Positions, Internships, and Fellowships

We have the following openings:

Assistant to the President

This is your opportunity to get involved in communicating to the public about health policy, keep a small nonprofit running smoothly, work with healthcare and health policy experts, and directly help provide accurate information about COVID-19 and other health issues to the public.

Although we are currently working remotely, the National Center for Health Research is a small nonprofit located in Farragut Square just a few blocks from the White House, and this position will no longer be remote when the pandemic is over. Our largest program is our Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund. We need a smart, dedicated, multi-tasking professional who wants to make a difference on a national and personal level.

The position involves traditional nonprofit office work, as well as writing articles for our website, managing our social media, supervising interns, and working with other staff to respond to requests for evidence-based healthcare information.

The successful candidate will have outstanding written and oral communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, be very detail-oriented, have a good sense of humor, and the desire to do work that will benefit others.

This position is full-time, and requires a college degree and some office experience. Must be able to make at least a 1-year commitment and be available to work in Washington, DC when we return to the office (hopefully within a few months). Excellent benefits and opportunity for advancement.

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to info@center4research.org and list “Assistant to the President” in the subject line.

Starting salary: $30,000.00 to $40,000.00/year depending on experience and qualifications.

Health Policy Associate

The National Center for Health Research (NCHR) is seeking a Health Policy Associate to focus on a range of health policy issues that affect the quality and affordability of medical care. NCHR is a small, private nonprofit think tank located in Washington, D.C. This individual will report to the Health Policy Director, focusing on the safety and effectiveness of drugs, biologics, and medical devices, especially pertaining to FDA standards and policies. Responsibilities include interacting with legislative offices in the Senate and House of Representatives, conducting research related to federal policies, and helping respond to requests from Members of Congress. The Health Policy Associate  will also be responsible for drafting oversight letters, research summaries, and other policy products, as well as other duties as assigned. As an integral part of NCHR’s health policy team, the successful candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task. The ideal candidate is a team-oriented problem solver who consistently exercises excellent judgment and can also work independently when necessary. Graduate degree in health policy or related field is required. Demonstrated experience in relevant policy issues is preferred. Prior experience working on or with Capitol Hill is a plus, but not required.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to info@center4research.org. For more information about our Center, see www.center4research.org and www.stopcancerfund.org. For more information about our policy work, see the policy and media sections of those websites. This will be an in-person position (it is currently hybrid) in Washington, DC.


Fellow (PhD, MD, MPH, or ABD):

Terrific opportunity for someone with a PhD, MD, MPH or similar graduate degree who recently completed their degree or post-doc or wants to move into the policy arena. Learn first-hand about the Washington policy scene by gaining hands-on experience with federal agencies!

We are seeking an experienced professional with expertise in quantitative research who can interpret and “translate” research findings into compelling and persuasive information for the public, policy makers, and potential funders.  A doctorate or ABD in epidemiology/public health, medicine, psychology, or a closely related field is required.  Excellent understanding of public health statistics and oral as well as written communication skills are also required.  Grant-writing skills are a plus. $50,000/year plus benefits for full-time work (must be 32 or 40 hours per week).  Must be willing to commit for 6 months or 12 months, and will be eligible for promotion.  Our office is a few blocks from the White House.

Apply now for a Fellowship beginning in early 2020.  Send a resume and cover letter to info@center4research.org. For more information about our Center, see www.center4research.org and www.stopcancerfund.org. For more information about our policy work, see the policy and media sections of those websites.  Include your available starting date and numbers of hours per week in your cover letter. Please note: this is not a telecommuting position.

No calls please.


Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall Internships are available for undergraduate or graduate students and recent graduates, as well as professionals on sabbatical or making a career change. They must be available at least 24 hours/wk for at least 3 months. Most summer internships are at least 32 hrs/week.

Interns and fellows are usually not paid but are given a transportation subsidy to defray the costs of commuting to our office in Washington, DC, near the White House.

As an intern or fellow at the Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund, you will learn to do one or more of the following:

  • Scrutinize research and translate findings into easy to understand, user-friendly articles on cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and disease management.
  • Work with coalitions and coordinate with cancer service providers, researchers, and advocates both nationally and locally in Washington, D.C.
  • Educate opinion leaders and policy makers on issues relating to cancer prevention and treatment.
  • Prepare press releases and other media materials to ensure the timely and accurate dissemination of information about cancer prevention and treatment and health policies.
  • Manage social media to raise awareness about cancer prevention and treatment.
  • Assist with all aspects of our Annual Foremother and Health Hero Awards luncheon at the historic Mayflower Hotel
  • Assist with fundraising to help prevent cancer and help patients find the best treatments
  • Research answers to questions sent to us through our Health Hotline.

In addition to assisting staff, interns may be permitted to develop and carry out their own projects, provided they further the Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund’s mission.

Most CPTF internships are unpaid, with a small public transportation stipend.  However, in Fall 2018, we are accepting applications for the Janice Bilden Cancer Prevention internship:  This internship is limited to a graduate student or young professional with a graduate degree.  This intern will focus on reviewing new studies and updating our web articles to reflect the latest research on cancer prevention, including diet, exercise, and other health habits as well as avoiding dangerous exposures. Stipend is $500/month for 3-6 months.  For more information about our internships and application procedure, see http://www.center4research.org/about-us/jobs-fellowships-internships-volunteers/

If you’re interested in an internship, please send a resume and cover letter describing the dates and time commitment (hrs/week) you are available to info@stopcancerfund.org. As with most non-profits, internship stipends are rarely available, so please describe any financial requirements.