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ASPIRE Internship: Advocacy Ambassador and Congressional Team Member, Alzheimer’s Assn of Mid South Chapter

Posted by on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 in Announcements .

ASPIRE Internship Opportunity:

Advocacy Ambassador & Congressional Team Member

Alzheimer’s Association Mid-South Chapter
4825 Trousdale Dr. Suite #220
Nashville, TN 37220


Would you like to assist the Alzheimer’s Association in building a relationship with Congressman Jim Cooper and his staff throughout the year, as well as educating them on the foundation’s federal priorities? 

The Mid-South Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is head-quartered in Nashville, TN and has Advocacy Ambassadors assigned to our Tennessee Legislators. Dr. Yasmeen Iqbal, Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is currently serving as the ambassador to Congressman Jim Cooper and is seeking to grow her Alzheimer’s Congressional Team (ACT). Volunteers will have the opportunity to:

  • Write briefing memos and letters to the editor at various news and media outlets
  • Collaborate in creating an agenda and organizing an interdisciplinary clinical panel slated to take place at VUMC in the service of promoting legislation for Alzheimer’s disease specialty training
  • Help with social media content development and dissemination
  • Visit Congressman Cooper to share talking points and priorities from the Alzheimer’s Association.

If you live in Congressman Cooper’s (5th) district and have an interest in supporting the Alzheimer’s Association through advocacy efforts, please consider participating in this opportunity.

Internship Details:

  • Unpaid opportunity
  • Duration: appx one year: April 2018-May 2019
  • Time Commitment: 2-5 hrs/week max; variable and flexible throughout the year
  • Qualifying students or postdocs may have the opportunity to apply for ASPIRE Travel Funds to attend the Annual Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum in Washington D.C., Spring 2018.
  • Applicants should reside in Congressman Coopers (5th) district (link to map)
  • Applicants should ideally have some connection to dementia either through family or research; this should be explained in the letter of interest.

To apply: Applications due by midnight, Monday March 5, 2018

  • Fill out the following ASPIRE Internship Application found here: (
  • Submit a CV and cover letter to Ashley Brady at  (Please submit documents as pdfs with your last name_AlzAdvoSp2018 in the file name and with subject line: Alz Assn Intern Spring 2018.
  • Schedule a meeting with Ashley Brady prior to the application deadline.

Your information will then be passed along to the host will contact you directly to schedule an interview.

For further questions, please contact Ashley Brady (


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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