American Public Health Association
800 I Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001-3710
(202) 777-APHA • Fax: (202) 777-2534 •

Government Relations Intern

APHA's Government Relations department serves APHA members and affiliated state public health associations by promoting important public health messages to the public and to policymakers in local, state and federal governments. APHA members are educated and informed about important and emerging legislative public health issues and are mobilized to take action at the local, state and federal level.

The department is responsible for providing resources and support needed for members and Affiliates to be effective public health advocates – Action Alerts, fact sheets, background information and data, APHA policies, legislative updates and lists of coalition partners; representing members and Affiliates on Capitol Hill with federal legislators by testifying, lobbying, holding educational briefings and writing letters on key issues; conducting policy analysis; chairing coalitions and working in partnership with a broad range of interests; and, assuring the development and implementation of federal, state and local policies that promote, protect and enhance the public's health.

Internship Description

The Government Relations internship position offers students an excellent opportunity to learn about the intersection of advocacy, the legislative and public policy process and public health practice. The intern will provide the government relations and grassroots advocacy staff with assistance in research, on-going advocacy initiatives, coalition building and the development of fact sheets, action alerts and other advocacy materials to address APHA priority areas. The intern will be responsible for reporting on the progress and producing comparative analyses of legislative proposals, representing APHA at congressional briefings and hearings, and creating advocacy materials for distribution to Congress and federal agencies. Additionally, the intern will have the opportunity to accompany government relations staff on lobby visits to Congress, attend coalition meetings, meet with APHA staff to learn more about public health, and work with the state public health associations on grassroots activities.

To apply, please complete the online application and include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, three references and an unofficial transcript.

For additional information, please contact Nicole Burda, Manager of Government Relations, at

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