Summer Associate Program: HEAL (Health Education Advocacy and Law)

Position Description:

The HEAL Summer Associate will take part in the Health Education Advocacy and Law project. The HEAL Summer Associate can expect to be engaged in the following activities:

  • Under supervision, maintain a small caseload of client cases, with patients referred to HEAL through our medical-legal partnership with Akron Children’s Hospital, Summa Women’s Health Center, and other community partners
  • Conduct factual investigations including interviewing client; requesting and reviewing medical, school, and other records; searching public records, etc.
  • Attend education and housing hearings, community meetings, and outreach events
  • Conduct legal and policy research
  • Develop education self-help materials for parents and non-legal advocates to use in special education settings
  • Draft pleadings / research memoranda / policy papers / correspondence
  • Such other tasks as may be assigned


Specific Qualifications:

This internship is best suited for a JD or JD/MPH student who is interested in health law, health policy, and/or education law.


Other helpful qualifications include:

  • Having taken a health law course; having an understanding of the health care system
  • Having taken and education or school law course
  • Demonstrated interest in and sensitivity to the legal needs of the poor as well as motivation to improve the condition of the poor
  • Interest and experience in health law and/or policy issues
  • Interest and experience in education law and/or policy issues
  • Strong research/writing skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Internet research tools
  • Ability to speak a foreign language is highly desirable


Personal characteristics include:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • First-rate oral and written communications skills
  • Professional attitude, discretion, diplomacy and tact
  • Ability to relate to professionals
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • High dependability