Merton C. Bernstein Internship on Social Insurance

Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 3, 2020

The National Academy of Social Insurance has established the Merton C. Bernstein Internship on Social Insurance in recognition of his public service in advancing an understanding of the legal and policy issues concerning Social Security, private pensions, and health insurance.  Merton Bernstein, a Founding Member of the Academy, suggested an internship program at one of its first Board meetings 30 years ago. He served on the Academy’s Board of Directors from 1988 until he ran for Senate in 1992, and has remained a Member throughout his long and distinguished career.

Honoring Merton C. Bernstein

Support the Merton C. Bernstein Internship on Social Insurance

Bernstein interns focus on all areas of social insurance, including Social Security, unemployment, Workers’ Compensation, Medicare, and Medicaid. They may also work in organizations devoted to aging, equality, social insurance policy, health care, or budget oversight. Interns have the opportunity to:

  • Work with leading experts and officials who are recognized authorities on social insurance policy, Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment Insurance, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, disability long-term care, health care financing, and related public and private programs;
  • Gain valuable work experience;
  • Make professional contacts and network in their areas of interest; and
  • Discuss current policy issues and attend Congressional hearings.

Academy interns work closely with the experts in their Washington 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)
  • Senate HELP Committee
  • Social Security Advisory Board (SSAB)
  • Urban Institute


The National Academy of Social Insurance seeks outstanding graduate and upper division undergraduate students interested in promoting equitable access for all Americans to high quality, affordable, cost-effective health care. Students studying health policy, health economics, public policy, social policy, 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 Merton C. Bernstein Internship on Social Insurance, please see the Internship Application