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Internship Program at Genetic Alliance

Genetic Alliance has a very laid-back environment that allows you to set your own goals. I enjoyed having the freedom to tackle my projects any which way I liked. It allowed me to hold myself accountable for everything during the internship.                           - Nancy Matti

The Internship Program at Genetic Alliance began in 1997. Since then, interns have come to Washington, DC each year for the learning experience of a lifetime. The program offers exposure to cutting edge issues in health advocacy and research, and interns participate in challenging roles across all Genetic Alliance programs.

Interns may attend an event at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, help build a patient registry survey, or conduct outreach to a vast network of health advocacy organizations - and those are only a few examples of intern activities. This competitive program is a perfect start for anyone wanting to jump into the field of health advocacy!

 
 
 

     Expecting Health     Advocacy-led Research     Stakeholder Engagement     

How to Apply


The staff allowed me to explore interests that surpassed the focus of the internship, which was very exciting. Unlike in other companies, Genetic Alliance relies on their interns to supply a significant amount of work which enables you to take ownership of projects.                      -Erika Lutins

Expecting Health: Maternal and Child Health Internship

Our work in Expecting Health focuses on improving the health delivery system for women, children, and families across multiple points in life. We use the lens of screening and testing throughout the preconception, prenatal, and childhood periods to increase knowledge and promote the dissemination of evidence-based materials and resources. A cornerstone of this area is Baby's First Test (www.BabysFirstTest.org), the nation's center for newborn screening for parents and health providers.

This program integrates grassroots education, national policy, and broad public awareness to highlight one of the most successful public health programs in the nation. This internship is valuable for those interested in health education, genetic counseling, health policy, advocacy and outreach, research, business development, and new and traditional media relations.


Genetic Alliance provides a great opportunity for interns to serve active roles in a variety of projects relating to the advancement of genetic technology and health advocacy. During my time here, I felt engaged in my projects and felt that my work was meaningful.                        -Will Gluckin

Advocacy-led Research Internships

For Genetic Alliance, advocacy-led research means more than research conducted with participants at the table. It means that the people—groups of patients and activated communities—are truly leading the research effort, empowered with infrastructure and expertise. Interns interested in this work will help support Genetic Alliance’s tools, partnerships, and projects that build capacity in communities, enable new cross-sector partnerships, and place control in the hands of the people, empowering them with a greater sense of ownership over their health data.

Opportunities for projects include: the Platform for Engaging Everyone Responsibly (PEER), Genetic Alliance BioBank, the Genetic Alliance IRB, and Disease InfoSearch. Advocacy-led research interns will support the ongoing development of these critical tools and resources and help develop communications targeting  participants, health care providers, and the public at large.

These internships are valuable for those interested in public health, advocacy, health and/or clinical research, health information technology, medical school, nursing, allied health professions, health education, community-based health work, and more.

We are seeking candidates with strong research and writing capabilities and an interest in advocacy-led research. Experience with web design/development, information technology, and database management experience preferred.


No one judges your work or thinks it is less important than anything else. Genetic Alliance is like a factory for papers, projects, and networking strategies.                      -Kavia Khosla

Stakeholder Engagement Internships

In more than three decades of supporting advocacy organizations and collaborating with clinical, policy, research, and other health institutions at the federal, state, and local levels, Genetic Alliance has cultivated a vast network. We believe the participation and leadership of diverse stakeholders is imperative for elevating voices; leveraging stories; identifying the most impactful research questions; informing successful participation and retention; generating insight for value assessment, quality product development, and effective project execution; and— ultimately—ensuring that knowledge makes its way back to people for better care.

Project activities may include: literature searches and landscape analyses to inform the development of tools, services, and resources to enable authentic collaboration with people and communities.

These internships are valuable for those interested in novel healthcare approaches, formative research, writing, resource development, and evaluation; as well as community advocacy, engagement, and outreach.

We are seeking candidates with excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as an interest and in community engagement and outreach. Experience with social media, online communities, and/or web development is preferred.


 

See what past interns have to say about the projects they worked on:

                                         

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Application Process

We offer both topic-based and skill-based internships. When considering the internship opportunities, you may be interested in:

  • A specific topic and you have a number of relevant skills
  • A specific skill and you are agnostic to the topic (but are interested in health in general)
  • A specific skill you wish to apply to a specific topic

Your expression of your creativity and ingenuity begins with the application: use the cover letter to describe why you are an excellent fit for the internship for which you are applying. If selected to intern with Genetic Alliance, you will be encouraged to develop and propose your own projects to the organization. See other requirements below.

Qualifications/Requirements

Genetic Alliance Interns come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, but all interns share a common passion for strengthening health systems and taking the health advocacy community to a new level.

Location of Internship & Transportation

Genetic Alliance is conveniently located above the Van Ness metro stop on the Red Line in Washington, DC. Address: 4301 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 404, Washington, DC 20008 (See Directions)

Academic Credit

Interns may receive academic credit if an agreement is made between Genetic Alliance and the intern's college or university. All interns are subject to the applicable Genetic Alliance Personnel Handbook.

Compensation

All interns receive a stipend to assist in travel and living expenses. The stipend is $20 per day worked. We gladly work with interns to accommodate class schedules, volunteer opportunities, degree requirements, and attending meetings of interest.
 

International applications are welcome, however, Genetic Alliance does not sponsor international applicants for a work visa or offer assistance in relocation fees.
 
Each applicant may choose to apply for one or more positions. Experience for each specific position must be addressed in a cover letter.
 
Intern applications are considered on an ongoing basis. We offer single and multi-semester internships, in addition to summer or yearlong opportunities. Intern applications are considered on a rolling basis, but suggested deadlines are as follows:
  1. Download and fill out the Application Form.
  2. One (1)-page letter of interest or cover letter (strictly enforced) – Please share with us how working with Genetic Alliance will advance your professional and academic goals. In particular, describe what skills you offer and those you wish to gain during your internship. Please also be sure to indicate which of the above internship opportunities you are interested in (you may list more than one).
  3. Resume or CV
  4. Two letters of recommendation from professors or previous employers. Recommendation letters should be emailed to internship@geneticalliance.org either with the application or separately; whichever is preferable to the writers.
  5. A three-to-five-page writing sample (excluding citations) – Samples should not be scientific research papers. Samples may be excerpts of longer papers. If a sample exceeds the limit, only the first three pages will be considered. In your email providing the above materials, please tell us why you have chosen this writing sample to submit with your application. You may provide more than one writing sample if you feel it necessary to demonstrate a range of skills important to the internship of interest.
  6. Any forms relevant to fulfilling requirements for your school or external program. This may include forms relevant for receiving funds or a grant to supplement the internship stipend or receiving academic credit.
 
Genetic Alliance Interns come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, but all interns share a common passion for strengthening health systems and taking the health advocacy community to a new level.
Location of Internship & Transportation Genetic Alliance is conveniently located above the Van Ness metro stop on the Red Line in Washington, DC. Address: 4301 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 404, Washington, DC 20008 (See Directions) Academic Credit Interns may receive academic credit if an agreement is made between Genetic Alliance and the intern's college or university. All interns are subject to the applicable Genetic Alliance Personnel Handbook. Compensation All interns receive a stipend to assist in travel and living expenses. The stipend is $20 per day worked. We gladly work with interns to accommodate class schedules, volunteer opportunities, degree requirements, and attending meetings of interest.

Submitting Your Application Materials

Applications are only accepted by email. Please send your materials to internship@geneticalliance.org. Due to the volume of applications we receive each year, only those applicants who are asked to interview will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest!

 

 

 

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