Communications Intern

About Friends of the Global Fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria

At Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Friends), we are passionate about ending the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Since 2004, Friends has served as the leading source in the U.S. of accurate, timely information on the Global Fund, a public-private partnership that is challenging how the world fights disease. Friends shares the Global Fund’s vision to end the worldwide burden of these deadly epidemics through an approach that is innovative, efficient and transparent.

Friends advocates for U.S. support of the Global Fund, and its goal to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

As an advocate, Friends engages U.S. policymakers and influencers in conversation about the Global Fund’s lifesaving work, and highlights the significant returns on health investment, both for global partners and for America.

As an educator, Friends works diligently to communicate the Global Fund’s innovative, efficient and transparent approach to global health funding, and the significant impact it achieves.

As a convener of substantive and outcome-oriented discussions in the U.S., Friends has built strong credibility among government, global health, private sector, faith-based and grasstops partners. We foster connections among a broad range of stakeholders who are committed to improving global health and saving lives.

Goals of Internship

Provide interns with the opportunity to acquire career-related work experience in the area of advocacy, policy, global health, international affairs and development as well as to offer the possibility for students to develop knowledge in a working environment.


Interns will work approximately 15-20 hours/week for the duration of a typical academic semester (min. 12 weeks during fall and spring). During summer, full-time is preferable. The internship position as unpaid; however, public transportation is covered by Friends.

REPORTS TO: Communications Manager


Friends of the Global Fight is an advocacy organization that works to increase public awareness and understanding of the Global Fund as well as knowledge about HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. We are seeking a hardworking, self-starting intern to join our team. Interns will work directly with members of the Communications Department on substantive projects. Due to the nature of our small office environment, however, the intern will work with members of all our departments and gain exposure to all aspects of our cross-functional organization. This individual will work with the Communications Department on projects related to global health advocacy, supporting outreach to audiences including Members of Congress, the media and partner organizations both in the U.S. and globally. Activities may include research, supporting social media and website content management, drafting materials, assisting with congressional and academic events, monitoring and analyzing media coverage, and liaising with partners in the advocacy and global health community. The intern will participate in meetings with staff and organizational partners, as well as take advantage of health-related events in Washington, D.C.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of or interest in global health and/or foreign policy
  • Interest in news media and/or media relations
  • Solid research skills
  • Ability to take initiative, multitask, work quickly and be flexible
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Capacity to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communications skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point

Knowledge of software programs including Adobe Creative Suite (particularly Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) and Constant Contact a plus.

Required Education:

Awarded or pursuing undergraduate degree (junior or senior preferred), graduate degree or beyond.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to: [email protected]

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Applications submitted without a cover letter and resume will not be considered. No phone calls please. 

Friends of the Global Fight is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information, HIV status or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”).