Government Affairs Nutrition Internship

The Physicians Committee

Government Affairs Nutrition Internship

The Physicians Committee is a nonprofit organization working toward compassionate and effective medical practice, research, and health promotion. Since 1985, the Physicians Committee has led the way for reforms of federal nutrition policies, and our clinical research programs are breaking new ground in diabetes, cancer, and other serious medical conditions.

We have fought for an emphasis on prevention, higher ethical standards in research, and scientific advances in basic research and effective drug development. Over the years, we have taken on battles to end ethically questionable experiments involving children and inhumane animal experiments and have worked to improve science education. We have worked with physicians, federal regulators, politicians, researchers, educators, students, and concerned citizens. And we have so much more work to do.

The Physicians Committee Government Affairs Department works to advance plant-based nutrition in federal food programs and in nutrition education among health care professionals and to promote alternatives to the use of animals in testing, training, and research.

The Government Affairs Nutrition Intern will work on nutrition campaigns such as reform to the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Programs, legislation relating to increasing nutrition education among health care professionals, and the advancement of policies related to plant-based nutrition.

If you are a student or recent graduate who would like to have a real world impact with an organization at the forefront of public health and nutrition policy while increasing your knowledge and gaining advocacy and legislative skills, then consider applying for this unique opportunity.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct policy research.
  • Track legislation.
  • Draft advocacy materials.
  • Assist with grassroots organizing and coalition activities.
  • Assist with Capitol Hill briefings and visits.


  • Recently graduated from or currently enrolled in a Master’s degree program in nutrition, public policy, health or a related field preferred
  • Must have received or be currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree program.
  • Policy experience preferred with familiarity in nutrition or health policy.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Excellent oral communication skills.
  • Computer proficiency with MSOffice applications and database programs, with an emphasis on Word, Excel and PowerPoint; experience with online research tools.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and frequent deadlines.
  • Enthusiasm for Physician Committee’s mission to advance plant-based nutrition.

Terms: The Physicians Committee is located in the Metro-accessible Friendship Heights neighborhood in Washington, D.C. This unpaid volunteer internship is not available as employment. Free housing accommodations at the Physicians Committee guest house near the Physicians Committee office may be available if needed. The Physicians Committee will assist interns in obtaining course credit if applicable. All interns receive a full-day orientation at the start of their internship and ongoing support from their staff mentor. The ideal candidate will be able to intern at least 20 hours a week and commit at least three months to the internship. Start and end dates are flexible. The ideal start date will be in September, 2014.

How to apply: Click here to complete our online internship application. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis for the fall semester.

For more information, contact the Physicians Committee’s human resources department at