Regional Media Advocacy Intern | Bethesda Magazine

Regional Media Advocacy Intern

American Cancer Society

Washington, D.C. | Education, Office and Admin Support, Research, Writing/Editing | Entry-level | Full-time, Internship
Date posted: 11-13-19

Position Description

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is the nation's leading cancer advocacy organization. Together with our charitable partner, the American Cancer Society, we work in Congress, state legislatures and local jurisdictions to support evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. Based in Washington, DC with offices throughout the country, ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority.

JOB SUMMARY: The media advocacy intern will assist the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s (ACS CAN) national media advocacy team with executing communications and media relations activities that support ACS CAN’s regional advocacy work.



• Research media outlets, reporters and bloggers.

• Assist with researching, drafting and copyediting press releases, email pitches, newsletter articles, talking points and other internal and external communications materials.

• Support senior manager in developing annual media advocacy in-person team meeting.

• Support senior manager in drafting materials for annual report on tobacco control funding as well as materials for the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout.

• Support work on ACS CAN’s electoral campaign Cancer Votes.

• Assist with the development of template media materials and toolkits to support regional media advocacy activity on federal and state priority campaign issues in local media markets.

• Provide support to the team’s social and online media efforts.


Position Requirements


Candidates must be at least a college sophomore, preferably with a major in communications/public relations, journalism, public relations, political science or a related field. Candidates must also have strong oral, written and computer skills, be a team player, handle multiple projects effectively, and have an interest in public policy and/or health care issues.

All Interns Must meet the following requirements:

•Full-time student, If you are an undergraduate student you have completed your freshman year of college;

•Have a minimum of a B average (cumulative 3.0 on 4.0 scale);

•Plan to continue their education in the following term/semester

Note: an internship assignment may coincide with the student’s last term/trimester, but student must disengage upon graduation.

The following information must be submitted upon application:

• Resume

• Two references from academic/professional sources addressing the student’s credentials based on the internship’s skill requirements • Recent transcript attesting to their GPA and standing as a full-time student • Unpaid interns must also provide documentation of the participation in a bona-fide college intern program under which their ACS CAN internship either qualifies them to receive course credit OR fulfills a graduation/coursework requirement.

It is the policy of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network not to discriminate against any employee or any applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status or veteran status.

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