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Intern, Business & Strategy
Title:Intern, Business & Strategy
Department:Business & Strategy
Location:Washington, DC or Remote
Organizational Overview
The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addictions treatment organizations. A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) association, the National Council for Behavioral Health’s mission is to advance our members’ ability to deliver integrated healthcare. Together with our 3,400 member organizations, we serve our nation’s most vulnerable citizens — more than 10 million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We are committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life. The National Council introduced Mental Health First Aid USA and more than 2.5 million Americans have been trained.

The National Council is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and commit ourselves to creating an inclusive environment for everyone.

The Intern, Business & Strategy, will work directly with the Manager, Business & Strategy to conduct research, create written products, and contribute to departmental initiatives in support of the National Council’s growth priorities. External relationship management with funders and business contacts; proposal submissions; special programmatic projects all fall within the purview of the Business & Strategy Department and as such, the intern will complete tasks across these activities, as needed. We seek an individual with passion for the work of the National Council and an interest to learn, knowing that many candidates may not have direct experience in the work of this department.

Responsibilities include
  • Attend staff engagement activities, including: department meetings and all-staff meetings.
  • Researching funding opportunities aligned with National Council interests; participating in early decision-making in support of proposal development.
  • Developing project summaries to send to philanthropy contacts.
  • Support internal-facing projects focused on improving our business development operations.
  • Contribute to strategy discussions related to growth opportunities for the National Council.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities organized for interns, such as virtual meet-ups with organizational leadership, journal club, peer networking, and other professional development opportunities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
In order to be eligible to apply, applicants must demonstrate strong analytical, writing, and research skills. Interested individuals must have basic knowledge in at least one of the following areas:
  • Mental illness and addictions
  • Public health
  • Public policy
  • Delivery of health care services
  • Business

Required Qualifications
The National Council welcomes applicants with the following profiles:
  • Undergraduate students who have completed at least two years of study by the start of the internship and have relevant education and work experience in a related field.
  • Recent undergraduates who have completed an undergraduate degree within 6 months of the internship start date.
  • Graduate students or individuals who have recently completed their graduate education (in the past year) in business; industrial engineering; policy administration; social work or other clinical specialties; public health; or related field.

National Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer – All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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