Internship Opportunities

Internship Opportunities

The National Health Law Program is seeking law students, masters in public health students, and other graduate students with relevant expertise to intern during the summer, fall, and spring semesters. Interns work closely with National Health Law Program staff attorneys who are among the most experienced, knowledgeable, and respected health law advocates in the nation. At this time, National Health Law Program is no longer seeking interns for Summer 2019.  We will consider applications for Fall 2019 internships on a rolling basis.

With offices in North Carolina, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., the National Health Law Program 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 provide legal expertise to non‐profit law offices and health organizations. We also frame new legal theories, and work with policy makers to implement programs grounded in the experience and needs of underserved communities. National Health Law Program works on a day‐to‐day basis with other national and state advocacy and community‐based organizations on strategy, analysis, and litigation.

Intern Responsibilities

All interns 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. Under the mentorship and supervision of National Health Law Program staff, interns will:

  • Contribute to analysis and development of health care policy, particularly with regard to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act;
  • Research novel areas of health law and write legal and policy memoranda;
  • Assist in responding to requests for legal and policy analysis from advocates around the country; and
  • Gain exposure to high impact litigation and/or policy analysis.

Specific examples of past internship assignments include:

  • Drafting comments on federal regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act;
  • Monitoring and analyzing state and federal legislation;
  • Attending briefings and meetings with local, state and federal policy-makers;
  • Participating in state and national coalition strategy meetings;
  • Assisting with the production of substantive manuals, guides, and issue briefs for use by legal advocates;
  • Assisting with production of articles, presentations and other materials for broader audiences, including policy makers and public health officials; and
  • Assisting with research and drafting of litigation materials for use in state and federal court proceedings.

Summer internship positions are typically full-time and a minimum of 10 weeks. Fall and spring positions require a minimum commitment of 10-15 hours a week. The National Health Law Program is unable to provide compensation for law students at this time. A small stipend may be available for graduate public health students. Students are encouraged to seek outside funding, secure a clinical placement through their school, or be willing to volunteer their time.


The National Health Law Program seeks interns who have exemplary research, writing, and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated commitment to expanding and protecting health care access for low-income and underserved populations, public interest, public health and/or poverty law is preferred.

We are committed to diversity. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Romon Thomas-Brown at, and indicate in their cover letter the office(s) with which they seek a position.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to submit application materials by February 1 for a summer internship, August 1 for a fall internship, and November 1 for a spring internship.

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