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ASN Society News - November 2016

ASN Public Policy Internship Program

Program Description: The ASN Policy and Advocacy Committee is accepting applications for the 2017 ASN Public Policy Internship Program for one fellow ASN member and one junior faculty member through December 30, 2016.

The fellow policy intern will serve on the ASN Policy and Advocacy Committee for one year (2017), and the junior faculty member will serve on the ASN Policy and Advocacy Committee for two years (2017 and 2018). Participation includes joining all conference calls, in-person meetings, and advocacy days in Washington, DC (dates below).

The interns will be assigned a mentor, who has several years of experience serving on the policy committee, 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 committee and participating in all related activities, interns will be expected to engage in additional activities, including:

  • Assessing legislative policy issues affecting nephrology health professionals and scientists and patients with kidney disease
  • 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 Policy and Advocacy Committee regarding emerging policy issues
  • Helping craft ASN Policy and Advocacy Committee recommendations to the ASN Council

Participation Expectations: The interns participate in a one-hour Policy and Advocacy Committee conference call on the fourth Monday of every month from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET.

In addition, they will:

  • Attend in-person advocacy days and meetings in Washington, DC:
    • Kidney Health Advocacy Day and ASN Policy and Advocacy Committee meeting (3 days, week of March 27)
    • Kidney Research Advocacy Day (2 days, early June)
    • Kidney Community Advocacy Day (2 days, late September)
  • Join a meeting of the Policy and Advocacy Committee at ASN Kidney Week
  • Have some availability each month for occasional other interactions and complete projects via email or phone as needed

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, 2017 – December 31, 2017).

Eligibility and Duration of Internship (Junior Faculty):

  • Must be an ASN member who is within six years of completion of nephrology fellowship, post-doctoral program, or PharmD program.
  • Internship will last two years (January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018).

How to apply: Email the documents listed below to policy@asn-online.org no later than Friday, December 30, 2016.

  • 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, January 13, 2017.

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