2020 Summer Advocacy Internship | Deadline to Apply is March 13, 2020

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 2020. HFA will provide leadership, guidance, and a living stipend for two college students or recent graduates 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 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 and advocacy efforts.
  • Have an understanding of HFA鈥檚 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.

Interns are required to work for ten weeks at HFA鈥檚 headquarters in Washington, D.C. and will focus on federal projects, as well as a state project with a local organization that assists people with bleeding disorders. Selected candidates will receive housing during their stay, travel to and from Washington, D.C., and a modest stipend.

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

  • Team and network building
  • Professional development
  • Legislative, policy, and advocacy training
  • Communication and media skills development
  • Congressional hearings and office visits
  • Executive branch and/or regulatory agency visits
  • Collaborative activities with HFA’s partner alliances and coalitions
  • Public communication project (i.e. specific policy work paper or issue brief that includes a written or oral presentation component)
  • Write a bi-weekly blog about internship experience
  • Support HFA staff on activities including: Dear Addy, Action Alerts, and social media outreach
  • Attend other conferences per 2020 schedule and availability
  • Evaluate internship program

Application Requirements

  • Must be available for ten (10) weeks between May 4鈥 August 14, 2020
  • Must be at least 21 years old, and currently enrolled in (or just previously graduated from) college
  • Must have a bleeding disorder or be related to a person with a bleeding disorder
  • 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?

Apply now

Applications must be received by March 13, 2020.

HFA’s Summer Internship Program is contingent upon funding.

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