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Policy Department Intern

TITLE: AIDS United Policy Department Intern

LOCATION: Washington, DC

Position will remain open until filled by qualified candidate.


AIDS United is a national non-profit organization with a singular mission and focus to end the HIV epidemic in the United States.

In our pursuit of this lofty, but achievable, goal, AIDS United approaches the domestic HIV epidemic from a multitude of different directions, working to engage, mobilize, and support the national HIV community in everything we do. Whether it’s engaging in sustained advocacy based on sound public policy, partnering in strategic grantmaking to benefit affected communities, targeting and tailoring capacity building services for organizations responding to the epidemic, or contributing formative research to inform the field, AIDS United is committed to ensuring that we not only end the HIV epidemic in the US, but that we center and care for people living with HIV.

For more than two decades, we have supported community-driven responses to the HIV epidemic around the country that reach the nation’s most disproportionately affected populations, including LGBTQ+ people, communities of color, cisgender women, and people living in the deep South. To date, our strategic grantmaking initiatives have directly funded more than $104 million to local communities and have leveraged more than $117 million in additional investments for programs that include syringe access, access to care, capacity-building, HIV prevention, and advocacy, among others.


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


Timing for the internship is flexible and will be determined jointly by AU staff and intern selected; however, approximately 10-15 hours/week for the duration of a typical academic semester should be expected. The internship position is unpaid; however, public transportation is covered by AIDS United.


Interns will work closely with AIDS United staff on both legislative- and policy-related tasks, including conducting issue-related research, drafting fact sheets, attending Congressional briefings and hearings, tracking grants, maintaining donor databases, and assisting with fundraising events. The intern may also be asked to work with other departments on advocacy-related projects. The intern will participate in meetings with staff and organizational partners, taking advantage of health-related events in Washington, D.C.


  • Intern will gain knowledge about practical aspects of the functioning of an advocacy non-profit organization with a special emphasis on HIV/AIDS, health, policy, and the legislative process.
  • Intern will gain project-related knowledge while developing problem-solving skills.
  • Intern will develop data research, analysis, and writing skills.
  • Intern will develop additional competencies in skills and attitudes concerning:

Teamwork in a diverse setting
Professional ethics
Awareness of responsibilities
Professional communication


  • Undergraduate or graduate students – preferably pursuing a degree in political science, governmental affairs, communication, marketing/public relations, or similar field of study (for undergraduate students, preference will be given to juniors and seniors).
  • Must have excellent writing/editing skills, 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.


  • Strong attention to detail
  • Knowledge of or interest in global health, domestic 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 (Salesforce, etc.) experience preferred.


Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:

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

AIDS United 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”).

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