March of Dimes Office of Government Affairs internship program

The March of Dimes offers an exciting internship program based in its Washington, DC office that gives participants the opportunity to learn about our government and make a difference in federal and state policies related to women, infants, children and families.

The March of Dimes Office of Government Affairs in Washington, DC conducts and coordinates advocacy activities at the federal and state levels around key maternal and child health policy priorities.  Our advocacy priorities include ensuring access to health care for women, children and families; promoting medical and scientific research on pregnancy and birth outcomes; advancing prevention and education activities related to health pregnancy and birth, such as tobacco cessation; and supporting issues important to tax-exempt organizations.

The Office of Government Affairs houses both the federal and state government affairs activities.  On the federal level, our team of registered lobbyists advocates with Congress and Administration agencies on issues such as health care reform implementation, maternal and child health programs, public health, Medicaid, CHIP and private insurance issues, NIH research, CDC educational and public health programs, and budget priorities.  Our state government affairs team works directly with our 50 state chapters on priorities for state legislative action, such as newborn screening program improvements, budget levels, and health care reform implementation.

The Internship Program is designed to give participants an inside perspective on maternal and child health legislation and policy development.  Examples of internship activities may include:

  • Hearings and briefings:  Interns may attend Congressional hearings or briefings on key maternal and child health issues.
  • Research:  Interns frequently perform important research for both the federal and state teams on legislative issues.
  • Advocacy:  Interns may attend meetings with Congressional offices or make calls regarding specific legislation.
  • Coalitions:  Interns may join coalition meetings where maternal and child health policy and strategies are discussed and coordinated.


The program is open to college students participating in a structured program that confers academic credit or those seeking short-term relevant work experience (such as students pursuing summer internships.) The internship program is not paid.


The internship program generally follows the academic year, with internships offered for the spring (January-May), summer (June-August) and fall (September-December).  Students are preferred to work a regular schedule of Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.   Flexibility will be offered to students in programs that require attendance at classes or other events.  


Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, but no later than the following dates:

By November 15 for the spring session (starting in January)
By April 30 for the summer session (starting in June)
By July 15 for the fall session (starting in September)



Most common questions

Can you share more about the work culture at the March of Dimes?

We are a mission-driven organization with a strong local presence in all states plus Puerto Rico. The thousands of volunteers and businesses who partner with us are committed to our mission.

Our work sites are professional environments with diversity of staff, high integrity and ethics, strong technology support and excellent employee benefits. Work sites provide the ability to interact with high impact community volunteers regularly.

Has the March of Dimes received any special awards recognizing its commitment to its employees?

In 2009 and again in 2010 the March of Dimes Foundation received prestigious recognition from Working Mother magazine, which named March of Dimes in its 100 Best Companies list for its parent-friendly workplace and benefits.

How can I grow my career with the March of Dimes?

We provide conferences, webinars, online training and one-on-one mentoring. We also have an internal job posting process to enable staff to learn and act on internal career opportunities. We provide relocation support for those staff members who are offered the opportunity to physically relocate.

What career path might I find of interest to me?

Entry level positions at many of our work locations allow for career growth to leadership positions either within the location or at the state/chapter level, regional level or national level.

What employee benefits are offered?

We offer employees various levels of health, financial and quality of life benefits. Our featured benefits package, determined by your employment status and tenure with the organization, includes:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Disability and Life Insurance
  • Dental and Vision Plan
  • Defined Contribution Plan
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Tax Deferred Savings Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Mom/Parent Friendly Benefits including Adoption Benefits
  • Flex Time Work Schedules
  • Paid Vacation, Holiday Time, Sick and Personal Days
  • Summer Hours

Why should I work for the March of Dimes?

The March of Dimes is a major nonprofit organization committed to improving the health of babies, by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. We have a rich legacy of success dating back to 1938 when our organization was founded by Franklin D. Roosevelt to defeat polio. Within 17 years, the Salk vaccine was developed with March of Dimes research funding. The March of Dimes became one of the few organizations to have defeated the threat it was established to fight. With 1,200 staff members committed to our mission in over 200 work locations throughout the United States, we engage with volunteers in communities across the country. Consider joining us in meeting our mission goals!

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