SBC Intern (Unpaid)

FHI 360, Washington DC, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th August, 2020

Job Description

Job Summary:

The SBC intern will support projects, initiatives, and business development efforts within the Global Health, Population, and Nutrition (GHPN) Business Unit. Specifically, the intern will support the Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Division and the multiple projects that it manages. Working closely with technical leads, the intern will have the opportunity to learn how to conduct systematic research and literature reviews in support of programmatic activities; participate in providing administrative and logistical support for activities in order to learn about organizational and funder priorities, regulations, and policies; support in gathering and organizing data to inform the development of programmatic deliverables and knowledge products, such as reports, informational documents, and briefs; and contribute to intelligence gathering in support of business development efforts. Assignments will serve to offer practical experience and broad exposure to global health work within an NGO, in alignment with the intern’s academic and career goals. FHI 360 is a global development organization with a rigorous, evidence-based approach. Our professional staff includes experts in health, nutrition, education, economic development, civil society, environment and research.

Anticipated projects and learning opportunities are as follows:

Tanzania and Malawi Literature Reviews

To build skills in systematic research and literature reviews and familiarity with current evidence in the global health field, the SBC Intern will be asked to keep the headquarters and country office teams up to date on the latest research covering the various project health mandates such as HIV, family planning, MNCH, malaria, WASH, and research related to behavior change theory and approaches. This technical assistance is critical to the success of any project and the SBC Intern will, under the guidance of technical leads, have the opportunity to learn how to research a topic, document findings, and use evidence to provide high level input to project activities.

SBC Project Support

The SBC Intern will gain exposure to SBC approaches and health technical areas through support to a variety of projects managed and supported by the SBC Division, including Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, and Jordan bilaterals, as well as others based on need. The SBC Intern will work closely with technical backstops to learn about the processes involved in developing, implementing and monitoring SBC strategies, and will contribute to these activities, as appropriate.

SBC Corporate Communications, Knowledge Management and Thought Leadership

The SBC Intern will have the ability to gain skills in corporate communications and knowledge management. These activities contribute to the SBC Team’s reputation as a thought leader in the field and our ability to document and share project results. With the continued shift of events and conferences to virtual platforms, the SBC Intern will have the opportunity to learn about effective ways to present and share learnings virtually and in new and innovative ways. The SBC Intern will also help to update the SBC website, support logistical preparations for events and presentations, and contribute innovative ideas around design and presentation of project results.

Business Development Support

A key component to working in the development sector is understanding the large role that business development plays. An organization must be able to win projects to be able to effect change and contribute to global development goals. To ensure that the SBC Intern has a clear perspective of all of the components of Business Development, he/she will be asked to assist in gathering information for cape statements, conducting competitor analyses, and performing other ad hoc tasks needed to create a strong proposal in response to a USAID solicitation.

Note: Responsibilities may be adjusted depending on student interest, experience and project needs.

Education: At minimum, enrolled in a bachelor’s program with a health or development focus


  • At least 3 years of college experience
  • Prior experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO) or other professional office setting preferred
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
  • Demonstrated interest in Social and Behavior Change (SBC), health communication, or community-based programming through college courses and/or work study experience
  • Prior experience in Web-based information gathering (e.g. literature searches, desk reviews)
  • Proficiency in use of website design or graphic design software desirable
  • Must have professional fluency in English and be able to read, write and speak in English
  • Ability to speak a foreign language is a plus, with a preference for French, Arabic, or Swahili


  • Articulate and professional and able to communicate in a clear, positive fashion with clients and staff
  • Energetic and collaborative team player
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with a wide range of personalities
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Typical office environment. Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time; ability to lift 5-50 lbs.

Technology to be Used:

  • Personal Computer, Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), e-mail, telephone, web-based collaboration software (e.g. Microsoft Teams).

Travel Requirements:

  • Not Applicable

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.


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