The Intern will work closely with the OHA/RES team and receive technical guidance from the Division Chief, Research, who will serve as their onsite manager.

Essential Duties:

· Collate external and internal sources of evaluative materials to achieve a cohesive midterm performance report on the efforts to build scientific capacity toward an HIV Vaccine in Africa and India while providing advocacy, policy and communications support across all HIV biomedical prevention R&D.

· Conduct thorough literature review(s) and syntheses in programmatic or scientific areas of HIV prevention technologies.

· Participate in the planning and implementing of research activities supported by Office of HIV/AIDS (through our implementing partners) and coordinating 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 HIV Vaccine Portfolio including creation of technical documents and communication materials.

· Attend and contribute to program-related events within and outside USAID.

· Support the organization activities of USAID hosted annual meetings with implementing partners.

· Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming need and/or the Intern’s own interests.


Internship Output/Deliverable:

· Provide support for program assessments of two Cooperative Agreements within the HIV Vaccine Biomedical Prevention Portfolio while describing successful approaches to sustainable scientific capacity building in Africa and India.

Anticipated learning outcomes: *required 10% time

· 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 vaccines and HIV/AIDS programming 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.

· 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. All online applications must be submitted by June 14th, 2019 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.

Public Health Institute is proud to be an EEO/AA employer.

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