The Villers Fellow works as a full-time policy analyst in Families USA’s Health Policy Department. The Fellowship is based in the Families USA office in Washington, D.C. and is designed to provide the Fellow with a national perspective on health care justice work and the opportunity to learn about a range of health care justice issues. The Fellow’s principal responsibilities include conducting primary and secondary research on a range of health care issues and health reform topics—such as Medicaid, Medicare, the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the private insurance market—as well as writing and contributing to publications that are relevant to current health reform issues.
Focus- Candidates applying for the Villers Fellowship must demonstrate a commitment to social and health care justice advocacy following their year of hands-on experience as a fellow. In addition, in order to further the development of future leaders, Villers Fellows must commit to mentoring at least one person at some point over the course of their careers. The Villers Fellow will be a strong writer with superior analytical skills.
Eligibility- In order to be considered, applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. We prefer that applicants have a college degree or plan to receive a degree by program start date. Candidates from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Submission- A completed application form, a personal statement with responses to two short answer questions and a resume all mailed; an official copy of her or his most recent college or graduate school transcript sent directly from the school’s registrar’s office; three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references and/or references who can attest to the applicant’s community involvement, sent directly from the references themselves. Letters can be emailed if they are a PDF version of a signed original letter and sent from the reference's professional email account.
Criteria- The most important quality sought in an applicant is a demonstrable passion for justice in the health care system. Applicants who have experience working with and on behalf of low-income and other vulnerable constituencies, and who have a keen interest in health care policy are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have excellent research and writing skills. Successful applicants should also exhibit excellent leadership capabilities and professionalism, as well as a desire to continue doing social justice work in the future.
Benefits- The fellowship will last one academic year and Fellows will receive a compensatory package that includes an annual salary of approximately $38,000 and excellent health care benefits. One Villers Fellow is selected each year.