Graduate internships at CHBRP
CHBRP is not offering summer 2024 internships. Please check back in the fall of 2024 to learn of opportunities in 2025.
The California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP) is a neutral source of independent, evidence-based health policy analysis that leverages the expertise of UC faculty and researchers, actuarial consultants, and a National Advisory Council. The program is led and coordinated by a dynamic team, located within the University of California, Berkeley. CHBRP responds to requests from the State Legislature to provide analysis of the medical, financial, and public health impacts of proposed health insurance benefit mandates and repeals, as well as other health insurance-related legislation.
CHBRP regularly offers a paid, full-time graduate student internship, generally from June through August, and periodically hires students on a part-time basis during the Fall and Spring semesters. Interns become an integral part of the CHBRP team and assist with various projects and tasks. Each intern has the opportunity to complete a substantive individual project, while also getting exposure to, and participating in several other aspects of CHBRP’s multi-faceted work. Interns will also attend meetings with important stakeholders in California’s health policy arena, which provides valuable learning and networking opportunities. We encourage you to read below to learn about the experiences of our past interns.
Sample Graduate Internship Timeline
CHBRP provides a well-rounded engaging internship experience that combines independent work, group work with fellow interns and staff, and a focus on professional development and growth. Past interns have enjoyed broad exposure to career opportunities within health and public policy. Interns gain:
- Enhanced understanding of health policy and California’s health insurance regulatory environment
- Improved writing and communications skills
- Professional development and mentorship
- Exposure to various career paths and opportunities in health/public policy, research, and policy analysis
Under the supervision of CHBRP staff, the graduate health policy intern will:
- Produce an independent brief or other material on a health policy or public health topic
- Track the progress of California state bills CHBRP has analyzed and attend legislative hearings with CHBRP analysts
- Help analyze and review regulatory developments
- Assist staff in preparing agendas and taking minutes at CHBRP’s annual external stakeholder meetings (e.g., state agencies, legislature, trade groups, health plans, consumer groups)
- Collaborate with fellow interns and staff (and potential, faculty) on group projects
- Other duties, as assigned
- BA/BS with major in a related field
- Interest in and enthusiasm to learn about public policy and analysis
- Ability to interpret essential information from reports and/or policy briefs
- Strong writing skills and ability to prioritize multiple tasks and adhere to deadlines
- Candidate for master’s degree (or doctorate) in public health, public policy, or other related field
- Familiarity with health policy/health services research and analysis
- UC status strongly preferred
- Strong problem-solving and communication skills
Intern experiences at CHBRP
All interested parties who believe they have scientific evidence relevant to CHBRP's analysis of proposed health insurance benefit mandates as described in CHBRP's authorizing statute are encouraged to provide that information to CHBRP's staff. In order for CHBRP to meet its statutory 60-day deadline for its analyses, however, it must receive this information within 14 days of announcing a legislative request on this website at Recent Legislative Requests.
This page will indicate the exact date by which all such evidence must be received to be included in CHBRP's analysis. Instructions for submitting evidence to be considered as part of CHBRP's analysis are provided below: