Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Partners with Thurgood Marshall College Fund to Offer Summer Internships

WASHINGTON – Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) announced today that it is partnering with Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) to offer paid summer internships in BCBSA’s Washington, D.C. office. Interns will learn about key health care issues, working alongside health policy professionals on legislation and regulations for the benefit of Blue Cross and Blue Shield members and to improve health care for all Americans.

“Each summer we look forward to meeting young professionals and exposing them to the ins and outs of health care policy, while teaching them about the legislative and regulatory process,” said Justine Handelman, senior vice president, Office of Policy and Representation. “This year we’re excited to work with Thurgood Marshall College Fund and expand our outreach to talented students looking to dive deeper into health care policy.”

“This new internship program with BCBSA is the first step in what we hope is a long-lasting partnership with such a well-respected leader in the health care field,” said Dr. Harry L. Williams, president and CEO at TMCF. “TMCF is proud to identify talent from our nation’s publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Predominantly Black Institutions to learn, engage and make a positive impact in such a critically important policy area.”

Prospective interns may apply through TMCF. Both undergraduate and graduate students studying political science, health care administration or business operations with a grade point average of at least 3.3 are eligible.

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About Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Established in 1987, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. TMCF member-schools include the publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Predominantly Black Institutions, enrolling nearly 80% of all students attending black colleges and universities. Through scholarships, capacity building and research initiatives, innovative programs and strategic partnerships, TMCF is a vital resource in the PK-12 and higher education space. The organization is also the source of top employers seeking top talent for competitive internships and good jobs. TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization. For more information about TMCF, visit:

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By Tess Thomson of BCBS