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
The AAP Washington, DC office has two internship programs available: one for pediatricians and pediatricians-in-training, and one for undergraduate students with a focus on advocacy and public affairs. To learn more about the former, please view the information contained on this page.
For information and to apply to the public affairs internship for undergraduates, recent graduates and post-undergraduates, please visit this separate resource page.
Internship for pediatricians and pediatricians-in-training:
Since 1981, the AAP Department of Federal Affairs has had an internship program 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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
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, email@example.com.