Health Care Policy Internship

Date Posted: 
Wed, July 07, 2021
Job Category: 
Washington, DC
Company Name: 
The Century Foundation
Company Information: 

The Century Foundation is a progressive, independent think tank that conducts research, develops solutions, and drives policy change to make people’s lives better. We pursue economic, racial, and gender equity in education, health care, and work. Founded in 1919 by the progressive business leader Edward Filene, the TCF pursues its mission by conducting timely, non-partisan research and policy analysis that informs citizens, guides policymakers, and reshapes what government does for the better.

TCF has offices in New York and Washington, D.C. Its fellows come from academia, journalism, and public service, but share a commitment to the TCF’s abiding belief in the power of ideas.

Job Description: 

Washington, D.C. | The Century Foundation (TCF)—a think tank promoting progressive ideas and innovative practical solutions that advance opportunity and equality—seeks a part-time (up to twenty hours per week) health care policy intern, with a focus on Black maternal health, to be based in TCF’s Washington, D.C. office. This internship will also have the option for virtual/remote work for those outside of the D.C. metro area. The health care policy internship is a paid position (starting at $15 per hour) and will run from September 13, 2021 to December 17, 2021. Academic credits may be available for this internship.

The part-time health care policy intern is responsible for supporting research needs related to Black maternal health for TCF’s health care fellows. This is a special internship opportunity geared toward undergraduate and graduate students matriculating at the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Research tasks:

Assist in research related to addressing America’s Black maternal health crisis. Other timely health care policy research could include proposals to expand the Affordable Care Act (ACA), extending Medicaid postpartum coverage, and Medicaid expansion.
Compile research into spreadsheets, charts, graphs, and memos.
Assist with finalizing research reports, commentaries, and other written products, including checking references, formatting, etc.
Help with social media promotion, including drafting tweets and language for Facebook posts.
Participate in meetings and events as appropriate.
Assist in researching potential partnership and funding opportunities.
Maintain relevant contact lists.

Administrative tasks:

Copy materials and assemble event materials as needed.
Take notes for internal and external meetings and events.
Register guests for TCF health care events.
Publicize health care events and develop invite lists.
Help with personalized outreach.
Schedule large meetings (4+ people).
Manage scheduling for the health care reform director/senior fellow.
Other duties as assigned.


Strong attention to detail, highly organized, and able to manage priorities and meet deadlines.
Familiarity with spreadsheets, basic data calculations, and key data sets, such as public-use CDC datasets.
Knowledge of key search tools for accessing legislation at the federal and state levels, as well as federal laws and regulations.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Energetic, flexible, collaborative, supportive, and proactive.
Knowledge of or interest in health care policy.
Passion for addressing the Black maternal health crisis in the United States.
Ability to work a consistent part-time schedule of up to twenty hours per week.
Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
Matriculation at a national Historically Black College and University (HBCU).
Major in political science, public health, health policy, African American studies, women’s studies, or a related discipline preferred.
Individuals from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

How to apply: 

Please submit a résumé, cover letter, and 500-word essay on why addressing Black maternal health should be a national priority via Google Form If you have any issues accessing the form, please email your application or reach out with questions to The deadline for submission of application materials is August 13, 2021. No inquiries by third-party vendors and no phone calls please.

The Century Foundation is committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds. Everyone is encouraged to apply, including LGBTQ+ people, people of color, and people with disabilities.

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