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Healthcare Engagement Intern

Democracy Collaborative Internship Opportunity

Healthcare Engagement Intern

Location: Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C.

Application Deadline: December 14, 2018


Healthcare Engagement Internship

The Democracy Collaborative (TDC) is hiring for a DC-based, part-time (up to 20 hours per week), paid intern position to support the work of the Healthcare Anchor Network (HAN). The internship will focus on maintaining and analyzing a database related to tracking the impact healthcare institutions can have on the social and economic wellbeing of communities. The intern will work directly with the Healthcare Engagement team and will have the opportunity to participate in conference calls and webinars with mid- and senior management from healthcare institutions from around the country. For further details, please see the position description below.

The Deadline for applications is December 14, 2018. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.


Healthcare Anchor Network (HAN) Background:

HAN is a nationally recognized and growing collaboration of health systems seeking to improve health and wellbeing by addressing economic and racial inequities in the communities they serve by leveraging their institutional assets, such as hiring, procurement, and investment practices – this is referred to as adopting an anchor mission.

Since 2017, HAN has coordinated the work of the Building the Evidence Base (BeB) initiative group, which seeks to contribute to the body of evidence that highlights the importance of anchor strategies to the social and economic wellbeing of communities. The BeB initiative group has refined a core set of metrics and indicators to help assess the impact of these anchor strategies. Recently, HAN conducted, with the support of its member institutions, an initial data collection process to collect evidence of the impact of these strategies.


Internship Description:

Daily tasks will primarily support the work the Building the Evidence Base (BeB) initiative group of HAN. The intern will assess the anchor strategies data collected to date, modify, and maintain an online database to further evaluate the current impact of anchor mission strategies, and report any trends or insights that can help to inform data reporting moving forward. This will include inputting data into an online dashboard tool, organizing the database, supporting database users (i.e., health system partners), and preparing data reports to health systems.

Secondary tasks include providing administrative and operational support for the Healthcare Engagement team. This may include preparing printed reports and materials (including TDC’s Hospitals Aligned for Healthy Communities toolkit series) for dissemination, assisting with outreach efforts around healthcare engagement, adding content to the HAN website, and tracking news and events in the healthcare sector relevant to our work.


The intern may support other programmatic work of HAN as needs and interest arise. A list of responsibilities and tasks can be found below.


For more information about the Healthcare Anchor Network, please visit our website (


Responsibilities & Tasks:

    • Ideate and prepare confidential data reports on the anchor strategies that identify trends, outliers, or relevant insights both for the Healthcare Engagement team and for HAN members;
    • Support communications with HAN members regarding data collection updates, reports dissemination, and other tasks related to the BeB initiative group;
    • Assist in the development and maintenance of tools to help HAN members submit their anchor strategies data and accompanying documents, such as data sharing agreements;
    • Participate in conference calls, webinars, and/or in-person meetings with health system staff or other relevant stakeholders related to the BeB initiative group’s work;
    • Assist the Healthcare Engagement team with identifying metrics and indicators that capture the impact of the Healthcare Anchor Network;
    • Provide assistance as needed with administrative and operational support for the Healthcare Engagement team, including disseminating reports via mail to partners in the healthcare field, and updating and uploading content on the HAN website.


Required Qualifications:

    • Demonstrated interest in community economic development, health equity, economic democracy, and/or other social justice issues;
    • Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Excel, including the use of basic formulas and creation and formatting of moderately complex charts/graphs. Interest to learn more advanced features is a plus;
    • Holding or pursuing a bachelor’s degree in public affairs, economics, finance, business administration, public health, social sciences, or other related field.


Desired Qualifications:

    • Interest in impact evaluation and quantitative data analysis;
    • Familiarity with maintaining and updating databases. Any interest in/experience with website or software development is a plus;
    • Familiarity with basic website maintenance/content management systems (e.g. Wordpress or Weebly), or willingness to learn new systems.


The internship will last 4 months, with a start date of January 21, 2019 (with some flexibility to accommodate semester schedules). The internship requires an ability to commit to 15-20 hours/week working out of our Washington, DC office. The position will receive a $15 hourly stipend and will be considered an “independent contractor” position. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

If interested, please send a resume, cover letter, and a 1-4 page writing sample* to The Democracy Collaborative at Please include “Healthcare Engagement Internship” in the subject line.

*You may shorten longer writing samples for this purpose


The Democracy Collaborative is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to a diverse workplace. People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.