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Intern, Health Promotions (Communications) (IA #1819-08)

City: Urbandale

State: Iowa

The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for an Intern, Health Promotions (Communications) to join our incredible team in our Urbandale office.  Working alongside members of the Health Promotion & Education 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, you will assist the American Lung Association health promotion staff to execute communication and marketing plans for signature program activities to gain experience in the field of communications and marketing.

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

    • Gain a basic understanding of the American Lung Association
      • Become knowledgeable of mission, development, and communications efforts.
      • Gain technical training by utilizing social media platforms, telecommuting software, and customer relationship management software.
      • Participate in staff meetings and learning opportunities.
    • Communications
      • Assist with general administrative support for the LUNG FORCE Expo healthcare professional conference to gain exposure to specific events terminology.
      • Assist in the communications and marketing for American Lung Association signature programs such as the LUNG FORCE Expo, Freedom from Smoking, and Better Breathers Club.
      • Assist in compiling databases for mass awareness campaigns for signature programs.
      • Assist with brainstorming and providing creative ideas to execute the LUNG FORCE Expo event, Freedom from Smoking recruitment, and Better Breathers Club recruitment.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain a basic understanding of social media platforms.
  • Learn more about Non-Profit structure, including mission, development, and communications efforts.
  • Gain technical training by utilizing team shadowing approach in local meetings and experiences to enhance knowledge in growth in community engagement and policy systems change.
  • Learn about team building and collaborating with staff.
  • Learn how to develop communications for health promotion programs
  • Learn to cultivate relationships.
  • Learn how to communicate in a professional office setting


This is an unpaid internship position requiring a minimum time commitment of 8 hours per week (flexible hours).
You must be eligible for course credit.  This internship will be starting in/or about Spring Semester 2019 and will end on/or about the end of the Spring semester 2019.


  • Must be working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Non-Profit Management, public relations/marketing, or related field
  • Must be eligible to receive college credit for internship
  • Qualified candidates must be enthusiastic, reliable, and interested in developing a career in special events, fundraising, or non-profit management
  • Qualified candidates should possess strong writing skills, attention to detail, and have a keen interest in the mission of the American Lung Association
  • Ability to multitask, perform in a team environment, and a demonstrated willingness to learn
  • Ability to work independently
  • Computer Proficiency – Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher
  • Ability to lift and carry 25 lbs. (supplies)
  • Consistent with its mission, the American Lung Association maintains a smoke-free 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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