Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) is currently seeking motivated undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent graduates for our Spring 2022 internship program (January 2022 – April 2022).
Headquartered in Washington, DC, TFAH is a non-profit, non-partisan public health policy, research, and advocacy organization that promotes optimal health for every person and community and makes the prevention of illness and injury a national priority. TFAH envisions a nation that values the health and well-being of all and where prevention and health equity are foundational to policymaking at all levels of society. Priority issue areas at TFAH include public health preparedness, obesity, health equity, substance misuse and suicide, public health funding, population health, and healthy aging – all with an overarching priority on advancing health equity and addressing the social and economic factors that can impact a person’s and community’s health.
Interns will have the opportunity to work and gain knowledge on a range of public health policy-related issues, develop workplace skills, and receive general professional development and mentorship opportunities.
If you are a mission-driven change agent who believes in advocacy, strategic communications, and policy development for social impact, we want to hear from you! During this spring paid internship (January 2022 – April 2022), interns will be expected to work approximately 20 – 32 hours per week. We are seeking one intern per department:
- Communications and Policy Research: TFAH’s Communications and Policy Research team engages in strategic communications and outreach activities, and disseminates relevant and timely research, analysis, and evidence of proven practices to inform decision makers and stakeholders to foster policy change. The Communications and Policy Research intern will help with data collection, internet research and literature reviews, researching and drafting communications/marketing documents, and assisting with the planning and promotion of webinars, report releases, and social media campaigns. The intern will also attend briefings, hearings, meetings and participate in other organizational efforts.
- Government Relations: TFAH’s Government Relations team builds and maintains relationships with federal executive and legislative officials and works with national partners and policymakers to impact policy change. The Government Relations intern will help with researching Congressional background information, and other materials; setting up meetings with Congressional staffers and partners; doing research for and drafting regulatory letters; and entering information into a database. The intern will also attend briefings, hearings, meetings and participate in other organizational efforts.
- Policy Development: TFAH’s Policy Development team conducts research and policy development to inform advocacy and policy change, including through expert convenings that TFAH conducts to develop new policies and build consensus among stakeholders. The Policy Development intern will provide support to public health research projects, research pertinent to public health issues, contribute to the writing of policy reports and other materials, and help plan policy convenings and other meetings. The intern will also attend briefings, hearings, meetings and participate in other organizational efforts.
Note: The interns may provide support to other departments at TFAH as needed.
Candidates should be students or recent graduates in public health, public policy, political science, communications, or a related field. Demonstrated interest in public health and policy with an emphasis on advancing health equity and the social determinants of health across TFAH’s issues areas preferred. Excellent writing and organizational skills are required, as well as the ability to work independently within a team environment.
This is a paid internship that includes as stipend.
How to Apply
Interested applicants can apply for up to two of the internships and should complete this application form. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For questions, please contact [email protected].
1) TFAH is closely monitoring updates as it relates to COVID-19 and is following the guidance from local government and health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 2022 spring internship can be completely remote, or a hybrid of remote and on-site as to be determined, and in accordance with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines and prevention measures. Furthermore, specific internship activities (e.g., attending briefings, hearings, or meetings) may be modified to remote activities, in accordance with these guidelines. As this is a rapidly evolving situation, we will inform applicants of updates related to the 2022 spring internships and above all keep your health and safety at the forefront of any decisions.
2) TFAH requires its employees and interns to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to wear a facemask while on the premises at all times unless alone in a private office, in compliance with current federal and local government directives and guidance. In accordance with applicable law, TFAH will consider potential reasonable accommodations to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement or mask requirement for a bona fide medical reason or because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.