Health Law Internship

Are you interested in a Health Law Internship? Would you like to work with a group of dynamic, dedicated, passionate people?  If this sounds like something you would like to be part of, we want to talk to you about an opportunity at WSHA – the Washington State Hospital Association.

The Washington State Hospital Association is the trade association for all of Washington State’s 108 hospitals. WSHA’s mission is that it, “advocates for and provides value to members in achieving their missions.” It does this through:

  • Advocacy and government affairs work, representing hospitals in all three branches of state government as well as at the federal levels.
  • Its nationally recognized quality and safety program, helping hospitals not only in Washington, but also Oregon and Alaska, make clinical care improvements that result in better care outcomes for patients.
  • A robust data analytics program, that helps hospitals, policy makers, and others understand how interventions are driving care improvements and the financial impact hospitals have on their communities.

WSHA has been in existence for over 80 years and continues to grow and evolve as the needs of Washington residents and our member hospitals change.  We are in beautiful downtown Seattle, surrounded by wonderful views of Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains with easy access to transit, rail or parking.

We are currently looking for a part time Health Law Intern and we look forward to hearing from interested candidates. Under the direction of our Associate General Counsel, this intern will support a range of legal work at the association with an emphasis on emerging state law and policy, quality and safety work, and developing and updating key educational material for hospitals and health systems.

Examples of possible projects include:

  • Research proposed state privacy laws and their impact on hospitals
  • Draft new sections of a guide for hospitals and law enforcement officials
  • Create a diagram on new hospital reporting requirements
  • Write a memo about how certain types of quality improvement information are treated under federal and state law

Our work environment is fast-paced, and our staff is highly dedicated to helping member hospitals achieve their missions of serving their communities. Staff are committed to the development and support of students who are learning their chosen profession. We have high expectations for quality work product and excellent communication skills. We are looking for someone who can strike a balance between receiving guidance from senior staff and self-directed work. The right candidate will pursue angles of an issue necessary to ensure understanding while also moving projects efficiently to completion.

While hours are flexible, we would like the intern to commit to about 20 hours of work each week, with one to two whole or partial days present in our office. WSHA is located in the heart of downtown Seattle’s business district with easy access to transit.

Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • At the direction and under the guidance and support of the Associate General Counsel produce efficient, accurate and concise legal and policy analysis on issues impacting member hospitals or WSHA.
  • Develop a working knowledge of legal issues impacting hospitals.
  • Participate in meetings or activities with WSHA attorneys or other team members as necessary to produce requested work product or to stay abreast of assigned legal issues.
  • Contribute to the development of educational materials and presentations for member hospitals regarding their obligations under critical/relevant state laws, and in implementing new laws. This could include charity care, certificate of need, peer review and other topics.
  • At the direction and under the guidance and support of the Associate General Counsel, provide assistance to the Government Affairs team, Safety and Quality team or other WSHA departments. This may involve reviewing and preparing a response on proposed federal or state laws or regulations and agency guidelines.
  • As directed by the Associate General Counsel present information to internal WSHA audiences and as appropriate and as opportunities allow external audiences involving member hospital representatives.
  • As directed by the Associate General Counsel participate in the support of WSHA committees, workgroups, and task forces.
  • Develop relationships with key WSHA staff necessary to advance projects and priority work.
  • As directed, interact with and support the work of Assistant Director of Compliance and Contracts promote compliance work and meet the contracting needs of the association.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree required; current status as a law student strongly preferred with a preference for students who are second year and above. Demonstrated interest in health law based on course selection or work or volunteer experiences preferred. Experience working in a health field or health law or policy preferred; government affairs experience a plus.


  • Ability to conceptualize, analyze, and communicate complex legal issues
  • Emerging knowledge of health law as it affects hospitals and health systems and understanding of the dynamics of health care reform
  • Emerging understanding of Washington State health care and hospitals, awareness of current news and issues affecting the health care community
  • Maintain a high degree of confidentiality on matters demanding sensitivity
  • Maintain a high degree of coordination and mutual support with team members
  • Ability to persuade and influence others by providing credible information and arguments and connecting easily to those from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member who interacts well with all levels of internal staff and a limited number of outside clients/customers
  • Ability to provide legal perspectives to members of the WSHA team
  • Knowledge of political organizations and processes at the federal, state and local levels
  • Excellent project development, planning and management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Curiosity, inventiveness and ability to generate ideas independently
  • Comfortable giving and receiving feedback in a constructive manner to colleagues and supervisors

If you have the experience, skills and abilities listed above, feel that you would be a good fit for this position and would like to be part of this exceptional organization, for immediate consideration please apply through our career center at the following link:

No calls please. WSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Contact Us

Washington State Hospital Association
999 Third Avenue
Suite 1400
Seattle, WA 98104

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206.281.7211 phone
206.283.6122 fax

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