Physicians for a National Health Program Summer Internship

PNHP is no longer accepting applications for summer 2016. Please contact the national office at to inquire about opportunities to intern for local PNHP chapters.


Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) is a single issue organization advocating a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health program. PNHP has more than 20,000 members and chapters across the United States. Since 1987, we've advocated for reform in the U.S. health care system. We educate physicians and other health professionals about the benefits of a single-payer system--including fewer administrative costs and affording health insurance for the 30 million Americans who have none.

Our members and physician activists work toward a single-payer national health program in their communities. PNHP performs ground breaking research on the health crisis and the need for fundamental reform, coordinates speakers and forums, participates in town hall meetings and debates, contributes scholarly articles to peer-reviewed medical journals, and appears regularly on national television and news programs advocating for a single-payer system.

PNHP is the only national physician organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to implementing a single-payer national health program.

Internship Description

PNHP is looking for one or two medical student summer interns committed to and enthusiastic about single payer health reform. We see an internship with primarily as an educational experience, with the expectation that the intern(s) will gain substantial skills in writing, speaking, and advocating for single-payer.

Intern(s) will work closely with the National Organizer, and spend approximately one third of their time reading and researching single payer topics, one third of their time assisting PNHP staff with outreach and programs, and the final third of their time developing and executing a project of their choice. Examples of appropriate projects might be: Developing and giving a presentation to a medical or community group on single payer, creating a start-up kit for new student chapters, or executing a social media campaign. Additionally, the intern(s) will be expected to attend regular weekly PNHP staff meetings monthly activist conference calls and occasionally take minutes. Intern(s) may be asked to contribute to other projects as needed.


The internship is best suited for medical students between year one and two, or students with a keen interest in health policy. Ideal candidates should have some familiarity with single payer, but no formal training or knowledge is necessary.


Applications should include a resume or CV and a short personal statement. Please send materials to Emily Henkels at (email only please). Interns will be selected in late March.


Stipend of $250/week for a full-time schedule (40 hours per week) or $125/week for a part-time schedule (20 hours per week). Internships may last from four to eight weeks (full-time), or eight to ten weeks part-time, depending on the intern’s availability and organizational capacity. Start/end times are flexible for summer 2015. Intern must be located in Chicago for duration of internship.

Deadline for applications is February 20th at 11:59pm. For more information, please contact Emily Henkels at