Health Care Authority seeks applications for new health policy internship

OLYMPIA – An internship opportunity that will provide a graduate student the opportunity to work on cutting-edge health care improvement is now available through Washington State’s Health Care Authority, which operates both the Medicaid program and Public Employees Benefits.

“This will be a unique opportunity for professional and graduate school students to work in health policy analysis and research at a critical time for our state,” said Dorothy F. Teeter, Director of the Health Care Authority. “Our intent is to provide the intern with experience in a broad spectrum of health reform policy formulation, deliberations and review.”

Applications for the unpaid internship are due to the Health Care Authority by April 30, 2013. Application instructions and a job description will be posted on the agency’s website at on Friday.  The 12-week internship opportunity will begin in early June and end  in late August, with flexibility around the successful applicant’s school or personal schedules.

Nathan Johnson, Assistant Director for Health Care Policy, will be the executive sponsor of the internship, which will be supervised by Kari Leitch, Administrator for the Office of Health Innovation and Reform.

Johnson said the agency plans on awarding the internship to three qualified students by mid-May.


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