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Intern, Health Promotions (MN #1819-19)

City: St. Paul

State: Minnesota

The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for an Intern, Health Promotions to join our incredible team in our St. Paul, MN 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, the intern will assist the American Lung Association Health Promotions staff to execute tobacco policy and systems/environment change activities to gain experience in the field of public health.   

This is a great opportunity for the intern to enhance their skills in organization, multi-tasking and communications.  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 ALA training opportunities such as Asthma Basics, Better Breathers Club, and Freedom From Smoking.
  • Participate in staff meetings and learning opportunities.
  • Tobacco Policy, Education, and Treatment
    • Assist with general administrative support for a behavioral health project and smokefree multi-unit housing initiative to gain exposure to specific events terminology.
    • Support the Leadership Academy Collaborative, which is facilitated by ALA, to reduce the disparities and impact commercial tobacco use has on people with mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
    • Assist in compiling reports for grant deliverables and developing presentations.
    • Assist with brainstorming and providing creative ideas to execute social media education and recruit partners for the Leadership Academy outside the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn more about Non-Profit structure, including mission, development, and communications efforts.
  • Learn about team building and collaborating with staff.
  • Learn how to develop communications for the public, staff, and people receiving services in behavioral health settings.
  • Learn to cultivate relationships.
  • Learn how to communicate in a professional office setting.
  • Understand intersectional issues related to tobacco use and the rationale for tobacco control activities.
  • Gain a basic understanding of local Minnesota government, nonprofit, and private organizations


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

This is an unpaid internship position requiring a minimum time commitment of 15 hours per week (flexible schedule) and must be eligible for course credit.   This position will be starting in/or about January 2019 for the Spring Semester or Winter Quarter academic term.


  • Must be working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Non-Profit Management, Public Health, Social Work, 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 health policy, public health, social services, non-profit management, or related fields
  • 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 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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