212. Perinatal HIV Research Unit, Soweto, South Africa

Please note that applications will be accepted for this internship until February 5th at 5PM.

One of Africa’s leading research centres, the Perinatal HIV Research Unit (PHRU) is situated at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital—known locally as ‘Bara’—in Soweto, Johannesburg. PHRU engages in research, training, policy-formulation and advocacy concerning HIV-positive people and their children. Specifically, PHRU conducts adult, paediatric and adolescent HIV treatment research, HIV prevention research and investigations into tuberculosis and other HIV co-infections. In addition to the numerous pharmaceutical and publicly-funded clinical trials PHRU continues to carry out, the unit also conducts important behavioural and social science research, advocates for research access and provides needed care to the people of Soweto.

Please note there are two internships available:

1) One intern will be placed at the Bio-Behavioural Research (BBR) Division of the PHRU. The division runs the AYAZAZI clinic (AYA means ‘adolescents and young adults while ZAZI means ‘knowing themselves’ in Zulu), which is a youth-centred facility accessible to all young people living in and around Soweto. The clinic provides sexual and reproductive health services, such as HCT and testing of other sexually transmitted infections as well as treatment of those infections, pregnancy, contraception and counselling at no cost. The division focuses on multi-disciplinary, cross-sectional and longitudinal research projects centred on adolescents and young adults between the ages 13-25 years and uses a combination of research methodologies to do so. 

The intern will be involved in the analysis of existing qualitative and/or quantitative research data. The main output of this placement will be linked to abstract and manuscript submissions. In addition, the intern will assist with the coordination of a community outreach event.


  • Perform literature reviews for abstract and manuscript write-up
  • Qualitative and/or quantitative analyses and interpretation of results
  • Write-up of an abstract and manuscript
  • Responding to and incorporating regular feedback from project investigators and co-authors that shall reflect on the final abstract and manuscript
  • Assist with the coordination of a community outreach even

Experience & Qualifications:

  • Experience in analyzing and interpreting qualitative and quantitative datasets
  • Ability to work independently
  • Clear passion for working in global health contexts
  • Please note, this internship is open to rising juniors and above


2) The second student will be placed at Programs Implementation Division. This division is currently working on a number of HIV, TB and Tobacco Smoking projects across multiple sites in South Africa. The objective of one of our projects is to collect tobacco smoking, Latent TB Infection (LTBI) and nutritional information, in order to measure the prevalence of smoking, LTBI and BMI in men aged 10-34 who are attending circumcision clinics in South Africa. Research is also being conducted looking at associations with smoking and other health risk behaviours. Another study’s objective is to assess and compare early HIV incidence in men circumcised either with PrePex device or surgically, within 6 months following circumcision. 


  • Site visits and assessment of project deliverables

Experience & Qualifications:

  • Experience in writing literature reviews, abstracts and manuscripts
  • Empathy towards people living with HIV and TB