Alliance for Health Reform. The Alliance (Washington, DC) seeks paid and unpaid interns focusing on health policy research and media relations. Interns at the Alliance serve as front-line troops for our media outreach and educational efforts. Interns have a variety of responsibilities including: research, health policy analysis, media list compilation, administrative duties, and web page updates. Interns attend events and forums on Capitol Hill and in the D.C. area. The Alliance seeks undergraduate or graduate students with solid academic records, strong writing, research, and communication skills-and a lively interest in public policy. Knowledge of word processing and database software is important. Pluses: community service; coursework in history, political science, economics, journalism, or mass communications. The duration of the internship is negotiable, but for the best experience, interns should stay for a minimum period of one quarter. A small stipend may be available, and academic credit can be arranged.
American Enterprise Institute Washington, DC internship opportunities are available to undergraduates, graduate students, and postgraduates. Approximately fifty internship opportunities are available in the fall, winter, and summer in the areas of: economic policy, foreign and defense studies, social and political studies, media affairs, The American magazine, publications editing, information systems, marketing, and human resources. Internships are unpaid, and the hours and days are flexible, either part or full time.
American Public Health Association. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for unpaid APHA internships in a variety of departments located in Washington, DC. Candidates should be working towards a bachelor, graduate, or postgraduate degree, and all majors are welcome.
Brookings Institution Unpaid internships are available to undergraduate and graduate students in both research and non-research programs located in Washington, DC, with specific eligibility requirements and internship timing/duration varying by program.
CATO Institute Internships. Cato internships (which are paid and, with rare exceptions, full-time) are available in Washington, DC during summer, fall and spring semesters for undergraduates, regardless of major, recent graduates, graduate students, or law students who have a strong commitment to individual liberty, private property, free markets, limited government, and the philosophy of classical, or market, liberalism. Cato interns assist policy staff as researchers; work with the conference department to organize policy conferences, debates, and forums; attend seminars and conferences; and assist Cato's professional staff by copying and filing newspaper articles, distributing materials to congressional offices, and preparing mailings. In addition to their research and other duties, interns take part in regular seminars on politics, economics, law, and philosophy, as well as a series of lectures and films on libertarian themes.
Center for Law and Social Policy. CLASP offers paid summer internships in Washington DC to law and graduate students.
Center for National Policy. CNP (Washington, DC) offers full-time and part-time unpaid internships in winter, spring, summer and fall for talented undergraduate students and recent graduates, typically for the duration of a semester. Interns work directly with CNP staff and are exposed to the workings of the Washington policy process. General responsibilities include attending Hill briefings, attending speaking events, giving weekly oral presentations on various research topics to interns and staff, and writing a 15-20 page research paper.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. (summer/fall/spring; graduate/undergraduate; paid; CNBPP (Washington, DC) offers undergraduate and graduate students (including law), as well as recent graduates, full-and part-time paid internships in various areas, including health policy. Internships are available for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. However, not all positions are available every semester. The typical length of an internship is one semester (approximately 10-12 weeks).
Children's Defense Fund. About 70 undergraduate, graduate and recent graduates intern in the CDF Washington, D.C. office each year and while a few of the internships give preference to certain majors everyone with a strong interest in child advocacy is encouraged to apply. CDF interns gain knowledge, skills, and experience for a lifetime commitment as a child advocate and public policy leader. They also get an insider's view of non-profit advocacy. Among CDF's current priorities is The Health Coverage for All Children Campaign to secure comprehensive health and mental health coverage for every child and pregnant woman.
Competitive Enterprise Institute Internships. The CEI is a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of free enterprise and limited government. CEI is nationally recognized as a leading voice on a broad range of regulatory issues-including free market approaches to risk regulation (e.g., biotechnology, pharmaceutical regulation, consumer protection, food safety). CEI internships in Washington, DC are offered to undergraduates, graduate students and recent graduates with a commitment to individual liberty and free markets; interns receive a modest stipend to cover living expenses. Interns at CEI write about public policy issues, assist senior analysts with in-depth research, and promote the Institute's mission through outreach. All interns will be assigned to a department within CEI, such as Energy Policy, Communications, or Technology Studies. However, CEI interns may work across a variety of issue areas. Interns may be asked to provide assistance with office administrative tasks on a limited basis.
Families USA Families USA is a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. Paid, full-time internships are available in the Department of Health Policy (Washington, DC) in summer, fall and spring semesters. Strong research, writing, and computer skills are essential. Knowledge of health care policy a plus. The organization seeks interns who can demonstrate a commitment to low-income people's issues. Interns at Families USA are considered part of the staff and attend weekly staff meetings and internal team meetings to discuss Families USA's advocacy strategy and new initiatives to ensure health care access to all U.S. residents. In addition, Families USA encourages interns to take part in the active political community of Washington, D.C., by attending hearings on Capitol Hill, press conferences at the National Press Club, and policy forums at other major organizations and think tanks such as the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Center for American Progress.
Heritage Foundation. This internship program attracts undergraduate conservative leaders of the highest caliber. Paid internships in Washington, DC are available to work with Heritage experts in such areas as health policy; interns acquire policy expertise, build marketable skills, enhance their resumes, attend events where they can meet and talk with the nation's leading policy-makers, and make friends with their conservative peers.
National Center for Policy Analysis. The NCPA is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to seek private-sector, free-market solutions to public policy problems, including health care. NCPA internships are available during the fall, summer and spring forundergraduate and graduate students; though post-graduates are also encouraged to apply. Internship positions are located in NCPA's Dallas headquarters. Positions for the spring and fall are typically 20 to 40 hours per week, and summer positions are typically 40 hours per week.
National Health Law Program (first year law students; unpaid; Chapel Hill, NC, Los Angeles, CA, Washington, DC)The National Health Law Program offers year-round unpaid internships in its Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Chapel Hill, North Carolina offices. Applicants should have completed their first year of law school and have an interest in quality of care and health care access for low-income populations.
Physicians for Social Responsibility. PSR offers internships in Washington, DC for undergraduate and graduate students all year, with terms usually beginning in January, May, and September. Positions are 40 hours per week for a minimum of three months. Six-month to one-year internships are also available and are preferred by the Environment and Health program. Deadlines for applications are two months prior to the beginning of a term, but dates are flexible. All internships offer a stipend. PSR also accepts applications for unpaid internships.
Public Citizen, Health Research Group. The HRG welcomes inquiries about medical doctors or MPH students doing a residency rotation, fellowship or sabbatical with HRG in Washington, DC. Preferable clinical background is internal medicine or family practice. Some clinical, epidemiological or laboratory research experience is required since an integral part of our work involves evaluating the adequacy and findings of studies to determine whether changes in public policy should be sought. Salary: Depending on experience. Full benefits including fully paid health insurance.
RAND Graduate Student Summer Associate Program. This program introduces outstanding graduate students to RAND, an institution that conducts research on health policy among other issues. Students receive a stipend and are given the opportunity to conduct research that can be completed during the three months they are at RAND. The program runs in the summer months only. Summer associates work at RAND fulltime for a 12-week period. Positions are available in RAND's three major U.S. offices - Santa Monica, Arlington, and Pittsburgh. All summer associates are collocated with project mentors. The location of the project mentor determines the location of the summer associate. The program is designed for full-time students who have completed at least two years of graduate work leading to a doctorate or professional degree (e.g., law or medical degree, professional engineer certificate). Students must be enrolled full-time in a graduate degree program to be considered for the program.