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Affiliate Affairs and National Public Health Week

The Affiliate Affairs department serves as the liaison to APHA’s 53 state and regional public health associations (“Affiliates”) and manages APHA’s National Public Health Week campaign. Interning in this department means you’ll be part of the team supporting state organizations that bring the leadership and advocacy work of APHA at the local level. You’ll help plan and execute events and trainings, manage databases and support these organizations in building public health infrastructure and capacity, working to improve health for all.

NPHW is APHA’s annual public health awareness campaign, held the first full week of April. In this internship, you’ll help to plan events, produce outreach materials, build our partnership programs, contribute to social media around NPHW and much more. It’s one of the most exciting and fun parts of working at APHA, and every department contributes.

The Affiliate Affairs and NPHW internship provides students with many opportunities to learn about various public health issues, planning and implementing a national campaign and public health practice on the national, state and local level. The internship encourages collaborative work with other departments. All APHA interns also work on the Association’s Get Ready campaign, writing blog posts and working on group projects each semester. APHA internships are unpaid and located in Washington, DC.


Affiliate Affairs

Interns may contribute to the planning and execution of in-person and virtual events for Affiliates, including Affiliate Day and other Annual Meeting activities. Interns can also plan on being responsible for analyzing Affiliate data and reporting it out for staff and members; drafting communications and trainings for Affiliate leaders; maintaining administrative functions such as Affiliate databases and online platforms; and other duties as assigned.

National Public Health Week

Interns may conduct research or draft NPHW tools and resources, brochures and marketing materials; coordinate outreach to NPHW’s national, state, local and educational partners; update; draft newsletters and other materials for APHA members; help plan events locally and virtually leading up to and throughout NPHW; draft social media posts for use on X and other platforms; perform simple graphic design to promote NPHW and its events; collaborate with other departments and APHA leaders; and other duties as assigned. 


APHA’s Affiliate Affairs department offers one internship per semester to a qualified student. We are looking for creative, quick thinkers who can meet deadlines and who love working with a team and talking with our members and partners. Experience writing for a lay audience is a plus, as is experience with social media, web content and graphic design. Opportunities for internships are available year-round and last for a three- to four-month period. To assure that the intern maximizes their experience, we ask that the intern work at least 21 hours per week. Start and end times are negotiable.

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