Student Opportunities


Each summer, the Academy 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 the Academy’s staff and membership, a group made up of the nation's leading experts on social insurance policy. The Academy 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.

The Academy is no longer accepting applications for the 2017 summer internship program.  We will notify applications of the status of their applications as soon as possible. If you have questions, please contact our  Internship Coordinator at

For details on which of the Academy's internship program might be right for you, visit the Internship Opportunities page.

Writing Awards

The National Academy of Social Insurance is pleased to offer two writing prizes which recognize superb scholarship:

  • Law Student Writing Award for an Outstanding Paper on Social Insurance: The Academy’s Law Student Writing Award, sponsored by the Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging, is designed to recognize and promote outstanding research and analysis by law students addressing the impact of the law on social insurance policy questions, especially those that address aging.
  • John Heinz Dissertation Award: This award is designed to recognize and promote outstanding doctoral research by new scholars addressing social insurance policy questions. John Heinz served in the U.S. Senate from 1977 until his death in 1991. The Award has been sponsored by the Heinz Family Philanthropies since 1993.

Each award is bestowed at the Academy's annual policy research conference in Washington, D.C.