Internships & Fellowships

Susan Blumenthal at White House Rose Garden

Purple Stethoscope


Dr. Susan Blumenthal cares deeply about encouraging young people to pursue careers in science and health. She is a treasured mentor for the many young people that she takes on as fellows, each of whom is inducted into her Society of the Purple Stethoscope, the color of the medical instrument that she used as a medical student. Her fellows go on to assume diverse leadership roles as physicians, government officials, scientists, and public health experts, taking their own purple stethoscopes with them as a reminder of their work with “Dr. B”.


New America Foundation

Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Organization Description:

This position is located in the Office of Former Assistant Surgeon General of the United States, Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A (ret.). Dr. Blumenthal currently serves as a Senior Fellow in the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation (NAF) where she focuses on health care reform implementation, women’s health, obesity prevention, food insecurity and global health issues. The Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation is committed to achieving a high quality, coordinated, and economically sustainable health care system.  The program aims not only to discover best practices in medicine and health promotion, but also to communicate these practices to the broadest possible audience, including policy makers, health care professionals, and especially consumers of health care, through scholarly work, convening workshops, briefings, and conferences as well as with original journalism.

The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the challenges and opportunities facing the United States. The foundation’s mission is animated by the American ideal that each generation will live better than the last. That ideal is today under strain. Our education and health care systems are struggling with problems of quality, cost and access. The country requires creative means to address its fiscal challenges and pay for needed public, social and environmental investments. Abroad, the United States has yet to fashion sustainable foreign and defense policies that will protect its citizens and interests in a rapidly integrating world

An internationally recognized health expert and leader, Rear Admiral Susan J. Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A. (ret.) served as U.S. Assistant Surgeon General, the first Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women’s Health and Senior Science, Medical, and Global Health Advisor in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and as a Senior Public Health Advisor to the White House. As a leading advocate, policymaker, and national spokesperson on critical health issues facing America and the world, Admiral Blumenthal has been named by the New York Times, the National Library of Medicine, and the Medical Herald as one of the most influential and important women in medicine. She has received honorary doctorates, bee decorated with the highest medals of the US Public Health Service, and named a Rock Star of Science for her pioneering contributions to improving health in our nation and globally.


Position Title:

Health Policy Intern or Fellow

Internship and Fellowship Description:

In this position, the health policy intern or fellow will work closely with Rear Admiral Blumenthal (ret.) on issues including national health policy and reform implementation under the Affordable Care At of 2010, global health, women’s health, the application of health information technology, obesity prevention, food insecurity, global health issues including HIV/AIDS and other important health concerns. 

Interns must be currently enrolled in a college or university. Fellows must have an undergraduate degree or are enrolled in a graduate or medical degree program.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • A unique opportunity to contribute to the New America Foundation’s Health Policy Program that is framing health policy recommendations for the Administration, Congress and the American public to address critical health challenges and opportunities facing the United States and the world. Health policy interns and fellows will help organize briefing sessions of leading experts from medicine, public health, business, and government to inform the health policy agenda of our nation. 
  • Provide research and administrative support to the New America Foundation’s Health Policy Program and contribute to its activities and reports
  • Contribute to the fight to end HIV/AIDS
  • Assist in the development and implementation of health policy initiatives and programs, including:
  • Conduct research on national and global health and emerging health issues (e.g. pandemic flu, obesity, women’s health, health disparities, disease prevention, mental health, bioterrorism)
  • Help organize and attend meetings and conferences with Federal agencies, public health officials, leaders in the health care field, consumer organizations, and international groups
  • Attend Congressional hearings and national organization briefings
  • Apply organizational and writing skills to the development and implementation of national and global public health programs and initiative
  • Update a health website, write blogs, use social media, and identify new information resources
  • Assist in the development and writing of memos, letters, reports, speeches, and slide presentations
  • Assist in the preparation of scientific and health policy papers and news articles for publication and where appropriate, serve as a co-author
  • Gather current health and legislative information and data
  • Assist in preparing for news interviews on national and global health issues

This internship and fellowship may also include a number of special exposures to Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Government such as visits to the White House, U.S. Capitol, Embassies, Federal agencies and national health organizations.

Qualifications Required:

Applicants must have excellent writing skills, a background in health and science and experience in internet research as well as word processing skills and PowerPoint experience.

Geographic Location:

Washington, D.C.

This internship and fellowship can be full or part-time.

This internship and fellowship is usually not compensated.

Internships and fellowships are available year round.

No deadline for application.

What do students need to do to apply?

Please send a resume with relevant coursework, a description of exposures to public health and medicine, SAT and/or MCAT scores, and GPA along with a writing sample and brief description of your interest in the job to


For more information, please call Dr. Blumenthal at (301) 437-8485.

Susan Blumenthal with Interns at the Capitol

Susan Blumenthal with Fellows/Interns at the Capitol

Susan Blumenthal with Interns

Susan Blumenthal with Interns/Fellows

Susan Blumenthal with Interns at White House

Susan Blumenthal with Interns/Fellows at the White House

Susan Blumenthal with Interns in DC

Susan Blumenthal with Interns/Fellows in DC

Susan Blumenthal with Interns at West Wing

Susan Blumenthal with Interns/Fellows at the West Wing

Susan Blumenthal with Interns at Meiwah

Susan Blumenthal with Interns/Fellows at Meiwah


Dr. Susan Blumenthal with her interns and fellows at Capitol Hill Briefing on Personalized Medicine