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Government Relations Health Policy Internship

Posted by on Thursday, March 30, 2023 in Announcements .

The Office of Government Relations Health Policy Intern will work closely with the association’s lobbyists on issues that impact medical schools and teaching hospitals and their patients and communities. This includes following key pieces of legislation, representing the AAMC at virtual briefings, hearings, and other meetings, and summarizing key information for AAMC staff and members.

The AAMC’s Office of Government Relations (OGR) team is responsible for advocating on behalf of the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals to “improve the health of all” (from the AAMC mission statement). This includes covering a broad range of issues that impact these members, including in the areas of COVID-19 response, medical research, clinical care, health equity, hospital fiscal solvency, and education. OGR staff work closely with policymakers in the Administration and in Congress, policy colleagues in AAMC as well as government relations professionals at member institutions.

  • Gain an understanding of the full range of legislative issues that impact academic medicine
  • Get a first-hand look at the political process, including direct lobbying, legislation development, and coalition building
  • Network with internal and external health policy experts


  • Research key issues and help prepare advocacy materials, including talking points and one- pagers
  • Track key issues and prepare background information for AAMC staff, policymakers, and constituents
  • Regularly attend or watch coalition meetings, briefings, hearings, and other relevant Capitol Hill events
  • Assist with longer-term advocacy research projects which benefit academic medicine
  • Help edit and draft articles for AAMC’s weekly legislative newsletter, Washington Highlights


  • Candidates should be working toward a bachelors or graduate degree, and in majors leading to a degree in political science, public affairs, law, public health, public policy, science, or a related field
  • Strong interest in health policy, experience in research and analysis
  • Basic understanding of the federal government and political process
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Seeks feedback often, is effective in continuous professional and personal development
  • Demonstrates professionalism, punctuality, and a positive attitude when completing assignments and in engagement with internal and external audiences
  • Should possess intellectual curiosity on health policy issues along with good judgment, time management, and decision-making skills
  • Basic working knowledge with Microsoft Office, including PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and Outlook

Those who meet the qualifications and skills and are interested in applying for this position should submit the following information.

Please include your last name_ first name in all filenames when uploading materials using this naming convention for the requested documents: (LastName.CoverLetter)

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • A writing sample of no more than 5 pages;

Remote Work Eligibility

This position may be eligible for remote work.

Interested? Read more and apply here