Health Equity Graduate Intern: Federal Health Policy & Government Relations

Health Equity Graduate Intern:

Federal Health Policy & Government Relations

Fall 2023 (September-December); Virtual or In-person (DC); Part-time (20 Hours/Week) with Stipend


Impact Health Policy Partners – a mission-driven, public interest health policy consulting and advocacy firm – seeks applicants with a strong interest and educational background in federal health policy and politics to join our team (in DC or remote) as a Health Equity Intern. This opportunity is ripe for graduate students looking to gain first-hand experience collaborating with seasoned consultants and lobbyists on key legislative and regulatory issues shaping our health care system.


At Impact Health, we are committed to improving health for all by partnering with visionary organizations to advance well-being and expand access to more equitable, cost-effective, quality care. This starts from within, including intentional application of diversity, equity and inclusion practices in our hiring and every client and government encounter.


We seek to embody our core values in all aspects of our work: social responsibility (including donating 5% of our profits to charities selected by team members), integrity, work-life balance, teamwork, service, and innovation. We are seeking candidates who share our values and will commit to practicing them in their work with us.


Impact Health will support the Intern with mentoring and substantial resources to foster your success with us and in your longer-term career. You will receive exposure to a wide array of health policy issues and training on how to deliver client-facing work products, often under limited timelines. We take pride in balancing our commitment to delivering superior client service with a socially responsible and collegial atmosphere that treats our employees as whole people, not just workers.


Importantly, the internship will provide an opportunity for the Intern to hone their expertise on a core federal health policy issue through a health equity lens by researching and preparing a capstone-like project, culminating in an issue brief or other deliverable. Potential topics for this research focus may include (but are not limited to):


  • Women’s health, including reproductive rights and maternal health care;
  • Mental and behavioral health;
  • Federal nutrition policy (e.g., Child Nutrition Reauthorization);
  • Prescription drug pricing reforms; and
  • Health information technology/AI.


Sample Responsibilities

  • Capstone project, culminating in an issue brief or other deliverable, focused on a key issue in federal health policy. The topic will be selected based on the Intern’s interest and client priorities or needs (see above for examples);
  • Research and written analyses of federal health policy developments, including bills and regulations related to Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurance markets;
  • Select coverage and brief summarization of Congressional hearings, Administration meetings, etc.;
  • Preparation of advocacy materials for clients; and
  • Some administrative tasks, including preparation of contact files for product distribution and advocacy campaigns (no coding or other technical experience necessary).


Ideal Candidate

  • Highly motivated, ambitious, individual able to work independently (graduate student or college graduate with at least 2 years of work experience);
  • Ability to maintain collegiality and positivity in a high-performing environment;
  • Long-term career focus in health policy or related field;
  • Commitment to developing in-depth expertise in health policy issues, including the implications for groups that have been economically and socially marginalized;
  • Strong organizational skills, including tracking and adherence to deadlines;
  • Superior research and writing skills; and
  • Available to work at least two full days, including Thursday or Friday.


Compensation and Benefits

  • $2000 monthly stipend for 20 hours/week
  • Ability to work entirely remotely or from our office at 1301 K St. NW in Washington, DC


Interview Process

Our interview process involves two video interviews, a writing exercise, and reference calls for candidates in the final stage.


To Apply

To be considered, please send a cover email with your resume and a 2-3 page writing sample attached to Billy Wynne at with “Fall Intern” in the subject line. Please note any prior, related experience you have in the health care, government affairs, or politics fields in your cover email. Applications should be submitted no later than Friday, July 14. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled.


About Impact Health Policy Partners

Impact Health is a mission-driven, public interest government relations firm focused on health and well-being. We provide congressional and regulatory lobbying, in-depth policy analysis, strategic consulting, public relations, and federal grant-related services. Our clients include several members of the Fortune 500, marquee health systems and providers, life science companies, health plans, foundations, state governments, and investment firms. More about the Impact Health is available here, including our commitment to social responsibility.


Impact Health is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, persons with disabilities, women, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and other potentially underrepresented populations to apply.