Student Opportunities


Each summer, NASI offers a select number of nationally competitive paid internships for students studying for or interested in careers in social insurance policy. The internships offer students access to NASI’s staff and membership, a group made up of the nation's leading experts on social insurance policy. NASI is uniquely qualified to provide students with challenging internship opportunities and provides interns with access to information and experience that cannot be found anywhere else in the country.

Our internship programs cover a wide array of policy areas including Health and Income Security Policy (Washington Internship), Aging and Long-term Care Policy (Somers Internship), Disability Policy (Eileen Sweeney Internship), and Non-profit Management (Nathan J. Stark Internship). The programs consist of a 12-week summer semester internship that usually spans May to August, depending on the student’s college schedule. Students receive a $3,500 honorarium for their internship experience and academic credit may be arranged through the intern’s college or university. International Students with valid student visas are encouraged to apply and can be placed with non-governmental organizations, if placement projects match their skills and interests.

For more information, visit our Internship Opportunities page or contact us at

John Heinz Dissertation Award

NASI’s dissertation award is designed to recognize and promote outstanding research by new scholars addressing social insurance policy questions. The award is presented annually in honor of Senator John Heinz. He was a leading expert in the Senate on private pension and health care policy and was a member of NASI’s Board of Advisors from the organization’s inception in 1986 until his death in 1991.

Any dissertation addressing topics relevant to the planning and implementation of social insurance policy is eligible for nomination. This might include analysis of long-term care financing, the labor market effects of Social Security, cross-national comparisons and family social insurance protections. Nominations are encouraged from many disciplines and professions, including, but not limited to, actuarial science, disability policy, economics, public policy, social policy, health policy, history, philosophy, political science, social work and sociology.

For more information, visit the John Heinz Dissertation Award page. View a list of past award winners.