Family Assistance at the Department of Health and Human Services

Fall Internship Opportunity: Family Assistance at the Department of Health and Human Services (Washington, DC — BYU Washington Seminar program)

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Office of Family Assistance at the Department of Health and Human Services is anxious to have a BYU student as an intern with them this coming Fall semester.
Contact Scott Dunaway ( to find out how to start the application process for the Washington Seminar program.

Organization Description
The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) administers federal matching grants to states for the income maintenance payments made under the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. It provides optional matching grants for several work programs to help welfare clients become self-supporting. It also prepares studies and statistics on AFDC programs. OFA is subdivided into four program offices: Director for Family Assistance; Special Initiatives Divisions; Policy Division; Quality Control Division; and, Program Evaluation Division. (See web site for more details.)

Intern Duties
A long standing and well liked placement for BYU students. Interns are fully involved in all aspects of the agency’s work. Duties typically involve assisting in responding to inquiries from the public, congressional offices and other elements of the federal government about welfare assistance programs, helping prepare issue papers and briefing books for agency heads who will be testifying before Congress, developing web sites and other information for the public.  Interested students should understand that this agency does not advocate or lobby for a particular issue, but implements legislation created by the Congress.  This is a very good internship with a conscientious supervisor.

Applicants should have an interest in family welfare issues with a background of relevant course work in public policy, political science, sociology, social work, or family science.

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