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Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies

Health Fellowship, Funded by Novo Nordisk Inc.

Through the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies Health Fellowship, funded by NOVO NORDISK, two graduate-level Congressional internships are funded per semester with stipends of $5,000 each for a 14-week semester. Students will be required to dedicate 20 hours per week to their internships ($17.85 per hour). The internships are awarded one semester at a time with the option for renewal for a second semester by mutual agreement between American University, NOVO NORDISK, and the member offices in which students are serving. The internship positions are secured by the selected student recipients, in consultation with CCPS.

The goal of this program is to give SPA graduate students the opportunity to experience health policy in action on Capitol Hill with an emphasis on the human and economic impact of chronic diseases such as diabetes. NOVO NORDISK is a leading global diabetes healthcare company interested in making an investment in students who are committed to the study and applications of health policy.


The internships are available to incoming and current SPA students in the Masters of Public Policy, Masters of Public Administration, or Masters of Political Science degree programs. Students must exhibit an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students must also demonstrate, through an application essay, their interest in health policy and health care reform.

To apply

An application consists of:

  1. statement of purpose highlighting your qualifications for this fellowship
  2. undergraduate transcript
  3. graduate transcript (if applicable)
  4. resume

Students will be required to take a graduate internship seminar, offered by the School of Public Affairs, in the first semester of their internship. They will receive three credits for completing this course in conjunction with their internship.

For more information, please contact the center.

Past Award Winners:

Fall 2007: Michael Barnard
Michael Barnard is a second year master’s student at American University’s School of Public Affairs, focusing his studies on Applied Politics and American Government. He received a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Political-Economics and Latin American Affairs from the Evergreen State College and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Economics from the University of Oregon. His interests in politics and the political process stem from his time living in South America during the 1998 Venezuelan presidential campaign and the 2001 economic and political crisis in , where he witnessed first-hand the powerful role politics can play in everyday life. During the 2004 presidential campaign, Michael worked as the university organizer for the Kerry/Edwards campaign in Oregon, managing a group of more than 1,000 University of Oregon student volunteers. Soon after the campaign, Michael relocated from the West Coast to Washington, D.C. In the fall of 2006, he interned in the leadership office of then-Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, helping in the campaign that resulted in Mr. Hoyer’s selection as the 110th Congress’ House Majority Leader. Michael will graduate from American University in the fall of 2007.

Fall 2007: C. Murphy Hebert
C. Murphy Hebert is an Applied Politics master’s student in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Her studies focus on campaign and media issues as well as education policy. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at Arizona State University in 2001, Murphy spent several years as a community newspaper reporter – where she was a member of the election/political coverage team. She moved to the Czech Republic in 2005, where she taught English and wrote for the Prague Post, the country’s largest circulating English newspaper. She came to Washington, D.C. from abroad to begin her studies at AU. Currently, she is beginning her third semester. Murphy looks forward to pursuing a career in politics.

Spring 2007: Morgan Miller
Morgan D. Miller is a graduate student in the School of Public Affairs at American University where she is pursuing a master’s degree in political science with a concentration in applied politics. Morgan graduated from Hamilton College in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in government. Morgan’s interest in policy development and advocacy grew during her undergraduate internships. As an undergraduate, she held intern positions at the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Campaign for America’s Future, and the New York State Senate. After graduating from Hamilton, Morgan moved to Washington, D.C. and worked as a paralegal. She enrolled at American University in January 2006 and spent this past summer and fall interning at the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. Public Policy and Advocacy Office. In addition to her studies this year, Morgan is participating in the Young Women Leaders Board Political Leadership Training Program that is sponsored by the Women & Politics Institute at American University. She looks forward to a career in advocacy.

Spring 2007: Conor Lanz
Conor Lanz is a graduate student in the School of Public Affairs at American University where is pursuing a master's degree in political science with a concentration in applied politics. Conor also completed his undergraduate coursework at American University, receiving his bachelor's degree, cum laude, in government. Conor currently works as a Healthcare Fellow in the office of Congressman Bart Gordon, the chairman of the House Science & Technology Committee. This summer, Conor will enroll in the European Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute, and hopes to further his interest in international lobbying efforts. In addition to his graduate coursework, Conor is also a Division I cross-country and track athlete and has competed at the NCAA championships. In the fall, he was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year.