Career opportunities

There are dozens of ways to join the cause and among them is joining our team of passionate people building careers around this work.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and dedicated to diversity in the workplace. Applicants living with HIV or from communities disproportionately affected by HIV are strongly encouraged to apply

TITLE: AIDS United Policy Department Intern

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

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”).


Whistleblower Policy

A whistleblower as defined by this policy is an employee of AIDS United who reports an activity that he/she/they considers to be illegal or dishonest to one or more of the parties specified in this policy. The whistleblower is not responsible for investigating the activity or for determining fault or corrective measures; appropriate management officials are charged with these responsibilities.

Examples of illegal or dishonest activities are violations of federal, state or local laws; billing for services not performed or for goods not delivered; and other fraudulent financial reporting.

If an employee has knowledge of or a concern of illegal or dishonest fraudulent activity, the employee is to contact his/her immediate supervisor or the Vice President of Operations. The employee must exercise sound judgment to avoid baseless allegations. An employee who intentionally files a false report of wrongdoing will be subject to discipline up to and including termination.

Whistleblower protections are provided in two important areas — confidentiality and against retaliation. Insofar as possible, the confidentiality of the whistleblower will be maintained. However, identity may have to be disclosed to conduct a thorough investigation, to comply with the law and to provide accused individuals their legal rights of defense. The Organization will not retaliate against a whistleblower. This includes, but is not limited to, protection from retaliation in the form of an adverse employment action such as termination, compensation decreases, or poor work assignments and threats of physical harm. Any whistleblower who believes he/she/they is being retaliated against must contact the Vice President of Operations immediately. The right of a whistleblower for protection against retaliation does not include immunity for any personal wrongdoing that is alleged and investigated.

Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) Compliance: “Immunity from Liability for Confidential Disclosure of a Trade Secret to the Government or in a Court Filing:

(1) Immunity—An individual shall not be held criminally or civilly liable under any federal or state trade secret law for the disclosure of a trade secret that—(A) is made—(i) in confidence to a federal, state or local government official, either directly or indirectly, or to an attorney; and (ii) solely for the purpose of reporting or investigating a suspected violation of law; or (B) is made in a complaint or other document filed in a lawsuit or other proceeding, if such filing is made under seal.

(2) Use of Trade Secret Information in Anti-Retaliation Lawsuit—An individual who files a lawsuit for retaliation by an employer for reporting a suspected violation of law may disclose the trade secret to the attorney of the individual and use the trade secret information in the court proceeding, if the individual—(A) files any document containing the trade secret under seal; and (B) does not disclose the trade secret, except pursuant to court order.”

All reports of illegal and dishonest activities will be promptly submitted to John Roane Jr., the Vice President of Operations, who is responsible for investigating and coordinating corrective action.  However, if the intended report involves the Vice President of Operations, the matter should be reported to Jesse Milan Jr., the CEO.  If the report involves the Vice President of Operations and the CEO, contact should be made to Dr. Robert Hilliard Jr., the Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Employees with any questions regarding this policy should contact the Vice President of Operations.