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ASPIRE Internship: Health Research Alliance (HRA) Grants Administration Working Group Intern, Washington, DC, remote

Posted by on Friday, July 23, 2021 in Announcements .

ASPIRE Internship:
Health Research Alliance (HRA)
Grants Administration Working Group (GAWG) Intern
Washington DC, remote position
September 2021-March 2022

Take advantage of the opportunity to work with philanthropic leaders to develop a “Best Practices Guide” to grantmaking in the private sector. The Health Research Alliance’s Grants Administration Working Group (GAWG), addresses a wide range of administrative and operational functions in grantmaking to support funders of health research and training. The group curates resources, offers webinars, and plans roundtable discussions on grants administration topics that are held at HRA Members Meetings. The group now wants to assemble those resources, as well as create and identify new ones, to create a “Best Practice Guide” for grantmakers and is seeking an intern to serve as the project manager for the development of the guide.

If you want to make a difference while learning about careers in nonprofit funding organizations, this internship is for you.  Many biomedical research nonprofits employ PhD scientists to manage grant portfolios, oversee scientific programs, and lead communication efforts within their organizations. The GAWG Intern will have the opportunity to meet professionals in a wide variety of roles at private foundations and public charities that are involved as members the Health Research Alliance (HRA), and at the same time learn about all areas of grantmaking such as peer review, RFA/RFP development, budgets, grants management systems, financial/progress reporting, and many other topics which will become chapters in the Best Practices Guide.

Our intern will be supervised by Maryrose Franko, PhD, Executive Director of the HRA. He or she will also work closely with Annette Huetter, HRA’s Director of Operations, and the co-chairs of the Grants Administration Working Group. The Project Manager internship will include duties such as keeping track of who was assigned to each “chapter” in the guide, aggregating existing materials associated to a subtopic from the HRA listserv and website, the status of the chapter, collecting and incorporating feedback on the chapters, and scheduling check-in calls to keep the project on track. Our intern will also be encouraged to identify external resources that might be included in the guide as well. You will not only be contributing to enhancing the capacity of grant managers across the philanthropic sector, but will develop in-depth knowledge of grants administration which will help you identify the areas of interest to you and increase your competitiveness for positions in the nonprofit and even governmental sector.


  • Interact with and learn from professionals who have a wide variety of roles in the philanthropic sector
  • Learn about the many aspects of grants administration
  • Gain exposure to the professional culture in a nonprofit scientific organization
  • Gain exposure to and network with scientific foundations and others in the biomedical research community
  • Be an active participant in HRA Members Meetings that promise to increase the capacity of nonprofit organizations to help them achieve their missions.


  • Internship will start at the beginning of September and run through the March 2022, with the opportunity to extend, pending review.
  • Internship is remote (Nashville-based, except for meeting travel), $500 per month stipend, and part-time (approximately 5 hours per week)
  • The intern will support the Grants Administration Working Group as needed and learn about grants administration and the philanthropic sector, as well as gain new skills through project management responsibilities, phone/conference/Zoom calls, and attendance at the HRA Members Meeting(s)
  • The participating student or postdoc must be eligible for ASPIRE funds
  • As part of the internship, the intern has the opportunity to attend the HRA Fall 2021 Members Meeting (virtual) and the March 2022 in-person Members Meeting, tentatively to be held in Irvine, CA.
  • Must be US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Travel costs to attend the Spring 2022 meeting will be covered as part of the internship.

HRA is a collaborative member organization of ~90 nonprofit research funders who are committed to maximizing the impact of biomedical research and training to improve human health. HRA Members represent a variety of types of nonprofit funders all of whom share a common interest in speeding the translation of biomedical science into applications that improve health and in identifying and adopting effective practices in funding health research.

Applications due by 12:00pm noon, Tuesday, August 17, 2021

To apply:

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


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

ASPIRE Internship 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.
  • Must have authorization to work in the US

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