Policy Internship

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

Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (“Friends”) works to end the worldwide burden of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. We educate, engage and mobilize U.S. decision makers to support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (“Global Fund”), the world’s largest public health financier, which supports treatment, prevention and care programs for the three diseases – and larger health security and pandemic response capacity locally — in more than 100 low- and middle-income countries. We advocate in support of the Global Fund and the U.S. bilateral health programs (PEPFAR, PMI and the USAID TB program) with policymakers.

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.


Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria seeks hard working, self-starting intern  to assist our Policy team. The Policy intern will be responsible for working with the Policy department on both legislative and research related policy tasks. Specifically, the intern may be tasked with conducting disease-related research, attending Congressional briefings and hearings, and assisting in advocacy outreach. Additionally, interns will be responsible for working as a team to conduct regular tasks in support of the policy team.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

o Strong attention to detail

o Ability to take initiative, multi-task, work quickly and be flexible

o Familiarity with the federal legislative process

o Knowledge of, or interest in, global health or foreign policy

o Knowledge of internet research sources, including media search engines

o Proficient in Microsoft Word (including creating graphs, charts, and tables), Excel and Power Point

o Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communications skills

o Openness to constructive criticism

o Capacity to work independently and as part of a team

Required Experience:

o  Must be a current undergraduate or graduate student

o Experience as an intern on Capitol Hill or with an advocacy organization preferred


How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to: [email protected] Please also indicate the internship you are applying for, and include your available days and times, as well as desired start and end dates.

Writing sample should be no longer than five pages. Research paper is preferred. Applications submitted without a cover letter, resume and writing sample will not be considered. Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, we are only able to respond to those applicants who we are interested in interviewing. No phone calls please.


Note that this position is unpaid, but Friends can provide course credit.


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”).