Somers Research Internship on Long-Term Care and Aging

Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 1, 2019

The National Academy of Social Insurance seeks outstanding graduate and upper division undergraduate students to serve as interns on aging and long-term care policy projects in Washington DC. Students studying economics, gerontology, political science, public policy, health policy, social work, actuarial science or related subjects are urged to apply for this 12-week summer semester internship.

The Somers Research Internship on Long-Term Care and Aging is designed to recognize qualified students and provide them with a challenging learning experience. This internship, compared to the Washington Internship on Social Insurance, focuses on aging and long-term care issues and is more research oriented.

Remembering Anne Somers 

Support the Somers Research Internship on Long-Term Care and Aging

Somers interns have the opportunity to:

  • Work with leading long-term care policy experts;
  • Gain valuable work experience; and
  • Make professional contacts and network in their area of interest; and attend relevant seminars, symposia, and make site visits to long-term care facilities.

Somers interns work closely with the experts in their Washington or Baltimore offices. Placements may include:

  • AARP
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • America’s Health Insurance Plans
  • Congressional Research Service
  • Institute for the Future of Aging Services
  • Institute for Health Care Research and Policy
  • National Academy on an Aging Society, and others.

The Academy, as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted to furthering knowledge and understanding of social insurance programs, is uniquely qualified to provide students with challenging internship opportunities. The Academy's 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 Somers Research Internship on Long-Term Care and Aging, please submit the following by February 1:

  1. A completed Online Internship Application or an Internship Application form
  2. A one-page cover letter that explains your interest in the internship program and answers the following questions:
    • In your own words, how would you define social insurance and its role in your family’s life?
    • To what extent have you studied social insurance programs?
    • What special skills or qualifications will you bring to your placement?
    • On what types of assignments do you perform best? (e.g. research, writing, statistics, computer applications, organizing etc.)
    • How will this experience relate to your future career plans?
  3. Resume
  4. Official transcript (if you are a graduate student, submit a copy of your undergraduate and graduate course work to date)
  5. Three professional and/or academic written letters of recommendation with contact information
  6. A five to ten-page writing sample which reflects the type and quality of work you have done

Mail to:
Internship Programs
National Academy of Social Insurance
1200 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Suite 830
Washington, DC 20036

Application and materials must be received by February 1.

Completed applications will be considered by the selection committees for placements beginning in May or June.

Applications will be considered incomplete if any information is missing as of the deadline.

For additional information, contact the Academy’s Internship Coordinator at (202) 452-8097 or