An Invitation from the Chairman of the Board




William M. Rodgers III, is a professor of public policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and chief economist at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. Prior to coming to Rutgers, he served as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. He also served on President Obama’s Department of Labor Transition Team. Currently, he sits on the National Urban League’s Council of Economic Advisors, and was appointed to the commission charged with advising on the timing and preparation for New Jersey’s recovery from the COVID-19 shutdown. Check out his recent interview on CNBC on wage growth.



Creating a bridge between today’s policy leaders and the next generation has been a core part of the mission of the National Academy of Social Insurance since its inception in 1986. We know when we talk about economic security that young people have a lot at stake. Consider an Academy Internship if you are interested in exploring a future career in:

  • Health care policy
  • Social policy
  • Disability research and policy
  • Long term care and aging
  • Economic research and analysis
  • Public administration
  • Advocacy and more

The Academy’s Internship Program provides a unique opportunity for students to learn from experts in these fields. Interns are matched with a policy, research, or government organization in Washington, DC. A list of recent placements can be found in the descriptions for each of our five Internship Programs. In addition to work in their field of interest, Academy Interns attend weekly seminars to learn about social insurance and related topics — Social Security, Medicare, Workers’ Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, and more. There is usually a trip to Capitol Hill and an invitation to attend the Academy’s annual Ball Award dinner.

When all requirements of the internship have been met, interns are invited to become Associate Members of the Academy. Associate Members have access to a valuable network of experts and potential mentors — the 1,000+ Members of the Academy.

I invite you to review the different internship program descriptions and consider applying to become part of a dedicated group of professionals working to ensure economic security for all Americans.



William M. Rodgers III


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