Paid Spitzer Summer Internship Program (All Offices)

The National Health Law Program  is pleased to announce the Spitzer Summer Internship Program in honor of past Executive Director Emily Spitzer.  Up to three law students will be awarded Spitzer Internships, with the positions divided among NHeLP’s offices in Washington, DC, Carrboro, NC, and Los Angeles, CA.


National Health Law Program

Founded in 1969, National Health Law Program protects and advances the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals and families. A public interest law firm working to enhance access to quality healthcare and protect the legal rights of those we serve, National Health Law Program advocates, educates and litigates at the federal and state levels.

National Health Law Program manages a broad array of national, state, and local projects, including complex analyses of federal and state laws, class action litigation, and individualized technical support. We frame new legal theories, work to enforce the laws that protect low-income individuals, and work with policy makers to implement programs grounded in the experience and needs of underserved communities. We also provide legal expertise to non‐profit law offices and health organizations. National Health Law Program works on a day‐to‐day basis with other national and state advocacy and community‐based organizations on strategy, analysis, and litigation.

Qualifications, Activities, and Remuneration

National Health Law Program seeks a 2L (who will be rising 3Ls during the internship summer) students who have a proven and demonstrated commitment to social justice and an interest in working toward the expansion and protection of health care access for low-income and underserved populations. We particularly seek applicants who have personal or professional experience and understanding of equity issues to help us further our goals.

Spitzer Interns will work closely with National Health Law Program staff attorneys who are among the most experienced, knowledgeable, and respected health law advocates in the nation. National Health Law Program attorneys work collaboratively across offices and all engage in the primary work of the organization – providing high quality advice and support to state-based health lawyers, administration officials, and policy makers. All of our offices engage in federal administrative advocacy, litigation, and state-based advocacy, however opportunities to participate in litigation may be greater in our Carrboro, NC office, opportunities to work on California state policy may be greater in Los Angeles and opportunities to work on national policy may be greater in Washington, DC.

Spitzer Interns will receive up to $10,000 for 10 weeks of work. The specific amounts will be determined on a case by case basis taking into consideration other funding that is available to the intern and restrictions that are attached to it.

How to Apply

  • Send an email including a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Gretchen Gaskill at and indicate “Spitzer Internship Application” in the subject line.
  • Please include in your cover letter a description of how your personal and/or professional experiences will contribute to National Health Law Program’s commitment to implement policies that are grounded in the experiences and needs of the people impacted by those policies.
  • All three documents must be sent as one PDF file (separate attachments/files will not be accepted).
  • Applications must be received by October 15, 2018 at 5pm EST.

  • Applications should indicate which office they would like to be placed in.
  • Applicants who are not selected as Spitzer Interns will be considered for other National Health Law Program summer intern slots, which are generally uncompensated, unless the applicant indicates in the cover letter not to be considered for those positions.

National Health Law Program is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

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