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Internship Opportunities

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America’s (PhRMA’s) is seeking internship candidates to support various department initiatives, activities and priorities. The Interns will assist broadly within the department in which they’re hired and work closely with multiple teams. This is a paid position.

The successful candidate will gain experience in a wide range of issues. Examples include health policy, Medicare, Medicaid, State and Federal issues, innovative medicines, the regulatory and legislative process, and working with and building coalitions in the U.S. and abroad.

The below list of intern responsibilities is by department:

State Advocacy:

  • Research and track legislative and political activity;
  • Participate in writing and editing talking points, policy papers, backgrounders, and other publications.

Policy and Research:

  • Conduct collection, analysis, and synthesis of literature and data related to the health care industry and health policy;
  • Participate in writing and editing of talking points, policy papers, backgrounders, presentations and other publications.

Science and Regulatory Advocacy:

  • Assist in research on U.S. and/or ex-U.S. scientific and regulatory policy issues and proposals;
  • Support the evaluation of science and regulatory policy proposals.

International Advocacy:

  • Create country fact sheets, newsletter blurbs, slide presentations, and other materials;
  • Monitor policy developments, conduct country and issue research, and manage data;
  • Attend meetings and events and produce reports;
  • Respond to member requests for information.

Public Affairs:

  • Support and learn from the digital/social/creative team through digital/social content creation process (development to execution);
  • Support and learn from the advocacy team as they approach legislative priorities and provide research and tactical support when developing materials to support PhRMA’s positions on such issues.

Federal Advocacy, and Advocacy and Strategic Alliances:

  • Attend and provide support for internal meetings, in terms of gathering and assembling information coordinate with staff to develop agendas, and ensure proper follow-up and output, including meeting summaries
  • Responding to requests for updates on department and external activities; by organizing deliverables for sponsorship activities, drafting weekly updates, reports, correspondence and slide decks.
  • Possibly database entry and hearing/briefing note taking.


  • Current undergraduate or graduate student in public policy, public health, political science, government affairs, legislative affairs, economics, or communications with an interest in health/life sciences policy and politics;
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills;
  • Strong desire to build relationships/collaboration skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with ability to strategically and creatively process information;
  • Curiosity to stay abreast of current industry trends;
  • Ability to manage and complete projects end to end in a timely manner

Who we are

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading innovative biopharmaceutical research companies, which are devoted to discovering and developing medicines that enable patients to live longer, healthier and more productive lives. Since 2000, PhRMA member companies have invested more than $900 billion in the search for new treatments and cures, including an estimated $79.6 billion in 2018 alone.

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What we offer

In addition to a highly competitive salary and bonus program, various opportunities for reward and recognition and a platform of extensive benefits, PhRMA is committed to the development and overall wellbeing of our team members. We offer traditional (medical, dental, vision, flexible spending, life, AD&D, LTD, STD, LTC) and enhanced benefits such as parental leave, a wellbeing program, back-up care, health advocate service, employee assistance program and commuting benefits. We also offer a robust 401k plan with employer contributions upon the first day of hire and immediate vesting, a generous paid time off plan, seven paid holidays (plus inauguration day), half day Fridays preceding holidays and a paid winter break.

We are committed to the growth and development of our team members and offer many learning opportunities including an integrated on-boarding program, best-in-class leadership programming, tuition reimbursement at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, industry on-site and off-site training, and other management/professional development programs. Corporate social responsibility is also important to us at PhRMA.  Our team members participate in organization-wide community service activities, fundraising drives and charitable athletic events.

We are committed to supporting our family of professionals at PhRMA and strive to create programs that help our team members manage the challenges of balancing a fast-paced career with their own personal goals.

Equal Opportunity Employer

PhRMA provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, disability, matriculation, political affiliation or veteran status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment.

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