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Who should apply for this internship? 

Upper division undergraduate and graduate students across the U.S. who are interested in workers’ compensation are invited to apply for the John Burton Internship on Workers’ Compensation Research and Policy. Students pursuing courses of study in health policy, health economics, public policy, social policy, or related subjects are urged to apply for this 12-week summer internship in Washington, DC.​*

 *As of summer 2022, Academy interns are offered hybrid or in-person work arrangements, which are subject to change depending on COVID-19. 


Interns are paid at least $15/hr based on a 35 to 40-hour work week. 

Internship Placements 

Students selected for an internship will then be matched with a placement organization in the DC area, where they will work under the supervision of an Academy Member. Burton interns will have the opportunity to:

  • Work with leading experts and officials working on Workers’ Compensation and related public and private worker safety programs; 
  • Gain valuable work experience; 
  • Make professional contacts and network in their area(s) of interest; and​ 
  • Participate in a weekly seminar series with an internship cohort comprised of talented students working in other areas of social insurance.​ 
  • Receive scholarships to travel to and participate in the annual WCRI conference the March following their internship.​ 

Burton interns work closely with experts in their Washington offices. Our most recent internship placements have included: 

  • AcademyHealth 
  • ADvancing States (former National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities) 
  • AFL-CIO 
  • Buffin Foundation 
  • Center for Global Policy Solutions 
  • Century Foundation 
  • Community Catalyst 
  • Congressional Research Service 
  • Kaiser Family Foundation  
  • Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA) 
  • Medicaid and Chip Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) 
  • National Academy of Social Insurance 
  • National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM)
  • National Institute for Retirement Security
  • SCAN Health Plan 
  • Social Security Advisory Board (SSAB) 
  • U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means 
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP)  
  • Urban Institute 

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