Jobs, Fellowships, Internships & Volunteers

The National Center for Health Research is a nonprofit think tank that bridges the gaps between research, healthcare, and health policy. Our work helps improve the lives of adults and children across the country. We have the following openings:


This is your opportunity to get involved in communicating to the public about health policy, keep a small nonprofit running smoothly, and directly help women navigating today’s health insurance system.

The National Center for Health Research is a small nonprofit located just a few blocks from the White House but miles away in terms of health policy goals. Our largest program is our Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund.  We need a smart, dedicated, multi-tasking professional who wants to make a difference on a national and personal level. In addition to helping with articles and social media, the ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills.

The position involves traditional nonprofit office work, as well as writing articles for our website and working with other staff to help hundreds of women who have serious health problems and are having trouble getting their health insurance companies to agree to cover medically necessary surgery.

The successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills, be very detail-oriented, have a good sense of humor, and the desire to do good.

This position is full-time, and requires a college degree and office experience. Excellent benefits and opportunity for advancement.

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to with “Special Assistant” in the subject line. No calls please. Salary: $28,000.00 to $30,000.00 /year depending on experience and qualifications.


6-Month and 12-Month Fellowship Positions open at National Center for Health Research with Opportunity for Renewal or Advancement


Senior Fellow:

Terrific opportunity for someone with a PhD or MD or similar doctorate who recently completed their degree or post-doc or wants to move into the policy arena. We are seeking an experienced professional with expertise in quantitative research who can interpret and “translate” research findings into compelling and persuasive information for the public, policy makers, and potential funders. A doctorate in epidemiology/public health, medicine, psychology, or closely related field is required. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.  Grant-writing skills are a plus. $50,000/year plus benefits for full-time work for candidate with a doctorate or medical degree (must be at least 32 hours per week) and be willing to commit for 14 months.  The senior fellow that starts in June 2019 will also have a key role for a groundbreaking training project aimed at improving communication between health researchers and reporters.

Apply now for a Fellowship beginning as soon as possible.  Send a resume and cover letter to For more information about our Center, see and For more information about our policy work, see the policy and media sections of those websites.  No calls please.

Fellow:  An MPH or ABD

An MPH or ABD in epidemiology/public health, psychology, or closely related field is required. Other skills as described above.  The starting salary is $35,000-40,000/year for a full-time position.

Learn first-hand about the Washington policy scene by gaining hands-on experience! We are a non-profit think tank that makes a difference in the lives of millions of adults and children. We work closely with the national and international media to get our message out to the public. We connect with policy makers and decision makers on a national level to change public policy. We work with independent researchers from around the country to bring fair, unbiased and non-corporate-funded information to the public about timely health issues such as the safety of medical products and treatments, dating violence, women’s health, affordable health care, and so much more.

The ideal candidate will be attentive to details, well-organized, dedicated to health issues, have excellent oral and written communication skills, and work well individually and as part of a team.  Preference will be given to candidates with the ability to critique quantitative research data on medical or public health issues and to explain it in an interesting way to a lay audience. This is a part-time (at least 32 hours/week) or full-time 6-month position, eligible for renewal or promotion after 6 months.  Our office is a few blocks from the White House.

To learn more about us, check out and No calls please. Please send your resume and cover letter describing how your interests and expertise fits our work as soon as possible to  Include your available starting date and numbers of hours per week in your cover letter. Please note: this is not a telecommuting position.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFall, Spring, and Summer Internships are available for undergraduate or graduate students or recent graduates who are available at least 24 hours/wk for at least 3 months. 

Through these internship opportunities, you will learn first-hand about the Washington policy scene by gaining hands-on experience in several possible areas, including government relations/public policy development, communications/media relations, and/or non-profit fundraising/development. We are a non-profit think tank that makes a difference in the lives of millions of adults and children. We work closely with the national and international media to get our message out to the public. We connect with policy makers and decision makers on a national level to change public policy. We work with independent researchers from around the country to bring fair, unbiased and non-corporate-funded information to the public about timely issues that matter to adults and children, such as obesity, the safety and affordability of medical products and treatments, sexual assault, and so much more.

