Students looking for real-world communication and public relations experience are encouraged to apply for the communications internship with the American Public Health Association. Interns with the Strategic Communications Department have the opportunity to promote the Association's public health message and support communications activities around advocacy, public health issues, events and more. APHA internships are unpaid and located in Washington, D.C.
Communications interns support ongoing communications efforts by assisting with media relations, marketing, communications strategy and planning, as well as producing and planning content for APHA's social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Work also includes 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 may have the opportunity to assist The Nation’s Health by writing news stories.. All APHA interns also work on the Association’s Get Ready campaign, writing blog posts and working on group projects each semester.
APHA’s communications intern will have the opportunity to produce press materials, news articles, blog posts and other materials that support communications efforts for the Association.
APHA’s Communications Department offers one summer internship, as well as combined journalism/communication internships during the fall and spring semesters, to qualified students. Experience with media relations, public relations, AP style writing, strategic communications 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 four 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).