Health Communications Intern
End of Life Choices New York is a non-profit organization with a mission to expand end of life options, and improve end of life care, so all New Yorker’s can have the best possible quality of life at the end of life. We advocate for stronger rights for those at the end of life. We provide free counseling and support to those preparing their advance directives, serving as a caregiver, or who are approaching the end of life themselves. We offer education and training to the general public and healthcare professionals.
Hours Per Week: 10-15 hours per week
Unfortunately, many New Yorkers receive end of life care incongruent with their wishes and values. Additionally, only approximately 30% of adults complete advance directives documenting who they would want to speak for them if they lost the ability to communicate, and what their wishes would be in these circumstances. This number is even lower in African American/Black communities, and these communities also face poorer pain and symptom management and higher levels of intensive care.
We see this as a social justice issue, and have launched an initiative to share information about advance care planning with African American/Black New Yorkers and offer free resources to help.
This is an ideal internship for a current student or recent graduate, in/from a health communications, public health, community health, public policy, social work, marketing, or other health- or social justice-related graduate program
· Strong analytical, writing, communication, and time-management skills.
· Attention to detail
· Ability to work independently and as a team.
· Experience communicating health-related information in an accessible, compelling, understandable, and relatable manner (training in health literacy a plus).*
· Experience turning long and/or complex health-related information into short “bite-sized” plain-language messages.*
· Demonstrated familiarity with social media platforms and basic design (graphic design experience a plus).
· Personal or professional experience working with African American/Black, LGBTQ+, Latinx, and/or other underserved communities.
· Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
· Basic qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis skills.
· Passion for social justice and addressing health disparities.
· A current student or recent graduate, in/from a health communications, public health, community health, public policy, social work, marketing, or other health- or social justice-related graduate program.
· Passionate learner who is motivated to take on challenges.
· Enthusiasm for the mission of End of Life Choices New York.
*Experience is not limited to "on the ground" work; relevant coursework may fulfill this requirement.
· Work with staff to develop communication strategies and help execute these strategies.
· Improve existing online content and draft/share new content to make information about advance care planning accessible and engaging for the general public.
· Help identify potential collaborators and partners, including other non-profit and community organizations.
· Contribute to the development of an evaluation plan for the initiative, and assist with the evaluation (including monitoring and analysis of social media and website analytics).
· Draft, design, and/or edit visually-engaging educational material including infographics, videos, images, and presentations.
· Monitor and share relevant articles and other information.
· Assist with educational programming, including webinars.
· We would be happy to work with you and your school to ensure you receive academic credit (when applicable)
· Opportunity to apply and acquire new skills
· Learn about health communication in a non-profit setting.
In the cover letter, please include the following:
· Why you want this internship
· How your professional or educational experience and skills may be applied
· What you hope to learn and/or what skills/experience you hope to develop
· Any other information you want us to know
With your application, please include example posts from your social media, or accounts/posts you created for other organizations/individuals. Please also include a health-related writing sample.
Due to the potential high volume of applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
Thank you for applying!