Our interns become part of our team by working on various projects such as:

  • Helping to gather information, whether from the Internet, from newspaper and journal articles, or contacting researchers and other experts to ask questions.
  • Writing or co-authoring fact sheets, briefing materials, and letters to Congress and the Executive branch. Editing and assisting with our website, co-authoring reports, grant proposals, and journal articles.
  • Attending briefings on Capitol Hill, policy panel meetings, and policy-oriented meetings with representatives from other non-profit think tanks and advocacy organizations. You can attend hearings with Members of Congress and their staff and watch as we testify at Advisory Panel meetings of the FDA, Medicare, and other federal agencies.
  • Researching and analyzing data, reviewing and critiquing research studies, and helping gather information for professional meetings and policy forums.
  • Communicating with reporters and with the public via social media and our online hotlines.
  • Assisting with fundraising activities, including event planning and other development issues.
  • Performing outreach to college campuses, students, and other young adults.

We offer four kinds of internship experiences:

Janice Bilden Cancer Prevention internship:  This is the only internship with a stipend and is limited to a graduate student or young professional with a graduate degree.  This intern will focus on reviewing new studies and updating our web articles to reflect the latest research on cancer prevention, including diet, exercise, and other health habits as well as avoiding dangerous exposures. Stipend is $750/month for 3-6 months.

Communications and policy internship: Learn about the Washington, D.C. policy scene while working on communicating about a range of health issues. Work with national media and gain experience writing and editing articles, reports, and press releases, and using the Internet to influence people and policies.

Research and policy internship: Learn about the Washington, D.C. policy scene by researching the stakeholders’ positions on a range of healthcare issues. Develop your research skills and prepare for graduate school or a research position.

Marketing internship: Learn how non-profit policy organizations operate by working to increase the impact through social media following, developing strategies, researching grant funding sources, and building relationships with donors and partner organizations.

Topics for all the internships include cancer prevention and treatment, obesity, safety of medical treatments and products, women’s health, dating violence; toxic exposures; and other health issues.

We are especially interested in at least one intern with a solid background in public health and/or biostatistics.

If you’re interested in an internship, please send a resume and cover letter describing the dates and time commitment (hrs/week) you are available to As with most non-profits, internship stipends are rarely available, so please describe any financial requirements.


What our 2019 interns said:

“Creating infographics and writing website articles for NCHR has taught me how to translate research findings and technical language into accessible, easy-to-follow explanations, a skill that I can apply when I graduate from medical school to describe diagnoses and treatment options to patients.”

“In writing tweets and articles for NCHR, as well as assisting with comments submitted to federal health agencies, I have learned to succinctly articulate health research and policy to a variety of audiences and critically assess differing perspectives on health issues.”

“By attending congressional briefings and researching current health issues, I learned how to critically and objectively analyze research regarding drugs and medical devices.”

What our 2018 interns said:

Three of our 2018 summer interns at a health policy conference at the Washington Post.

“I will really cherish my lessons from this summer and the interactions that I have had with all of the incredibly impressive NCHR employees. Your mission and passion have really inspired me this summer.”

“Being an intern at NCHR has opened my eyes to the intricate world of health policy and has motivated me to continue working toward solutions that serve the patient first. This organization truly creates an impact on improving health standards, and I am grateful to all the employees here for guiding me throughout the summer.” 

What our 2016 interns said:

2016 internsSummer 2016 interns“I cannot thank you enough for this wonderful internship. I’m grateful for this opportunity to have learned so much from this organization. I feel far more prepared for my future now! Honestly, everyone in this office is so lovely, not to mention incredibly impressive, and I’ve gained so much just from being around all of you.”

“Thank you so much for the incredible semester. You have created a welcoming and stimulating work environment, and I am grateful for everything I have learned from it. From briefings to staff meetings, I feel as though you were always willing and excited to be mentors and teachers.”


Click to read an interview with our former intern Samantha Kahn, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania.