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Government Affairs Internship

About the Physicians Committee

The Physicians Committee is leading a revolution in medicine—putting a new focus on health and compassion. The Physicians Committee combines the clout and expertise of more than 12,000 physicians with the dedicated actions of 150,000 members across the United States and around the world. Our efforts are dramatically changing the way doctors treat chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer.

By putting prevention over pills, doctors are empowering their patients to take control of their own health. And we are also building a new way of viewing research. Since 1985, the Physicians Committee has been working tirelessly for alternatives to the use of animals in medical education and research and advocating for more effective scientific methods. Our staff of physicians, dietitians, and scientists is working with policymakers, industry, the medical community, the media, and the public to create a better future for people and animals.

We invite you to visit our YouTube channel, our website, and Physicians Committee president Dr. Neal Barnard’s blog.

About this Internship Opportunity

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 Intern will work on nutrition campaigns such as reform to the National School Lunch Program, 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
  • Experience in or knowledge of nutrition or health policy preferred
  • 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 PCRM guest house near the 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 January 2015.

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

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


Congressional Briefing: The State of Nutrition on the School Lunch Tray

The State of Nutrition: Briefing Recap

The Healthy School Lunch Campaign

Education and Training (EAT) for Health Act (H.R. 4378)











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