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Strategic Communications Internship

Gain hands-on experience in communications, marketing and public relations with APHA’s strategic communications internship. Supporting the Association’s active Strategic Communications department, interns have the opportunity to advance APHA’s mission of building public health capacity and promoting effective policy and practice.

The department focuses on increasing awareness of APHA’s leadership role in public health, supporting the public health profession and expanding engagement with APHA. APHA internships are unpaid and located in Washington, D.C.


Strategic Communications interns support ongoing communications efforts by assisting with media relations, marketing campaigns, web content strategy and overall communications strategy, including:

  • Creating and editing website content and checking websites for quality assurance
  • Tracking and analyzing website performance through Google Analytics
  • Drafting and producing mass emails and newsletters
  • Contributing to planning and coordination of integrated marketing campaigns for events, membership, publications, advocacy, development, etc.
  • Planning and producing content for social media
  • Drafting press releases and assisting with media outreach
  • Helping to ensure all communications products meet accessibility guidelines

Work also includes communications support for APHA’s Annual Meeting and Expo, Policy Action Institute, National Public Health Week and the Get Ready campaign. Interns may have the opportunity to write for Public Health Newswire or The Nation’s Health.


APHA’s Strategic Communications Department offers one internship per semester for undergraduate or graduate students.

Candidates should have:

  • An interest in association/nonprofit/public health communications
  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Attention to detail
  • Willingness to learn

Prior experience with strategic communications, digital marketing, website editing, public relations and/or social media is a plus.

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 at least 20 hours a week.  Start and end times are negotiable.

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