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:


Communications Manager

Be part of an exciting new project, working with nationally respected journalists and medical researchers to improve communication about new medical research study results.  The project will develop and host workshops and teleconferences that explain research issues to journalists and at the same time teach researchers how to better communicate the results of their studies to reporters and medical writers.  This position requires excellent oral and written communication skills as well as outstanding interpersonal skills. The successful candidate will be able to help explain the results of important new medical research that has been supported by the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI), help organize at least 2 workshops in Washington, DC, help organize conference calls for our national Advisory Board of journalists and researchers, and draft reports for the grant (and some other grant management tasks as needed).

The ideal candidate will be attentive to details, very well-organized, dedicated to improving public health, comfortable summarizing quantitative data, have excellent oral and written communication skills, and work well with journalists and with health professionals.  Preference will be given to candidates with management skills/experience and the ability to explain quantitative research data on medical or public health issues to non-scientists.  Must be willing to commit to 32-40 hours per week for at least 2-years.  Our office is on Farragut Square (next to Metros for red, blue, orange, and silver lines).

A background in health communications, and/or a Masters in epidemiology/public health, or closely related field is required.  Other skills as described above.  The starting salary is $45,000-55,000/year for a full-time position. We will fill this position by September.

No calls please. Please send your resume and cover letter describing how your interests and expertise fits this position as soon as possible to info@center4research.org.  Include your available starting date and numbers of hours per week (at least 32) in your cover letter. Please note: this is not a telecommuting position.

Women’s Health Insurance Fellow

This is your opportunity to get involved and directly help women navigating today’s health insurance system. We’re working with over 1,000 women who have serious health problems and need medically necessary surgeries. They need our help to try to get their insurance companies to cover these surgeries. The number of women contacting us continues to grow weekly.

The successful candidate will be part of a small team of staff who are emailing/calling the women with the appropriate responses to their questions and keeping track of their information in our databases. We will train you and be here to answer your questions. The ideal candidate will communicate well orally and in writing, would be very detail-oriented, and would enjoy talking to and helping women over the phone and by email.

Bachelor’s degree or higher required. The fellowship is at least 32 hours/week and pays $13.25/hour and requires a commitment of at least 9 months.  Promotion to a staff position is an option.  Our office is at Farragut Square in Washington, DC; this is not a telecommuting position.

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to info@center4research.org. No calls please.

FELLOWSHIPS

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

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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).

Apply now for a Fellowship beginning as soon as possible.  Send a resume and cover letter to info@center4research.org. For more information about our Center, see www.center4research.org and www.stopcancerfund.org. 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.

We will fill this position asap, so do not apply if you are not available soon. To learn more about us, check out www.center4research.org and www.stopcancerfund.org. No calls please. Please send your resume and cover letter describing how your interests and expertise fits our work as soon as possible to info@center4research.org.  Include your available starting date and numbers of hours per week in your cover letter. Please note: this is not a telecommuting position.

 


INTERNSHIPS

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 three kinds of internship experiences:

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 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 and one who is fluent in Spanish and will help with translating health articles into Spanish, and responding to inquiries to our online health helpline that are in Spanish.

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 info@center4research.org. As with most non-profits, internship stipends are rarely available, so please describe any financial requirements.

The internships that offer stipends require completion of at least 3 years of college and a commitment of a minimum of 20 hrs/week for 12 weeks.  Preference is given to college grads or graduate students who can make a greater time commitment.

  • The Marcy Gross internship offers a stipend of up to $500 to work on reducing violence against women and other public health issues.
  • The Ruth Nadel internship offers a stipend of up to $500 to a college graduate interested in working on women’s health issues.

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.”

What our 2015 interns said:

“Overall, I feel like I gained a much better understanding of the field of health policy. I really enjoyed getting to do data analysis, getting to write internsarticles, and learning more about 21st Century Cures.”

“This internship was amazing because it allowed me to gain a wide range of experiences and skills. My number one take away from this internship is the importance of scrutinizing research, big pharma, and news, which is a very important lesson and will have a lasting impact on me.”

“The most valuable experiences during my internship were writing articles for the website, and attending briefings on Capitol Hill. Writing articles made me feel like I was contributing to the company, and that I had learned enough from the people here to examine and synthesize research on my own. The briefings were a great way to see how our focus fit into the broader scope of domestic health policy issues.”

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