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Washington, D.C. National Health Policy Extern

Position Description

Serves as an extern in the ADA’s Washington, D.C. office. Introduced to the legislative process through contact with health policy experts and research on bills.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be an active predoctoral member at the time of application and throughout the externship.
  2. Must be able to participate for four consecutive weeks in Washington, D.C..
  3. Must be able to complete assignments and responsibilities by established deadlines.


  • Completes projects and tasks as assigned by ADA Washington office supervisor and ASDA staff liaison.
  • Meets with representatives of the ADA, ADPAC, ADEA and other dental organizations to learn about organized dentistry and share students’ perspectives with these groups.
  • May attend meetings with lobbyists and other health policy experts.
  • Serves as a resource to the ADA regarding dental student issues and concerns.
  • May suggest projects to meet the needs and interests of dental students, and to develop and propose association policy, or policy revision, as needed.
  • Submits a weekly log and a final evaluation and report.
  • Provides content for association publications and media as requested.

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