Students looking for real-world communication and journalism experience are encouraged to apply for the communications-journalism internship with the American Public Health Association. Interns in this position have the opportunity to promote the Association's public health message, to write news articles on the latest findings in the field and to stimulate public support for public health.APHA internships are unpaid and located in Washington, D.C.
Interns support ongoing media outreach efforts by assisting with news releases, template letters to the editor, news tracking and other public relations and marketing work, as well as with APHA's social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Work also includes local and national communications support for National Public Health Week and APHA’s Get Ready campaign, as well as blog writing for PublicHealthNewswire.org. Interns work with The Nation’s Health, writing news stories for the monthly print issue of the newspaper or for its web version, as well as maintaining its weekly news quiz. All APHA interns also work on the Association’s Get Ready campaign, writing blog posts and working on group projects each semester.
At the end of the internship period, the intern will have produced a portfolio of work that includes numerous press releases, statements, news articles and blog posts.
APHA offers a combined communications and journalism internship in the fall and spring semesters to qualified students. Writing experience is mandatory; knowledge of public health is highly preferred. Experience with deadlines, Associated Press/journalism style and social media is a plus, as is prior writing experience and a willingness to learn. Availability to travel for APHA’s Annual Meeting and Expo, Nov. 10-14, is helpful but not necessary. Opportunities for internships are available year-round and last for a three- to four-month period. To assure that the intern maximizes her or his experience, we require that students work a minimum of three full days a week. All APHA internships are unpaid. Start and end times are negotiable.
Applicants who meet the requirements and are interested in being considered for this internship should upload the following information:
- cover letter, indicating your specific area(s) of interest and expertise, what you hope to gain from an APHA internship, why you would like to intern at APHA and your availability and schedule;
- two writing samples, 1-2 pages each (published or from schoolwork); and
- three references (supply names, email addresses and phone numbers of three individuals who know you well enough to discuss your qualifications, e.g., an employer or professor).
(If you are uploading a pdf document, the document needs to be a file that was created and can be manipulated and converted in order to upload.)
Deadline date: Open Until Filled
EEO/AA/VETS/DISABILITY. APHA is strongly and actively committed to diversity in its workplace.
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