Policy Fellow (Washington, D.C. Office)

Policy Fellow (Washington, D.C. Office)

Start Date: D.C. position to begin in May

Salary: Entry level salary (starting at $38k for Bachelors degree; $45 for Masters degree), commensurate with experience. Generous benefits.

Description: Policy Fellow (two year position)

Policy Fellow

The National Health Law Program’s Washington, D.C. office seeks a full-time policy fellow to assist our legal and policy staff with their work on Medicaid and health issues affecting low-income and underserved people. The position will last for two years.


The National Health Law Program protects and advances the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals. Our offices (in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Carrboro, N.C.) engage in national, state, and local advocacy efforts, ranging from complex 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 policy makers, health care providers, and clients.

The National Health Law Program 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 represent that diversity and who will contribute to our equity journey, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals.

Job Summary

The ideal candidate will have experience as a health advocate and/or a demonstrated interest in learning about law and policy affecting the health of low-income and underserved populations; experience with and/or interest in legislative and administrative policy and litigation; the ability to think proactively and strategically; the flexibility and ability to respond quickly to changing circumstances; strong communication, research and writing skills; and the ability to work individually and in teams or coalitions. The policy fellow will support the staff that develop and implement the National Health Law Program’s legal, policy, and advocacy strategies for advancing the legal rights of low-income and underserved people. The fellow will work to achieve the National Health Law Program’s priority of advancing health and related economic equity.

SPECIFICALLY, the policy fellow will perform the following functions:

  • Provide research and writing support for issue briefs, fact sheets, blog posts, presentations and other products pertaining to Medicaid and other health law or health policy issues related to low-income and underserved populations.
  • Co-author relevant written work products, as described above.
  • Provide research support to legal and policy staff on various health care issues through online searches of scholarly research and related publications, reviewing hard-copy resources, and other strategies.
  • Monitor and track activities associated with federal and state legislative and administrative changes to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.
  • Undertake additional duties as assigned.
  • Track proposed and final regulations on the Federal Register, and send out daily emails with relevant notices to staff.
  • Participate in meetings with coalition partners.
  • Cover health policy events around DC, such as Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) meetings and Kaiser Family Foundation events, and report back to the DC staff on relevant topics covered.


  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional work experience in a related field or position. Master’s degree in public health, health policy, public policy or equivalent advanced degree, preferred but not required. (Note: The 2017-2019 policy fellow held a bachelor’s degree, but not a master’s degrees.)
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, including the ability to handle multiple tasks and projects and prioritize appropriately.
  • Excellent research, interpersonal, and communications skills – both verbal and written – to include the ability to write clearly, concisely and under deadline.
  • Highly computer literate and technologically/web savvy including expert use of Microsoft Office and Google Drive.
  • Ability to work well and collaborate in a dynamic team environment for a mission-oriented organization.
  • Initiative, flexibility, and willingness to tackle new projects as they arise.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Excellent follow-through skills.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people.
  • Experience and/or interest working on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Commitment: Full-time, two-year fellowship to begin in May.

Salary and benefits:

Entry-level salary for the Policy Fellow position starts at $38,000 for recent Bachelor’s graduates, and starts at $45,000 for recent Master’s graduates.

The National Health Law Program offers a generous benefits package that includes employer-paid medical, dental, life, and disability insurance, as well as pre-tax savings plans, transportation benefits, a retirement savings opportunity, and a telecommuting policy. The National Health Law Program also offers generous paid time off including holidays, sick time, personal time, parental leave, 150 hours (20 days) of vacation per year, and more.

How to Apply: Email your cover letter (including an explanation of your commitment to DEI), resume (two pages maximum) and a brief writing sample on a health law, health policy, and/or health equity-related topic (preferred length between 3-10 pages) in PDF format to: nhelpdc@healthlaw.org and please include “Policy Fellow” in the subject line.

If you prefer to submit your application materials by mail, please send them to:

Gabriella Rodriguez

National Health Law Program

1444 I Street NW, Suite 1105

Washington, D.C. 20005

The National Health Law Program is committed to a diverse staff and to a culture that holds equity as a value and a priority. 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.

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Temporary (2 years)
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Entry level

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