Students

In founding the National Academy of Social Insurance, Robert M. Ball envisioned an institution dedicated to the protection and strengthening of the nation’s social insurance programs, which included the cultivation of future leaders in the field. The Academy’s student internship programs and its John Heinz Dissertation Award have helped inspire over 400 professionals in public policy and social insurance, many of whom have become Academy Members themselves.
Student Internship Programs
John Heinz Dissertation Award

Student Internship Programs

Each summer, the Academy 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 an opportunity to engage with the Academy’s membership, a group made up of the nation’s leading experts on social insurance policy. The Academy 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 (Merton Bernstein Internship), Aging and Long-term Care Policy (Somers Internship), Disability Policy (Eileen Sweeney Internship), and Health Policy (Rashi Fein Internship and Congressman Pete 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 compensation 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.

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John Heinz Dissertation Award

Established in 1993, the Academy’s John Heinz Dissertation Award is designed to recognize and promote outstanding doctoral research by new scholars addressing social insurance policy questions.

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