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Public Policy Internship for a Graduate/Law Student

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in Washington, DC, offers a public policy internship for a graduate/law student for Summer 2023. The Consumer Voice was founded by Elma L. Holder in 1975 to protect the rights, safety, and dignity of America’s long-term care residents. For more than 40 years, the organization has worked with its members to carry out its mission to inform, educate, and empower consumers; equip citizen groups and ombudsman programs to be effective advocates for residents; and promote best practices in care delivery and the enforcement of quality standards. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about long-term care and advocacy while building your portfolio.    

Internship Details:

This is a dynamic and exciting internship opportunity where students will get hands on policy and advocacy experience with a well-established non-profit in the heart of Washington DC. Interns will advocate at the federal level on behalf of nursing home residents -- a population made more vulnerable by COVID-19. 

Interns will have the opportunity to make a real difference while learning the ins and outs of a fast-paced nonprofit organization.

The position requires a time commitment of 30-35 hours per week. There is a stipend offered for this internship and we are happy to assist students with receiving academic credit for their internship. Candidates must be enrolled in a graduate degree program and have exceptional writing and computer skills, research knowledge, and willingness to work on a wide range of projects. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the inner workings of a non-profit organization, engage in grassroots advocacy, and gain valuable member development and fundraising skills.  

Consumer Voice is located at 1025 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 1000 Washington, DC 20036 – just a short walk from Farragut North metro stop. However, this internship will be a remote position until further notice.

Specific Duties: 

  • Assist in analyzing regulations and legislation around COVID-19 and its impact on the long-term care consumer population;
  • Research and analysis of public policy issues; 
  • Writing issue briefs, white papers, policy updates and newsletter articles;
  • Assist in creating advocacy and education materials; 
  • Consult with consumers and advocates on relevant issues; 
  • Assist in development of the Consumer Voice website information and create blast e-mail campaigns; 
  • Attend relevant events and meetings;
  • Contribute to other writing, research, policy, and communications work as needed;
  • Conduct administrative tasks as assigned.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample (no longer than 3 pages) to  Katie O'Hearn at kohearn@theconsumervoice.org by February 1, 2023.