Population Services International

Job ID 2023-3683
# of Openings 1
Posted Date 2 months ago
Category Strategy and Insights
Position Location: City
Region Washington DC
Position Location: Country United States


Research Dissemination Intern, Strategy & Insights

Based in United States (WFAA-US locations), remote

No Travel Required

Work From Almost Anywhere Status = yes

Reports to Technical Writer, Public Health Research










Who we are

Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. We are a diverse group of over 4,500 entrepreneurial development professionals located in over 35 countries committed to making it easier for all people to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire. PSI is using its global presence and 50+ years of experience to help reimagine healthcare. We are working to shape market systems, shift policy and funding, and strengthen global capacity to better support consumer powered healthcare.

Join us!


The Strategy & Insights (S&I) Department promotes best practice in program design, marketing discipline, research, learning, and strategy development. S&I works with other departments to systematically capture, synthesize, and share internal and external evidence, consumer and market insights, competitive market intelligence, and program experience. As part of S&I, the Strategic Research and Learning Team is accountable for establishing and advancing an organizational learning agenda, ensuring the identification and exchange of learning and insights internally, and for the implementation, use and elevation of high quality, ethical research.


PSI seeks a part time Intern (15 hours/week) who will learn about what it’s like to work for PSI, build relationships, and gain valuable real-world experience by performing a variety of tasks for our Strategic Research and Learning team. As an intern, you will contribute to or lead special projects, support daily operations, receive coaching and mentorship, attend internal learning sessions hosted by other departments, and engage with colleagues at all levels across the organization.



Your contributions

-Deliver on learning projects: Contribute to or lead a special project related to research dissemination with a specific deliverable due before the completion of the internship. Tasks within the projects may include:

• Conducting a literature review and synthesis of the evidence on a key topic within strategic areas related to health systems strengthening, self-care, and/or digital health

• Developing a learning module and tutorial on how to find and reference the literature when writing a journal manuscript or on another on a scientific writing topic for use by researchers across PSI’s network

• Other projects may include working with PSI researchers to write blog posts and prepare slide decks summarizing new research findings

60% of Time

-Learn about the inner workings: Provide routine administrative support for daily operations, which may include:

• Tracking new PSI research publications by monitoring external search engines, updating internal tracking databases, summarizing new key studies for internal audiences

• Assisting researchers with manuscript preparation, including researching journal requirements, reference management, document formatting and submission for peer review

• Coordinate monthly internal research seminars

30% of Time

-Build your network: Develop relationships with PSIers on the Strategic Research and Learning team and across the organization. Schedule one-on-one meetings with colleagues to learn more about what they do and gain valuable career advice, attend learning sessions hosted by other departments, attend PSI’s org-wide events and meetings, and regularly shadow colleagues at meetings.

10% of Time

Time percentages listed above are not exact. They are estimates and may change. This is also not an exhaustive list of all tasks that an incumbent is expected to perform but is instead a summary of the primary responsibilities and requirements of the job. The incumbent may be asked to perform duties not included above. PSI reserves the right to revise job profiles at any time based on changes to the required job responsibilities.



What are we looking for?

-Active enrollment in or recently graduated from a graduate degree program in public health, demography, epidemiology, science communication, or other relevant field.

-Interest in scientific communication and research utilization.

-Experience conducting literature searches and reviews and familiarity with advanced search functions on PubMed and other databases.

-Familiarity with the style and format of peer-reviewed journal articles.
-Passionate about supporting public health efforts across the world.
-Excellent organizational and administrative skills with keen attention to detail and timeliness.
-Readiness to interact with a variety of people and assume diverse duties and tasks.
-Advanced computer skills and experience with reference management software such as Zotero or EndNote.

-Language skills in French, Portuguese, and/or Spanish are valued but not required.


The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s corporate values:

Measurement:You use hard evidence to make decisions and guide your work. You set clear goalposts in advance and explain clearly if you need to move them.
Pragmatism: You’ll strive to deliver the best possible result with the resources available. You won’t be paralyzed by a need to make things perfect.
Honesty:You own your mistakes and are open about your shortcomings – it’s the only way you’ll learn and improve.
Collaboration:You’ll quickly establish a mental map of whom you can rely on for what, on your team, at headquarters, and in our country offices – if you try to do it all yourself, you won’t succeed.
Trust:You accept limits to your sphere of control and give colleagues the benefit of the doubt.
Commitment:You are in it for the long-haul and want to grow with the organization, just like PSI serves its consumers and partners with host-country governments through thick and thin.


References will be required. The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check. For domestic positions: Must be authorized to work in the United States. N.B. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this position.


PSI has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate to provide a hazard free employment and work environment in our commitment to our employees. Candidates offered a position will be required to provide proof of vaccination prior to their start date and their employment will be contingent on this. Candidates needing a medical or religious accommodation should let their recruiter know.

PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.

ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please send an email to: newhiresupport@psi.org or call (202)785-0072.

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