Applications for the 2022 Advocacy Internship will open soon!

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.

HFA serves 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 June and August 2022. HFA will provide leadership, guidance, housing, and a stipend for two college students or recent graduates who are of or over the age of 21 with bleeding disorders or students 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 21
  • 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

How to Apply

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

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