United States of Care is searching for a policy intern to join our team in Spring 2022. The mission of United States of Care is to ensure that everyone has access to quality, affordable health care regardless of health status, social need, or income. As a nonpartisan nonprofit, we are building and mobilizing a movement to achieve long-lasting solutions that make health care better for everyone.
Interns will support all departments within United States of Care–policy and external affairs, operations, development, and public engagement, with particular emphasis on our Policy Innovation work. Potential projects include policy research and writing for blogs, memos, and Playbooks. While the interns are a member of the United States of Care team, they are encouraged to take advantage of local/virtual health care and networking events, and to bring their learnings back to share with the team. We are accepting applications for this position for Spring 2022. Spring internships are part time, 20 hours per week.
Policy Innovation Overview
United States of Care’s Policy Innovation work focuses on elevating long-standing problems people experience with the health care system and identifying data-driven, evidence-based policy solutions to address these structural and systemic issues in order to build a better health care system for the long-term. Our work starts with people, listening and understanding intentionally and authentically to what is and is not working in their health care and what they would like their health care system to be. We then bring together diverse groups of stakeholders–from people to policymakers to private sector leaders–to innovate on solutions to address people’s health care needs. Through our work, we pair what we learn from people with what the research evidence and the experts say so we can see: what we’re missing and what more we can do to ensure we are building a more equitable health care system into the future.
Responsibilities and Duties
- Support the United States of Care team in research, planning, and operations;
- Be able to read, understand, and summarize information and research in a concise manner;
- Stay up to date with current health care related policies.
Policy Innovation Focus
- Contribute to relevant policy research and writing for reports, resources, blog posts, op-eds, and other external communications materials in collaboration with the Policy Innovation team;
- Analyze and track health care policy related to United States of Care’s people centered priorities;
- Prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion principles, including utilizing the organization’s equity lens to inform all work;
- Collaborate with Community Engagement and Research team, including the Research and Public Engagement intern, to support design and implementation of United States of Care’s people centered policies;
- Support the members of the Policy Innovation team as necessary;
- Other duties as assigned by the Policy Innovation team;
- Projects may include:
- Assisting with research and product development for United States of Care’s people centered priorities which could include:
- Virtual care as a solution to people’s access to care barriers
- Embedding equity in the mapping of the health care system
- Supporting execution of innovation solution tables–gatherings of diverse groups of stakeholders, from people to policymakers to private sector leaders, who come together to innovate on solutions to address people’s health care needs
- Must have a strong commitment to ensuring everyone in the U.S. has access to quality, affordable health care, and be open to operating in a bipartisan atmosphere exploring multiple policy solutions to achieve that mission;
- Currently enrolled in a masters program, or between academic programs, preferably with a focus on Public Health, Public Policy, Health Care, Communications, Business, Nonprofit Management, Economics, Leadership, Social Sciences, or another other applicable program;
- Flexible and enthusiastic about working in a startup environment and willing to take on a wide range of tasks necessary to support a growing team;
- Commitment to addressing, and understanding of, health inequities across underserved communities and their implications on access to quality affordable health care;
- Strong writing, research and communication skills with the ability to produce high quality writing and research under time pressure when required;
- Familiarity with health care policy issues;
- Self-directed, takes initiative, and able to manage competing priorities;
- Relevant work, volunteer, or internship experience;
Spring internships are part time, and require approximately 20 hours per week. Internships at United States of Care require a full three month commitment, and are fully remote as a result of the current federal public health emergency. In your application, indicate your preference for Spring term. Application deadline is October 15, 2021.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. United States of Care is unable to commence (“sponsor”) an immigration case in order to employ an applicant.
Internships are temporary positions and provide a $1,320 monthly stipend for part time. There is also the opportunity for school credit, if permitted by your college or university.
Interested candidates should apply through this link: https://unitedstatesofcare.org/career/policy-innovation-internship/?positionApplying=Policy+Innovation+Internship