HFA is seeking applicants for a ten (10) week Policy & Government Relations Internship occurring between June and August 2022. A typical schedule for our interns is to work from Monday to Thursday (roughly 30-35 hours a week).

HFA will provide leadership, guidance, housing, and a stipend for two (2) college students or recent graduates who are 18 years of age or older and a) have a bleeding disorder or b) are related to a person with a bleeding disorder. The Policy & Government Relations Internship will be an in-person internship in 2022 and interns will be working out of the HFA central office in Washington, DC.

Interns will conduct research and analysis to help create educational resources on a variety of issue areas related to bleeding disorders. Other responsibilities may include attending relevant virtual events, providing support for webinars, assisting with Public Affairs鈥 programs, and drafting bi-weekly blog posts.

Ultimately, we seek to further develop a core passion in health care policy and self-advocacy, helping to shape the next generation of advocacy leaders. Upon completion of the internship program, interns will achieve the following program objectives:

  • Gain broad exposure to state and federal activities.
  • Demonstrate experience by successfully engaging in collaborative policy and advocacy efforts.
  • Understand HFA鈥檚 full spectrum of programming and services and how it serves the national bleeding disorders community.
  • Increase awareness and knowledge of the public policy process to become a better bleeding disorder advocate.

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

  • Team and network building
  • Professional development
  • Complete a capstone project focused on an advocacy education topic of the intern鈥檚 choosing
  • Legislative, policy, and advocacy training
  • Communication and media skills development
  • Congressional hearings and office visits
  • The Executive branch and/or regulatory agency visits
  • Collaborative activities with HFA鈥檚 partner alliances and coalitions
  • Public communication project聽(i.e. specific policy work paper or issue brief that includes a written or oral presentation component)
  • Write a bi-weekly blog about the internship experience
  • Support HFA staff on activities including Dear Addy, Action Alerts, and social media outreach
  • Attend other conferences per 2022 schedule and availability
  • Attend and participate in the Young Adult Advocacy Summit from July 21-23, 2022
  • Evaluate internship program

Application Requirements

  • Must be available for ten (10) weeks
  • Must be currently enrolled in (or just previously graduated from) college
  • Must be of or over the age of 18
  • 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 a related field of study
  • Must have excellent oral communication, writing, and research skills

COVID-19 Policy

Please read: COVID-19 Policy for 2022 Advocacy Internship

Participants will be required to follow HFA鈥檚 employee policies with respect to COVID-19 safety in order to participate in the Policy and Government Affairs internship. HFA is following CDC guidelines for vaccinations, boosters, testing, and isolation. Our policy will be updated if CDC guidelines change, so please check this page for updates before traveling to Washington, DC.


Participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Full vaccination is defined as:

  • 2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine series (Pfizer or Moderna)
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson鈥檚/Janssen vaccine)

The second dose of Pfizer/Moderna or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson鈥檚/Jannsen must be received on or before May 23, 2022 in order to participate in the Policy and Government Affairs internship.

Booster Shots

HFA recommends that participants follow CDC guidelines for getting booster shots, if and when they are eligible. Boosters are recommended at least 5 months after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccination and at least 2 months after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson鈥檚/Janssen vaccination.

  • If your second dose (Pfizer/Moderna) was before January 6, 2022, a booster is recommended to participate in the Policy and Government Affairs internship.
  • If your single dose (Johnson & Johnson鈥檚/Jannsen) was before April 6, 2022, a booster is recommended to participate in the Policy and Government Affairs internship.

Proof of Vaccination

Participants are required to submit their vaccination status prior to their participation in the Policy and Government Affairs internship. For applicants who are accepted into the internship, HFA will reach out with further instructions as to how to submit your vaccination status.

How to Apply

2022 Internships are now closed.聽

Complete this registration form for the Young Adult Advocacy Summit and at the end, there will be an option to indicate that you are also interested in being considered for the Policy and Government Relations Internship with an additional section to fill out. Please note: submitting an application for the Policy and Government Relations Internship is not guaranteed acceptance to the internship, as we have limited space available.

For more information on the Policy and Government Relations Internship or the聽Young Adult Advocacy Summit, contact Lindsay Cox, Senior Manager for Advocacy & Outreach at

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