The National Academy of Social Insurance invites outstanding graduate and upper division undergraduate students to apply for an internship in public policy in Washington, DC.

This is a paid internship, with interns earning at least $15 an hour based on a 35 to 40-hour work week. The program consists of a 12-week full-time placement that usually spans May to August, depending on the student’s schedule. Internships provide students with the opportunity to work with leading experts and policy developers.

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This internship program spans all areas of social insurance (income, health, aging, and workforce issues) and welcomes students at all levels (undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral candidates). Students interested in policy research and analyses, public education, advocacy, and/or related projects are encouraged to apply.

January 7, 2022

The Rashi Fein Internship in Health Policy 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 pursuing courses of study in 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.

*NEW* Leeba Lessin Internship on Health and Medicare Policy (for first generation college students)
Application Deadline: Friday, January 28, 2022

For the summer of 2022, the Academy is excited to welcome the addition of the Leeba Lessin Internship on Health and Medicare Policy. This internship will provide opportunities for first-generation undergraduate students to advance their educational and professionals goals by diving into the arena of health and Medicare policy. Freshman and sophomores are encouraged to apply. 

This internship program focuses on long-term care (LTC) / long-term services and supports (LTSS) and aging research. Projects at LTC/LTSS-focused organizations will include policy research and related policy development activities. Graduate students are preferred; undergraduates with substantial research experience are also encouraged to apply.

Congressman Pete Stark Health Policy Internship
Application Deadline: Friday, January 28, 2022

Recently established, this internship is for graduate students interested in developing, advocating, and implementing in Congress and/or Executive Branch agencies legislation, regulations, and policy initiatives to improve health coverage and quality in the U.S. in an efficient, cost-effective manner. Students from all disciplines (political science, business, communications, public policy, social policy, etc.) are encouraged to apply. Projects will emphasize policy research and design, and/or related activities around current health care issues facing the federal government.

This internship program is for graduate students aspiring to a career in social policy with a focus on disability issues. Students with a strong interest in disability policy (research, implementation, and/or advocacy) are encouraged to apply; prior experience in disability policy research is not required. This internship would also serve students looking to explore opportunities in the area of disability research and policy development.