Graudate Intern - Center for Health Policy and Programs, Drug Policy & Criminal Justice Reform


Center for Health Policy and Programs


At The New York Academy of Medicine, we are dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of people living in cities. We do this through our Institute for Urban Health, home of interdisciplinary research, evaluation, policy, and program initiatives; our world class historical library of medicine and public health and its active programming in history, the humanities, and the arts; and our Fellows a network of more than 2,000 experts elected by their peers from across the professions affecting health.

We approach our current priorities of healthy aging, disease prevention, and eliminating health disparities—all critical issues of our time—with a deep and long-standing commitment to understanding the complex factors that determine health in cities.

Since our founding in 1847, the Academy has a legacy of over 160 years of pioneering progress in urban health—making a lasting impact on health in New York City and beyond.

The Center for Health Policy and Programs provides evidence-based guidance to public and private sector leaders to help shape policies and programs that promote long, active, healthy lives and healthy communities through various activities including, but not limited to: research, stakeholder convenings, technical assistance, participatory planning, coalition-building and expert testimony. The Center collaborates with all the various work units within the Academy to lend its expertise towards achieving the Academy’s goals in its current priority areas.  

Duties and Responsibilities

The Graduate Intern will assist with key projects in the Drug Policy & Criminal Justice Reform Unit in the Center for Health Policy and Programs. S/he will also have the opportunity to learn about a range of health policy issues with a focus on public health approaches to drug use in New York.

Students will have the opportunity to tailor involvement in projects in the unit based on his/her interests and experience. This could include:

  • Assisting in data collection through interviews, focus groups, or surveys
  • Refining educational materials for community or stakeholder education and consultation
  • Participating in community or stakeholder consultations
  • Qualitative or quantitative data analysis
  • Conducting and reporting findings from literature reviews
  • Working with other staff to prepare policy briefings and other materials for diverse audiences, including public policy decision-makers, media, advocates, and lobbyists. 
  • Representing the Academy  at meetings of other advocacy groups or coalitions


  • Interest in and understanding of public health and health policy issues facing vulnerable populations
  • Experience in qualitative or quantitative research methods
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to work independently and meet scheduled deadlines
  • Experience with one of the following issues preferred: drug policy, harm reduction or health issues facing people who use drugs


Pursuing graduate degree in public health, public policy, public administration, social work, or a related field.


This position is unpaid; school credit and flexible hours may be available.

To Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to mcalvo@nyam.org. Please include "Graudate Intern" in the subject line.


The New York Academy of Medicine is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.