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Global WASH Intern


The PRO-WASH & SCALE Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Team at Save the Children seeks to host in intern for Fall 2024 and Winter 2025. This virtual internship offers a chance to utilize your communication, and research skills in supporting global capacity strengthening and learning initiatives focused on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).

As an intern, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of Save the Children's WASH projects and engage with the broader WASH and food security community, which includes various USAID-funded partners and Global WASH Cluster partners.

Your main tasks will be to support work on a human-centered design toolkit and to work with the Global WASH Cluster partners on WASH related literature and web-based research, information analysis and synthesis, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, reporting, and visualization.

This internship is an excellent opportunity to impact global health capacity strengthening while developing your professional skills in a supportive and impactful environment.

What You’ll be Doing (Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Impact)

  • Collaborate closely with the PRO-WASH & SCALE WASH team and partners to create a user-friendly WASH human-centered design toolbox based on the Responsibilities encompass working with the team to draft concise descriptions of case studies, tools, and approaches, editing current content, tools, tips sheets, and templates for human centered design, gathering examples from various websites and partners, and helping to create visuals to make the product easier to use.
  • Contribute to activities with the Global WASH Cluster’s Hygiene Promotion in Emergencies and Climate Change and WASH Technical Working Groups such as helping to support webinars, writing up lessons learned, compiling training materials, etc.
  • Contribute to literature scans and desk mappings on topics related to WASH as needed (e.g., WASH & climate, mental health, water resource management, evidence-based approaches, localization).
  • Support the team to update technical resource libraries such as the FSN Network and the Global WASH Cluster Technical Working Group libraries by using web-based searches to identify WASH training materials, tools, reports, learning briefs, videos, and courses, and reviewing, organizing, and tagging the identified resources with key words and short descriptions.
  • Support basic qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis and reporting, such as cleaning data, coding data, conducting descriptive analyses, and drafting reports, PowerPoints, or visualizations based on the data.

Team engagement 

  • Attend regular Department of Global Health WASH meetings, PRO-WASH & SCALE team meetings, and Global WASH Cluster Working Group workstream meetings.
  • Meet with WASH and food security team members.
  • Have the opportunity to engage with other departments at Save the Children in informal virtual coffee chats, as interested.
  • Learn more about WASH and food security by attending PRO-WASH & SCALE’s and partners’ online events.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be an actively enrolled in an Associate, Bachelor, Master or other post high school education program, or have graduated within 6 months of intern program start date.
  • Possess strong written skills, solid interpersonal skills and ability to work within a team.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong interest in adult education, behavior change, user/human centered design, design thinking, climate change, water, sanitation and hygiene, or communications in global health.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Currently eligible to work in the U.S.

What’s In It for You

  • Structured learning and development program.
  • Meaningful work under the direct supervision of an experienced Save the Children staff member.
  • Highly collaborative and innovative teams.
  • Networking program with managers across the organization.
  • Flexible schedule.
  • A family friendly work environment.
  • The knowledge that the work you are supporting is changing the lives of children all around the world.


Classification:       Paid Intern

Part-time:              16-24 hours per week (up to 8 hours max per day)

Dates:                     September 23, 2024 - April 11, 2025

Compensation:     $17 / hour (interns only)


About Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Our work for children and their families requires that we commit—at every opportunity—to work together to identify and dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism, inequality, and any other forms of discrimination in this country and beyond.  As an anti-racist organization, Save the Children will not tolerate discrimination in any form—in our employment practices, amongst our staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in solidarity with all people to fight for equal rights, justice, inclusion, and belonging.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom we are in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse.

Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security risks for our valued employees, ensuring all are given training, support and information to reduce their risk exposure while maximizing the impact of our programs for children and families. Our shared duty, both agency and individual, is to seek and maintain safe working conditions for all.