Summer Health Policy Internship Program

COVID-19 Update: Due to 2020 social distancing measures we will not be hosting our in-person summer internship program as planned. We will resume the program in 2021. Please check back for dates.

The Schaeffer Center Summer Internship Program is open to high school students (L.A. County residents only), undergraduate and graduate students interested in health policy and health economics.  The position is unpaid (housing is not provided) and is targeted to students interested in gaining exposure in the field. Interns are selected on a competitive basis.

The program seeks to create a challenging and rewarding academic experience for the intern and to increase the intern’s knowledge and interest in topics in health policy and economics. The internships are highly individualized and activities will be determined by the intern and his/her mentor. Activities may include:

  • Assisting faculty working on health policy research
  • Creating an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor
  • Developing creative strategies to communicate with internal and external audiences using tools such as Facebook™, Twitter™, Instagram™, LinkedIn™, YouTube™ and Flickr™
  • Supporting the planning for Schaeffer Center events

To Apply:

Application instructions will be posted when 2021 dates are announced. If you have any questions, please contact Briana Taylor, brianawh@usc.edu, program manager.

About the Mentor

The mentor is responsible for creating a challenging academic experience and for mentoring the interns, which includes tracking his/her progress and adjusting the project to the intern’s abilities.

Length of Program

The mentor and intern may jointly determine the amount of time the intern dedicates to the program and may depend upon the project and availability of the mentor/intern.  It is recommend that the project scope take three to four days per week for three weeks.

(Optional) USC Diversity in Healthcare Leadership Initiative

The 2020 USC Diversity in Healthcare Leadership Initiative is planned for July 27-31, 2020. Please click here for program information. This enrichment internship program is offered through USC Price School of Public Policy, not the USC Schaeffer Center.