Fall and Spring legal internships – Washington DC, Los Angeles CA, Chapel Hill, NC

Fall and Spring legal internships – Washington DC, Los Angeles CA, Chapel Hill, NC

The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) offices in Washington, DC; Los Angeles, CA; and Chapel Hill, NC are seeking second or third year law students to intern with us during the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in defending and advancing health care access and quality for low-income and underserved individuals and families.

NHeLP is committed to creating health equity — ensuring that everyone has access to the 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. Please read NHeLP’s Equity Stance to learn more about our organization and priorities.

Intern qualifications include:

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

Examples of past assignments include:

  • Drafting comments on federal regulations and state Medicaid demonstration projects;
  • Monitoring and analyzing state and federal legislation;
  • Attending briefings and meetings with local, state, and federal policy-makers;
  • Participating in national coalition strategy meetings;
  • Assisting with the preparation of substantive manuals, guides, and issue briefs for use by legal advocates;
  • Assisting with research and drafting of litigation materials for use in state and federal court proceedings.

About the National Health Law Program

NHeLP, founded in 1969, protects and advances 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 coverage free from discrimination.

NHeLP defends and fights to expand health and civil rights of those most in need and those with the fewest resources. Our offices engage in national, state, and local advocacy efforts, ranging from complex analyses of federal and state laws, policy advocacy, litigation, and individual technical support. We work with lawyers and advocates, community-based entities, federal and state policy makers, health care providers, and clients. Reproductive health and justice is core to our vision of quality, comprehensive health care.

How to apply:

Interns should commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week; preference given for full-time externship programs.

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Please specify which office (DC, LA, NC) you are applying for in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. No phone calls please.

Please note that we have not yet determined the extent to which our internships in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 will be remote. NHeLP’s priority has always been, and continues to be, is the health and safety of our staff, interns, and everyone with whom we work.

The Fall/Spring legal internships are unpaid and are generally provided for class credit.

Reasonable accomodation:

If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact us at:  [email protected]

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