MACPAC Job Description: Policy and Research Internship
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The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) is seeking a full-time, one-year paid Policy and Research intern.  MACPAC internship positions are intellectually challenging and require individual initiative and an ability to monitor and report on current health policy events and issues related to Medicaid and CHIP.

About the Commission
MACPAC is a Congressional support agency that provides independent, nonpartisan policy and data analysis on payment, access and other issues affecting Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  MACPAC’s charge is to provide objective advice to the Congress on Medicaid and CHIP, the federal government’s largest programs providing health care coverage to low-income individuals.  More information about MACPAC and its authorizing language is available at

Position Summary
Policy and Research interns have knowledge of state and federal Medicaid and CHIP policy and program issues and assist with research projects on and information gathering for several Medicaid and CHIP policy issues to support Commission meetings and reports.  Policy and Research interns are expected to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment, balance multiple project responsibilities, and have exceptional oral and written communication skills.

Major Duties
  • Assist with quantitative or quality research projects on various Medicaid and CHIP topics, as directed;
  • Support staff teams with project planning for internal and extramural policy analysis and research;
  • Identify and compile information to support evaluations of Medicaid and CHIP policies and programs, policy options for consideration by the Commission, and staff presentations at regular Commission meetings;
  • Assist in preparing and fact-checking the analytic content for two annual reports to the Congress in March and June of each year as mandated in statute;
  • Coordinate with team members, as appropriate;
  • Assist in maintaining databases and compile statistical reports and data summaries, including graphics and tables that portray data, for use in policy analyses, research papers, briefings, and reports for senior staff;
  • Use spreadsheet and statistical software (e.g., Excel or SAS) to conduct statistical analyses, as applicable;
  • Assist in preparing analyses of relevant legislative and regulatory documents; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Professional requirements
  • Strong research and analytic skills;
  • Experience working on issues related to Medicaid and CHIP policy issues, which may include but is not limited to payment policies, access to care, health care quality, managed care issues, benefits and enrollment, Medicaid data systems, or Medicare-Medicaid dual eligible populations;
  • Experience in statistics, research methods, economics, health services research, or survey research;
  • Strong oral and written communications skills; and
  • Experience working for or with federal, state or local government (preferred).

Education Requirements
Completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in health policy, health services research, public policy, public health, public administration, statistics, economics, or other related field.

All applicants for Policy and Research Internships must be U.S. citizens (or have applied for U.S. citizenship and naturalization). 

A complete application package containing ALL required documents must be submitted via email to  Incomplete packages will not be considered.  A complete application package includes all items listed below.

1.    Cover letter that includes:
  • Your basic contact information: email address, telephone number, and home address;
  • Position Title: Policy and Research Intern;
  • Brief statement outlining your interest in working at MACPAC as a Policy and Research Intern;
  • Brief statement addressing your research skills, knowledge and experience with reviews of electronic and print information related to federal and state Medicaid and CHIP sources; and
  • Concise responses to the following questions:
    • What are your primary areas of interest in Medicaid and CHIP policy?
    • Are you proficient with using Microsoft Office Suite software applications?
    • Are you proficient with statistical software package (e.g. SAS, Stata, SPSS)?
    • How did you hear about this position?
    • Are you a United States Citizen, or have you applied for U.S. citizenship and naturalization? If applicable, include the date of citizenship if naturalized.

Please indicate if you have or ever had a Federal security clearance identify the level and dates held.  Employees at MACPAC are required to obtain a national security clearance. 

2.    Professional resume that includes:
  • Chronological work history starting with your most recent position and work experience;
  • Education (including Degrees, Majors, Minors, and dates attained or expected to complete); and
  • Honors, awards and/or special accomplishments.

3.    Copy of academic transcript

Other important information

After submitting your application package for this position you will receive an email confirming receipt of your application materials. Applications will be reviewed as received on a rolling basis or after the closing date. Applicants not selected for further consideration will be notified via email when the selection process for the current session has been completed.

Salary for the Policy and Research Intern position will be commensurate with educational level and experience. 

Please refer to for additional requirements and information regarding this opportunity.

MACPAC Administrator,
Apr 11, 2012, 2:07 PM