Geisinger Health System Bioethics, Law, & Policy Research Internship in DANVILLE, Pennsylvania

JOB TITLE: Bioethics, Law, & Policy Research Internship





HIRING MANAGER: Jennifer Wagner

Description of Internship Program

Geisinger has an exciting opportunity for law students to conduct bioethics, law, and policy research in the Center for

Translational Bioethics & Health Care Policy. Each intern will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with the

Associate Director and conduct a research project on a law, bioethics, or policy topic of their own choosing provided it is

approved by the supervising mentor as a topical area of relevance and priority to Geisinger. Likely topics could involve

health policy, law and economics, biotech and the law, intellectual property issues, health disparities, privacy,

discrimination, medical malpractice, separation of powers, and regulatory oversight research. The research project will be

selected in advance of the internship’s start date, and the intern will develop a work plan with the supervising mentor to

facilitate the project’s timely completion during the internship. The project will culminate in preparation of an internal

report or a co-authored manuscript to be submitted for publication, ideally in an open-access journal, with the intern as

first author and the supervising mentor as the senior and corresponding author.


The Center for Translational Bioethics & Health Care Policy is located in Danville, PA; however, the research internship

may be conducted remotely. Interns will be expected to use their own computer equipment and use legal research and

library resources available to them as law students at their academic institutions to complete the internship project. Interns

will have weekly one-on-one meetings with the supervising mentor (held either in-person or via Zoom, Skype, or similar

technology). Note: This is an academic research internship and does not involve Geisinger’s legal services department.


Up to two interns will be accepted for the 2018 fall internship. Preference will be given to JD candidates who have

completed their first year in the top 25th percentile and who have previous education or research experience in bioethics,

genetics/genomics, anthropology, STS, biomedical sciences, health policy and administration, or a related field.

Duration, Research Effort Expectations, and Compensation

Interns will be provided a stipend at a rate of $15.00 per hour for the duration of the 12-week internship but are not eligible

for benefits. The internship would involve an expected effort of 30- 40 hours per week.

Highlighted Priorities for Internship Projects

• 50-state survey of the “loss of chance” doctrine in the context of genomic medicine

• Disparate impacts and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act

• Existential suffering with progressive disease, suicidal ideation, and involuntary psychiatric admissions

• Ethical, legal, and social implications and applications of mobile health technologies

• Non-traditional data sources (consumer, social media, online search behavior, wearables, environmental, etc.)

and regulatory oversight of “health data”

• Medicalization of genomic information

• Health disparities for gender minorities

• Legal, regulatory, and economic barriers to innovations for aging in place

• Legal considerations for cascade screening and related contact with at-risk relatives across state boundaries

• Participatory research, scientific integrity, and data access/management

Materials Requested

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, transcripts, and a short writing sample for consideration

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job.

OUR PURPOSE & VALUES: Everything we do is about caring for our patients, our members, our students, our Geisinger family and our communities. KINDNESS: We strive to treat everyone as we would hope to be treated ourselves. EXCELLENCE: We treasure colleagues who humbly strive for excellence. LEARNING: We share our knowledge with the best and brightest to better prepare the caregivers for tomorrow. INNOVATION : We constantly seek new and better ways to care for our patients, our members, our community, and the nation.

ABOUT GEISINGER: Geisinger is a physician-led health system comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, and a 583,000-member health plan Geisinger is nationally recognized for innovative practices and quality care. Geisinger serves more than 3 million people in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania and also in southern New Jersey with the addition of National Malcolm Baldridge Award recipient AtlantiCare, A member of Geisinger. In 2017, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine became the newest member of the Geisinger Family.

We offer healthcare benefits for full time and part time positions from day one, including vision, dental and domestic partners.* Perhaps just as important, from senior management on down, we encourage an atmosphere of collaboration, cooperation and collegiality. For more information, visit , or connect with us on Facebook at , Instagram at , LinkedIn at and Twitter at .

** Does not qualify for J-1 waiver. We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status.

*Domestic partner benefits not applicable at Geisinger Holy Spirit.