Spring 2024 Semester Internship Opportunities in Washington, DC

Spring 2024 Semester Internship Opportunities in Washington, DC

The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) office in Washington, DC is seeking second or third year law students to intern with us during the Spring 2024. This is an exciting opportunity for law students interested in defending and advancing health care access and quality for low-income and underserved individuals and families.

NHeLP’s Washington, DC office focuses primarily on federal policy, administrative and legislative advocacy, and litigation support. Law student interns should commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week; preference given for full-time externship programs.

NHeLP is committed to creating 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. We welcome applicants who bring a variety of perspectives, lived experiences, and competencies. NHeLP particularly encourages applications from members of racial and ethnic minority groups, women, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and individuals whose background or lived experiences may contribute to effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities.Please read NHeLP’s Equity Stance to learn more about our organization and priorities.

Intern qualifications include:

  • Strong 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; 

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

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Please put “Spring 2024 DC” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with the first review taking place on 12/4/2023. No phone calls please.

Please note that our internships in Spring 2024 will be remote. We do not plan to require anyone to come into the office until it is safe to do so. 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 Accommodations

If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact us at: [email protected] or (202) 289-7661.


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