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Externship Opportunity, Addiction and Public Policy

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law is a multidisciplinary group of faculty, fellows, and staff dedicated to discovering a more powerful and deeper understanding of the multiple ways in which law can be used to improve health. The O’Neill Institute hopes to encourage key decision-makers in the public, private, and civil society sectors to employ the law as a positive tool to enable individuals and populations in the United States and throughout the world to lead healthier lives. The Addiction and Public Policy Initiative is part of The O’Neill Institute. Formed in November 2018, the Initiative identifies legal and policy tools that will advance a public health approach to substance use disorders in the United States.  The Initiative is led by Regina LaBelle, former Chief of Staff at The Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Obama Administration, and Shelly Weizman, former Assistant Secretary for Mental Hygiene for the state of New York.  

The Initiative seeks law students to work on projects and publications. Work includes conducting short-term, advanced research projects, legal and policy writing on domestic legal and policy issues such as addiction treatment and incarceration, drug courts, child welfare and drug policies.

Applicants should have strong research, writing, and editing skills, as well as familiarity with Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. Candidates with an interest and knowledge of state and federal legislative policymaking are encouraged to apply. If you are interested, please send a cover letter, short writing sample, and resume to Jennifer Alexander at