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ASPIRE Internship: Life Science TN Policy Internship 2017

Posted by on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 in Uncategorized .

Life Science Tennessee Policy Internship
217 Fifth Avenue North
Nashville, Tennessee 

Life Science Tennessee (LifeSciTN) will be offering an internship opportunity for winter/spring 2017. The position is paid and will provide meaningful experiences for an individual interested in life science policy, as well as a unique opportunity to network and learn more about the industry in Tennessee and the U.S.

We are looking for a candidate with strong writing, project management, interpersonal and research skills who excels in time and task management. We expect the intern to work approximately 8-10 hours a week on a regular weekly schedule determined at the beginning of the internship period.

The intern will also have the opportunity to attend and participate in the LifeSciTN federal (must be a US citizen or permanent resident to qualify for ASPIRE travel funds) and state policy days:

Federal Policy Day
Washington, D.C. | March 22, 2017 (tentative) | U.S. Capitol 
Life Science Tennessee starts our "Day in D.C." with an afternoon update on March 21 on federal policy from our Policy and Advocacy Committee, as well our federal industry partners including AdvaMed and BIO. The following day, the group meets with members of Tennessee's Congressional delegation and senior policy staff to discuss the issues in detail. 

State Policy Day
Nashville | February 15, 2017 | Legislative Plaza
During our legislative "Day on the Hill" in Nashville we meet with the legislative leadership and make presentations about the impacts and opportunities for industry growth in Tennessee. We will also close the day with a reception for legislators, staffers and members.

Job responsibilities of the Life Science TN policy intern include:

  • life science and health care policy research
  • copywriting for policy collaterals
  • industry outreach
  • elected official outreach
  • administrative and organizational responsibilities

LifeSciTN is a statewide, non-profit, member organization whose mission is to advance and grow the life science industry in Tennessee through advocacy, partnerships and alignment with economic and workforce development.  Members include companies, universities, research institutions, government and economic development groups, and other industry associations involved in discovery and application of life sciences products and related services that improve the health and well-being of people throughout the world.

LifeSciTN conducts business and economic development activities; advocates on behalf of the industry; educates the public about the benefits of life sciences research and product development; and provides a network for the exchange of ideas, information and opportunities.  


Deadline to apply: Thursday, Dec 22, 2016

To apply for this internship position,

  • Complete the following survey
  • Send a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in participating in this opportunity to Ashley Brady at   Please submit documents as pdfs with your last name_LSTSp 2017 in the file name and with subject line: ASPIRE LST Policy Internship Sp 2017.
  • Set up an in-person meeting with Ashley Brady prior to the application deadline.


Please review ASPIRE Internship FAQs: Found here
​For further questions, please contact Ashley Brady (

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must be a current Vanderbilt University PhD student or a current postdoctoral fellow.
  • All PhD students must have completed all coursework for their degree prior to the start of the internship.
  • Biomedical PhD students must also have passed their qualifying exams before the application deadline.
  • Students and postdocs may not participate in more than one internship at a time.  More than one application may be submitted at a single time, but only one position can be accepted. 
  • If you are not in a department supported by the BRET office, we will also require that you complete a form guaranteeing PI approval to participate in this program.  Please contact Ashley Brady at for more information.
  • If you are an international student or postdoctoral fellow, your visa status may affect your work eligibility. Please contact Ashley Brady ( to discuss this further.

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