Public Policy Intern


JOB TITLE:                Public Policy Intern                             FLSA STATUS:        Non-Exempt

DEPARTMENT:         Government Affairs                             PREPARED DATE:   April 2024

REPORTS TO:           Senior Director, Government Affairs


The Public Policy Intern is responsible for conducting research and analysis, developing an overarching plan for a policy project, and creating written reports of research findings in support of WSHA’s Government Affairs team. The Public Policy Intern will evaluate and make policy recommendations on issues including, but not limited to payment, insurance, public assistance waivers, and complex discharge. The Government Affairs Intern reports to the Senior Director, Government Affairs and works closely with all members of the government affairs team.


  • Analyze, evaluate, and compare state and federal policies, regulations, and public assistance waivers to assist the Government Affairs team with developing policy options that impact WSHA members.
  • Prepare thorough and concise written materials for the government affairs team that informs WSHA’s response or position to potential policy solutions.
  • In support of the Government Affairs team, work with WSHA member hospitals and health care systems to understand needs, concerns, and viewpoints to help shape potential policy solutions.
  • Prepare and deliver oral presentations summarizing key elements of analysis to internal staff as appropriate.
  • Coordinate with and respond to research requests of internal WSHA leaders and staff as needed.
  • Actively participate in and support the Government Affairs team.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by members of the Government Affairs team.


This position contains no supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


Master-level students currently enrolled in an MHA, MBA, MPH, or MPP program.


  • Minimum of 1 year experience in project management (non-information technology).
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare persuasive reports and clear communications.
  • Excellent analytic, presentation and communication skills (oral and written, in a variety of formats and contexts).

Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to conceptualize, analyze and communicate complex policy issues.
  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as a team member.
  • Possess strong project management skills.
  • Maintains relationships on Government Affairs team that promote team collaboration and treat internal and external partners with courtesy and respect.
  • Maintains a high degree of professional excellence characterized by sound independent judgment, initiative, and a high standard of ethics.
  • Ability to successfully manage, prioritize, and maintain multiple ongoing projects and activities.
  • Ability to work efficiently and produce quality work in a fast-paced environment with firm, unexpected, and short-notice deadlines.
  • Comfortable giving and receiving feedback in a constructive manner to colleagues and supervisors

Computer Skills

Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Sharepoint required.  Proficiency with email required.


The physical demands and work environment described below represent the activities and surroundings of the positions.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work is typically performed in an office environment with a moderate noise level. The position requires working in an office environment with the usual office equipment, including copiers and computers. The employee is frequently required to talk and hear on the telephone and in person with individuals and groups. The employee is required to read and respond to documents in hard copy and electronic form. The position requires occasional travel within Washington State, as well as occasional travel to conferences or meetings out of state. On occasion, overnight travel is necessitated.


Contact Us

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

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206.283.6122 fax

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