Association of American Medical College (2 positions)

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)


Washington, District of Columbia

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Preeti Iyer '20, Reinaldo Maristany '18, Noah Beattie-Moss '19, GJ Sevillano '19, Siddarth Anand '19, Andrew Li '19, Julia Song '18, Linda Song '18, Natalie Fahlberg '18

Organization Description
The AAMC serves and leads the academic medicine community to improve the health of all. The AAMC represents all 145 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 80 academic and scientific societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 148,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians. Through its many programs and services, the AAMC strengthens the world's most advanced medical care by supporting the entire spectrum of education, research, and patient care activities conducted by our member institutions.

The AAMC and our members are dedicated to the communities we serve and steadfast in our desire to earn and keep the public's trust for the role we play in improving the nation's health.

Each year, more than 16,000 students graduate with an M.D. degree from AAMC-member medical schools. Through residency programs and fellowships, these new physicians continue their education and prepare for diverse careers in patient care, teaching and research.  The AAMC works to ensure that the structure, content, and conduct of medical education meet the highest standards and keep pace with the changing needs of patients and the nation's health care system. AAMC resources assist the leadership, faculty and administrators of medical schools and teaching hospitals in accomplishing their educational missions. In addition, the AAMC operates a variety of programs and services that assist in the medical school and residency application processes.

America's teaching hospitals are the backbone of the nation's health care system. Millions of Americans turn to teaching hospitals for specialized surgeries, life-saving care, and complex treatments. They are where medical knowledge continuously evolves and new cures and treatments are found. They are where critical community services, such as trauma and burn centers, always stand ready. They are the training ground for more than 100,000 new physicians and other health professionals each year. And they are a vital part of America's safety net, providing care to millions of the nation's uninsured.

Comprising only five percent of all hospitals, AAMC members operate:

  • 47 percent of all organ transplant centers;
  • 71 percent of all level-one trauma centers;
  • 71 percent of all burn beds, and;
  • Provide 27 percent of all hospital charity care nationwide.

The vision of the AAMC and its members is a healthy nation and world in which:

  • America's system of medical education, through continual renewal and innovation, prepares physicians and scientists to meet the nation's evolving health needs.
  • The nation's medical students, biomedical graduate students, residents, fellows, faculty, and the health care workforce are diverse and culturally competent.
  • Advances in medical knowledge, therapies, and technologies prevent disease, alleviate suffering, and improve quality of life.
  • The nation's health system meets the needs of all.
  • Concern for compassion, quality, safety, efficacy, accountability, affordability, professionalism, and the public good guide the health care community.
  • Medical schools and teaching hospitals continually earn the trust and support of the public for their special missions.
  • The AAMC and our members are a dynamic force in realizing this vision

The Health Care Affairs and Scientific Affairs teams at the AAMC would benefit greatly from the enthusiasm, dedication, and hard work of PICS interns.

Internship Description 

Please note that you may apply to each of the following positions with a single PICS organization selection, however you must write a separate cover letter for each position for which you would like to be considered. Include all cover letters for this organization in ONE pdf document.

Position: Health Care Affairs (2 interns)
(Government / Health Policy / Medical Services)

Given the ever-changing health policy landscape and the passage of the health care reform law, the AAMC’s employees are working at full capacity. The AAMC’s Health Care Affairs team (a team of approximately 30 employees) would benefit greatly from a Princeton intern’s ability to research timely health policy issues, perform data analyses to support academic medicine's position in proposed regulations, attend and report on government hearings, and generally support the mission of the Association. The summer interns (including PICS interns the past five summers) the Health Care Affairs cluster has hosted in the past have been integral to the work of the Association, and the AAMC knows that the enthusiasm, dedication, and diligence of a Princeton student would help the Association to serve its members during the summer months.

The Princeton interns will be assigned to the AAMC’s Health Care Affairs team, a group that works on regulatory health policy issues and serves the Association’s teaching hospital and academic clinician constituents. The interns will be asked to complete research and writing projects to assist the Association’s full-time staff with their work on timely health policy issues and will be asked to attend and report on various government and association meetings and briefings. In the past, for example, interns have conducted research and written memoranda on healthcare innovations, international graduate medical education, and Medicare demonstration projects, attended and reported on meetings of the National Health Information Technology Policy Committee, helped to coordinate member responses to the annual Medicare inpatient regulation and other health reform related regulations, conducted data analyses regarding hospital bad debt, health professions shortage areas, and health information technology, and helped with shorter-term research requests.

