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Intern, Advocacy (SB #1920-46)

City: San Bernardino

State: California

The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for an Intern, Advocacy to join our incredible team in our San Bernardino, CA office. Working alongside members of the Advocacy and Public Policy Team, you will join an outstanding group of professionals dedicated to our mission:  to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education, and advocacy.

In this role, the intern will assist the American Lung Association Advocacy and Public Policy staff to execute advocacy and education activities to gain experience in the field of public health advocacy and policy analysis.


This is a great opportunity for an intern to enhance their skills in organization, multi-tasking and research.  The intern can expect to develop confidence and marketable skills by engaging in or assisting with many of the following activities:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the American Lung Association
    • Become knowledgeable of mission, development, and communications efforts.
    • Gain technical training by utilizing advocacy staff and learning opportunities in the policy arena.
    • Participate in staff meetings and learning opportunities.
  • Advocacy
    • Research and summarize public health facts and figures
    • Assist in analyzing tobacco control policies in the areas of smokefree outdoor air, smokefree events and restricting sales of flavored tobacco products.
    • Identify, schedule and conduct outreach events and presentation opportunities in Coachella, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Riverside and San Bernardino.
    • Develop and conduct presentations on smokefree outdoor dining, smokefree events, flavored tobacco and other tobacco related topics to various community groups in Coachella, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Riverside and San Bernardino.
    • Assemble health education materials for presentations and tabling events.
    • Identify and recruit residents of local communities to participate in project activities.
    • Assist with data collection for program evaluation and for preparation of semi-annual and final grant program reports.
    • Assist with development of smoke-free activities and educational events.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain a basic understanding of policy and advocacy strategies.
  • Develop technical skills in policy analysis, data manipulation and report writing
  • Learn about team building and collaborating with staff.
  • Learn how to communicate in a professional office setting.
  • Learn about tobacco control policy campaigns and engaging local governments. 


Before internship begins, documentation from the school may be required stating that this internship opportunity is eligible for academic credits.

This is an unpaid internship position requiring a time commitment of approximately 10-12 hours per week (flexible schedule). Candidates must be earning academic credit. This position is for the Winter 2020 semester.


  • Qualified candidates should be working to obtain an undergraduate or graduate degree. (Public policy, public health, and social science related majors are encouraged to apply)
  • Qualified candidates should possess strong writing skills, attention to detail, and have a keen interest in the mission of the American Lung Association
  • Interest in research and policy analysis
  • Ability to multitask, perform in a team environment, and a demonstrated willingness to learn
  • Ability to work independently
  • Computer Proficiency – Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Ability to lift and carry 25 lbs. (supplies)
  • Consistent with its mission, the American Lung Association maintains a smokefree workplace; all unpaid interns and volunteers must abstain from tobacco use in any form


Please e-mail you cover letter and resume to (include EXACT title in subject of email):

Email: [email protected]

The American Lung Association is dedicated to a diverse workforce.
Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

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