Hiring Organization: US Department of Health and Human Services

Internship Title: HHS Innovation Internship Program

Industry: Government

Contact Name: Will Kim

Contact Email: william.kim@hhs.gov


About the hiring organization:
The HHS IDEA Lab within the Department of Health and Human Services is housed in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer. It is run in partnership with several innovative offices within the department and works on coming up with and implementing disruptive ideas that fundamentally alter and improve the way we do business at HHS.


Full internship description:

The HHS Innovation Internship Program invites students to experience a government internship unlike any other. The Department of Health of Human Services (HHS) impacts the health of all American people. Interns will help transform the way we work at HHS by bringing in new perspectives and the ability to get things done. Innovation Interns will be assigned project mentors and focus on primary and secondary projects, some of which they will see through from beginning to end. Generally, internships last 10 weeks (full time) during the summer and 14 weeks (part time) during the fall and spring semesters. Past projects have included designing Surgeon General campaigns, accelerating kidney innovation, using data to fight the opioid epidemic, and more. Apply now to see available projects.


Degree Type: Undergraduate, Graduate

Internship Requirements:
Students that will get the most out of this internship experience may have backgrounds in fields such as medicine, human services, health policy, public health, business, entrepreneurship, data, and design. We also utilize Agile, Lean Startup, and Design Thinking methodologies to perform most of our work. However, we understand the value of a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving so don’t let your background stop you from applying. The main characteristics we are looking for in an intern are a willingness to learn on the job and a passion to effect change in government.

Fall and Spring Innovation Interns will be able to maintain flexible work hours and the ability to work from their schools when needed.


Hiring Period: Fall, Spring, Summer

Location: 200 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20201

Approximate Hours per Week: 20

Compensation: Unpaid


Application Due Date: Rolling

How to Apply: Students can learn more about the program and apply by following: hhs.gov/idealab/hiip.