Summer Health Policy Internship Program

2018 Summer Health Policy Internship


2018 Summer Session: July 30th – August 17th
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 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. Housing is not provided.

To Apply:
Please submit a one-page Letter of Intent. The letter should include your school, year, research interest, what you want to get out of the program and how you heard about it, to Briana Taylor, brianawh@usc.edu, program manager, on or before Monday, June 1.

The program is highly individualized. The activities will be determined by the intern and his/her mentor and 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™, LinkedIn™, YouTube™ and Flickr™
  • Supporting the planning for Schaeffer Center events

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.  Recommend three to four days per week for three weeks.

(Optional) USC Diversity in Healthcare Leadership Initiative:
Interested applicants may separately apply for an enrichment internship program taking place on July 23 to 27, offered through USC Price School of Public Policy. *Please indicate in your LOI if you have applied for the Healthcare Leadership Initiative.

Flyer for the Summer Internship Program (PDF)