Internship programs at the National Academy of Social Insurance were established nearly 30 years ago to fulfill the vision of founder, Robert M. Ball, and other founding board members. The aim is to help develop the next generation of social insurance leaders.

In addition to work at their placement organizations, students in the Academy’s summer internship programs participate in weekly seminars, policy forums, and the annual Robert M. Ball Award celebration. These experiences allow students to interact with current leaders in the field. Seminars are classroom-style presentations geared towards deepening interns’ understanding of current issues in social insurance.

These in-person seminars are also open to interns and Fellows of other organizations. For more information, email the Manager of Leadership Development, Ariella Jailal at

Our intern seminar schedule for 2024 will feature the following presentations:

Friday, June 7 | Retirement Security

Friday, June 14 | How Medicaid Lowers Prescription Drug Costs and Ensures Access for Beneficiaries

Friday, June 21 | The Wonderful World of SI

Friday, June 28 | SSDI and SSI Basics

Thursday, July 11 |  Medicare: Overview and Survey of Current Policy Issues

Friday, July 19 | Social Security and the Federal Fiscal Reform

Friday, July 26 | Using the Academy Internship to Leverage an Academic Career

  • Tyler Welch, Claire Erickson, Roz Murray, PHD Candidates, 2019 Academy Alumni

Friday, August 2 | SI Work & It’s Importance to the Younger Generations

  • Kathleen Romig, Social Security Administration

Friday, August 9 | How Social Insurance Connects to Racial and Economic Liberation

Friday, August 16 | Graduation Ceremony

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