The internship experience is designed for graduate students and recent graduates to gain practical experience in applied health policy, under supervision in a sponsored engagement. This is a paid position. Duties are varied and may contain a combination of project team support for collaborative process design and implementation, research and administrative tasks.
Team participation on collaborative process design and implementation. Support for the Center’s current and potential projects, including logistics, note taking, and summaries for project and facilitated meetings and assessments, as appropriate. May provide project research and writing, including reports, graphics and summaries for internal and external use (may include policy makers, including state elected and appointed officials, as well as unions, advocacy groups, providers, payers, associations and others). May require research and analysis in both team and independent settings. Perform data/information gathering through normal web, library and field work, including potential interviewing. Position may include project coordination and preparation of background or briefing materials for the Center’s Advisory Board or others, active participation in project team strategy sessions, and debriefing lessons learned during project milestones. Some local and/or regional travel required.
Provide support for conducting research and drafting project and research reports. The Center provides university-based applied research and fact finding to help establish a common information base that is often a critical step in the development of a collaborative solution to complex health policy challenges.
Support the development and management of programs that provide knowledge, training and infrastructure development to improve the collaborative problem-solving capacity of individuals and institutions in the region. The Center’s training programs (delivered in-person or via technology) are tailored to the individual needs of organizations and institutions participating—or preparing to participate—in collaborative public policy processes. The Center’s trainings also focus on developing the collaborative capacities of policy makers in deliberative bodies such as legislatures, commissions, councils and workgroups.
Perform a variety of duties to support the Center. Includes logistics, scheduling, note taking, meeting summaries, facilitating staff meetings, filing, correspondence, responding to inquiries, as well as other duties. Administrative duties will not be the major focus of the intern’s role. However, exposure to such duties provides for an in-depth, broad experience with the Center and its operations. The Center has an “all hands on deck” philosophy under which all core staff members participate in ensuring administrative tasks are completed.
Interns report directly to the Center’s Operations Manager but will also be assigned a Center faculty or staff mentor, based on project needs, and will work directly with that person. Interns are encouraged to have interactions with all Center faculty and staff, and may have the opportunity to interact with the Center’s Advisory Board, stakeholders and partners at the universities and in the communities.
How to Apply
This is a paid position ($16/hour). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, submit the following materials with the subject line “Health Policy – Project Internship Application” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cover Letter that describes your interest in working for the Ruckelshaus Center, your intent/goals if hired and any previous experience with health, healthcare or related social services/public policy. (Serves as a writing sample; maximum three pages).
- Three professional references and contact information
For more information, contact either Operations Manager Maria Anguiano at email@example.com, Senior Facilitator of Health Policy Kevin Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org or Senior Project Lead Amanda Murphy at email@example.com.