PAI-Champions of Global Reproductive Rights (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute)

Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored with the Harvard GHI; applications should be submitted through the HGHI-IOP funding source in CARAT. 

PAI champions policies that make it possible for every woman to have quality reproductive health care. We work with policymakers in Washington and our network of partners in developing countries to remove the policy roadblocks between women and the care they need.


Summer Project:

The fellow will be housed within the Advocacy Department, working primarily with the International advocacy and U.S. government relations team. This internship is ideal for someone looking to deepen experience and expertise in reproductive health and rights, international development and public policy. An intern can expect to:

•    Develop an understanding of U.S. health assistance, international development and the consequences of policies- both U.S. and international.
•    Hone advocacy capacities, writing and analytical skills.
•    Appreciate policy research and establishing trust with in-country partners.
•    Learn about PAI’s model of synthesizing evidence for advocacy and policy change.


•    Attend briefings, meetings, and events with or on behalf of the PAI advocacy team, and report back with a written memo.
•    Conduct advocacy strategy research including assessment of current U.S. government programs at the legislative and executive level, and assisting in finding accurate information on international assistance programs funded abroad.
•    Supporting PAI’s advocacy staff members on a variety of projects intended to increase women and girl’s access to reproductive health in developing countries
•    Event and meeting support logistics
•    Other tasks as assigned


•    A passion for SRHR and international development;
•    Currently enrolled in a graduate program with a focus on public health, international development, political science or a similar field;
•    Experience with conducting policy research preferred;
•    Understanding of the US legislative process preferred;
•    Ability to work independently in a collegial environment.


On a scale from 0 (very independent) to 10 (very supervised), this internship will be about a 7.

Work Environment:

We are a small group of 35, and there will be other interns.

Intern Reflection: 

This summer, I am interning with PAI, a non-profit organization that works with both policymakers in Washington D.C. and international partners to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights for women around the world. As part of the Advocacy team, I am in charge of various tasks including writing and updating policy briefs, primarily on issues related to access to family planning services, entering data into legislative trackers, taking notes at meetings with working groups and coalition partners, and attending interesting events like presentations at the World Bank and House hearings! Overall, my work has been incredibly engaging while offering me broad exposure to the policy side of sexual and reproductive health. 

Minnie Jang '18


Washington, D.C.
Public Health, Advocacy/Policy, Research