Extern, Addiction and Public Policy Initiative


Extern, Addiction and Public Policy Initiative

The Addiction and Public Policy Initiative works to advance a public health approach to substance use disorders and the overdose epidemic through legal and policy strategies that promote evidence-based treatment and support recovery.

The initiative seeks law students and graduate students to work on research, publications, and projects related to addiction and drug policy.

Work includes:

  • Conducting short-term advanced research projects
  • Policy writing on domestic legal and policy issues such as addiction treatment and incarceration, social determinants of addiction, and federal, state and local drug policies

The Addiction and Public Policy Initiative hosts full-time and part-time externs throughout the academic year and summer in paid positions using internal and external funding sources, as well as for course credit or to fulfill legal, medical, or graduate residency requirements. Externs can participate remotely or in-person in Washington, D.C. Paid positions are open int he summer using internal and external funding sources.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist with research, publications, and projects related to addiction and drug policy

Who Are We Looking For?

  • A current law or graduate student
  • Strong qualitative or policy research, writing, and editing skills (knowledge of the U.S. legal system)
  • Strong communications skills, both oral and written
  • Detail oriented and able to work well with little supervision
  • Skilled in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Google Suite. Familiar with Excel.
  • Interest and knowledge of U.S. state and federal legislative policymaking preferred
  • Students with lived experience with addiction, recovery, and the criminal legal system are encouraged to apply

How to Apply:

Fall and Spring Term

Please send a cover letter, short writing sample, and resume with email subject [APP Externship (Your Last Name)] to workatoneill@georgetown.edu. Please also indicate what term you are applying for in your cover letter.

Summer Term

Please apply for our Health Law Internship via our website.


EEOC Statement

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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