Brain Health Intern

Location: Washington DC or Chicago Area


UsAgainstAlzheimer’s (UsA2) is seeking creative and motivated individuals to intern for our Brain Health Partnership initiative. This is an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience while working at an innovative, impactful national non-profit.

Organization Description

UsA2 is an innovative nonprofit organization working to end Alzheimer’s. In 2018, we launched a project that aims to improve health outcomes by advancing brain health across the lifespan. (

Position Description

This is a unique opportunity to work with the project’s executive director and program team to learn about brain health, policy and advocacy, and the healthcare system. This internship is designed to be both educational and practical. In this position, you will learn how to apply what you have been learning in an educational setting advance a specific project. You will gain a better understanding of brain health, its relationship to dementia and Alzheimer’s, policy issues, communications strategies, and the current health system.

What you will learn and do:

  • Learn about brain health, public health, health policy, project management, communications and advocacy.
  • Learn about other organizations/stakeholders in public health and policy.
  • Assist with project management tracking, budgeting and reporting.
  • Develop presentations, draft talking points, fact sheets, summaries and other advocacy materials.
  • Research information needed for various tasks, for example, existing policy proposals, published science, clinical guidelines, or potential partners.
  • Assist with scheduling.
  • Participate in team calls and meetings.
  • Help with follow up on emails and meetings.

Qualifications and Characteristics:

  • Current or recent enrollment in a graduate or undergraduate degree program with an interest and aptitude to work in health policy, health care, advocacy, communications.
  • You are an optimist, you believe the world can be a better place and you want to be a part of something that makes a difference.
  • You can work independently, and thrive in an environment that has creative freedom and flexible schedules.
  • You are crazy organized, great at follow up, and like to come up with systems to manage information and plans that drive work processes. Spreadsheets and tracking systems make your heart pitter-patter.
  • You are a good writer. A really, really good writer.
  • You appreciate that sometimes making a difference means doing less glamorous but critical tasks such as cleaning up list, scheduling, building a spreadsheet and doing some math.
  • You LOVE technology. You know your way around powerpoint, excel, Google Apps, and social media tools.

Benefits include:

  • Affiliation with a dynamic and growing organization that that leading a major new national initiative with a broad range of influential stakeholders.
  • An opportunity to dig in and learn more about brain health, nonprofit management, policy and communications.
  • The opportunity to work directly with the Executive Director, who has broad and deep experience in marketing, communications, development, and influencer engagement.
  • A flexible, remote work schedule. Access to a co-working space when needed, freedom to work from home, your neighborhood coffee shop, the beach or your bathroom (please don’t Skype from your bathroom).
  • A stipend (commenserate with hours and qualifications).

This internship is unpaid (stipend available), however, UsA2 can help interns obtain college credit where available. The intern will receive necessary training and staff supervision. UsA2 requires interns to participate for a minimum of 15 hours/week for a minimum of 8 weeks, though longer internships are preferred.

Cover letters and resumes should be emailed to: Kelly O’Brien,