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ACP Health Policy Internship Program

The 2020 Health Policy Internship application cycle is closed. The 2021 application cycle will open in early 2020.

About the Internship

The ACP Health Policy Internship provides a multifaceted opportunity to learn about the legislative process, health policy, and advocacy in organized medicine. Interns will provide assistance with researching and analyzing current issues in health and medical education policy, assisting with on-going advocacy initiatives, and the development of advocacy materials. Interns will have the opportunity to attend Congressional hearings, coalition meetings, and accompany government affairs staff on lobby visits to members of congress and their staff and to events. The interns will be responsible for hosting and assisting in leading a panel discussion on issues of interest to medical students and residents at ACP's Leadership Day and assisting with Resident/Fellow and Medical Student related events during the two-day meeting. At the end of the internship period, we hope that the interns will have learned much about health policy and the importance of advocacy.

Eligibility

Candidates should be enrolled in an LCME or AOA accredited medical school or an internal medicine training program and be a member in good standing of the American College of Physicians at the time of application and for the duration of the fellowship. All ACP Resident/Fellow and Medical Student members interested in health policy and advocacy are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to medical students in their fourth year and committed to an internal medicine residency program. Relocation at your own expense to Washington, D.C., for the month is required.

Duration and Salary

The Internship will last four weeks starting April 27, 2020 and concluding on May 22, 2020. Attendance at ACP's Leadership Day May 12 and 13 is required. A stipend of $2,000 will be paid.

The following documents are required at the time of application:

  • An updated curriculum vitae
    • For medical students, please clearly indicate your anticipated specialty track.
  • Letters of recommendation:
    • A letter of endorsement from your ACP Governor
    • A letter from your medical school or training program:
      • For medical students, please include a letter from the dean of your medical school or designee that confirms you are in good academic standing and that your medical school is supportive of your application.
      • For Resident/Fellows, please include a letter from your Program Director or designee that confirms that your training program is supportive of your application.
  • Personal statement of interest
    Please write a personal statement that demonstrates your experiences in health policy or legislative matters, and why you would like to pursue this opportunity. (less than 750 words).
  • Legislative Essay
    Please identify an area of interest in national health policy and lobby this issue as an informed advocate for organized medicine. This writing sample should be substantive and concise (no more than 2 pages).

Interested candidates should direct questions to Hilary Daniel at hdaniel@acponline.org. EOE.