Global Fund (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute)

Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored with HGHI, and therefore you must apply through the HGHI-IOP funding source in CARAT. The IOP has a strict two-application limit for the Director's Internship program, which includes internships that are co-sponsored with HGHI.

The Global Fund is a 21st-century partnership organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. Founded in 2002, the Global Fund is a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases. The Global Fund raises and invests nearly US$ 4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in countries and communities most in need.


Summer Project

Certain communities are disproportionately affected by the diseases due to biological, social and other factors. For HIV, these communities, so called ‘Key Populations’, are: men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender, people who use drugs and people in prison and other closed settings.

Since September 2018 (until June 2019), the Global Fund has been working with FHI 360 through USAID funding to provide additional technical assistance to its implementers in order to improve strategic information and programming for key populations across 9 countries: Jamaica, Botswana, Lesotho, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Thailand. A total of US$ 1.2 million has been made available as medium-term implementation technical support to enable better prevention, testing, treatment and linkages to care services for key populations.

The summer project will require an intern to conduct qualitative interviews with key stakeholders involved in the delivery of this technical assistance program. Under close supervision of the Global Fund staff at the Community, Rights and Gender, and in coordination with FHI/USAID Evaluation staff responsible for this project, an intern will coordinate the development of questionnaire tools, organize on-line consultations with implementers, synthesize input and develop recommendations and lessons learned. This output from this study is key to informing a strategy for technical assistance for key populations programming in the future.


The intern will be partially responsible for coordinating aspects related to design and implementation of this study. The study will engage a minimum of 30 stakeholders, including the Global Fund staff, USAID staff, in-country MoH and Civil Society Principal Recipients, as well as communities (beneficiaries) and other implementers involved in the TA program.

Brief outputs of the internship are:

  • One page methodology for the study (objective, scope, key interview questions)
  • 2 – 3 page desk review, including a summary of grant documentation, agreed TA framework and analysis on value-added of TA
  • 5 – 7 page report summarizing lessons learned and key recommendations. This should also include a case study of successful TA delivery


An intern should have strong background on qualitative research and analytical skills. A person with strong interpersonal and organizational skills will also be given preference, as well as those with prior knowledge of HIV program or public health program more broadly. Those who have experience working with key populations (either on health or social issues, e.g. LGBTI rights) will be strongly favorable.

Work Environment

The intern will work at the Global Fund office. Flexible arrangements (e.g. working from home) can be discussed with the supervisor. The intern will have access to equipment required to perform his/her/their work.


On a scale of 0 to 5, the level of internship supervision from very little (0) to a great deal (5) will be a 2.

2018 Intern Reflection: 

This summer, I am incredibly lucky to be working at The Global Fund in Geneva, stationed in the brand-new Global Health Campus right next to the UN, the World Health Organization, and more. The Global Fund is the world's biggest global health funding agency, distributing over $4 billion annually to more than 100 countries. I work specifically within the Community, Rights, and Gender Department, which effectively serves as an internal policy and strategy advocate to make sure that marginalized voices are heard and involved in funding decisions. I learned about The Global Fund when I was doing research abroad with an NGO that fights for the rights of transgender individuals living with HIV. As it turns out, that NGO received funding from The Global Fund! Needless to say, it is fascinating to be able to work at the other end of the global health spectrum and understand more about what actually goes on behind the scenes.

My summer focus lies in analyzing The Global Fund's investments in Gender-Based Violence (GBV) programming, as GBV is a known risk factor for contracting HIV. This means going through investments and meeting people representing dozens of countries. I've been able to meet incredible, accomplished people from all over, as The Global Fund is a pinnacle of the global health field across the entire world. My own office has about 25 people but about 20 nationalities. I've never had the chance to meet tuberculosis doctors from Uganda in the same day as lawyers from Kazakhstan and transgender advocates from South Africa, and being in such a diverse environment is a treat. I wish I could stay here for a few more months, just so I could start to meet everyone!

Jared Perlo '19

2017 Intern Reflection: 

This summer, I had the opportunity to work with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in Geneva. The Global Fund is a partnership that raises and invests billions of dollars in programs run by local experts in-country to fight these epidemics. I worked in the Community, Rights, and Gender department, which focuses on engaging vulnerable groups and civil society in Global Fund activities. I reviewed assessments that were completed in multiple countries on gender-related risks and barriers to care for TB. I analyzed these assessments comparatively across the countries to examine trends in TB and synthesize recommendations for programmatic responses to these barriers. My sociology courses at Harvard were a good foundation to understand inequalities and apply research skills to this analysis. I learned a lot about the role gender plays in the TB epidemic, and the critical thinking necessary to effectively address these issues with interventions. I enjoyed focusing of on a few main project deliverables to complete, while also learning about other projects ongoing at the company.  

The Global Fund is a rapidly evolving company with an exciting, dynamic, and flexible office culture. There are many work streams across  departments from country grant management to technical assistance. I am particularly interested in the intersection of medicine and public health, and I reached out to advisers at The Global Fund who had medical degrees and was able to talk with them. There are also brown bag lunches on cross-cutting topics periodically, offering opportunities to learn more about new issues. I am inspired by my colleagues' and the company's commitment to ending the epidemics. I would recommend The Global Fund to anyone who is passionate about global health and saving lives efficiently, and wants to learn about effective strategies to do this.

Sarah Rahman '18 

This summer I am interning with the Global fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB), and Malaria. The Global Fund is a funding organization which raises and invests in health programs in communities in need around the world. As an intern I am supporting the Monitoring and Evaluation Country Analysis team within the Strategy, Investment and Impact Division. I am researching factors associated with HIV, TB, and malaria epidemic resurgence in order to provide critical insight for future health policies and disease prevention, as well as contribute to critical databases. This consists of evaluating past cases studies of epidemic resurgence, analyzing trends, organizing and evaluating collected data, participating in funding application review processes.

This project is quite broad, but I am collaborating with others (many of whom work at the World Health Organization(WHO)) to produce the most helpful report possible. I have my own desk within a shared room with other interns, which is nice for meeting other people within the office. It should be noted that the Global Fund is smaller than the WHO or UN so there is not the same type of large intern community, but you do have the opportunity to get to know your colleagues and people working within the other departments! My project is individualized and flexible and I have been given a lot of freedom in direction and format. My background is in anthropology and global health, but a solid understanding of statistics, data management, evaluation theory, and technology would be beneficial for this internship. This internship provides experience in research and statistical analysis as well as exposes you to how various fields work together (from politics, finances to health). 

Sophia Kaufman '18 

Geneva, Switzerland