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NACCHO’s vision is health, equity, and security for all people in their communities through public health policies and services. NACCHO’s mission is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local health departments in order to ensure the conditions that promote health and equity, combat disease, and improve the quality and length of all lives.

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Government Affairs Intern

Be a part of a dynamic team whose work enriches the health of communities by strengthening city and county health departments. At the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), we are united by our work to improve our country's over 3,000 U.S. local health departments. We represent the voice of local public health while striving to live out our core values of equity, excellence, participation, respect, integrity, leadership, science, and innovation. We provide our employees with meaningful work, opportunities to learn and grow, a strong work/life balance, and a flexible, hybrid work schedule while being a part of a collaborative team.

NACCHO has an opening for a Government Affairs Intern for summer 2024, beginning in early June with flexibility to meet a selected candidate’s availability. The Government Affairs Intern will support the Government Affairs team with an overall goal of achieving results in advancing NACCHO’s legislative and policy priorities. The Intern will have an opportunity to learn about federal policymaking, government affairs, and grassroots advocacy across a range of public health issues important to NACCHO’s members.


  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments; completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Initiative - Volunteers readily; seeks increased responsibilities; asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Communication - Ability to communicate well with others both written and verbally; synthesizes information well.
  • Teamwork – Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work as a team.
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.


The Government Affairs Intern will be responsible for supporting the functions of NACCHO’s Government Affairs team. Work duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Contributing to, formatting, and disseminating electronic newsletters.
  • Drafting letters, testimony, and other communications to Members of Congress.
  • Attending and reporting on congressional briefings and hearings.
  • Summarizing and developing information for internal and external dissemination (e.g. NACCHO publications, electronic newsletters, and websites).
  • Reviewing, editing, and developing advocacy materials for NACCHO members.
  • Conducting legislative and policy research.
  • Support GA team in advancing policy priorities through various tasks including, but not limited to, data entry and submission, meeting preparation, and initiative tracking.


  • Master’s student in public health, health education, public policy or related field preferred but not required.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Interest in learning about non-profit advocacy and government affairs.
  • Knowledge of office practices, procedures, and equipment.
  • Familiarity with public health practice and policy, and/or federal policymaking a plus.


Hours are negotiable and flexible between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:30 pm, for at least 20 hours per week. NACCHO has a hybrid work environment and days/hours in-office are flexible. Ideally, the Intern can be in-office at least one day per week.


The internship is unpaid. NACCHO will work with the Intern to facilitate academic credit.


Interested candidates should apply via NACCHO’s website and include a cover letter, resume and brief (1-3 page) writing sample. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

At NACCHO, our commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action seeks to ensure a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. We respect and value work force diversity among all employees and all those with whom we do business

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