Graduate Fellow, Public Policy and Advocacy

Academic Credits




Hours per week

Up to 24 hours weekly



Start Date



United States


The Caregiving Graduate Fellow will support the National Alliance for Caregiving’s efforts to advance caregiving through research, innovation, and advocacy in the United States. The Caregiving Fellow will receive training on federal health and aging policy, grassroots advocacy, and coalition building.

This is a paid fellowship at the rate of $15/hour intended for a graduate student with an interest in caregiving, aging, disability, social welfare, or health care policy. The Alliance will work with the Fellow to support their educational and career goals. Additionally, the Alliance is willing to assist the student with securing educational credit for their work (if so desired). Any work completed by a Fellow will not displace regular employees of the Alliance or result in guaranteed employment at the end of the fellowship.

Key Responsibilities 

Under supervision of the Alliance staff, the Fellow will:

Assist Advocacy Director in Execution of Special Projects and Engaging Stakeholders:

  • Recruit patient advocacy groups and caregivers to participate in research
  • Maintain and update the database for the National Network of Caregiving Coalitions and develop the advocacy task force website
  • Assist with planning and advocacy efforts related to Hill briefings, the 13th Annual National Conference of Caregiver Advocates, and other caregiving events
  • Participate in and take notes on calls related to the Alliance’s coalition networks

Assist the Advocacy Director in the Development of Advocacy-related Materials and the Analysis of Issue Areas Related to Family Caregiving:

  • Track current caregiving-related legislation and assist in the execution of advocacy strategies
  • Continue the Alliance’s development of a “paid family and medical leave training” to be disseminated to our coalition network
  • Conduct background analysis and assist in the development of issue briefs on caregiving across the lifespan
  • Write fact sheets, policy briefs, and other advocacy collateral on unpaid family caregiving in the U.S.

Attend Policy Briefings, Capitol Hill Meetings, and Other Events as Needed


  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program in public policy, public administration, public health, or a related field, with a graduation date of May 2019 or later;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the social sciences, current domestic policy issues, U.S. government structure, and grassroots advocacy
  • Proven track record of meeting deadlines and goals;
  • Superior written and verbal communication; and
  • Proficiency with computers, including MS Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Minimum Language Proficiency

Fluent in English, additional language competencies a plus

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree obtained; graduate degree in progress

The Alliance is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). Candidates of diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and/or political backgrounds, people of any gender, people with disabilities, people of LGBTQ orientation, and Veterans are encouraged to apply.

How To Apply

To apply for the Graduate Fellow, Public Policy & Advocacy position with the National Alliance for Caregiving, please submit your résumé and cover letter to in one PDF document.