For our health policy track ONLY: internships are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for working on the legislative side of the healthcare system. Many of our students pursue internships at the Massachusetts State House, working on selected legislation. Our policy internships are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills relevant to nursing and population health. Settings include, but are not limited to schools, community-based health centers, and departments of public health.
Internships with government agencies, legislators, and professional or advocacy organizations allow students to participate in policy.
Students have been successful in many policy areas including:
- Improving children’s safety through the passage of car seat legislation
- Softening the legal restrictions on biomedical research
- Tracking the progress of policies to reduce or eliminate health disparities
- Identifying variations in health services in state-assisted living facilities
- Determining the outcomes of various federal and state health programs
- Implementing the Medical Marijuana Program in Rhode Island
- Removing restrictions on nurse midwife practice
- Conducting analyses to inform legislators and their staff
- Improving policies related to oncology clinicians, patients and families