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Internship Opportunity: National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Public Policy Internship

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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: Nonprofit, Federal Health Policy

Start Date: Summer 2019

Wage or benefits: Unpaid

Time Commitment: Up to 40 hours per week for 8 weeks

Desired Class Year: Open to college sophomores

Desired Major or Interest: Political Science

Application Deadline: Rolling

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Brief Description of the organization:

The NCQA seal is a widely recognized symbol of quality. Organizations incorporating the seal into advertising and marketing materials must first pass a rigorous, comprehensive review and must annually report on their performance.

NCQA’s programs and services reflect a straightforward formula for improvement: Measure. Analyze. Improve. Repeat. NCQA makes this process possible in health care by developing quality standards and performance measures for a broad range of health care entities.

NCQA’s contribution to the health care system is measured through statistics that track the quality of care delivered by the nation’s health plans. Every year for the past five years, these numbers have improved; health care protocols have been refined, doctors have learned new ways to practice, and patients have become more engaged in their care. Those improvements in quality care translate into lives saved, illnesses avoided and costs reduced.

NCQA consistently raises the bar. Accredited health plans today face a rigorous set of standards and must report on their performance in more than 40 areas in order to earn NCQA’s seal of approval. These standards promote the adoption of strategies that we believe will improve care, enhance service and reduce costs.

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

This position supports Public Policy Department efforts to influence federal health policy and maintain strong relationships with the federal government. Specifically it participates in monitoring and outreach for federal legislative and regulatory activities to support NCQA’s mission and products; analyzes legislation, regulations and related policy discussions; assists in developing fact sheets, comment letters, testimony, and other written advocacy materials; and covers hearings, briefings and other meetings to support the Vice President for Public Policy and External Relations and Director of Federal Affairs.

Federal Health Care Legislation and Regulation supports VP for Public Policy and Director of Federal Affairs in tracking and influencing federal legislative and regulatory activities related to health care quality including:

  • Identifying and tracking legislative and regulatory activities
  • Assisting in development/dissemination of policy positions, presentations, publications and other materials and providing summaries of hearings and other events.

Qualifications include:

  • College sophomore majoring in Political Science
  • Excellent verbal, written, research skills. Knowledge of databases and Microsoft Office.

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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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