Job, Fellowship, and Internship Opportunities
The National Center for Health Research, is a nonprofit think tank that bridges the gaps between research, healthcare, and health policy. Our work helps improve the lives of adults and children across the country. We have the following openings:
The National Center for Health Research seeks an experienced professional with an excellent track record of dedication and achievement who seeks a leadership position. Must have a doctorate in medicine, public health, psychology, or related field with at least 5-10 years of paid professional experience, very strong writing/editing skills, the ability to understand statistics and explain them, and experience writing and submitting grant proposals. Starting salary is $75,000-90,000/year + benefits, and a magnificent view of DC! Preference to individuals who have worked on or with Capitol Hill. Are you passionate about improving the quality of public health and medical care and interested in a leadership role on a small, dynamic team of health professionals? Send a resume, cover letter, and short writing sample to Amelia Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, see www.center4research.org and www.stopcancerfund.org. No calls please.
Patient Advocacy Project Manager
The National Center for Health Research is seeking an experienced professional to direct a project that will train patients and family members to advocate for patient-centered outcome research and comparative effectiveness research. Excellent oral and written communication skills required as well as strong interpersonal skills, solid understanding of clinical trials and other quantitative research. Experience with patient advocacy and MPH or similar degree preferred. Salary $45-50k + excellent benefits. This new position is open immediately. Send resume and cover letter to email@example.com. No calls please.
Website Designer (WordPress) – Contract Job
The National Center for Health Research is a small nonprofit that seeks an experienced WordPress web designer to revise 2 existing websites this summer. The current sites are custom themes. Needs to be experienced in designing child themes that can be updated automatically when WordPress patches are released. The successful candidate will make design, user experience, and security suggestions and follow instructions on redesigning two existing websites to improve navigation and update site security. Once complete, you will be responsible for the maintenance and handling of any back-end issues that occur. Must provide references for previous website design.
Send a resume, cover letter, and the live URLs of the websites you created or your portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org. No calls, please.
Senior Fellow: Terrific opportunity for someone with a PhD or MD who recently completed their degree, wants to move into the policy arena, or is on sabbatical. We are seeking an experienced professional with expertise in quantitative research who can interpret and “translate” research findings into compelling and persuasive information for the public, policy makers, and potential funders. A doctorate in epidemiology/public health, medicine, or closely related field is required. Grant-writing skills are a plus. $45,000/year for candidate with a doctorate or medical degree for full-time work, plus benefits, with exact salary dependent on time commitment.
Fellow: An MPH or ABD in epidemiology/public health, psychology, or closely related field is required. Other skills as described above. The starting salary is $35,000/year.
The ideal candidate for either position will be attentive to details, well-organized, dedicated to health issues, have excellent oral and written communication skills, and work well individually and as part of a team. This is a part-time or full-time 6-month position (at least 24 hours/week), eligible for renewal or promotion after 6 months. You will work in a beautiful office a few blocks from the White House.
Through these internship opportunities you will learn first-hand about the Washington policy scene by gaining hands-on experience in several possible areas, including government relations/public policy development, communications/media relations, and/or non-profit fundraising/development, and, all the while, you will be making a significant difference! We are a non-profit that, on a daily basis, truly makes a difference in the lives of thousands of women and their families. We work closely with the national and international media to get our message out to the public. We connect with policy makers and decision makers on a national level to change public policy. We work with independent researchers from around the country to bring fair, unbiased and non-corporate-funded information to the public about timely issues that matter to adults and children, such as childhood obesity, the safety of medical products and treatments, domestic and dating violence, and so much more.
Our interns become part of our team by working on various projects such as:
- Helping to gather information, whether from the Internet, from magazine, newspaper and journal articles, or contacting researchers and other experts to ask questions.
- Writing or co-authoring articles for print, fact sheets, press releases, briefing materials, and letters to Congress and the Executive branch. Editing and assisting with our website, co-authoring reports, grant proposals, and journal articles.
- Attending briefings on Capitol Hill, policy panel meetings, and policy-oriented meetings with representatives from other non-profit think tanks and advocacy organizations. You can attend meetings with Members of Congress and their staff and be in the front row when we are testifying at Advisory Panel meetings of the FDA, the National Institute of Medicine, and other federal agencies.
- Researching and analyzing data, reviewing and critiquing research studies, and presenting information at professional meetings and policy forums.
- Communicating with major media and with the public via outreach efforts.
- Assisting with fundraising activities, including event planning and other development issues.
- Performing outreach to college campuses, students, and other young adults.
We offer three kinds of internship experiences:
Communications and policy internship: Learn about the Washington, D.C. policy scene while working on communicating about a range of health issues. Work with national media and gain experience writing and editing articles, reports, and press releases, and using the Internet to influence people and policies.
Research and policy internship: Learn about the Washington, D.C. policy scene by researching the stakeholders’ positions on a range of healthcare issues. Develop your research skills and prepare for graduate school or a research position.
Marketing internship: Learn how non-profit policy organizations operate by working to increase the impact through social media following, developing strategies, researching grant funding sources, and building relationships with donors and partner organizations.
Topics include cancer prevention and treatment, obesity, safety of medical treatments and products, women’s body image, dating violence; work/family, toxic exposures; and other health issues.
We are especially interested in at least one intern one who is fluent in Spanish and will help with translating health articles into Spanish, and responding to inquiries to our online health helpline that are in Spanish.
If you’re interested in an internship, please send a resume and cover letter describing the dates and time commitment (hrs/week) you are available to email@example.com. As with most non-profits, internship stipends are rarely available, so please describe any financial requirements.
The internships that offer stipends require completion of at least 3 years of college and a commitment of a minimum of 20 hrs/week for 12 weeks. Preference is given to college grads or graduate students who can make a greater time commitment.
- The Marcy Gross internship offers a stipend of up to $1,000 to work on women’s health and reducing violence against women.
- The Ruth Nadel internship offers a stipend of up to $1,000 to a college graduate interested in working on women’s health issues.
- In addition, we offer the internship named after Ros Brannigan to a college graduate to work on lung cancer issues.
What our 2015 interns say:
“Overall, I feel like I gained a much better understanding of the field of health policy. I really enjoyed getting to do data analysis, getting to write articles, and learning more about 21st Century Cures.”
“This internship was amazing because it allowed me to gain a wide range of experiences and skills. My number one take away from this internship is the importance of scrutinizing research, big pharma, and news, which is a very important lesson and will have a lasting impact on me.”
“The most valuable experiences during my internship were writing articles for the website, and attending briefings on Capitol Hill. Writing articles made me feel like I was contributing to the company, and that I had learned enough from the people here to examine and synthesize research on my own. The briefings were a great way to see how our focus fit into the broader scope of domestic health policy issues.”
Click to read an interview with our former intern Samantha Kahn, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania.