Students looking for hands-on experience in a fast-paced journalism environment are encouraged to apply for The Nation’s Health internship with the American Public Health Association. Interns at The Nation's Health have the opportunity to report stories and assist with many facets of newsgathering, writing and production. APHA internships are unpaid and located in Washington, D.C.
Duties can include 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 are responsible for the newspaper’s weekly online news quiz and contribute to multiple storytelling platforms. Interns receive valuable experience in newspaper production and distribution. Interns also may work within APHA’s Strategic Communications Department, assisting with news releases, news tracking and other public relations work, as well as with APHA's social media tools, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. 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 numerous articles, news quizzes and a solid package of clips.
The Nation's Health 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 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 28 hours a week. All APHA internships are unpaid, but credit is available.
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).