Intern, Public Policy Communications (COVER LETTER REQUIRED WHEN APPLYING)

  • Job Tracking ID: I915
  • Job Location: Washington, DC
  • Job Level: Student/Internship
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: January 31, 2018
  • Years of Experience: Any
  • Starting Date: ASAP

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Job Description:

Association Overview:

The Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) advances child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care. Representing more than 220 children’s hospitals, CHA is the voice of children’s hospitals nationally. CHA has offices in Washington, D.C. and Lenexa, Kan.


Job Summary:

CHA seeks a full-time summer intern in public policy communications. The communications position reports to the manager of public policy communications who is part of the External Relations team housed in Washington, D.C. External Relations works closely with CHA’s Public Policy team to address issues that affect the ability of children’s hospitals to fulfill their mission of service to children. The intern position supports the execution of strategic communications about these policy issues to such key audiences as members of Congress, member hospitals, media, advocates and more. Work includes activities related to CHA’s online advocacy network — Speak Now for Kids — and CHA’s Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day. The range of possible duties includes:

  • Write and edit a wide variety of content for both CHA and Speak Now for Kids properties, including: social media posts, blog posts, newsletter articles, magazine articles, fact sheets, talking points, press statements

  • Attend coalition meetings and Hill briefings related to children’s health care issues

  • Coordinate CHA’s weekly policy newsletter, Washington Update

  • Contribute to reports and analysis of media coverage

  • Upload and maintain content on website and help update and maintain social media properties

  • Assist with CHA’s Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day

  • Perform special projects as assigned by the manager of public policy communications

Experience and Skills:


Candidates must be currently enrolled in a collegiate or graduate course of study, preferably in public policy or communications, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. If an undergraduate student, the candidate must have completed at least the sophomore year. Candidates must be able to attend Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., June 25-27. Candidates with the following skills and experience are encouraged to apply:

  • Strong interest in federal child health policy, advocacy communications, media relations, social media
  • Professionalism, strong writing skills, ability to work in team setting

  • Work experience or familiarity with a health care setting, preferred but not required


Program Details:

  • The summer internship is a 12-week, full-time (40 hours/week) placement. Must be able to work 40 hours/week, Monday – Friday during the 12-week internship.
  • CHA will work with the intern and the respective educational institution to ensure appropriate administration of the internship and academic requirements
  • Rate of pay will be $15.00 per hour
  • The internship will be located in the CHA Washington, D.C. office; relocation, housing, mileage, etc., are not offered




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Children’s Hospital Association is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

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