Internship Opportunities with The AIDS Institute

The AIDS Institute has maintained the primary role of promoting action for social change through public policy research, advocacy, and education. Students are an integral part of the organization’s mission to positively impact the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDS. An internship with The AIDS Institute provides an opportunity to gain practical experience in a real world nonprofit setting; learn about organizational infrastructure; interact among a collaborative team work environment; and develop effective management skills.



A. Internships are for either student course credit (preferred) or non-student professional experience. We do not offer paid internships.

B. The application periods for internships are as follows:

  1. Winter internships (August - December): apply by July 15

  2. Spring internships (January - May): Still accepting applications

  3. Summer internships (May/June - August): apply by March 15

B. There are three (3) locations to Intern:

  1. Washington, DC (Federal Policy Internships)

  2. Tampa, Florida (Education/Public Health, State Policy, or Communications)

  3. Tallahassee, Florida (HIV/AIDS Research Internships)

C. How to apply:

Applicants interested in an Internship with The AIDS Institute, must send an email to, include in the subject line: Internship inquiry and attach the following: 

A Resume and Cover letter which details the following:

  • Please specify which office location position you are applying for: Tallahassee, FL, Tampa, FL, or Washington, DC

  • College/University
  • College Credit: Yes or No
  • Date(s) Available
  • Hours per week?

Who can be an intern?

An intern at The AIDS Institute is typically someone who is enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program that requires work experience in an area of interest and gains course credit for this experience.  For example, over the past few years, students from the University of South Florida MPH program have completed their required field experience at The AIDS Institute's Tampa, Florida office. 

Our Washington, DC office has had a number of Federal Policy Interns from the following schools:

  • UCDC – Universities of California campuses
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Maryland
  • The George Washington University
  • Howard University
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • James Madison University
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • SUNY Brockport
  • Lutheran Colleges Washington Semester

Interns are accepted in the fall, winter, spring and summer terms. 


Intern Opportunities

Student interns work closely with The AIDS Institute to customize their educational experience around specific categories of interest.  Each of the categories listed in the scope of work have multiple projects that would expose the participants to real world application that has immediate or long lasting impact. Activities can even be used to enhance their resumes and further develop individual skill sets. The primary categories and example activities include:

Non-profit Management/Administration:

o    Database management

o    Meeting preparation for local, regional or national conferences

o    Fundraising research and grant writing

Community Planning, Capacity Building and Technical Assistance:

o    Planning, implementation and evaluation of local, state and national meetings

o    Assist in planning, implementation and evaluation of Capacity Building Assistance activities including conference calls, webinars, or one-on-one trainings.

Legislative Policy Analysis and Advocacy:

o    Participating in congressional briefings and submitting summaries

o    Participating in policy webinars and advocacy teleconferences

o    Participating in advocacy efforts, developing and maintaining membership database, and attending local, regional, and national meetings to help policy makers understand what the gaps are in access to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment.

Community Education and Mobilization:

o    Assist in planning fundraisers (i.e. Florida AIDS Walk)

o    Assist in planning, implementation and evaluation of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, held annually on September 18th

o    Assist organization in enhancing cross-promotional activities

Communications and Public Affairs:

o    Assist in writing press releases for national awareness days

o    Maintaining social networking sites and increasing internet presence

o    Assist with marketing and promotion of organizational programs

The individualized program plan can include a rotation of agency activities to provide for a full and comprehensive experience and educational enhancement for the participant. 

We are looking for highly motivated student interns to come join us in our offices in Tampa, Florida and Washington, DC.

National Policy Office
1705 DeSales St., NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036

Program and Administrative office
17 Davis Boulevard, Suite 403
Tampa, FL 33606
Contact us with any questions at:, or by phone at 813-258-5929.