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Internship Opportunities with The Partnership Center

Program and Policy Internship

Location: Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20201
Time commitment: 20-40 hours per week. Preference is given to interns who are able to work at least four full-time days each week.
Duration: Negotiable but the internship typically lasts about three months.
Compensation: Unpaid

Description and Requirements:

HHS IEA and The Partnership Center offers interns a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. Our hands-on internship program is designed to mentor and cultivate leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Department, and prepare them for future service opportunities. We typically select two interns for each of the Spring, Summer and Fall academic semesters.

Interns are valued members of the team. They work independently and on teams on projects that advance the efforts to build and support partnerships in order to better serve individuals, families and communities in need. Responsibilities include conducting research projects, writing newsletter articles and blog posts, supporting webinars and assisting with office responsibilities.

Depending on an intern’s interests and skill set, s/he may focus on a particular area of the Partnership Center’s work, but interns support the work of the entire office. They are supervised by the Intern Coordinator, who works with the Director to develop each intern’s portfolio.

Opportunities include:

  • A unique view of policy from inside the executive branch of government, including the potential to interact with White House staff;
  • A chance to develop skills in administration and policy in a team environment;
  • An excellent opportunity to work with and learn about a variety of agencies within the large and diverse HHS organization, including the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and others.


We are looking for self-starters with strong written and verbal communications skills.

Applicants should be:

  • Interested in public policy;
  • Able to take ownership of projects;
  • Eager to advance social service and public health goals;
  • Have a positive attitude and work well as part of a team.

An interest in the administration's Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships is also desirable but not required.


Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter to HHSIEA (at) hhs.gov.

Content created by Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (CFBNP)
Content last reviewed on September 16, 2015