The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) protects and advances the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals. NHeLP engages in national, state, and local advocacy efforts, including analyses of federal and state laws, policy advocacy, litigation, continuing legal education, and individual technical support. We work with lawyers and advocates, community-based entities, federal and state policymakers, health care providers, and clients.
NHeLP is committed to health equity—ensuring that everyone has access to the resources they need to be healthy—and to cultivating an internal environment that empowers an exceptional and diverse staff. For more information, see our Equity Stance. NHeLP particularly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color, women, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and others whose backgrounds may contribute to the effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities.
The National Health Law Program’s Communications Team works with staff across the organization to develop and implement strategies and tactics to broaden NHeLP’s reach and further our policy priorities. We engage key audiences, including federal and state advocates, policymakers, funders, media, and national and state partner organizations.
The internship is remote but closely works with staff based out of our Washington, DC office. Even working remotely, you will be involved with an office that is humming with the work of strengthening health care access; providing training and analysis to partners at the state and federal levels on myriad issues, from immigrants’ health to reproductive health to access to essential services for persons with disabilities; and highlighting and communicating about our litigation in multiple courts across the country.
You will work with the communications team to amplify our voice and bring greater visibility to our work. You will spend some time learning about the health law and policy issues that we are addressing so that you can help us communicate effectively about our work and about the new issues that arise on a daily basis. You will also participate in our administrative advocacy campaign, which will leverage our expertise with a nationwide digital media strategy to activate stakeholders across the country in order to protect Medicaid and other health care programs. Your projects likely will include the following, as well as jumping in to assist on other things that arise in our face-paced work:
Support the Communications Team with social media, media outreach, media tracking, graphic design, and other projects as they arise.
- Rising Juniors and Seniors currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree in fields related to Health Policy, Public Policy, Government, Communications, or Graphic Design.
- Demonstrated commitment to expanding and protecting health care access for low-income and underserved populations,
- Experience and/or interest in working on diversity, equity, and inclusion,
- Strong writing, proofreading, and editing skills,
- Experience using Google Suite (Google Docs and Google Sheets),
- Experience with photo editing and graphic design tools, including Adobe Photoshop and/or Canva,
- Assisting with creative graphic design of publication covers and templates,
- Collecting and editing stories,
- General research related to health policy,
- Strong interpersonal skills, ability to build relationships across the organization,
- Self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlines,
- Ability to listen effectively, respect others’ perspectives and contributions.
MUST-HAVE SKILLS & EXPERIENCES
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize workloads and meet deadlines
- Excellent verbal and written communication, organizational skills, and attention to detail
- Desire to research and seek opportunities to improve systems and procedures
- Ability to function well in a high-paced and, at times, stressful environment
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Project Management (Asana), or related software
- A demonstrated interest in expanding one’s knowledge about the role that racial and other inequities play in our society and a desire to build and/or deepen one’s commitment to equity work
NICE TO HAVE SKILLS & EXPERIENCES
- Previous experience with health care rights/public interest organizations
- Interest in current events
There is a stipend totaling $5,000 for this remote 2-month internship that will take place during the Summer of 2024 between late May and early August. Specific start and end dates are to be negotiated at the time of the internship offer.
The position is remote.
As of November 18, 2021 – “All NHeLP offices moved to fully remote work, subject to job requirements, team-based determination of meeting needs and the expectation that all NHeLP staff will gather in person at least once and likely twice a year.”
HOW TO APPLY:
Qualified applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample, in a single PDF document to [email protected]. The email’s subject should describe the position the applicant is seeking, i.e., “Summer Internship.” Please add your name to the application attachment you send—for example, JaneSanchezApplication.PDF.
No phone calls, please, except for reasonable accommodation requests. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the internship application or interview process, please contact us at: [email protected]
DEADLINE: February 29, 2024
NHeLP advocates to advance the health rights of many populations that have traditionally lacked legal protection, such as BIPOC communities, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, and people with limited English proficiency. NHeLP is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued to promote social justice and best achieve our mission.
For more information, please visit www.healthlaw.org.