Externs/Interns for Fall 2020 (D.C. Office)

Externs/Interns for Fall 2020 (D.C. Office)

The National Health Law Program’s (NHeLP) Washington, D.C. office is seeking LL.M. candidates and second or third year J.D. candidates for externships/internship Fall 2020. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in defending and advancing health care access and quality for low-income individuals and families. Externs should expect to work a minimum of 15 hours per week at NHeLP offices in downtown Washington, D.C., conveniently located near the McPherson Square Metro station.

NHeLP is committed to creating health equity — ensuring that everyone has access to all resources they need to be healthy – and to cultivating an internal environment that empowers an exceptional and diverse staff. We welcome applicants who bring a variety of perspectives, lived experiences, and competencies. People of color, women, people with disabilities and chronic conditions, and LGBTQ+ persons are encouraged to apply.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample. Please email as a single PDF file to [email protected] with Attention: Spring Externship in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with the first review by May 15, 2020.


  • Exemplary research, writing, policy analysis, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to expanding and protecting health care access for low-income and underserved populations.
  • Experience with Medicaid, Affordable Care Act, public interest, public health, disability rights, reproductive justice and/or poverty law is preferred.
  • Experience and/or interest working on diversity, equity and inclusion.

About the National Health Law Program

The National Health Law Program, founded in 1969, protects and advances the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals and families. We advocate, educate and litigate at the federal and state levels to advance health and civil rights in the U.S.

Our lawyers and policy experts fight every day for the rights of the tens of millions of people struggling to access affordable, quality health care. NHeLP manages a broad array of national, state, and local projects, including complex analyses of federal and state laws, class action litigation, and individualized technical support. We frame new legal theories, work to enforce the laws that protect low-income individuals, and work with policymakers to implement programs grounded in the experience and needs of underserved communities. We also provide legal expertise to legal service providers, disability rights organizations, and other health care advocates. NHeLP works on a day‐to‐day basis with other national and state advocacy and community‐based organizations on strategy, analysis, and litigation. Students will develop an understanding of the issues facing low-income and underserved communities and gain exposure to the variety of advocacy methods that may be used to resolve them.

To learn more about NHeLP, please visit our website at www.healthlaw.org

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