Career goal: Work in the fields of policy and law to improve the health of the population, particularly of those who are most vulnerable.
Internship outline: The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) is an organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls throughout the U.S. Some of the issue areas include employment, education and health. As the health policy intern, Kimberly assisted the team with their current initiatives, which largely revolve around helping to support a successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Two of her most significant projects throughout the summer were reviewing final federal regulations regarding Affordable Care Act provisions and analyzing data from the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey for NWLC’s upcoming edition of their HealthCare Report Card.
Value of experience: This internship connected perfectly to my interests and career goals. I was able to apply many of the skills I developed during my first year in a way that was relevant to current health policy and that benefited women and girls across the country. Additionally, as someone who is interested in going to law school, this internship demonstrated one way I could utilize both an M.P.H. and J.D. throughout my career.
Best moment/experience: My best set of experiences was when I was able to make visits to Capitol Hill. Going to various hearings, briefings, press conferences and advocacy events there gave me a direct feel for how policy is shaped at the national level.
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- Kimberly in the welcome lobby of the NWLC office.
- Listening to U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (in front of the podium), U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (to the right) and other congresswomen and advocates at the “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women & Families” press conference.
- Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd, addresses the press.
- One of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s offices in Washington.
- With other NWLC Health Team interns at the Capitol, waiting for the “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women & Families” press conference to begin.
- A public health message at the Capitol Pride Parade.
- A view of the Jefferson Memorial.
- At her desk, Kimberly works with SAS to produce data for NWLC’s Health Care Report Card.
- In front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
- The podium at the press conference for “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women & Families.”