Arthritis Foundation, Health Policy Intern
The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions with advocacy, programs, services, and research. The Arthritis Foundation’s Advocacy and Access goals are to make arthritis a public health priority for the nation and to advance policies that positively impact people living with arthritis. Visit arthritis.org/advocate for more information or follow @AFAdvocacy on Twitter.
The Arthritis Foundation is seeking a high-energy, detail-oriented, motivated Health Policy Intern who has a strong interest in state + federal policy, communications, and public health. The Intern will join our team of advocates in developing and implementing an evidence-based external communications and policy research strategy for the only national non-profit patient advocacy organization dedicated to supporting individuals with arthritis.
This position is available remotely (min.15-20hrs/week with potential to continue through academic year) in support of the Arthritis Foundation’s Advocacy & Access team. (Team based in Washington, DC and organization HQ in Atlanta, GA). The qualified candidate will review and analyze data, perform research, and gather publicly available materials to develop, monitor, implement, and evaluate health policy materials related to arthritis, autoimmune and chronic diseases, pain management, health equity, and other relevant topics. This work will directly contribute to the Mission Department’s focus on advocacy, patient education, and science.
The Intern will support areas of public health policy, federal and state advocacy, policy analysis and research, issue tracking, policy communications, and advocacy engagement. The position will provide strategic support, technical assistance, and partnership with the broader Foundation and external partners related to AF’s advocacy and access efforts.
· Represent a national non-profit by attending virtual coalition meetings, congressional hearings, federal agency meetings, and health policy industry events focused on a diverse range of public health policies that impact people with arthritis.
· Write clear and succinct short summaries of major legislation, regulations, and events for internal (Foundation staff) and external audiences (newsletters and reports).
· Support Policy Director in drafting Foundation policy position statements on a range of topics such as out-of-pocket costs, biosimilars, drug pricing, health quality, value-based patient-centered health care model development, ACA, emerging policy topics, etc.
· Conduct in-depth public policy issue research, literature reviews, legislative tracking, monitoring, and reporting to contribute to the Foundation’s legislative strategies.
· Contribute to development of a policy resource repository, including policy research and quantitative/qualitative policy analysis. Gather information and interpret data on the health policy landscape and provide colleagues and advocates with policy-relevant information on health topics.
· Collaborate with team to develop and implement an external policy messaging strategy. Develop, revise, and/or assemble materials for grassroots, state, and federal initiatives.
Skills and Competencies:
· Ability to analyze key policy questions, determine data needs, gather data and research, analyze facts, draw conclusions, and summarize findings related to public policy and public health issues
· Ability to multi-task effectively and with high quality work
· Strong critical and creative thinker
· High level of initiative and ability to work independently
· Excellent written, analytical, and communication skills
· Self-driven, organized, and conscientious team player
· Capacity to maintain a high level of confidentiality and discretion when working with sensitive information, including patient medical information and personal stories
· Currently enrolled in a master’s degree program OR currently enrolled rising undergraduate senior in public health, public policy, public administration or health administration, or other related fields
Please submit documents via Handshake: cover letter, resume, and transcript (unofficial copy is sufficient).