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AAP Department of Federal Affairs Internship Program

   

The AAP Department of Federal Affairs, located in Washington, DC, advocates with congressional offices, federal agencies and liaisons with other organizations concerned with child and adolescent health, and the media. The Department provides credible background information, expert testimony, pediatric contacts nationwide, and media outreach on the multitude of health and social issues that confront children, families and policymakers.

The AAP Department of Federal Affairs has maintained a successful internship program since 1981. The internship program is primarily designed for those interested in learning about child health policy, the legislative process, federal advocacy, and public affairs activities. The internship program is available to medical students, residents, and fellow trainees. While this program is individualized, examples of internship activities include:

  • Hearings and briefings: Interns attend congressional hearings on a variety of child health issues. Interns may also attend Committee meetings, public meetings at federal agencies, general oversight hearings, and/or educational briefings.

  • Research: Interns assist with the preparation of background material on federal policy issues.

  • Coalitions: Interns learn the value of forming useful collaborations with other organizations that have similar goals. Interns have the opportunity to attend coalition meetings with AAP staff and independently.

  • Media: Interns with an interest in journalism can work with public affairs staff on communicating legislative issues effectively to reporters, AAP members and the general public.

Internship Application and Requirements

To apply, please download the application form
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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and consist of the application form, a 500 word written statement, and a CV/resume. Applications should be sent via e-mail to: kmatthews@aap.org. Decisions are made by a selection committee and applicants are notified via e-mail. Applicants should make the committee aware of any program deadlines relevant to the selection date. Interested candidates should apply as soon as possible as the department accepts a maximum of two interns at any given time. Applications are accepted a minimum of 90 days prior to desired internship dates and maybe submitted up to one year in advance.

Internships are a minimum of 4 consecutive weeks. Interns work Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Deviation from this schedule requires special permission from the Washington Office Administrator. Internships can be scheduled at any time during the year except for the month of August. Whenever possible, we recommend that interns schedule the internship when Congress is in session. Prospective interns are encouraged to consult the schedules of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Criteria

The internship is available to medical students, residents, and post-residency trainees with an interest and/or specialty in pediatrics. Interns should have a strong demonstrated interest in child health advocacy and at least a basic understanding of U.S. government institutions and processes.

Interns must be members of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Memberships are available at significantly discounted rates for medical students, residents, and post-residency trainees. More information about memberships can be found at http://www.aap.org/member/memcat.htm.

Other Requirements

Interns wear business attire, including a jacket and tie for men.

For additional information regarding the American Academy of Pediatrics' internship program, please contact Katy Matthews at 202/347-8600, kmatthews@aap.org.

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