NRHA Internships

NRHA offers unpaid internship opportunities year-round in its government affairs office in Washington, D.C., and headquarters in Leawood, Kan. 

Internship concentrations include rural health policy, advocacy, grants and program management, educational conference planning, association management/finances, and communications and marketing.

Internships can be tailored to meet student course requirements if students are interested in linking an internship with their coursework.

While we welcome interns year-round, NRHA does limit the number of interns it hosts at one time to ensure we offer our interns the best possible experience within our association. Typically, the D.C. office’s internship opportunities for the summer fill up first.


“I feel like I have grown considerably, both professionally and intellectually, during my internship with NRHA,” says past NRHA intern Bryant Conkling, a University of Iowa student.
 “I would recommend interning with NRHA to anyone interested in the field of public health. NRHA provides great opportunities for its interns to truly learn the ropes of how a nonprofit organization functions, encourages us to get involved with the ongoing projects and conferences affiliated with the organization, and also provides a great medium to network with officials from various health organizations,” says former NRHA intern Jeslin Jose, a Texas A&M University student.

Requirements to be considered for NRHA internships:

  1. Applicant’s CV or resume.
  2. List of applicant’s area(s) of interest:  General information to inform our leadership of the types of projects or topics an applicant is interested in pursuing and which NRHA staff members would be most appropriate for the intern to work with during the internship. This also allows our leadership to gauge whether NRHA is the right fit for the intern’s interest, especially during the timeframe the student would like to intern.
  3. Specific timeframe for the internship: When would the applicant be looking to intern? For a full semester in fall, spring or summer? For a month around a specific topic or NRHA event? Or some other situation that would work best for the applicant? NRHA internships vary in length, focus and structure. It is all dependent on the needs of the applicant and the availability of NRHA to meet those needs.

To apply or for more information on becoming an NRHA intern, contact Laura Hudson at 202-639-0550.