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Somers Aging and Long-Term Care Research Internship

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Honorarium: 
$3,500.00

The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) seeks outstanding graduate and upper division undergraduate students to serve as interns on aging and long-term care policy projects in Washington DC. Students studying economics, gerontology, political science, public policy, health policy, social work, actuarial science or related subjects are urged to apply for this 12-week summer semester internship.

The Somers Aging and Long-Term Care Internship is designed to recognize qualified students and provide them with a challenging learning experience. This internship, compared to the Washington Internship on Social Insurance, focuses on aging and long-term care issues and is more research oriented.

Somers interns have the opportunity to:

  • Work with leading long-term care policy experts;
  • Gain valuable work experience; and
  • Make professional contacts and network in their area of interest; and attend relevant seminars, symposia, and make site visits to long-term care facilities.

Somers interns work closely with the experts in their Washington or Baltimore offices. Placements may include:

  • AARP
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • America’s Health Insurance Plans
  • Congressional Research Service
  • Institute for the Future of Aging Services
  • Institute for Health Care Research and Policy
  • National Academy on an Aging Society, and others.

NASI, as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted to furthering knowledge and understanding of social insurance programs, is uniquely qualified to provide students with challenging internship opportunities. NASI's members, recognized experts in social insurance and health policy, offer the interns access to information and experiences found nowhere else. This is a nationally competitive program with only five placements made each year. Academic credit may be arranged through the intern’s college or university. International Students with valid student visas can be placed with non-governmental organizations, if placement projects match their skills and interests.

To apply for the Somers Aging and Long-Term Care Research Internship, please submit the following by March 1:

  1. A completed Online Internship Application or a PDF Internship Application form
  2. A one-page cover letter that explains your interest in the internship program and answers the following questions:
    • In your own words, how would you define social insurance and its role in your family’s life?
    • To what extent have you studied social insurance programs?
    • What special skills or qualifications will you bring to your placement?
    • On what types of assignments do you perform best? (e.g. research, writing, statistics, computer applications, organizing etc.)
    • How will this experience relate to your future career plans?
  3. Resume
  4. Official transcript (if you are a graduate student, submit a copy of your undergraduate and graduate course work to date)
  5. Three professional and/or academic written letters of recommendation with contact information
  6. A five to ten page writing sample which reflects the type and quality of work you have done

Mail to:
Internship Programs
National Academy of Social Insurance
1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036-1904

Application and materials must be received by March 1.

Completed applications will be considered by the selection committees for placements
beginning in May or June.

Applications will be considered incomplete if any information is missing as of the deadline.

For additional information, contact NASI’s Internship Coordinator at (202) 452-8097 or internships@nasi.org.