Internships for Medical Students – Summer 2019

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Organization Overview

The Infectious Diseases Society of America ( and its HIV Medicine Association are seeking exceptional and committed candidates for our internship program.  IDSA is a national medical association representing more than 11,000 physicians and scientists with a highly-respected voice in infectious diseases policy and advocacy and clinical and scientific affairs. HIVMA ( was created by IDSA to represent HIV healthcare providers and researchers and advocate for policies that ensure a comprehensive and humane response to the AIDS pandemic informed by science and social justice. 

Program Overview

IDSA and HIVMA will provide two medical students with an opportunity to gain experience in policy development and advocacy working with IDSA and HIVMA public policy and government relations staff.  Interns will gain broad exposure to the array of policy issues that affect ID and HIV providers and their patients, including global health, healthcare coverage and reform, the ID/HIV workforce, antimicrobial resistance, public health emergency preparedness and response, immunizations, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, research and diagnostics.   Interns will have the opportunity to participate in the full spectrum of advocacy techniques, including direct meetings with congressional offices and federal agencies, working with advocacy coalitions, and mobilizing physicians to take action.

Learning Objectives

Through active participation in IDSA and HIVMA meetings and activities, interns will increase their knowledge of how federal policy-making affects medical providers and the role of physicians in influencing policies affecting their patients, practice, research and public health. Specifically, interns will develop an understanding of the following:

  • How medical societies identify emerging policy issues, develop positions and craft advocacy solutions and strategies
  • Current ID/HIV policy issues under consideration in Congress and federal agencies
  • Advocacy strategies and their impact on public policy
  • The use of media and social media as an advocacy tool


Items listed below are general; more specific projects will be developed based upon IDSA/HIVMA needs at the time and interns’ specific areas of interest or skills.

  • Participate with IDSA/HIVMA staff in meetings with policymakers and independently cover and report on federal meetings, briefings and coalition meetings
  • Conduct policy research and draft advocacy materials, including fact sheets, talking points and letters
  • Draft advocacy-focused communications materials, including statements, news releases, newsletter articles, and posts for an online member forum (MyIDSA) and member emails
  • Recruit IDSA members to participate in advocacy activities, including developing messages, conducting outreach and supporting volunteers
  • Document and share the internship experience with IDSA members through IDSA and HIVMA communication channels such as an online member forum (MyIDSA), the association’s newsletters, IDSANews and the Advocacy Bulletin. This could include who you are, what you are doing, what you are learning, your perspective on IDSA/HIVMA policy and advocacy efforts
  • Draft relevant testimonials from IDSA/HIVMA members and patients
  • Summarize new policy reports and legislative proposals

Education and Experience

  • Applicant must be currently enrolled in a medical school program
  • Strong interest in infectious diseases/HIV and public policy and advocacy

Required Skills

  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to conduct research assignments and execute on projects
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite

Duration: Four to ten weeks during Summer 2019. Start and end dates can be customized based on candidate’s class schedule.  This is a full time 37.5 hour per week internship.

Compensation: This summer internship will pay $15 per hour.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to apply.

Location: Arlington, VA
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