U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - Office of Minority Health

Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored. This means that the funding for this internship is provided by two institutions at Harvard. The Primary Affiliation is with the IOP, and the Secondary Affiliation is with the HGHI. The primary institute will be the point of contact during the application and internship onboarding process, and applications for this placement will be processed by the IOP.

Please note the IOP's application instructions to ensure you meet all the requirements. The intern selected for this internship will have the benefits and obligations of an intern in both of programs.



2020 Intern Reflection: 

If you know you are interested in healthcare disparities, an internship with CMS Office of Minority Health is a great opportunity to find your niche within this field. The work you do is incredibly hands on and relevant to the office's mission to improve healthcare accessibility for minority communities. On an average day, I prepare policy briefs and reports for staff meetings and take occasional breaks for webinars. In my free time, I am encouraged to learn R, QGIS, and other data analytics tools to support COVID-19 related research. Although the virtual nature of this internship has created some barriers to meeting everyone in the office, I have found it easy to meet my coworkers through virtual coffee chats.

-Hafso Muse '22

2019 Intern Reflection:

An internship in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is incredibly rewarding, particularly due to the hands-on and substantive work. Between staff meetings, agency-wise listening sessions, and my independent work, I have learned more about American healthcare than ever before. The opportunity to observe the mechanisms by which policymakers and researchers prioritize certain public health concerns and implement initiatives creates a very practical learning environment. I work specifically in the Office of Minority Health, an office of just about 20 staff members. In addition to their admirable commitment to serve vulnerable populations, the office personnel are very kind and encouraging of my intellectual growth. As I work on three data reports for potential publication, they have provided me with comfortable independence yet sufficient assistance. With that being said, strong writing and basic research abilities are conducive to a successful internship. I spend most of the day writing my papers, taking breaks for conference calls, staff meetings and lunch. If nothing else, come for CMS’s surprisingly good cafeteria food. It never disappoints!

James Mathew '21


Baltimore, MD