El Rio Health

Sponsor Organization

El Rio Health


El Rio Health is the 20th largest federally qualified health center in the nation. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020 with 11 locations offering fully integrated primary care—medical, dental, behavioral health, laboratory, radiology and pharmacy. Caring for over 110,000 community individuals with over half of the population living at or below the federal poverty level.  Advocacy, social justice and health policy are priorities of the organization.

Internship Available

  • Summer
  • Fall 
  • Spring


At least 2 weeks before the start of the enrollment term.

Internship Description: Unpaid

Unpaid internships working with El Rio advocacy staff and health policy fellows to further needed legislation and policy around health care. Working with elected officials and their staff around policy education and community building.

Purpose of the Internship

The purpose of the internship is to further understanding of how critical access to affordable comprehensive quality primary care is to improve public and population health.  The intern will learn: 

  • History of the Community Health Center Movement nationally as well as the Arizona experience around policy and outcomes

  • Role of advocacy and policy in health care and public health care

  • Preparation and writing for op eds, community presentations and policy round-tables

  • Relationship building with local and state elected officials and legislators

  • Collaboration re: legislation and policy with the Arizona Alliance of Community Health Centers

Additional Information

Applicants must pass usual El Rio background screening and complete student orientation materials.

How to Apply

Please send resume and short email of why this internship is of interest to you to Paul Schatz, El Rio Human Resources,  Email: pauls@elrio.org