Policy Internship -Graduate Level

Academic Credits






Hours per week

Flexible schedule of 10-25 hours per week



Start Date


End Date



1779 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Suite 500
District of Columbia
United States


About NORD

The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is the leading nonprofit organization representing the 30 million Americans who have rare diseases. Since 1983, NORD has served as the voice of the rare disease patient community, providing advocacy for fair and enlightened public policies; education for patients, their families, medical professionals and the public; and leadership and representation for rare disease patient organizations. NORD supports medical research to promote the development of safe and effective diagnostics and treatments, and it provides a broad array of patient assistance programs to assure patient access to treatments. Learn more at www.rarediseases.org.

Internship Summary

In this internship, you will work directly with the Directors of State and Federal Policy, gain exposure to the world of health care policy, and be involved in the daily operations of the Policy Department.

Policy and Advocacy Responsibilities:

- Attend congressional hearings, briefings, and other events with, or hosted by, Members of Congress, their staff, or partners in the community

- Assist in the preparation of position statements on key issues

- Opportunity to shadow policy staff in various meetings

- Monitor publications for relevant legislative and regulatory information

- Provide state and federal legislative updates to the policy staff

Research Responsibilities:

- Research and collect data on state and federal health policies

- Assist in the development of NORD’s State Report Card


Routine Administrative Responsibilities:

- Assist with logistical arrangements for meetings and briefings

- Provide administrative support to staff

Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

B.A. in Political Science, Public Policy, Public Health, Health Management, Communications, or Non-Profit Management preferred

Graduate student preferred

Interest in public policy, health policy, and/or the legislative process

Strong creative thinking and project execution skills

Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Prompt, organized, hard-working, and team-oriented


A flexible schedule for the summer break

How To Apply


Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to Norine McArdle at nmcardle@rarediseases.org