NICHQ Summer Internships

The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) has internship opportunities for students and recent graduates who would like to learn about public health work in federal, state and community settings. 

There are many different types of internships at NICHQ that equip students with insight into public health programs. NICHQ staff work collaboratively with each intern to create a fulfilling experience that contributes to the organization's daily work in a meaningful way.

During your time with NICHQ, interns will participate in a Quality Improvement Training and share your experience widely with the organization.

Applications should be submitted no later than 4/15 each year to be considered for the summer internship program. Practicum applicants are welcome to apply.

To Apply: Forward resume and cover letter to

Internship Description

National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ)

The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) is a mission-driven nonprofit dedicated to driving dramatic and sustainable improvements in the complex issues facing children’s health. We provide deep expertise in building and managing effective change strategies that align partners and engage participants to achieve better outcomes for children’s health. At the heart of what motivates us is the belief that children and families deserve better systems and supports so that every child achieves their optimal health. Because of this belief, addressing social determinants of health, eliminating health disparities, and achieving equity are central to our mission. We believe that by creating a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion, we will similarly foster greater strength and resilience within and beyond the organization.

Internship Responsibilities

Interns will support children’s health initiative projects currently active at NICHQ. You’ll work on a diverse team that may include a Project Director, a Project Manager, an Improvement Advisor, and a Data Analysts, along with external partners to address the social determinants that affect disparities in children’s health across the United States. You will develop knowledge around quality improvement methodology, including the Breakthrough Series, and apply it to your daily work. You’ll learn to utilize key documents such as project charters, measurement strategies, and driver diagrams. Expect your responsibilities to include communicating with project participants and external partners, supporting meetings and webinars, and participating in overall project management. Additional responsibilities may include monitoring and facilitating communication with project participants through NICHQ’s online technology platform, CoLab, and/or contributing to digital communications activities, such as newsletters.

You’ll be a great fit if you:

  • Are passionate about public health
  • Are interested in learning about quality improvement
  • Have excellent communications skills, both verbal and written
  • Can balance multiple tasks and prioritize, work autonomously, establish timelines, and meet deadlines
  • Work well in team environment and are able to generate solutions to issues as they arise
  • Consider yourself flexible and adaptable
  • Can work productively under pressure in a fast-moving environment
  • Are interested in ongoing professional development and growth
  • Are fully commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including modeling inclusive language and behaviors

What NICHQ can offer you:

  • Learning quality improvement methodology
  • Personalized internship experience
  • Shadowing, mentoring, and training opportunities with experienced, knowledgeable professionals
  • Opportunity to build your professional network
  • Flexible schedule – Virtual until further notice!
  • Ability to comply with university credit or practicum requirements

Schedule and Duration

  • Start and End Date: Flexible durations between May and August
  • Flexible schedule
  • Currently fully remote


  • All interns will receive a stipend.

NICHQ is committed to increasing the representation of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in our workforce and to value and embrace their skills, perspectives, and experiences for the benefit of our mission. NICHQ is an equal opportunity employer; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability.