Policy Internship

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.


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”).