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2018 Policy & Government Relations Internship

The Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1994 to assist and advocate for the bleeding disorders community.

We serve as an advocate for safe, affordable, and obtainable blood products and health coverage, as well as a better quality of life for all persons with bleeding disorders. HFA’s ongoing policy agenda includes product safety, data collection, accessibility, affordability, and availability of the products the individuals of this community require.


HFA is seeking applicants for a ten (10) week Policy & Government Relations Internship occurring between May and August 2018. HFA will provide leadership, guidance, and financial support for two college students with bleeding disorders or students related to a person with a bleeding disorder.

Maria_InternUltimately, we seek to further develop a core passion in health care policy and self-advocacy, so that interns return home committed to continuing their advocacy leadership.  Specifically, HFA interns will achieve the following program objectives:

  • Have gained broad exposure to state and federal activities.
  • Have demonstrated experience successfully engaging in collaborative policy efforts.
  • Have an understanding of HFA’s full spectrum of programming and services and how it serves the national bleeding disorders community.
  • Have improved skills, knowledge, and abilities in order to participate actively in the public policy process.

Participants will be required to work ten (10) weeks in Hemophilia Federation of America’s office in Washington DC, with two (2) of those weeks focused directly on a project for a local organization that deals with bleeding disorders. Selected candidates will receive travel to and from Washington, DC as well as housing during their stay. Interns will also receive a small stipend while in DC.

Interns will engage in a variety of hands-on activities including, but not limited to:

  • Receive legislative, policy, and advocacy training.
  • Build communication and media skills.
  • Attend congressional hearings and made visits to offices on Capitol Hill.
  • Collaborate on activities with partners and coalitions including the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), American Plasma Users Coalition (APLUS), Coalition for Accessible Treatment (CAT), and Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA).
  • Author policy work papers and issue briefs.
  • Support staff on activities including HFA’s Dear Addy advocacy blog, Action Alerts, and social media outreach.
  • Authoring a specific policy work paper or issue brief.
  • Supporting HFA staff on activities including: Dear Addy, Action Alerts, and social media outreach.
  • Assist a local member organization in their advocacy efforts. Activities may include reading and analyzing policy, and assisting in the planning of a legislative day.
  • Gain valuable exposure to the workings of state and federal governments.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of HFA’s programming and services, and how it serves the national bleeding disorders community.
  • Improve skills, knowledge, and abilities in order to participate actively in the public policy process.

Application Requirements

  • Must be available for ten (10) weeks between May 8–August 28, 2018.
  • Must be at least 21 years old, and currently enrolled in (or just previously graduated from) college.
  • Must have a demonstrable interest in policy, government relations, and/or advocacy work, including but not limited to prior experience or pursuing a degree in political science or related field of study.
  • Must have excellent oral communication, writing, and research skills.

*Internship based on receiving funding assistance

Ready to serve the bleeding disorders community?

Apply now

Applications must be received by April 1, 2018.


Our 2018 Advocacy Internship is made possible with support from CSL Behring and Shire. 

Assisting and Advocating for the Bleeding Disorders Community