National Health Law Program’s 2023 Health Justice Summer Internship

National Health Law Program’s 2023 Health Justice Summer Internship

The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) is seeking applicants for our Health Justice Summer Internship Program. Up to three law students will be awarded internships for Summer 2023, with the positions divided among NHeLP’s offices in Washington, DC, Chapel Hill, NC, and Los Angeles, CA.

About the National Health Law Program

Founded in 1969, NHeLP protects and advances the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals and families. A public interest law firm working to enhance access to quality health care and protect the legal rights of those we serve, NHeLP advocates, educates, and litigates at the federal and state levels.

NHeLP engages 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 organizations, federal and state policy makers, 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. Please read NHeLP’s Equity Stance to learn more about our organization and priorities.

Three locations

  • Los Angeles, CA – focused on state policy, administrative & legislative advocacy and litigation
  • Washington, DC – focused on federal policy, administrative & legislative advocacy and litigation support
  • Chapel Hill, NC – focused on litigation and administrative advocacy 

Intern Qualifications

NHeLP seeks rising 3L law students who have exemplary research, writing, and interpersonal skills. We also give priority to students who have a proven and demonstrated commitment to public interest work, public health, and/or poverty law, as well as an interest in working toward the expansion and protection of health care access for low-income and underserved populations. NHeLP particularly encourages applications from members of racial and ethnic minority groups, women, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and individuals whose background may contribute to effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities.

Intern Responsibilities

Interns will develop a broad understanding of the health care 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 NHeLP attorneys, interns may do any of the following:

  • 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 draft 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 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 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 blogs, 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.

Intern Compensation

Interns can receive up to $10,000 for 10 weeks of work. The specific amount will be determined on a case by case basis taking into consideration other funding that is available to the intern and any restrictions that are attached to it.

How to Apply

  • Send an email including a cover letter, and resume to [email protected]. All documents must be in a single PDF file. Please indicate “Health Justice Internship Application” and specify which office(s) you wish to apply to (DC, CA, NC) in the subject line.
  • Applications must be received by October 28 at 11:59 pm PDT.
  • No calls please

Please note that we have not yet determined the extent to which our internships in Summer 2023 will be remote. We do not plan to require anyone to come into the office until it is safe to do so; we are also exploring more permanent options for remote work. NHeLP’s priority has always been, and continues to be, the health and safety of our staff, interns, and everyone with whom we work. Remote interns are expected to virtually attend local office meetings, no matter their working time zone.

Reasonable accommodation

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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