We are seeking two current students with experience in health communications, public health, marketing, journalism or public relations for an engaging summer practicum opportunity. You will help design, promote, and disseminate impactful solutions to improve young people’s sexual health and economic opportunity around the world.

Through this practicum, you will be a valued member of a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team, receive training and in-depth experience in human-centered design, and help design and disseminate communication strategies for a variety of innovative projects. We have supported previous students to successfully apply for grant funding and develop publications based on their field projects with YLabs.

Our ideal candidates are self-starters, able to quickly grasp the big picture, and lead others with confidence. They are creative problem solvers, excellent communicators, and are able to build consensus and enthusiasm among a team. They are flexible, able to jump in quickly and work independently and be able to troubleshoot with agility, empathy, and optimism.

Key Tasks

  • Assist in the design of a strategic communications plan around an existing intervention that is theory-driven, science-based, audience-centered, and practical

  • Utilize a range of appropriate communication platforms to support public health goals based on analysis and evaluation of alternative venues

  • Create effective materials and messages using strategies and tools tailored to diverse audiences, including those with lower health literacy

  • Develop an evaluation plan for a communication strategy

  • Demonstrate  professional oral presentation skills to inform and persuade diverse audiences



  • Superb written and verbal communication skills. You have an uncanny ability to clearly transmit and develop ideas and concepts within a multidisciplinary team

  • Passion for adolescent health, HIV, sexual and reproductive health, reproductive justice, media advocacy, or program management

  • Strong writing skills - both technical and creative. Quick lit review? No problem. Translating a quant-heavy journal article into a Teen Vogue blog post? Piece of cake.

  • Demonstrated experience in social and behavior change communications theories and strategies

  • Willing to multitask, ability to thrive in the creative chaos of a startup environment


  • Experience in adolescent health, HIV, sexual and reproductive health, reproductive justice, media advocacy, or program management

  • Background in creative industries, health communication, design or media

  • Knowledge of Hindi, Swahili, Spanish, or French languages

  • Familiarity with human-centered design principles

  • Social media maverick

  • Experience living or working in sub-Saharan Africa or Central America

Additional Information

This full-time practicum opportunity is based in Berkeley, California, and will take place in Summer 2019. Depending on projects and student availability, it is possible to begin remote work prior to the in-person start date.

How to Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to If possible, provide any relevant work samples, e.g. creative briefs, writing samples or health communications projects.  All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.