Launched in 2006, APHA's Get Ready campaign helps Americans prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including pandemic flu, infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies. Get Ready is an innovative campaign that uses new media and tools to creatively convey the importance of preparedness to the general public. APHA internships are unpaid and located in Washington, D.C.
Major highlights of the campaign include a national Get Ready Day, held the third Tuesday of each September; Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks, which encourages people to check their emergency stockpiles when they change their clocks for daylight saving time; and the Get Ready photo contest and tips calendar. The campaign includes free resources for the public and health workers, including fact sheets, a blog, a Twitter, podcasts, Q&As and a calendar of events.
All APHA interns work on the Get Ready campaign, but the Get Ready intern serves as a project manager for each semester’s work, which includes one major all-hands-on-deck project, such as a calendar or video. The internship heavily features writing and creating material for Get Ready, helping to plan activities for Get Ready Day and the Clocks and Stocks program and organizing for APHA’s Annual Meeting and Expo. A Get Ready intern will have the opportunity to support APHA's and Get Ready’s social media tools, such as Twitter and YouTube. Work will also include writing blog posts and recording and editing podcasts for Get Ready.
Interns may conduct research and analysis to develop factsheets, issue briefs and other educational resources on a variety of emergency preparedness and emerging infectious disease issue areas. Other responsibilities may include attending relevant briefings and seminars.
APHA’s Get Ready campaign offers one internship per semester to a qualified student. We are looking for creative, enthusiastic and out-of-the-box thinkers. Must be comfortable leading a team. Experience with deadlines and translation of evidence-based information into lay language is a plus, as is experience with social media and websites. 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 ask that the intern work at least 21 hours per week. All APHA internships are unpaid. Start and end times are negotiable.