Summer Health Policy Internship Program

2020 Summer Health Policy Internship: July 27 to Aug. 14, 2020

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:

Please submit a one-page Letter of Intent (LOI). The letter should include your school, year, research interest, what you want to get out of the program and how you heard about it. Email the letter to Briana Taylor,, program manager, on or before Monday, June 8.

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

Interested applicants may separately apply for an enrichment internship program offered through USC Price School of Public Policy. Information for the 2020 program is coming soon. Please click here for last year’s information and for the application for the Health Leadership Initiative program. The Initiative will be held July 27-31, 2020.
*Please indicate in your LOI if you have applied for the Healthcare Leadership Initiative.

Flyer for the Summer Internship Program (PDF)