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 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.
Communications interns support ongoing communications efforts by assisting with news releases, template letters to the editor, news tracking, marketing, 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 for the monthly print issue of the newspaper or for its web version. 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 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 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 four days a week. Start and end times are negotiable.