Population Services International

Sanitation Technology Intern

Posted Date 3 weeks ago(6/21/2024 3:54 PM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Technical Health Areas
Position Location: Country
United States


Sanitation Technology Intern
Based in US-remote eligible (within PSI’s 27 approved states)
No Travel Required or Nairobi, Kenya
Work From Almost Anywhere Status = Eligible
Reports to Senior Technical Advisor I, WASH

Who we are
PSI is a network of locally rooted, globally connected organizations working to achieve consumer-powered healthcare — people-centered health systems that ensure quality, affordable care wherever and whenever it is needed. Our origins in sexual and reproductive health have grown into a broader mission. Today, we work with the public and private sectors as well as local communities, prioritizing people’s voice and choice and developing solutions to meet their essential health needs. Over the past five decades, we have helped push boundaries, break taboos, set trends, and develop innovative solutions to complex global health challenges.

Join us!

PSI’s WASH Team is a dynamic group of people doggedly focused on building core sanitation market functionality in the geographies we work – to ensure markets continue to grow without PSI intervention. Our success formula is that we are curious not status-quo, people-first not solutions-first, deliberate not formulaic, allies not gatekeepers, and doers not theorists. PSI’s WASH portfolio supports the implementation of market development programs in both urban and rural areas to ensure consumer-centered sustainable sanitation solutions for target populations. PSI seeks a Sanitation Technology Intern to support improvement in design, engineering, and processes to offer better sanitation products and improve safely managed sanitation. You will assist PSI projects in their assessment of best-fit products and technologies, training plans, and workflows.


PSI seeks an engineering Intern that will contribute to or lead sanitation technology development projects and support daily operations. The intern will receive coaching and mentorship, attend internal learning sessions hosted by other departments, and engage with colleagues at all levels across the organization, learn about what it's like to work for PSI, build relationships, and gain valuable real-world experience by performing a variety of tasks for our WASH team.

Hourly Pay:
$20.00 per hour/ Kenya Stipend of KSH 30,000
For US-based candidates, hourly pay is reflected above.* We value transparency and have provided the full salary range for this role. Actual base salary compensation will be determined by factors such as a candidate’s qualifications, experience, internal equity, external market analysis, and other business factors permitted by law. Hiring above the mid-point of the range would not be typical in order to allow for potential future salary growth. PSI offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes health care, retirement plan, generous leave, as well as other great benefits. For more information, please ask your recruiter or visit https://www.psi.org/careers/ to learn more!


*For all applicants applying outside of the US; please note that those hired outside of the US will be employed through the local PSI office. Pay and benefits will be commensurate with the role and practices of the local office, including payment in local currency.



Your contributions

  • Contribute to or lead a special project with a specific deliverable due before the completion of the internship: Deliver on a learning project related to current sanitation technologies and practices used across PSI platforms and projects. Support ongoing research and development around septic tanks, digester toilets, and toilet upgrades. Create a decision tree that PSI platforms can use to select appropriate technology offerings. Identify opportunities to scale promising solutions from around the world and support teams in identifying / creating innovative solutions. Conduct or provide support to research and analysis, assist with project management, propose ideas and solutions, and present the final deliverable to members of the team or a broader audience. 60% of Time
  • Learn about the inner workings: Provide routine administrative support for daily operations, which may include maintaining the internal SharePoint page by posting new content and reorganizing existing content for knowledge management and information tracking, providing basic financial management support, learning and performing tasks in PSI systems, and/or assisting with coordinating peer to peer learning webinars, blog writing, note-taking, technical writing support and proof reading, or responding to ad hoc requests for information. Contribute to a resource library and manual of current PSI technical product offerings, including updating technical drawings, descriptions, requirements, BOQs, costs, and special considerations. 25% of Time
  • Build your network: Develop relationships with PSIers on the WASH team globally and across the organization and with external partners. Schedule one-on-one meetings with colleagues to learn more about what they do and gain valuable career advice, regularly attend learning sessions hosted by other departments, attend PSI's org-wide events and meetings, and regularly shadow colleagues at meetings. Facilitate peer to peer coaching and networking opportunities both within PSI’s programs and with external partners and networks. 15% of Time

Time percentages listed above are not exact. They are estimates and may change. This is also not an exhaustive list of all tasks that an incumbent is expected to perform but is instead a summary of the primary responsibilities and requirements of the job. The incumbent may be asked to perform duties not included above. PSI reserves the right to revise job profiles at any time based on changes to the required job responsibilities.


What are we looking for?

  •  Enrollment in a graduate degree program preferred
  • Some work experience preferred
  • Passionate about supporting WASH and market-based sanitation efforts across the world.
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills with keen attention to detail and timeliness.
  • Readiness to interact with a variety of people and assume diverse duties and tasks.
  • Strong analytical/problem solving skills.
  • Advanced computer skills with strong excel skills (and including MS Office applications).
  • French speaking preferred

The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s corporate values:
Measurement: You use hard evidence to make decisions and guide your work. You set clear goalposts in advance and explain clearly if you need to move them.
Pragmatism: You’ll strive to deliver the best possible result with the resources available. You won’t be paralyzed by a need to make things perfect.
Honesty: You own your mistakes and are open about your shortcomings – it’s the only way you’ll learn and improve.
Collaboration: You’ll quickly establish a mental map of whom you can rely on for what, on your team, at headquarters, and in our country offices – if you try to do it all yourself, you won’t succeed.
Trust: You accept limits to your sphere of control and give colleagues the benefit of the doubt.
Commitment:  You are in it for the long-haul and want to grow with the organization, just like PSI serves its consumers and partners with host-country governments through thick and thin.


References will be required. The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check. For domestic positions: Must be authorized to work in the United States. N.B. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this position.

PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.


ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please send an email to: newhiresupport@psi.org or call (202)785-0072.

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