Cancer Policy Internship

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The UF Health Cancer Center is seeking UF graduate students to serve as an intern with the Federal Relations team in the University’s Washington, DC office in Spring 2024. The intern will primarily focus on legislative support related to cancer health policy, cancer prevention, and telehealth initiatives in rural communities. The intern will gain unique exposure to the US Government’s inner workings in advancing our education and research missions.

These internships are an integral and important part of the team charged with proactively supporting the University of Florida’s agenda on a national level and ensuring UF is a leading expert voice on important issues. As a representative of UF, you will be expected to conduct yourself respectfully at all times in a manner consistent with the UF Student Code of Conduct.

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their application form, résumé/curriculum vitae, faculty mentor letter of recommendation, references, and a 1-page personal statement describing their interests, career goals, and reasons for pursuing this internship at Applications are now closed! Thanks to all who applied.

Cancer Policy Internship Program Summary – Website-Spring 2024

Fall 2023 Intern

Shilpi Mistry is a master’s student in public health with a concentration in Epidemiology and interning with Rep. Darren Soto.

Spring 2023 Intern

Beatriz Veronese is a doctoral candidate pursuing her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences with a major in Cancer Biology and interning with Rep. Darren Soto.

Fall 2022 Interns

Sadeem Qdaisat, a doctoral candidate pursuing his PhD in Genetics and Genomics, at the Lillian S. Wells Department of Neurosurgery – UF Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program, with a focus on Clinical and Translational Science, is interning with Rep. Neal Dunn.


Aantaki Raisa, a doctoral student pursuing her PhD in Mass Communication, is interning with Rep. Darren Soto.

Spring 2022 Intern

Alexandra Sample, a master’s student in Public Health and Health Professions, interned with Rep. Darren Soto.

Fall 2021 Interns

Taylor Bell, a doctoral student pursuing his DNP in Nursing, with a concentration on Psych-Mental Health, interned with Rep. Darren Soto.

Maya Kedmi, a master’s student in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, interned with Rep. Kat Cammack.

Spring 2021 Intern

Joseph Washington, a PharmD/MPH Candidate in Pharmacy/Public Health & Health Professions, interned with Rep. Darren Soto.

Spring 2020 Interns

Donghee Lee, a doctoral student in Mass Communication with a concentration in health and science communication, interned with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Zachary Sandoval, a master’s student in Public Health with a concentration in health policy and management, interned with Rep. Darren Soto.

Fall 2019 Interns

Matthew R. Cretul Sr., a doctoral student in Mass Communication with a concentration in Health Communication, interned with Congressman Gus Bilirakis, who sits on both the Energy and Commerce and Veterans Affairs Committees.

Read more about his internship.

Juliette Barbera, a doctoral student in Political Science with concentrations in American Governmental Institutions; Public Policy & Administration; Methodology, interned with Rep. Darren Soto, who sits on the Energy & Commerce Committee & the Health Subcommittee.

Spring 2019 Intern

Fizza Imran, a second-year MPH student with a concentration in Public Health Management and Policy and 2018 graduate of the Bachelor of Public Health program, interned for the Spring 2019 semester as the UF Health Cancer Center’s first cancer policy intern.

Read more about her experience as an intern.

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