The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences


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PLEASE NOTE: This opportunity is listed for reference only. The deadline to apply has passed.

This is an unpaid internship opportunity from outside the Rockefeller Center.

Position Type: Internship - unpaid

Location: Washington, D.C.

Sector: Public Health, Advocacy

Start Date: Summer 2019

Wage or benefits: Unpaid

Time Commitment: June – August

Desired Class Year: Open to all class years, including graduate students

Desired Major or Interest: Open to all majors

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Organization website:

Brief Description of the organization:

APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. We are the only organization that influences federal policy, has a nearly 150-year perspective and brings together members from all fields of public health.

Our Mission: Improve the health of the public and achieve equity in health status

Our Vision: Create the healthiest nation in one generation

Brief Description of the Intern’s role or key qualifications:

Public health policy interns work primarily with staff in the Center for Public Health Policy (Center) and receive hands-on experience and insight into the integration of science, policy and practice in public health. The Center aims to influence public policy at all levels of government and within the private sector, and to serve as a catalyst for positive change. The Center creates innovative, analytical and informative resources that cover a wide range of public health disciplines and topics, such as climate change, health reform, chemical exposures, food safety, health equity, built environment, obesity prevention, public health infrastructure, and more. APHA internships are unpaid and located in Washington, DC.

Responsibilities include:

  • The public health policy internship offers students the opportunity to build and strengthen professional skills particularly in research, analysis, writing, organization, and interpersonal communications. Interns conduct research and analysis to develop factsheets, issue briefs and other educational resources on a variety of issue areas including public health infrastructure, health reform, obesity prevention, health equity, and workforce. Other responsibilities may include attending relevant briefing and seminars, providing support for webinars, and assisting with committee and partner meetings.
  • Participate in The Get Ready Campaign public events.

Qualifications include:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Research and analysis experience
  • Strong interest in public health policy issues
  • Applicants who meet the requirements and are interested in being considered for this internship should upload the following information
    • Cover letter
    • Resume
    • A writing sample
    • Unofficial transcript
    • Three references (Employer or Professor - name, title, company name and phone number/email) (If you are uploading a pdf document, the document needs to be a file that was created and can be manipulated and converted in order to upload).

How to apply:

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This is an unpaid internship from outside the Rockefeller Center. Such opportunities are posted in an effort to help students find a leave-term internship experience in public policy or a social sciences related area. Such postings do not constitute an endorsement by the Center of the political objectives of any one person or organization.

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