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 grass tops 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.


Interns will work closely with Friends’ staff on both legislative and policy related tasks. Specifically, the intern may be tasked with conducting issue-related research, drafting fact sheets, and attending Congressional briefings and hearings. The intern may also be asked to work with other departments on advocacy-related projects. Activities may include: conducting prospect research, drafting materials, tracking grants, maintaining donor database, assisting with fundraising events. The intern will participate in meetings with staff and organizational partners, taking advantage of global health-related events in Washington, D.C.

Learning Goals

  • Intern will gain knowledge about practical aspects of functioning of an advocacy non-profit organization with a special emphasis on global health, policy, international affairs, and the legislative process.
  • Intern will gain project related knowledge while developing problem solving skills.
  • Intern will develop data gathering, research, and writing skills.
  • Intern will develop additional competences (skills, attitudes) concerning:
    • Team work (in a diverse setting)
    • Professional ethics
    • Awareness of responsibilities
    • Communication


  • Undergraduate or graduate students – preferably pursuing a degree in political science, governmental affairs, international relations, development, global studies, communication, marketing and public relations, or similar field of study (for undergraduate students, preference will be given to juniors and seniors).
  • Must have excellent writing/editing skills, sharp attention to detail, highly organized, ability to work independently as well as being a team player, flexible personality, sense of humor, creative, and the ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Must have excellent research skills (internet, databases, etc.)
  • Must be able to operate comfortably within Microsoft Office systems.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Knowledge of or interest in global health, foreign policy, legislative affairs
  • Solid internet research skills
  • Ability to take initiative, multi-task, work quickly and be flexible
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communications skills
  • Capacity to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to learn new skills quickly and effectively
  • Database experience preferred

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”).