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鈥檚 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聽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.

Ultimately, 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. 聽Specifically, HFA Interns will achieve the following program objectives:

鈥 Have gained broad exposure to state and federal activities.
鈥 Have demonstrated experience successfully engaging in collaborative policy efforts.
鈥 Have an understanding of HFA鈥檚 full spectrum of programming and services and how it serves the national bleeding disorders community.
鈥 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鈥檚 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:

  • Team and network building.
  • Legislative, policy, and advocacy training.
  • Building communication and media skills.
  • Attending Congressional hearings as well as Hill office visits.
  • Executive branch agency visits.
  • Collaborative activities with NORD, APLUS, CAT, PPTA etc.
  • Authoring a specific policy work paper or issue brief.
  • Supporting HFA staff on activities including: Dear Addy, Action Alerts, and social media outreach.
  • Attending other conferences per 2018 schedule and availability.
  • Producing an article, giving a presentation or other defined project to be deployed at a local nonprofit that deals with bleeding disorders.

Application Requirements

  • Must be available for ten (10) weeks between May 鈥 August 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.

Ready to serve the bleeding disorders community?

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Applications must be received by April聽1, 2018.

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