Careers and Internships

Career opportunities

Among the reasons current employees love working at HPIO are:   

  • “Our collaborative work environment: we don’t operate in a bubble, and we are all ready to jump in and help each other with whatever it is we are doing.”
  • “No two days are exactly the same at HPIO and we’re always working on new topics and collaborating with new partners.”
  • “(You have) the ability to have your voice heard. Every member of HPIO’s staff can have a say in the work we do.”
  • “Working with a small team of dedicated individuals who want to put out the very best products and work together to achieve goals is wonderful. Everyone is very accountable for their work which makes every project a success.”
  • “HPIO tries to provide as much flexibility to employees as possible (for example, through a hybrid remote work environment, with generous paid family leave, etc.).”
  • “Throughout the year there are several planned and impromptu events that allow staff to come together and have fun with each other or with our families.”

Internship opportunities

HPIO offers part-time, paid ($15/hour) internship opportunities to students who are interested in health policy and who want to learn more about Ohio’s healthcare and public health systems and the various factors that influence health and healthcare spending. An internship at HPIO allows students to gain substantive knowledge of health policy issues and a greater understanding of the health policy landscape, both in Ohio and nationally. 

Interns assist the HPIO policy team by conducting research, analyzing and compiling data, and writing, reviewing and editing draft publications. Interns are also encouraged to attend internal staff meetings, board meetings, educational forums, as well as legislative or state agency committee meetings. 

HPIO encourages candidates to apply who are people of color, LGBTQ+, have experience living in rural areas and/or poverty, have a disability and are from nontraditional educational backgrounds. 

Qualifications and requirements for interns

HPIO’s internship program is open to applicants from all academic programs. Graduate students are preferred; however, undergraduate students are welcome to apply. It is also recommended that, when possible, applicants combine an HPIO internship with their academic program requirements.

  • Applicant must be a student at the time of the internship
  • Internships require a commitment of at least 4-5 months
  • HPIO prefers interns work 15-20 hours a week, distributed over 3 days during HPIO’s normal business hours

Fall: intern positions typically start in August and run through December

Spring: intern positions typically start in January and run through May

Apply for an HPIO internship

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and the contact information for three references to, and indicate the academic semester in which you are interested, with subject line “HPIO Internship.”

Application deadlines: 

Fall: application materials are due by July 21

Spring: application materials are due by November 30

HPIO is committed to diversity

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio ensures equal employment opportunity in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code 125.111 and all applicable federal regulations and guidelines. For more information on our Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy, click here.

HPIO is committed to promoting a healthy work environment

  • Healthy food policy to promote healthy food and beverages at meetings and events
  • Employee wellness benefit (all employees are eligible for reimbursement of some wellness-related personal expenses)
  • Office furniture to promote activity (standing desks)
  • Bike parking on site

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