Hosting a Fellow or Intern is a valuable investment because it allows organizations to address mission-critical needs, build their capacity, and have a greater impact on their community and the global health sector.
STAR recruits global health professionals from around the world to contribute their diverse backgrounds, leadership skills, and technical expertise to a variety of host organizations in the United States and overseas. Hosts may include academic institutions, ministries of health, NGOs, and USAID (Washington, D.C. and Missions).
Benefits to Hosts
- Introduce diverse skills and expertise to your organization. STAR participants represent a spectrum of technical backgrounds, career stages, and lived experiences. They address needs that require innovative thinking and approaches, engaging in two-way learning and mentoring with their onsite colleagues.
- Long-lasting, tangible impact. Participants work to enhance, establish, and implement systems, processes, and learning resources that translate to stronger staff leadership and organizational impact.
- Access to STAR’s growing network of practitioners and host organizations. Organizational learning opportunities don’t stop at the individual Fellow or Intern. Hosts will have opportunities to network with STAR’s growing cohort of professionals, and their respective placement sites (academic institutions, ministries of health, NGOs, USAID, etc.)
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Host a Participant
How do I host a Fellow or Intern?
You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to start exploring options.
Is there an application deadline to become a host site?
No. Positions are highly specific to the needs of the host site and are therefore created on an as-needed basis.
How PHI Supports Host Sites
As the implementer of STAR, what is PHI responsible for?
PHI is committed to the success of each STAR participant and their host site. We provide:
- Full-cycle support, including job description development, managing the recruitment and interview processes, and making a final offer with the host site’s approval
- Orientation for the participant and Onsite Manager
- Ongoing learning and development opportunities to supplement and reinforce participant’s on-the-job training
- Performance management support, including creation of a plan that supports mentoring and constructive, ongoing feedback
- Quarterly check-ins with participants to address needs and evaluate progress toward their goals
- Administration of participant benefits (e.g. health insurance) and travel logistics
Host Site Expectations
What are the expectations of hosts?
Each host site is required to:
- Provide clear vision of the organization’s need and how the Fellow or Intern can make the most impactful contribution
- Engage leadership from onsite staff to ensure the participant is considered and treated as a vital part of the organization
- Designate onsite manager who will provide ongoing supervision and support to the participant, and regularly correspond with STAR’s Performance Management team
- Honor and protect participant’s commitment to four hours of learning time each week
Is my organization expected to cover the Intern/Fellow’s salary?
We ask each host organization to invest in the position either by financing the salary (in whole or in part) OR by defraying the costs in other ways. Options include:
- Providing workspace for the participant (ex: desk, phone, access to computer, and office supplies)
- Covering travel costs incurred as part of the participant’s job responsibilities
- Providing housing
- Matching the participant’s budget for learning activities
We do not want funding to be a barrier to obtaining a Fellow or Intern. We are open to collaborating with you to identify different ways to make hosting feasible.