Deadline: January 27, 2018



The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI) advocates for legal, regulatory, and policy reforms to improve the health of underserved populations, with a focus on the needs of low-income people living with chronic illnesses and disabilities.  CHLPI is a clinical teaching program of Harvard Law School and mentors students to become skilled, innovative, and thoughtful practitioners and leaders in health and public health law and policy.  Interns will be integrated into CHLPI’s ongoing projects, and may assist in:

  • Analyzing the potential impact of proposals to reform or replace the Affordable Care Act,
  • Providing law and policy analysis that informs state advocacy strategies to protect Medicaid, 
  • Developing a national litigation strategy for anti-discrimination and improved access, 
  • Implementing public health policies that target social determinants in order to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities, and
  • Investigating best practices for initiatives to increase access to treatment and service programs serving vulnerable populations.

Interns will produce written products and develop policy analysis, research, writing, and presentation skills.  The Program integrates formal assignments with informal opportunities to learn more about working in health law & policy and pursuing a public-interest career.


The Summer Internship Program runs from Monday, May 21 to Friday, July 27, 2018. (Flexibility is allowed pending prior approval.)  Interns will work at CHLPI’s offices in the Legal Services Center (122 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02130) for a maximum of 40 hours per week. 

All students are encouraged to apply for public interest fellowships or similar funding scholarships that may be available through their schools.  CHLPI will support accepted candidates with paperwork as needed from the sponsoring organization.  Additional support may be available through CHLPI for those unable to secure sufficient funding.

The program is open to all actively-enrolled law students, with a few slots potentially available to students enrolled in other graduate- and undergraduate-level programs.  Students should have a demonstrated interest in health law & policy. 

CHLPI is dedicated to mentoring a culturally-diverse generation of health advocates and encourages people of color, people with diverse abilities, immigrants, people living with chronic illness, and members of the LGBTQ community to apply.


Applications for the Internship Program will be considered on a rolling basis until January 27, 2018.  Applicants should complete this online form.   Applicants should then submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample as a single, consolidated PDF or word document to  (We encourage applicants to submit a policy or research paper as their writing sample, not a legal research memo or other document that was significantly edited by another person.)


Apply here!

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