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 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.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and consist of
the application form, a 500-word written statement, and a CV/resume. The
written statement is a key element of the application and should include an
example of the applicant’s advocacy experience, a statement of the applicant’s
interest in advocacy and how the applicant thinks this internship will impact
their future advocacy efforts. 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.
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.
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.