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Government Relations Master's Internship

Location: Renton, WA Additional Locations:
Job Number: 841751 Date posted: 10/31/2019

Department Description

The Government Relations Department at Kaiser Permanente develops, analyzes, and advocates for policy proposals that enhance health care affordability, promote care delivery transformation, and improve the health and wellbeing of all Washingtonians. Our portfolio includes health insurer, provider, hospital, public health, and workforce development issues.

Our key responsibilities:
  • Inform: Ensure that our organization is aware of proposed policy and legislative actions at the local and state level that will impact Kaiser Permanente Washington as a health care organization.
  • Collaborate: Work with local and state legislators and stakeholder groups on specific issues affecting our business.
  • Advise: Advise on implications of local and state legislative activities and political climate.
Intern Project Description

The Intern will provide operational support to the government relations team, conduct research and analysis on health care policy topics, and lead special projects as necessary. Major responsibilities include:

  • Monitor key bills under review during the 2020 legislative session and update internal tracking tools for distribution to team members.
  • Support drafting of policy memos, factsheets, talking points, and testimony.
  • Research and analyze health policy topics.
Skills / Target Information
  • Masters in public health, public policy, or health administration preferred.
  • Experience in policy analysis, research, and communications.
  • Two (2) years of directly related experience, preferably in a legislative office, non-profit organization, trade association, think tank, or in health care industry

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Participate in and/or specifically manage elements of an assigned smaller project in support of organizational goals. This work may include project planning, developing goals & objectives, research, creating a work plan & decision criteria, project management, team facilitation and financial & market feasibility analysis.
  • Through study and research on internship field, may identify & provide input on process changes and improvements to enhance performance across projects.
  • Ensures all project requirements and/or objectives are properly documented.
  • May develop reports & recommendations and communicates plans via written & oral presentations to project sponsors and stakeholder groups.
  • May function as interface/liaison across organizational structures to facilitate coordinated strategies.
  • Basic Qualifications:
  • N/A
  • Education
  • Currently enrolled or has completed a master's or graduate level program in health, business administration, or law (juris doctorate).
  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.
  • License, Certification, Registration
  • N/A

    Additional Requirements:
  • Communication, project management, organizational and analytical skills.
  • Computer skills in a Windows environment, including Microsoft Office software.
  • Ability to take initiative in creating comprehensive leadership development plan.
  • Ability to handle high stress, multiple tasks, complex issues, conflicting demands and confidential information.

  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with the health care or health insurance industry.
    Primary Location: Washington,Renton,Renton Administration - Baker 1300 SW 27th St. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 15 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun Working Hours Start: Variable Working Hours End: Variable Job Schedule: Per Diem Job Type: Internship Employee Status: Temporary Employee Group/Union Affiliation: Non-Union, Non-Exempt Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: External Affairs / Relations Department: Government Relations Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

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