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HHS Internship Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) seeks a dynamic student volunteer interested in an internship at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), charged with leading the development of a nationwide interoperable health information technology infrastructure that ensures that health information flows with the patient in a secure way. ONC coordinates health information technology policies and programs and is responsible for developing regulations regarding the same. The position will be located at ONC, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC, 20201.

ONC works closely with a variety of federal partners, including internal HHS partners such as the Centers for Disease Control and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and external partners such as the Federal Trade Commission and the Office of Management & Budget. ONC also works with several partners in the private sector. It’s an exciting time to work at ONC. Providers are implementing certified electronic health records in record numbers and improving health outcomes for their patients. Never before has the Federal Government invested so much in Health IT infrastructure, policy, and program implementation. Your efforts will directly contribute to improving the quality of care for all citizens of the United States through better information sharing, care coordination, and patient engagement.

The ideal candidate will serve as an intern for the Immediate Office within ONC and will report to both the Special Assistant to the National Coordinator, and the Chief of Staff. The candidate must be a student interested in health information technology, health care, health policy, health quality, or public health. The ideal candidate will have strong research, analytic, verbal and written communications skills, and excel in a fast paced environment with the ability to successfully juggle multiple tasks. Candidates should demonstrate flexibility in working both independently and as a part of a team. Projects will include providing high quality research memos, assisting with the preparation of background memos for the National Coordinator in advance of internal and external meetings, assisting with the legislative affairs portfolio, assisting with the execution of large internal or external meetings, performing some administrative duties, and other duties as assigned by the Special Assistant or Chief of Staff.

We are now accepting applications for the Fall semester. This position is an unpaid, voluntary position. Candidates may be eligible for stipends, credit or other assistance from their institutions. Please send your cover letter and resume to: onc.hc@hhs.gov to be considered.