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ASN Society News - November 2015

ASN Public Policy Internship Program

Program Description: The ASN Public Policy Board is accepting applications for the third annual ASN Public Policy Internship Program for one fellow ASN member and one junior faculty member through December 11, 2015.

The fellow policy intern will serve on the ASN Public Policy Board for one year (2016) and the junior faculty member will serve on the ASN Public Policy Board for two years (2016 and 2017). Participation includes joining in all conference calls, in-person meetings, and advocacy days in Washington, DC.

The PPIP interns will be assigned a mentor who has several years of experience serving on the policy board to help answer questions, advise the intern on their policy-related articles or projects, and advance the intern's understanding of the effect of federal policy on ASN members and the patients they serve. In addition to serving on the policy board and participating in all related activities, interns will be expected to engage in the following activities, including:

  • Drafting comment letters on legislative and regulatory issues affecting nephrology
  • Building relationships with congressional delegations, in district and Washington, DC offices
  • Writing public policy-related articles
  • Developing expertise on policy issues of personal interest
  • Researching and making recommendations to the Public Policy Board regarding emerging policy issues
  • Helping craft ASN Public Policy Board recommendations to the ASN Council

Participation Expectations: The interns participate in monthly conference calls the fourth Monday of every month. In addition, they will:

  • Attend a three-day meeting of the Public Policy Board (April 20-22, 2016) and ASN Kidney Health Advocacy Day in Washington, DC
  • Join a meeting of the Public Policy Board at ASN Kidney Week 2016
  • Be available for occasional other interactions and to complete projects via email or phone as issues arise.

Eligibility and Duration of Internship (Fellow):

  • Must be an ASN member currently enrolled in a nephrology fellowship program, a post-doctoral program with a primary focus on nephrology-related research, or a PharmD program with a focus on nephrology.
  • Internship will last one year (January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016).

Eligibility and Duration of Internship (Junior Faculty):

  • Must be an ASN member who is within six years of completing a terminal degree (PhD, MD, MD-PhD, PharmD, etc.)
  • Internship will last two years (January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2017).

How to apply: Email the documents listed below to policy@asn-online.org no later than Friday, December 11, 2015.

  • Complete the appropriate application form:
  • Submit a 250 – 500 word statement of interest
  • Obtain a letter of support from your Division Director (all applicants)
  • Obtain a letter of support from your Training Program Director (fellow applicants only)

Applicants will be notified of the decision no later than Friday, December 18, 2015.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact ASN Associate Director of Policy and Government Affairs Rachel Meyer at 202-640-4659 or at rmeyer@asn-online.org.