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Regional Media Advocacy Summer Intern 2019

Job ID 10787277 Location Washington, DC Position Type Temporary

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. In addition to supporting regional media advocacy efforts overall, this position has the unique opportunity to engage in the comprehensive national communications strategy for launching ACS CAN’s annual report on state legislative efforts to fight cancer.

• 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
• Assist with editing, materials development, reporter outreach, etc. related to annual ACS CAN report, How Do You Measure Up?
• Participate in and lend media support for D.C. Hill events including childhood cancer lobby day, patient quality of life lobby day, and other events and campaign developments as needed.
• Draft media materials to promote volunteers’ participation in D.C. Hill events with local media markets
• Assist with maintenance of the team’s intranet community to support regional media advocacy staff nationwide
• Assist with the development of template media materials and tool kits to support regional media activity 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, demonstrate attention to detail, 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
oNote: 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
•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 internship either qualifies them to receive course credit OR fulfills a graduation/coursework requirement.

We are committed to providing staff with fulfilling opportunities to learn, grow and make an impact in their local communities.

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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