Frequently Asked Questions for Johns Hopkins Health Policy Institute Policymakers
What kind of help can I expect from a Johns Hopkins Health Policy Institute (HPI) intern?
The Johns Hopkins HPI is open to all graduate students enrolled at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Graduate students will assist policymakers/legislators and their staff with public health policy work for 6-8 hours in the policymaker’s office each week from December-May and follow one of the following formats:
- Health Policy Generalist Intern: The intern will provide general legislative assistance to the policymaker in topic areas as needed throughout the legislative session.
- Health Policy Specialist Intern: The intern will provide assistance in a specific legislative topic area of interest to the policymaker (e.g. pharmaceutical pricing, access to mental health services, etc.)
Both generalist or specialist interns are prepared to provide assistance with any of the following tasks:
- Conduct literature reviews, background research, and examining policies of other cities/states
- Develop policy briefs or position papers
- Engage with stakeholders
- Compose or contribute to written and oral testimonyDraft or contribute to the development of legislation and subsequent bill amendments
- Complete additional responsibilities as needed
Over what time period will a Johns Hopkins HPI Intern be available?
The duration for the 2019-2020 program is:
- October 28, 2019 – May 15, 2020* (2nd through 4th terms) - the intern is expected to spend a minimum of one day a week (6-8 hours) onsite in the policymaker’s office**.
*There is a series of in-service trainings for HPI students providing an overview of the legislative process and basic legal research skills in November. Additionally, Bloomberg School students have a January Intersession and break which runs from December 21, 2019 – January 20, 2020. If you require your intern to work in November and/or through the Intersession, please indicate that on the Internship Application.
**This is an expected average, and specific days/time spent on-site should be scheduled with the student. Most Bloomberg policy interns are full-time students, and therefore will have relatively demanding academic schedules.
How many Johns Hopkins Health Policy interns can I have work in my office?
Each policymaker can host one Bloomberg policy intern. If your office would like more than one intern, please indicate this on your application, and we will follow-up with your office to discuss the feasibility of having more than one intern.
Which agencies can participate in the Johns Hopkins HPI?
Policymakers across the federal, state, and local (city) levels in the Maryland/DC/Virginia area are eligible to participate in the HPI.
Who selects my Johns Hopkins HPI intern?
The HPI Course Faculty will review all submitted applications. The faculty will select no more than 3 qualified applicants and ask the policymaker (or their staff) to interview the selected applicants. The policymaker’s office will have between Sept 23 - Oct 9, 2019 to complete the interviews. The interviews can be in person or over the phone, and do not need to be more than 15 minutes in length. The policymaker’s office then informs the HPI of the student(s) they wish to host. Final placements will be made the week of October 10th, 2019.
How do I submit an application to request a Johns Hopkins HPI intern?
Policymakers can submit HPI project descriptions via email to April Tong at firstname.lastname@example.org.