POSITION: Internship – Health Program
LOCATION: Denver, CO
SEMESTER: Summer 2019
The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and legislative staff of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. Our mission is to serve state legislatures and other intergovernmental groups by providing support, promoting fresh ideas, connecting legislators and staff with experts and each other, and provide a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system. Since its founding in 1975, NCSL's staff has grown from 15 employees to over 150 employees in its offices in Denver, CO and Washington, D.C.
$15 per hour; 20-25 hours per week. Part-time, flexible, variable hour schedule. Many colleges and universities will give academic credit for internships. It is the student’s responsibility to contact his or her advisor and obtain academic credit within the institution’s guidelines.
The individual hired for this internship will work across the health program to support a number of staff who provide 50-state legislative research and education resources for policymakers on topics such as primary care and rural health, health insurance and costs, prescription drug pricing, public health, and maternal and child health. The position is non-partisan and non-advocacy.
The individual will have responsibility for tracking state legislative bills, analyzing and reporting on legislation, performing policy research, responding to requests for information, assisting with meetings for legislators, writing policy publications, collecting information about current events related to assigned topics, supporting and maintaining web resources, collaborating with other NCSL staff, and other duties as assigned.
This position will cover a range of health policy topics and requires a person who is able to juggle multiple tasks and topics efficiently. It also requires good team work across projects and program areas within NCSL, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills to interact with a wide variety of audiences.
SPECIFIC PROJECTS / TASKS:
Research assistance to the Health program. Fielding, research and responding to information requests. This includes tracking and summarizing state legislation for online publications for members. Tasks also include updates to web-based resources. Also available: other special project research or writing opportunties in the field of health policy.
A primary function of this position is to assist with legislative tracking and information requests, which allows the intern to learn about a selected variety of health issues. In addition, we offer interns other special research projects or writing opportunities in the field of health. The internships in the Health program are designed for mutal benefit - the students get law/legislative experience and NCSL benefits from their research and writing skills to assist our members.
Qualified candidates should be currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree or graduate program or in a short waiting period between undergrad and graduate programs / law school and bar admittance. Candidates should possess strong computer and research experience and demonstrate skill and competence in writing clearly, communicating effectively and organizing complex assignments.