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         Johns Hopkins Health Policy Institute (HPI)

The Johns Hopkins HPI is a non-paid, for-credit graduate internship program.

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The Johns Hopkins HPI is a partnership with local, state, and federal policymakers in the MD/DC/VA area and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH).

The 2020-2021 program will be offered in partnership with legislators in the Maryland General Assembly, and will provide JHSPH graduate students with experience and insight in the application of public health policy theory and knowledge to Maryland state public health policy.

Internships are with policymakers/legislators and their staff and follow one of the following formats:

Health Policy Generalist InternHealth Policy Specialist Intern
Provide general legislative assistance to the legislator in topic areas as needed through the legislative session.                  Provide assistance in a specific legislative topic area of interest to the legislator (e.g. pharmaceutical pricing, access to mental health services, etc.)

Both generalist or specialist internships will offer students opportunities to participate in the legislative process through a range of activities, such as:​

  • Conduct literature reviews, background research, and examining policies of other cities/states
  • Develop policy briefs or position papers
  • Engage virtually with stakeholders
  • Compose or contribute to written and oral testimony
  • Draft or contribute to the development of legislation and subsequent bill amendments
  • Complete additional responsibilities as needed

**Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic the structure of the HPI has been reformatted for academic year 2020-2021**

Key Requirements of the Johns Hopkins HPI Internship

  • The Johns Hopkins HPI requires 6-8 hours per week spent working virtually with the policymaker’s office from Jan-April. Please note: if during the course of the internship on-site activities are allowed to resume, the policymaker and student must mutually decide how they wish to proceed in terms of any on-site activities. The student and site must remain in full compliance with current University guidelines on in-person interactions.
  • Commitment to complete both terms of the internship (3rd and 4th) as well as all required introductory activities
  • Attendance at the virtual Johns Hopkins HPI orientation 
  • Completion of required introductory sessions in November/December orienting students to the legislative process and the basics of legal research
  • HPI Internship Agreement Form completed and signed by the student and the policymaker, outlining internship goals and objectives
  • Attendance at once-a-term virtual check-in meetings with course faculty and other HPI interns (3rd & 4th term)
  • Student monthly update report due on the 15th of each month during the course of the internship
  • Final presentation on activities completed and lessons learned

*Required to attend all meetings. Additional meetings may be scheduled as needed.

Review Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the 2020-21 Cohort.

Review Past HPI Projects Here

Application for the  Health Policy Institute are currently closed. Please check back in Fall 2021 for information on the 2021-2022 program. 

If you are interested in participating in the Johns Hopkins HPI, please contact Paulani Mui ( or Beth Resnick (