APHA’s Communications Department functions to promote the Association's public health message and to stimulate public support for public health. In collaboration with other public health organizations, APHA's Communications Department increases the public's understanding of the definition and mission of 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.
The Communications Department develops and executes earned media strategies in support of APHA’s policy areas and publishes APHA’s official monthly newspaper The Nation’s Health. Communications interns have the opportunity to 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 tools, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Work will also include local and national communications support for National Public Health Week and APHA’s Get Ready campaign and blog writing for PublicHealthNewswire.org. Interns also work for The Nation’s Health by writing news stories for the monthly print issue of the newspaper or for its Web version, developing story ideas and attending press conferences and congressional hearings. Interns serve as reporters for the newspaper, gathering facts, following leads, conducting interviews and writing stories. The newspaper is run by journalism-trained staff with real-world experience, who will work with interns to improve writing and reporting skills.
APHA’s Communications Department and The Nation's Health offer one internship per semester to a qualified student. Experience with deadlines, Associated Press/journalism style is a plus, as is prior writing and reporting 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.
At the end of the internship period, we hope that the intern will have learned much about health communications. The intern will have produced numerous press releases, statements, news articles, blog posts and other materials that support communications efforts for the Association.