Internship with MPHA: Policy and Communications Intern

The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) is the state’s leading voice for public health. As a statewide membership organization, we engage communities in advocacy to protect and improve the health of all the Commonwealth’s residents. Our focus is on preventing disease and injury.

Student Roles and Responsibilities

Students will play a leadership role in policy analysis, research, writing, and advocacy on key MPHA policy priorities. Each student will act as the lead on one or more projects over the course of the year, to be determined based on matching student interest and skills with organizational need. In addition, students will play a support role on other projects, working closely with MPHA staff. Projects may include:

  • Research and writing on policy priorities, including the drafting of policy papers, presentations, fact sheets, and press releases
  • Supporting State House advocacy activities
  • Leading MPHA communications activities (including drafting communications content, designing and formatting communications materials, tracking and analyzing online communications metrics, etc.)
  • Supporting MPHA events, including the MPHA Annual Meeting
  • Supporting evaluation activities of MPHA’s advocacy and organizing

Desired Skills

  • Gradute or advanced undergraduate student in public health, social work (macro), communications or related field
  • Experience with community organizing or advocacy – either paid or volunteer
  • Excellent communications skills – writing and speaking
  • Commitment to public health, prevention, and health equity
  • Highly organized and motivated
  • Experience in communications (graphic design, website design, social media, etc.)
  • Priority will be given to applicants with graphic design and website experience


  • Minimum time commitment is one semester for 16 hours/week.
  • All positions are unpaid.

To Apply: send cover letter, resume and two writing samples to:

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