Frequently Asked Questions for Johns Hopkins Health Policy Institute Interns
What is the Johns Hopkins Health Policy Institute (HPI)?
The Johns Hopkins HPI is a non-paid, for-credit graduate internship program offered by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) in partnership with local/state/federal policymakers in the MD/DC/VA area. The Johns Hopkins HPI provides JHSPH graduate students with experience and insight into how public health policy knowledge can be applied in real-world public health policy settings. The primary goal of the Johns Hopkins HPI is to assist policymakers with their public health work and provide opportunities for Bloomberg School students to gain hands-on public health policy experience.
Who is eligible to participate in the Johns Hopkins HPI?
The Johns Hopkins HPI is open to all currently enrolled students in graduate degree programs at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
What are the program requirements for the Johns Hopkins HPI?
The Johns Hopkins HPI requires the completion of the following:
- 6-8 hours per week spent onsite at the policymaker’s office over 3 academic terms (terms 2-4)
- Attendance at the Johns Hopkins HPI orientation lunch
- Attendance at regular check-in meetings with course faculty, in addition to three in-service training sessions on campus in November/December to provide an overview of the policy process and legislative skill-building
- Johns Hopkins HPI Internship Agreement Form completed and signed by student and policymaker, outlining the internship terms
- Submission of the Johns Hopkins HPI Student Monthly Update Reports on the 15th of each month (Dec, Feb, March, and April)
- A final paper highlighting the Johns Hopkins HPI experience and lessons learned
- Oral presentation of the student’s experience at the mandatory Johns Hopkins HPI Symposium at JHSPH in May. Symposium attendance includes course faculty, policymakers and other interested public health practitioners, students, and academicians
What is the selection process for the Johns Hopkins HPI?
Students are required to submit an online Johns Hopkins HPI application.
The student application deadline for the 2020-2021 academic year will be mid-September 2020.
After students submit an application, the Johns Hopkins HPI Review Committee will review the applications and select up to 3 legislators for each student to interview with (interviewing does not guarantee placement). After the interviews, the student informs the Johns Hopkins HPI Program Manager of the policymaker(s) that they would accept to intern with (and the policymaker informs the Johns Hopkins HPI Program Manager of the student(s) they wish to host). A couple of weeks later, students and policymakers are notified of placements. Students must be available from mid-September - early October 2020 for interviews (via phone or in person).
How Do I Find More Details Before Applying?
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more details.
How do I apply for the Johns Hopkins HPI Internship?
The application period for the 2020-2021 Johns Hopkins HPI program will open at the end of August and close mid-September. Information on how to apply will be sent out via email.