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Summer Internship 2024 - Health Program

Bipartisan Policy Center

Bipartisan Policy Center

Washington, USA
Posted on Friday, February 2, 2024

Project Background

BPC’s Health Program strives to develop policy recommendations that improve the nation’s health outcomes and reduce preventable health care costs, geared towards the public and private sectors. The policy areas we focus on span public health and prevention, cost and coverage, behavioral health, long-term services and supports, chronic care, digital health, nutrition, workforce, pandemic preparedness, and rural health.

Prospective interns may work on a variety of policy areas across the Health team’s portfolio and will be assigned base on the intern’s policy interests and the team’s current project needs. Applicants are encouraged to review the policy areas within the Health Program prior to applying to determine which areas they would be most interested in exploring and to include areas of interest in their application.

Interns will work with project staff on policy research, writing info briefs and blogs, event planning, congressional tracking, communications tasks, and administrative responsibilities, as needed. Topics of research and policy development could include:

  • Reforming the nation’s public and private health care systems.
  • Increasing efficiency of service delivery in Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Promoting the integration of behavioral health and primary care services.
  • Improving nutrition in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
  • Accelerating the use of digital technologies to support patients, new models of care, research, and improvements in population health.
  • Increasing investments in treatments for unmet or public health needs, and promoting policies that accelerate safe and effective treatments through the Food and Drug Administration.
  • Improving access to long-term services and supports for those with complex needs.
  • Addressing health care infrastructure, workforce, and health IT barriers to health care services in rural areas.
  • Engaging large employers to improve the health of individuals and communities and fostering linkages between business and public health.
  • Encouraging traditionally non-health federal agencies to support a “health in all policies approach” focused on the multiple determinants of health.


  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate school
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Strong interest in health policy issues


BPC has a robust summer program. Interns work full time, and will receive a $6,000 stipend for ten weeks of work. Interns must be rising juniors or above. Applicants must currently be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate program or a recent graduate. Interns will provide functional support, conduct research, and work directly with project analysts and staff in various capacities.

*Please note that our Summer internship will be hybrid program*


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until a qualified candidate has been identified. Please do not send multiple submissions. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Due to the number of applications received, we are unable to contact those who have not been selected for an internship. No phone calls, please. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply but must have a valid work permit or visa verifying eligibility to work in the United States. We do not offer visa sponsorship.

Required materials (please submit as one PDF File):

• Resume

• Cover Letter

• Relevant writing sample (3-5 pages).

• College or university transcript (unofficial is acceptable).

• Phone and email contact information for two professional references, including a professor or other individual familiar with your work.

• Brief response to our Diversity statement on what it means to you (5-8 sentences).


• Summer internships: March 1st

BPC Diversity Statement
The Bipartisan Policy Center defines diversity as the range of human qualities that make us unique as individuals, including—but not limited to—age, disability, ethnicity, gender expression, geographic location, nationality, political philosophy, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
To celebrate diversity and ensure equity and inclusivity, BPC is committed to:
• Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce with insights and solutions for our increasingly divided society.
• Creating a workplace culture where all employees feel valued and their perspectives are heard.
• Developing policy solutions and undertaking research that reflect a diversity of thought and experience.
COVID Guidelines
The health and safety of our community is our highest priority. As such, the Bipartisan Policy Center is requiring all newly hired staff members to be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Requests for reasonable accommodation for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.

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