Interns at the Alliance receive a thorough education in health care policy and politics, the roots of the problems with our health care system, and the various proposed reform strategies. They have a variety of responsibilities including: research, health policy analysis, event planning and execution, minor web page updates, and some administrative duties. Students work closely with experienced policy professionals, congressional staffers, administrators, and other members of the policy community. Interns will also attend events and forums on Capitol Hill and in the D.C. area.


The hands-on experience interns receive is often that sought by legislative staffs, government affairs offices, and other advocacy and policy groups. Many of our interns have gone to work on Capitol Hill, consulting firms, and government agencies. Some pursue advanced degrees in health policy, law, medicine, or other related fields.


The Alliance offers a modest stipend. Interns are responsible for their own housing, travel, and other associated expenses.


Applicant Pool and Intern Profile

The selection process is highly competitive. Each term the Alliance receives over 100 applications for two internship slots. Our applicant pool typically includes candidates from a wide range of academic backgrounds, experiences, and regions from across the country.


The typical Alliance intern has a 3.0 or above GPA, has worked in an office setting, has experience in secondary research, has demonstrated analytical skills, and has some public policy exposure.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Interest in health policy issues and the desire to learn and develop policy research and analysis skills;
  • Strong written and verbal  communication skills;
  • Professionalism, efficiency, and demonstrated commitment to consistently high-quality, thorough work;
  • Ability to work autonomously, as part of a small team, and with a range of external stakeholders;
  • Must be pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree with a solid academic record or be a recent graduate;
  • Must be available to intern for the whole semester. (Example: late July/August through mid-December or early January through June/July);
  • Prefer candidates who can intern 37.5 hours per week, but we welcome all applicants;
  • Pluses: community service; coursework in government, history, political science, and economics.


The Process

The Alliance offers internships in the spring and fall each year. Each internship class begins and ends around the same time as the students’ academic semester, giving them time to make the necessary preparations to transition into and out of the internship program. Below is a chart that outlines the application deadlines and timelines for each term.


Application Deadline
Notification of Decision
Winter/Spring 2019

February 26, 2019 – Internship begins

Mid-July 2019 – Internship ends

December 21, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. ET January 23, 2018
Mid-summer/Fall 2019

Mid-July 2019—Internship begins

Mid-December, 2019—Internship ends



To Apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter indicating dates of availability, resume, the names and phone numbers of two references, and a current writing sample to The subject line should follow this template: Internship Term Year—Health Policy Internship.

For example: Winter/Spring 2019—Health Policy Internship.

Applications that do not have all the required documents will not be considered. *No phone inquiries please.*