For 2018, one of the interns will be assigned to the Clinical Transformation Unit to work on policy issues related to quality of patient care and/or alternative payment models.  The second intern will support the Health Care Affairs Data Analytics team and will have a greater focus on Medicare payment policy, workforce projections, and/or graduate medical education (residency) policy.  The work will involve some type of data analysis.

Position: Scientific Affairs (1 intern)
(Health Policy / Medical Services) 

The AAMC’s Scientific Affairs cluster is involved in shaping and helping our constituents manage a variety of research policy, funding, and operational issues that include federal policies on financial conflicts of interest in research, building capacity for research to reduce health disparities and healthcare inequity, federal funding of extramural research, technology transfer, developing and supporting principled relationships with industry, and documenting and sharing innovative research practices and organizational structures.

The Scientific Affairs staff would value having one student from Princeton to assist us in the summer on various scholarly projects that inform research policy initiatives and the promotion of research innovation at medical schools and teaching hospitals.

The Princeton interns will be assigned to work with and be mentored by a senior director in the AAMC Scientific Affairs cluster on one or two of the major priorities of the group. The interns will be asked to assist in the completion of one or more defined projects that involve directed research and the completion of a writing project. The interns also will be asked to help support the cluster by attending various government and association meetings and to prepare summaries to help inform Association staff and to provide a broader understanding of the research policy development process. Although the specific project or projects the interns will be asked to complete will depend in large part on the regulatory and fiscal environment affecting biomedical research at medical schools this summer, the interns’ work could include supporting initiatives related to health disparities and health equity, funding and business models for research, research on health care delivery, the regulation of research, or interactions between academic institutions and industry to advance discovery.

Internship Qualifications
Health Care Affairs: The AAMC’s Health Care Affairs cluster is seeking interns who have a strong interest in health policy, have excellent research skills (particularly web-based research), and are enthusiastic about the Association’s mission. The interns need not be planning to attend medical school; an interest in health and public policy is paramount, but no special consideration will be given for students in a pre- med curriculum. The AAMC expects the interns to be punctual, professional, motivated, enthusiastic, and willing to ask for help when needed. Strong writing skills, Microsoft Excel, and experience creating visual presentations are also a plus. Any programming experience is very helpful.

Scientific Affairs: The Scientific Affairs team seeks interns with an interest in federal research policy and in the Association’s missions. A career plan related to medicine or research is not necessary. The AAMC expects the interns to be punctual, professional, motivated, and willing to ask for help when needed. Strong writing skills and experience creating visual presentations are also a plus. Students who are interested in how research can address health disparities, how scientific research is funded and regulated, or how the research workforce is developed are encouraged to apply.

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm, one hour for lunch

Required Dates
June 1 - August 31, 2018

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement
Yes, Global Health Policy

Additional Info

A background check is required before the intern can be made an official offer.

In the past, students have been able to find housing throughout DC either on a sublet basis (through Craigslist or Air BNB, for example), or on university campuses (GW, American University, Georgetown Law Center).

Evaluation Excerpt

Though different departments were on different floors, it all felt like we were a part of one large team. A team that follows an organization mission to provide health equity for all.
—GJ  Sevillano '19

AAMC seemed to be a well-managed and organized team of people who in some form or another cared about supporting and improving our nation's healthcare. I think the people I had the pleasure to meet while at AAMC, along with their myriad backgrounds and skills, made my time their memorable and fun.
—Reinaldo Maristany '18

Overall, my experiences were very enriching and I gained a lot of insight into data analysis, working on an inter-disciplinary team, and cross-departmental effort within a large organization, and working towards a goal of service and improvement.
—Preeti Iyer '20

My best work experience was probably when I finished the final analysis for my project on community benefit tax reporting. We were hoping that the analysis would provide a refutation of a Politico article that had been published a few weeks earlier, and the results were almost exactly what we had expected. This will be the basis for an article being written that will be submitted to JAMA, with myself and the other PICS intern who worked on this project included as authors.
—Noah Beattie-Moss '19

To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program