Internship with MPHA: Policy and Advocacy

Title: Policy and Advocacy Intern

Organization: Massachusetts Public Health Association

Organizational Description

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.

MPHA is building local leaders, supporting local policy change and engaging a network of activists across the state to take action for healthy communities. MPHA uses an effective combination of advocacy, public education, community organizing, policy development, and coalition leadership to protect and strengthen state and local public health infrastructure, including emergency preparedness, and address major public health challenges.

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Student Roles and Responsbilities

Students will play an important 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 semester(s), 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, which may include legislative outreach, briefings, and lobby days
  • Participating in MPHA state budget advocacy, including analyzing the state budget, drafting statements, filing budget amendments, and working with coalition allies to advocate for public health funding
  • Designing new training and capacity building activities to support local public health leaders
  • Supporting MPHA events, including the MPHA Annual Meeting and Spring Awards Breakfast
  • Supporting evaluation activities of MPHA’s advocacy and organizing

Desired Skills

  • Graduate student in public health, social work (macro), communications or related field (advanced undergraduate students with relevant work or volunteer experience may be considered)
  • 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

Commitment

  • Minimum time commitment is spring semester (January-June) for 16-20 hours/week. Preference is given to students available for the fall and spring semesters.
  • All positions are unpaid.

To Apply

Send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to mribble@mapublichealth.org.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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