Internship Program

The National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) and Patient Insight Institute summer internship program provides college or graduate students with a unique learning experience to better understand the challenges impacting patients and caregivers today, while also exploring the opportunities to build a more equitable health care system through research and advocacy.

Our internship program offers three distinct focus areas that allow interns to hone skills that align with their interests and career goals:

  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Evidence to Action
  • Patient Engagement

Students will be assigned special projects that will advance NPAF and Patient Insight Institute’s work and include presentations to staff as well as creating resources and other content to support our various communities.

We are no longer accepting applications for summer 2024. Please check out the frequently asked questions below to learn more.

Who can apply to the internship program?

The internship program is open to students at an accredited college or university across all majors. The ideal candidate will possess an interest in health policy, public health, health services research, patient engagement, and grassroots advocacy.

Am I required to be on-site or will this be a virtual opportunity?

This will be a virtual experience only.

What orientation or training is provided?

Half-day onboarding training session in which we will review NPAF’s mission and discuss our infrastructure and relation to Patient Advocate Foundation, public policy priorities, advocacy efforts and research opportunities. Multiple staff will present accordingly.

Additionally, interns may participate in one-on-one meetings with various staff to understand their roles in the organization.

Who will supervise/mentor me?

Your preceptor will be dependent on your selected “track.” Additional staff throughout the two organizations may also provide mentorship and supervise projects and assignments where appropriate.

How will I be exposed to individuals with diverse perspectives and experiences? (i.e., peers, staff, leadership, health care partners, community members, etc.)

Interns will be an integral part of our team working closely with NPAF and Patient Insight Institute staff including organizational leaders and other policy, advocacy, and research colleagues. As such, interns will have the opportunity to join meetings or activities with partners and advocates.

Further, interns will also have many opportunities to work directly with their peers.

How and when will I receive feedback on my performance?

Interns will report their progress and receive performance feedback verbally on a regular basis. During presentations, interns will receive real-time feedback from the NPAF team. A more formal, written review will be provided by the preceptor at the mid-point of the internship, and then at the end.

How long will the internship program last?

The internship will last ten (10) weeks – beginning Monday, June 3, 2024 and ending Friday, August 9th. Our offices will be closed June 16 and July 4 in observation of Juneteenth and Independence Day, respectively.

Will I receive a stipend?

Yes, a stipend will be available to all interns.

How do I apply?

Please submit your application using the link above. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 1, 2024 and up to three positions are available. You will be contacted within one week after the deadline regarding next steps including interviewing with staff. A final decision will be communicated no later than March 18, 2024.

I have additional questions, who can I contact?

You may send additional questions to Please include in your subject line “INQUIRY” so staff know to prioritize your email.