Weekly Seminar Series for Interns

Internship programs at the National Academy of Social Insurance were established nearly 30 years ago to fulfill the vision of founder, Robert M. Ball, and other founding board members. The aim is to help develop the next generation of social insurance leaders.

Students in the Academy's summer internship programs participate in weekly seminars, policy forums, and the annual Robert M. Ball Award banquet. These experiences allow students to interact with current leaders in the field. Seminars are classroom-style presentations geared towards deepening interns’ understanding of current issues in social insurance.

Academy Members, Associate Members, internship partners, and young professionals and interns from other organizations were invited to attend the 2019 weekly seminars (space permitting). Our schedule for 2019 features the following speakers:


Thursday, June 13
3:30-5:30 pm
Social Security with Nancy Altman, President, Social Security Works

Thursday, June 20
8:30-10:30 am
Poverty and Inequality with Elisabeth Jacobs, Senior Director, Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Thursday, June 27
2019 Robert M. Ball Award
National Press Club

Thursday, July 4
Independence Day
No seminar this week. 

Thursday, July 11
8:30-10:30 am
Unemployment Insurance and the Need for Policy Reform with Stephen Wandner, Research Fellow, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Thursday, July 18
8:30-10:30 am
Employee and Retirement Benefits with Harry Conaway, Executive Director, Policy Futures Network 

Friday, July 26
8:30-10:30 am
Health Care Policy with Matthew Fiedler, Fellow, Brookings Institution

Thursday, August 1
8:30-10:30 am
Paid Medical and Family Leave with Josie Kalipeni, Policy Director, Caring Across Generations

Thursday, August 8
8:30-10:30 am
Workers’ Compensation with Elaine Weiss, Lead Policy Analyst for Income Security, National Academy of Social Insurance 

Thursday, August 15
11:30 am-1:30 pm
Final seminar and lunch
Social Insurance and Human Priorities with William Rodgers, Professor and Chief Economist, Rutgers University


Unless otherwise specified, all events are held at the Conference Center in the Academy’s building at 1200 New Hampshire Ave, NW, on the 5th floor. Events are subject to change. RSVP required. Please email Barbara Goldschmidt, program coordinator, at to confirm attendance for each session.