Behavioral Health Policy Intern


Georgians for a Healthy Future (GHF), a nonprofit consumer health advocacy organization, has an immediate opening for a part-time graduate-level intern. Founded in 2008 with a mission to build and mobilize a unified voice, vision, and leadership to achieve a healthy future for all Georgians, GHF is the leading health advocacy and policy organization in Georgia. GHF accomplishes its mission through public education and outreach, coalition building and mobilization, and public policy advocacy.

The Behavioral Health Policy Intern will support GHF’s portfolio of work related to children and youth behavioral health. GHF is working on several projects to raise awareness about the importance of behavioral health for young people and the available resources and health services to address behavioral health; expand access to substance use prevention and early intervention programs for Georgia youth; and to improve Georgia’s behavioral health system of care. This position will be primarily responsible for carrying out policy research, developing educational materials for outside audiences, and otherwise supporting GHF’s behavioral health portfolio.

The Behavioral Health Policy Intern will work closely with the Outreach & Education Manager to complete a survey of private insurers’ coverage of evidence-based substance use prevention and early intervention tools, create outreach and education materials about substance use prevention/early intervention, provide support for GHF’s outreach efforts related to behavioral health, and other related tasks. The position will be expected to attend relevant meetings with partner organizations and internal staff meetings.


  • Create and complete survey of private insurers’ coverage of SBIRT and other substance use prevention and early intervention methods/tools
  • Write brief policy memo on results of private insurer survey
  • Develop SBIRT-related outreach and education materials
  • Support the development of an SBIRT implementation guide for schools
  • Provide policy research assistance on other aspects of behavioral health policy as needed
  • Assist staff in behavioral health-related outreach to the public and partner organizations
  • Attend staff meetings and partner events meetings related to GHF’s behavioral health projects


  • Current graduate student pursuing degree in public health, public policy, or comparable program
  • Some personal/lived experience or professional experience with behavioral health strongly preferred
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Experience with policy analysis or research (experience gained in the classroom is sufficient)

This position may start as soon as they are available. This is a paid position with a commitment of 15-20 hours per week. Practicum and school credit hours can also be earned. There is opportunity for a qualified candidate who performs well to extend this position through the fall and spring school semesters.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Alyssa Green at and include “Behavioral Health Policy Intern” in the subject line.