Who We Are
United States of Care (USofCare) is a non-partisan non-profit organization on a mission to ensure that everyone has access to quality, affordable health care regardless of health status, social need, or income. We champion fair and commonsense policy changes to meet people’s urgent needs: the certainty that their health care will be affordable, that their coverage will be dependable and there when they need it, that their health care is personalized, and that the system is easy to understand and navigate.
In order to achieve our people-centered mission, USofCare has developed highly intentional organizational values and we are committed to building a diverse team at all levels of our organization, cultivating an inclusive culture, and engaging with people who bring different perspectives and lived experiences to our efforts. Our values are how we work internally and externally, what we hold up and celebrate, and what we are constantly striving for and aspiring to be as an organization. View our values at unitedstatesofcare.org/who-we-are.
In building our team, at every level we value and prioritize inclusion and diverse perspectives. Seeking unity over uniformity, we pay attention to the diverse interests, abilities, needs and backgrounds of every employee and strive to create an environment where everyone is heard and feels that they belong. We strongly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds and communities to apply to join our growing team.
USofCare is searching for an intern to join our Policy Innovation Lab team in Spring and Summer 2023. We will be hiring one intern for each term. Spring internships are part time, 20 hours a week. Summer internships are full time, 40 hours per week. In your application you must indicate which term for which you are applying.
Interns support all departments within United States of Care–programs teams, operations, and development. This internship will have particular emphasis on our Policy Innovation work. Potential projects include policy research and writing for blogs, memos, and Playbooks. While the interns are a member of the United States of Care team, they are encouraged to take advantage of local/virtual health care and networking events, and to bring their learnings back to share with the team.
Policy Innovation Overview
United States of Care’s Policy Innovation work focuses on elevating long-standing problems people experience with the health care system and identifying data-driven, evidence-based policy solutions to address these structural and systemic issues in order to build a better health care system for the long-term. Our work starts with people, listening and understanding intentionally and authentically to what is and is not working in their health care and what they would like their health care system to be. We then bring together diverse groups of stakeholders–from people to policymakers to private sector leaders–to innovate on solutions to address people’s health care needs. Through our work, we pair what we learn from people with what the research evidence and the experts say so we can see: what we’re missing and what more we can do to ensure we are building a more equitable health care system into the future.
Responsibilities and Duties
- Support the United States of Care team in research, planning, and operations;
- Be able to read, understand, and summarize information and research in a concise manner;
- Stay up to date with current health care related policies.
Policy Innovation Focus
- Contribute to relevant policy research and writing for reports, resources, blog posts, op-eds, and other external communications materials in collaboration with the Policy Innovation team;
- Analyze and track health care policy related to United States of Care’s people centered priorities;
- Prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion principles, including utilizing the organization’s equity lens to inform all work;
- Collaborate with Community Engagement and Research team, including the Research and Public Engagement intern, to support design and implementation of United States of Care’s people centered policies;
- Support the members of the Policy Innovation team as necessary;
- Other duties as assigned by the Policy Innovation team;
- Projects may include:
- Assisting with research and product development for United States of Care’s people centered priorities which could include:
- Policies that improve access to maternal and child health services
- Policies that improve support to caregivers
- Embedding equity in the mapping of the health care system
- Supporting execution of innovation solution tables–gatherings of diverse groups of stakeholders, from people to policymakers to private sector leaders, who come together to innovate on solutions to address people’s health care needs
- Must have a strong commitment to ensuring everyone has access to quality, affordable health care, and be open to operating in a bipartisan atmosphere exploring multiple policy solutions to achieve that mission;
- Currently enrolled in a masters program, or between academic programs, preferably with a focus on Public Health, Public Policy, Health Care, Communications, Business, Nonprofit Management, Economics, Leadership, Social Sciences, or another other applicable program;
- Flexible and enthusiastic about working in a startup environment and willing to take on a wide range of tasks necessary to support a growing team;
- Commitment to addressing, and understanding of, health inequities across underserved communities and their implications on access to quality affordable health care;
- Strong writing, research and communication skills with the ability to produce high quality writing and research under time pressure when required;
- Familiarity with health care policy issues;
- Self-directed, takes initiative, and able to manage competing priorities;
- Relevant work, volunteer, or internship experience;
Spring internships are part time, and require approximately 20 hours per week. Summer internships are full time, and require 40 hours per week. All internships at United States of Care require a full three month commitment and are fully remote. You will need to provide your own computer and have reliable access to stable internet.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required eligibility verification document form upon hire. United States of Care is unable to commence (“sponsor”) an immigration case in order to hire an applicant.
Internships are temporary positions and provide a $1,400 monthly stipend for part time and $2,800 monthly stipend for full time. There is also the opportunity for school credit, if permitted by your college or university.
How to Apply
Submit your application on our website at www.usofcare.org/careers, and select the internship for which you are applying. In your application, select the term for which you are applying. The application deadline is October 24, 2022.
United States of Care is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values a multicultural, diverse working environment. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to apply. We prohibit discrimination of employment, promotion, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment based on gender, disability, race, age, national origin, color, creed, sexual orientation, sex (including marital and parental status), gender identity and expression, religion, economic status, ethnic identity, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.