Association for Community Affiliated Plans

The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) is a national trade association representing 78 nonprofit safety net health plans, which collectively provide health coverage to more than 20 million people. ACAP’s mission Our mission is to strengthen not-for-profit Safety Net Health Plans in their work to improve the health and well-being of lower-income people and/or people with significant health needs. ACAP currently has 16 full-time staff and is located in downtown Washington, DC. Our activities fall into two general categories: advocating on behalf of our member health plans on a national level, and providing technical assistance to and facilitating learning between our member health plans. We have sponsored an internship program for many years, with part-time semester interns from area universities in the fall and spring and full-time summer interns (PICS and a fellowship partnership with LSU Medical School). Our CEO attended Princeton for graduate school and remains involved in the community, so our continued involvement in the PICS program is something very important to us.


Washington, DC

Internship Description

The intern will have the opportunity to become involved in all the work that ACAP does. Early in the summer, they will help support our preparations for our annual conference which will occur June 22 - 24 in Washington, DC. Conference preparations include developing and reviewing printed materials, developing questions for presenters, and helping with logistics during the conference. Throughout the summer, the intern will:

  • Help ACAP Vice Presidents prepare presentations (e.g. background research, developing slide decks) and take notes on conference calls during which health plans and experts share information
  • Track emerging and ongoing issues (e.g. State Medicaid Expansion Decisions)
  • Update and maintain ACAP website
  • Perform literature reviews on relevant topics (e.g. the impact of quality measurement on quality improvement and cost savings in the Medicaid program)
  • Help draft comment letters on regulation or other policy relevant to ACAP
  • Attend briefings and webinars on behalf of ACAP, and prepare written summaries for ACAP senior staff
  • Conduct ad hoc research as relevant (e.g. prepare summaries of bills, compare state policies on a certain issue, design and analyze surveys of our health plans on certain topics)
  • Conduct statistical analyses of raw data on health plan quality measure scores, health plan enrollment, etc.
  • Perform limited administrative work Working at ACAP, an intern can expect to be exposed to a wide variety of current health policy issues.

Additionally, interns will have the opportunity to meet and interact with the senior staff of our member health plans and other experts during our June conference. The contacts that interns will make both at ACAP and at other health policy organizations will serve them well as they look for opportunities after graduation - though small, ACAP is a respected voice in the Medicaid policy world and the opportunity to work closely with accomplished ACAP senior staff is incredibly valuable.

Please note: The week of June 22-24, 2022 we will host our annual meeting which includes longer days (early setup, evening receptions); otherwise no work will be required outside of the regular work schedule.

# of weeks

Required Dates

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Public Transportation



10 Flexible 9:00am 5:00pm Yes No In-person

Housing Information

Washington DC has a number of summer housing options - area universities like George Washington University rent out dorms for the summer, and many short-term sublets are available on Craigslist or via Facebook housing groups. ACAP is located downtown and close to metro stations and many bus routes, as well as Capital Bikeshare stations.

Internship Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following experience:

  • Strong interest in domestic health policy, particularly public programs including Medicaid, Medicare, and Marketplace health plans (and ideally some background knowledge of these programs, especially Medicaid)
  • Microsoft Office Suite skills (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Strong writing and editing ability, clear communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Strong organizational skills, and the willingness to adapt to ACAP's organizational and filing system

Additional or Preferred Qualifications

  • Basic HTML/web design knowledge, or willingness to learn
  • Analytic/statistical skills

Writing Sample Requirement

  • 3-5 pages preferably about health policy/public health

Special Requirements

  • COVID-19 Vaccination