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2019 Social Innovation Internship

2019 Social Innovation Internship

About the organization and the role

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization operating nationally with the mission of breaking the link between unhealthy housing and unhealthy families by creating and advocating for healthy, safe and energy efficient homes. To advance this mission, GHHI has undertaken a portfolio of social innovation projects in which it evaluates the feasibility of utilizing innovative financing including Pay for Success (PFS) to address asthma and then assists feasible projects to launch transactions. There are currently 12 ongoing Pay for Success projects operating in 10 states at differing stages of development, with a pipeline of additional projects in development. These projects are funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service as well as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

We are looking for highly-motivated and talented individuals who want to work at the intersection of the private, social, and public sectors and help scale evidence-based models that improve health, social, and economic outcomes for people in low-income communities. To some degree, the internship will be tailored to the selected applicant'(s) knowledge, skills, and desired professional growth. The selected applicant(s) will be treated as a full team member for their tenure and have substantive responsibilities. The internship will expose the selected applicant(s) to the broader GHHI mission, but will focus on advancing the PFS portfolio to launch transactions.

The majority of opportunities for professional development come in the areas of:

  • Developing materials for and participating in technical assistance to portfolio partners;
  • Researching the value of health and social outcomes from healthy homes interventions to public and private entities, including non-medical benefits and using rate card approaches;
  • Contributing to policy- and issue-related research for publications;
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  • Developing proposals for foundations, governments, or other actors;
  • Analyzing policy, regulatory, or legal documents to determine opportunities to advance the GHHI mission and innovative financing;
  • Actively contributing to a national dialogue on public health finance policy;
  • Managing relationships with differing stakeholder groups;
  • Performing complex economic and financial analysis;
  • Assessing, designing, and modifying program processes; or
  • Planning projects and events and coordinating with staff, resources, and partners to effectively implement plans.
    The selected applicant(s) will also have the opportunity to identify and select other areas of professional development to augment their expected responsibilities supporting the social innovation portfolio work.
    The selected applicant(s) will likely have an opportunity to represent GHHI in observing or contributing to the legislative process at the state or federal level as well as participating in meetings with clients, constituents, or other stakeholders. Successful applicant(s) will demonstrate the ability to present themselves in a highly professional manner.
    Depending on the performance of the selected applicant, opportunity to do so, and other considerations, a selected applicant may be offered the option of traveling for work with partners in the portfolio and/or broader field.Essential qualifications
  • Currently enrolled in a graduate-level program. The area of study is non-restrictive; however, the applicant must be able to make a convincing argument that his/her educational and career interests as well as knowledge and skills will contribute to the successful advancement of the GHHI mission and social innovation field.
  • Exemplary history of achieving impactful results in educational, extracurricular, and/or professional settings.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, particularly Excel and PowerPoint.
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  • Excellent research and writing experience and skills.
  • Strong initiative to take on new responsibilities and seek out project tasks.
  • Positive attitude.
    Other preferred qualifications
    The GHHI team acknowledges that each person will have a different potential to contribute in varying ways. The following beneficial qualification will be used to assess the candidate as well as determine what the final role they will play on the team will be.
  • Knowledge of Medicaid and Medicare health policy system,
  • Experience with public health programs,
  • Consulting experience and skills,
  • Quantitative analysis experience and skills.Time Period, Hours, and Compensation
    The internship will be part-time, beginning as soon as possible and lasting through spring 2019, with a potential opportunity to extend into the summer. The position will be for 16 hours per week and located at the GHHI office in downtown Washington, DC. The internship will be paid.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Michael McKnight, VP of Policy and Innovation (, before the application deadline.