Applications for the 2021 Advocacy Internship are now closed.

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 May and August 2021. HFA will provide leadership, guidance, and a stipend for two college students or recent graduates with bleeding disorders or students related to a person with a bleeding disorder.

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 PAGE 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 public policy process to become a better bleeding disorder advocate.

Interns will work remotely for ten weeks and will focus on federal projects, as well as a state project with a local organization that assists people with bleeding disorders.

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’s choosing
  • 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
  • Must be 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

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