ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Jack Bresch Student Legislative Internship

This student legislative internship provides a unique learning experience in Washington, DC. The internship is designed to encourage students to learn about and eventually to become involved–as dental professionals–in the state and federal legislative processes and the formulation of public policy as it relates to academic dentistry. 


The ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Jack Bresch Student Legislative Internship is a six-week, stipend-supported internship assisting as a staff member of ADEA's Advocacy and Governmental Relations (ADEA AGR) focus area, in Washington, DC. The internship is open to any predoctoral, allied, or advanced dental student, resident or fellow who is interested in learning about and contributing to the formulation of federal public policy with regard to dental education, dental research, and the oral health of the nation. Funded through the generous support of Sunstar Americas, Inc., the student intern will receive a $7,500 stipend to cover travel and other expenses for the period of the internship. The intern will be a member of the ADEA AGR staff and will participate in congressional meetings on Capitol Hill, coalition meetings, and policy discussions among the ADEA Legislative Advisory Committee (ADEA LAC) and ADEA AGR staff.

Eligibility and Requirements

An applicant must:

  • Be a full-time predoctoral, allied, or advanced dental student, resident or fellow whose institution is willing to work with the student to identify and appropriate time, consisting of six weeks during the school year, to pursue the internship. ADEA is flexible in the arrangement of time away from the intern's other responsibilities; the time need not be consecutive.

Application Process Checklist
Submit the following:

  • The completed ADEA Awards, Scholarships, and Fellowships Application form.
  • A personal statement describing what the applicant anticipates from the internship, how the internship will benefit the applicant’s institution, and the applicant’s relevant experience.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation mailed directly to ADEA.

The application deadline is November 1 for the following year's internship.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Return applications to:

Ryne Chua
American Dental Education Association     
655 K Street NW 
Suite 800 
Washington, DC 20001 

Please contact Ryne Chua, Program Manager for Advocacy and Governmental Relations at 202-289-7201, ext. 162, or with any questions.

Past Recipients 

Ms. Ambika R. Srivastava, University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry

Ms. Kacie Crowell, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Dr. Caroline Zeller, Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry

Ms. Jean Marie Calvo, University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry

Mr. Benjamin Anders, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry

Mr. Daniel Huh, Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona

Ms. Jessica Baron, Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine

Dr. Adam Donnell, Harvard University School of Dental Medicine