Student Opportunities


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

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2016 summer internship program. Applicants will be notified in early April. If you have questions, please contact the 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 new 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 NASI's annual policy research conference in Washington, D.C.