Congressman Pete Stark Health Policy Internship

Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 3, 2020

The goal of the Congressman Pete Stark Health Policy Internship is to offer graduate students a hands-on experience in developing, advocating, and implementing in Congress and/or Executive Branch agencies legislation, regulations, and policy initiatives to improve America's health.

Mr. Stark served as the Chair or Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health for 28 years, helping enact (often on a bipartisan basis) major improvements in health insurance, Medicare, consumer health protections, cost savings, and anti-fraud measures. He hopes that the scholar-applicant for this internship will share his interests in using legislative, oversight, and administrative tools to improve health coverage and quality in an efficient, cost-effective manner.

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Graduate students aspiring to a career in health policy are urged to apply for the Congressman Pete Stark Health Policy Internship. Pete Stark Interns will be afforded the opportunity to:

  • Work with leading experts on the legislative process, health insurance coverage expansion, Medicare and Medicaid, evidence-based medicine coverage, anti-fraud and abuse laws, and other current health issues facing the federal government;
  • Gain valuable work experience;
  • Make professional contacts and network in their area of interest;
  • Attend Congressional, Executive Branch, and private sector forums on current topics.

Academy interns work closely with the experts in their Washington, DC metro area offices. Our most recent internship placements have included:

  • AcademyHealth
  • Buffin Foundation
  • Center for Global Policy Solutions
  • Community Catalyst
  • Congressional Research Service
  • Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA)
  • Medicaid and Chip Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC)
  • National Academy of Social Insurance
  • National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD)
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP)
  • Social Security Advisory Board (SSAB)
  • Urban Institute

The National Academy of Social Insurance seeks outstanding graduate students interested in improving the U.S. healthcare system and affordable universal healthcare. Graduate students studying health policy, health economics, public policy, social policy, political science, or related subjects are urged to apply for this 12-week summer semester internship in Washington, DC.

The National Academy of Social Insurance, as a nonpartisan organization devoted to furthering knowledge and understanding of social insurance programs, is uniquely qualified to provide students with challenging internship opportunities. Academy members, recognized experts in social insurance and health policy, offer the interns access to information and experiences found nowhere else. Academic credit may be arranged through the intern’s college or university. International students with valid student visas can be placed with non-governmental organizations, if placement projects match their skills and interests.

To apply for the Congressman Pete Stark Internship in Health Policy, please see the Internship Application