Government Relations Intern

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The Office of Government Relations is seeking an intern to join our fast-paced department that works on a number of advocacy and public affairs issues, including federal lobbying in Congress and in the administrative agencies, federal health policy analysis, state-level policy and lobbying, multiple modes of communication and outreach, grassroots and grasstops engagement, and federal fundraising for the Orthopaedic Political Action Committee (PAC). The Government Relations Intern will have the opportunity to explore these different facets of government relations, and the internship may be tailored to fit his/her specific interests.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with fundraising communications and data
  • Researching health policy issues
  • Attending hearings on Capitol Hill and regulatory briefings, as applicable
  • Drafting comments briefing papers or summaries
  • Coordinating media inquiries
  • Engaging influencers/members on social media
  • Grassroots outreach
  • Scheduling meetings
  • Administrative duties


We are seeking both undergraduate and graduate level candidates with an interest in health policy and advocacy. Strong writing skills and a professional attitude are essential, as is the ability to be flexible in day-to-day activities. Specific interest in health policy as it relates to the practice of orthopaedic medicine is beneficial.  

The anticipated internship dates will begin in Spring 2020 (flexible start and end dates), flexible work days, and hours are 9am-5pm (approximate). This is a paid internship.

Resume and cover letter must be included to be considered. 

Location: Washington, DC
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