Medicaid/CHIP Policy and Program Division
Summer Internship Program: Seeking Three Positions for Paid Internships
Posting in April
Available in the Medicaid/CHIP Policy and Program area:
· Quality: works with the External Quality Review Organization to evaluate Medicaid and CHIP managed care organization performance related to quality.
· Program Policy: sets the policy for the Medicaid and CHIP programs serving children, pregnant women, older adults, and adults with disabilities including STAR, STAR+PLUS, Dual Demonstration, STAR Health, STAR Kids, CHIP, and Children’s Medicaid Dental Services. Develops and manages programs and works with the Medicaid managed care organizations and other contracted entities to implement new initiatives.
· Policy Development Support: works with federal partners such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to manage the Texas Medicaid State Plan and waivers, which are exemptions from current regulations to provide programs more efficiently and effectively for the Texas Medicaid population.
· Note: the listing will be for all three positions at once, not individually; interviews will determine the best fit
· Written Reports
· Develop presentations
· Participation in high level meetings
· Assist with ongoing implementation projects
· Project management
· Paid $3,000 a month
· Summer: June – August
· Full time but could accommodate part-time work
· Possible extension to fall
· Location: 4900 North Lamar, Austin, Texas
Actual HHSC job listing (what to look for) follows.
Program Specialist I (if we can list as Intern we will)
The Medicaid/CHIP Department (MCD) Policy and Program Division at the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has multiple internship opportunities available for highly motivated masters level students or recent masters level graduates with an interest in human services or Texas state government and specializing in the following fields: social work, public health, public policy, public administration, communications, business administration, journalism, web design, information sciences, accounting, finance, education, or other related human services areas. These internships are an excellent opportunity to learn about state government and participate in major agency initiatives. Opportunities for these positions include, but are not limited to: working on the integration of acute care and long term services and supports including a pilot combining Medicaid and Medicare services through a single health plan, the roll-out of the new managed care program that provides Medicaid benefits to people with disabilities who are age 20 and younger , a managed care pilot program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, working with stakeholder groups and legislatively mandated advisory committees. The positions also provide access to MCD leadership and opportunities to learn about all HHS agencies. All internship placements will be located in Austin, Texas. Brief descriptions of the types of internship opportunities available in are listed below. Applicants will be selected for specific internship positions based on interest, skills and experience. Both Part Time and Full Time Positions are available.
Essential Job Functions
|Knowledge Skills Abilities
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities vary by internship. Knowledge of program evaluation processes. Knowledge of project management techniques. Knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations relevant to Health and Human Services programs. Strong organizational skills. Skill in communicating effectively, both orally and in writing. Skill in research and analysis. Skill in identifying, developing and conveying information and ideas. Skill in researching, planning, developing, and assessing communications materials. Skill in managing multiple and competing priorities. Skill in working collaboratively and cooperatively with diverse groups. Ability to analyze and synthesize complicated policy information. Ability to complete work independently. Ability to navigate various state agency programs and operations with limited supervision. Ability to develop positive working relationships. Ability to analyze data and trends. Ability to think creatively. Ability to write clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles. Ability to respond to requests with a sense of urgency, partiality, accountability, integrity, and speed. Ability to approach any assigned project as a learning opportunity. Ability to see hidden problems, look beyond the obvious, and respond accordingly. Interest in human services and state government. Interest in Medicaid and CHIP.
|Initial Selection Criteria
Master’s degree required (can also be currently pursuing a Master’s degree). Skill in communicating effectively. Attention to detail. Proficiency with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Demonstrated interest in human services and/or state government.