Students looking for real-world communication and public relations experience are encouraged to apply for the communications/journalism internship with the American Public Health Association. Interns with the Communications Department have the opportunity to promote the Association's public health message and to stimulate public support for public health. It provides opportunities for members to maximize their voice and involvement to effectively access and utilize the media at the national, state and local level. 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, APHA’s Annual Meeting and Expo 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. 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